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Sudbury Festivals 2023

"Always Go Full Heart" is a mural by Chantal Abdel-Nour completed for Sudbury's 2020 Up Here Festival. • Credit: Up Here Festival Facebook
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Sudbury Festivals 2023

A guide to what's on this summer

Where can you celebrate this summer? From murals to downtown jazz to concerts under the stars—here's what we know so far!

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Check back this spring for our complete 2023 guide to Sudbury's summer festivals.

Sudbury is known for its incredible array of summer festivals. From live jazz to theatre, from dynamic art exhibitions to Greek cuisine—there's a festival here for everyone. 

Here’s a list of festivals in the Sudbury area. Plan your summer now!

SATURDAY, 25 JUNE 2022 1-9 pm 

Stack's Parking Lot Party: Microbrew Edition

While the Northern Ontario Microbrew Festival did not take place in 2021, there’s going to be a mini-Microbrew Festival combined with the anniversary Parking Lot Party this summer!

Participating breweries include: 46 North Brewing Co., Gateway City Brewery, New Ontario Brewing Co., Stack Brewing take place June 25th at 947 Falconbridge Rd. Previous editions included Tacogeddon, Burgergeddon, and Pizzageddon - this year is the Microbrew Edition!


June 11, 2022

Afrofest Sudbury is a free outdoor community festival, first held in 2018 at the Grace Amphitheatre in Bell Park. The festival aims to celebrate Afro culture through music, food, dance, fashion and art. This year’s festival includes workshops for teenagers (limited enrollment) for which registration ends on May 31, 2022, the Afro Parade, contests and a pageant. Register for workshops at www.afrofestsudbury.ca.

July 7-10, 2022

Canada’s longest consecutively running music festival (except in 2020 and 2021), the Northern Lights Festival Boreal is back for its 50th edition this summer! In past years, NLFB has played host to artists like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sam Roberts, Blue Rodeo, Arkells, Joel Plaskett, and Iskwe. The 2022 festival features St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Weather Station, Born Ruffians and Judy Collins among other talent. 

July 15-17, 2022

The 40th annual show will take place July 15-17, 2022 by the Sudbury Rock and Lapidary Society, at Carmichael Arena.

Get ready to rock in 2022! This annual event is Northern Ontario's largest gem, mineral, rock, and fossil, show and sale. It’s an excellent event for rare gem and fossil collectors, as well as youngsters who may have a budding interest in geology or archaeology. 

July 8—10, 2022 

 This annual summer festival, hosted by Sudbury’s Caruso Club, focuses on—what else?—food, with dozens of vendors, ticketed dinner events, and cook-offs anchoring a weekend of live entertainment and family fun. Dates have not been announced for the 2022 edition but according to a spokesperson, they will be featuring a special menu through the weekend.

July 16, 12 - 6 pm 2022

The Japan Festival began in 2019 as a way for Sudbury's small Japanese community to share their culture with fellow Sudburians. Held at the Grace Hartman Amphitheater, there will be performances, free activities for families to experience Japanese culture, and food vendors. According to a spokesperson, "Recent arrivals from Japan, Sudburians with an interest in martial arts, and people whose connections are from long ago all worked together to make this successful, especially with our focus on food and traditional activities!" The event is supported by various local sponsors and the Japanese consulate. 


Up Here

August 19-21, 2022

Sudbury’s premiere arts festival, “Up Here” is the brainchild of We Live Up Here, a non-profit organization with the mandate of building a better community through art. The multimedia festival features musicians, visual artists, and muralists, whose work can be seen year-round in and around Sudbury. Anong Migwans Beam is the guest curator for this year’s festival. The 2022 festival spotlight is on Indigenous art, First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, showcasing the theme, On Time.

Status: festival programming for the 2022 season will be announced on may 25th 

During the pandemic, Sudbury's YES Theatre received funding from the province which resulted in 2021’s highly appreciated, “Live at the Grotto” series and the online “Night Owl Cabaret Series.” Founded in 2010, a cultural hub for musical productions in Northern Ontario, in 2022 the live festival will feature young artist productions. Check back on the 25th for details! 


Sudbury Ribfest

Labour day long weekend

The Labour Day weekend festival will take place at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre this  year.  This is a mouth-watering celebration of slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone goodness, as pitmasters compete to earn the title of Sudbury’s best ribs. 

September 17-25, 2022 

The 34th edition runs from September 17-25, 2022. The international film fest has hosted panel discussions with luminaries such as Oscar-nominated Canadian director Philippe Falardeau and Hollywood star Viggo Mortensen, in addition to screening the best films from across the country and around the world.


Jazz Sudbury Festival

September 8-10, 2022

Jazzed Up Downtown, an outdoor festival which began in 2021 continues into 2022 with weekly Thursday night performances at Oscar’s Grill. Recent 2022 performances have included the Tony Simpkin Trio and Kelly Perras. Keep an eye on the Jazz Sudbury Facebook page for updated information about the 2022 Jazz Sudbury Festival.

Status: TBD. Check Facebook for updates

The annual Sudbury Greek Festival includes traditional dancing, church tours, live music, giveaways, and a Greek Market in addition to a smorgasbord of authentic Greek food, from gyros to souvlaki, and roast lamb to saganaki (which is, by the way, cheese on fire!). This year’s dates are TBD. The main purpose of the volunteer-run festival has been the sharing of Greek heritage through food and celebration.

Status: TBD

The Laughing Buddha and The Townehouse Tavern in downtown Sudbury partner for this festival, which is a craft beer-lover’s dream. This epic street festival closes down Grey St. and takes over the sidewalk along Elgin. Sample delicious suds outdoors from breweries such as Beau’s, Split Rail and Pommies, while enjoying live music and delicious snacks. The festival generally takes place in August, but dates this year have not been announced.

Status: TBD for 2022

This annual celebration of graphic novels, comic books, independent zines, and other print mediums has featured guests such as Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics), visiting artists from Marvel and DC comics, as well as incredible cosplayers and more. For updates please visit their Facebook page.



STATUS: November 3 - November 5, 2022.

Wordstock Sudbury is Northern Ontario’s premier literary festival for readers, writers and lovers of words. The 9th edition of the Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival will take place November 3 - November 5, 2022. Writers in the past have included: Becky Blake, Ian Williams, Jael Richardson, Jen Sookfong Lee, Michelle Good and Waubgeshig Rice.

Have an update or a new Sudbury festival listing? Email us at info@northernontario.travel 

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