Festivals and events have continuously played an important role in the development of Sarnia’s quality of life, local economic growth, and community identity. Festivals and events are interactive, exciting and rewarding experiences for everyone involved, and pay tribute to our unique cultural, recreational and community initiatives. Planning an event requires an incredible amount of time and dedication, and involves the invaluable service of volunteers, community groups, and sponsors who bring their own support and skills towards enhancing these community events.

Celebrations may look different this year, but we encourage you to participate in our city and local community events, individually or virtually!

While COVID has brought about many challenges, one of the positive impacts that it has had on community events is the introduction of virtual and hybrid (offering virtual and in-person participation options) events. Check out the list below of upcoming community events (typically held on municipal property) that have gone virtual, stayed in-person, or become a hybrid. Click on the event to view more information, where available!

COVID-19 Information: Currently, the province has paused the exit from the Roadmap to Re-open three-step plan as and such festivals and events are allowed, permitted they follow Step Three guidelines.

The City of Sarnia has an abundance of park and green space on which events can be hosted. As these are all considered public spaces, the general gathering limits for organized public events, as directed by the province, apply. In Step Three, event organizers are permitted to host organized events of up to 100 people outdoors.

Staff continue to work with local event organizers to ensure the success of their events, following this framework.

EVENTDATE(S)Type
Secret StreetRoll & Brew TourAugust – October 31Virtual
Trail and Ale – 5/7K Run/Walk for RayjonSeptember 11 – October 2Hybrid
“Reckonings and Reconciliation” Members’ Art ExhibitionOctoberLive