Festivals and events have continuously played an important role in the quality of life, local economic growth, and community identity. Festivals and events are interactive, exciting, and rewarding experiences for everyone involved. They pay tribute to our unique cultural, recreational, and community initiatives. Planning an event requires a large amount of time and dedication; and involves the participation of volunteers, community groups, and sponsors who bring their own support and skills to enhance community events.

Refer to the Volunteering Page for more information.

Easter in the Park

This event has been postponed to 2022.

The City of Sarnia Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Seaway Kiwanis Club for over 45 years to host this event at Canatara Park. Every Saturday of Easter weekend, community members are invited to come out and participate in the annual Egg Hunt, visit the Animal Farm, watch an animated performance, make an Easter craft, jump in the inflatables, participate in face painting, and of course, meet the Easter Bunny! The event features three egg hunts, designated by age: 8 and up, 7 and under, and Accessible & 4 and under. The Seaway Kiwanis Club provides a hot dog BBQ, hot chocolate, and pop for a low cost. Participation at the event is completely free.

Date: Saturday of Easter Weekend
Attendance: 3000
Target Audience: Children 12 & under and their families

Community Parks Clean-Up Day

This event has been postponed to 2022.

In partnership with NOVA Chemicals and The Rotary Club of Sarnia-Lambton After-Hours, the City of Sarnia Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Community Parks Clean-Up Day.  The goal of this event is to engage community participation in cleaning up our City parks, trails, boulevards and public spaces.  The event also provides an opportunity for community members to get outdoors into their neighborhoods and parks, and even make up some volunteer hours.  Citizens, community groups, local service clubs, and local organizations are invited to gather and assemble a crew, identify a park space to clean, and register that site with our Parks and Recreation Department.  Once registered, clean-up groups will receive supplies (gloves, garbage/recycling bags, rakes, first-aid kit, etc).

Date: Saturday of Earth Week
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Cost: Free

Kids Funfest

This event has been postponed to 2022.

Locals and visitors alike, especially those with families, have enjoyed Sarnia’s Kids Funfest since 1996. The event is a perfect example of community members coming together, dedicated to the healthy
development of children. With the support of a volunteer committee, Kids Funfest features over 60 community groups and is geared to enhance children’s lives by providing them and their parents with the resources to find and take part in all the child and family-oriented services, clubs, and organizations in our community. Each year, participants can expect a new addition to the wide array of community groups. Math games, obstacle courses, story time, and much more, all community groups run unique interactive activities for participants to engage in, while learning more about what they have to offer. Kids Funfest is the spot to be!

Date: Second Saturday in June
Attendance: 3000 – 5000
Target Audience: Children 12 & under and their families

Canada Day Celebrations

Sarnia has celebrated Canada Day since its Centennial Year in 1967. The Sarnia Canada Day festivities remain Sarnia’s signature event, routinely attended by 30,000 plus residents of the Sarnia-Lambton area. The celebration begins with the annual parade, including bands, performances, and colourful displays from over 50 community groups and organizations. Following the parade, the celebrations continue into Canatara Park, where Opening Ceremonies are held, featuring birthday cake, multicultural performances, and more. Multicultural food booths from the local Multicultural Council of Sarnia-Lambton can be found in Canatara’s Open Field. A variety of on and off-stage shows, a Handmade Market, and inflatables are also offered at Canatara. At 6:00pm, the celebrations move to Centennial Park, where a variety of bands perform throughout the evening, capped off by the infamous fireworks show along the waterfront, off the Bay, at 10:00pm.

Date: July 1
Attendance: 30,000
Target Audience: All community members

Children’s Art Workshop

This event has been postponed to 2022.

The Children’s Art Workshop, held in cooperation with the Sarnia Artists’ Workshop, promotes healthy play and learning experiences for young children. Organized by the Parks & Recreation Department and
located in Canatara Park, children ages 8 and under enjoy a special themed day, working with paint, clay and other art materials to make a variety of different crafts alongside the artists from the Sarnia Artists’ Workshop. The crafts are based around a unique theme each year.

Date: First Wednesday in August
Attendance: 40
Target Audience: Children 8 and under

Encore: The Piano Program

This event has been postponed to 2022.

In 2018, the Parrotheads on the St. Clair donated a piano from a Community Centre in Oil City to the Parks and Recreation Department for public, outdoor use. As a result of a unique partnership with the Lawrence House, the piano was temporarily housed in their courtyard, where it was painted in tropical colours and themes by members of the Hub, artists from the community and artists from the Lawrence House. After a month of public use, in September the piano was donated to Harmony for Youth where it now resides in Bayside Mall.

Date/Time: Weather permitting, the piano is available to play from the first Friday in August to the first Friday in September.
Cost: Free to the Public

If interested in housing next year’s colourful piano, complete the application below, and email to parksandrecreation@sarnia.ca.

Encore Piano Program Application

Summer Entertainment Series

This event has been postponed to 2022.

For more than twenty-five years, the City of Sarnia has put on a variety of eclectic concerts that originated with our Waterfront Concert and Entertainment Series at Centennial Park, and later moved and expanded to Canatara Park. As the years have gone by, local interest has grown, and the concert series now includes two additional locations: Kenwick on the Lake in Bright’s Grove, and the Germain
Park Garden. Each location has grown into its own unique identity, with the series geared towards a 22+ age group. Our newest series, named Get Out of the Garage, was unveiled in 2016, and features Sarnia’s newest up and coming youth bands and musicians, ages 21 and under. Today, this array of concerts is known as the Summer Entertainment Series, featuring On the Waterfront, Kenwick on the Lake, Music in the Garden, and Get Out of the Garage.

Date: June – August
Attendance: 60 – 100 per concert
Target Audience: All community members

Get Out of the Garage: Battle of the Bands

This event has been postponed to 2022.

The City of Sarnia Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Sarnia-Lambton Rebound host a Battle of the Bands event, featuring Sarnia’s newest up and coming youth bands and musicians, ages 21 and under. These youth bands compete for a chance to perform at the annual Canada Day Celebrations at the Suncor Agora, and at Bluewater Borderfest. Bands play from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Suncor Agora in Centennial Park on the last Friday in June. Bands are judged by four, adult community members who have a musical background. Scoring is based on cohesiveness, quality of performance, and originality.

Date: Last Friday in June
Attendance: 200
Target Audience: Youth ages 21 and under, all community members

Christmas on the Farm

This event has been adjusted for 2021 – refer to the Christmas At Home page for information on 2021 celebration!

The City of Sarnia Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Seaway Kiwanis Club for 45 years to host this traditional-style, holiday, family event. Christmas on the Farm features horse and carriage rides, chestnut roasting, Christmas craft making, personalized cookies, decorating the Christmas tree, ice carving, a meet and greet with Santa, and more! The event is geared towards children ages 12 and under but welcoming to all community members. Our goal is to leave our guests with a holiday feeling by either having tried something new, or by having taken a walk down memory lane. The Seaway Kiwanis Club provides a hot dog BBQ, popcorn, hot chocolate, and apple cider for a low cost. Participation at the event is completely free.

Date: First Weekend in December
Attendance: 3000
Target Audience: Children 12 & under, all community members

Refer to the Contact Us page to submit an inquiry, or email parksandrecreation@sarnia.ca.