Top 10 Things to do in Sarnia Ontario
Located along St.Clair River, Sarnia Ontario is an especially great place to be! With plenty of entertainment, the community of Sarnia is very active during the summer months, from hosting various park festivals, to concerts and car shows. Additionally, residents of Sarnia, ON. carry a long tradition of celebrating the first Friday of every month. No matter the season, it is common for Sarnia bars and restaurants to be particularly busy on the fist Friday of the month. This being said, Sarnia is extra busy when the weather is beautiful AND it is the first Friday of the month.
Events in Sarnia vary on the time of the year, typically busiest during the summer months. For families looking for weekend events with the kids, there are many festivals and car shows to bring the little ones along. See the Events Calendar for more details.
Things to do in Sarnia for adults
Sarnia, Ontario, a Lake Huron water front community boats a small town feel with a big city vibe. With it’s downtown core being a hub for arts, culture and entertainment, Sarnia is favoured by many individuals. Sarnia hosts many night time events for adults, which include beer tents and live entertainment. Various parks are known to host events such as BlueWater Borderfest, and Rib Fest. There are many summer events to give you an excuse to call a babysitter and leave the kids at home.
Sarnia Rib Fest
For starters, Sarnia’s annual Rib Fest, hosted in Centennial Park, takes place from July 5th – 8th. Hosted by the Kinsmen Club, the weekend event hosts 6 rib sponsors, a refreshment tent and live music! Proceeds go to 33 local charities, including the Inn of the Good Shepherd, the salvation army, Sarnia-Lambton chapters of the Kidney Foundation and the Heart & Stroke Foundation and local Boy Scout troops and Cadet organizations
If you love craft beers or are looking to sample a few to find your favourite, Sarnia’s Beer Show takes place on the first Friday of May. Located in the former Bayside Mall, the Beer Show hosts many local craft breweries including; Anderson Craft Ales, Myth Cowbell Brewing co., Sons of Kent, Refined Fool, Forked River, Bayside Brewery, Big Rig Brewery. The event includes live bands, and a reason to sample local craft breweries. The former Bayside Mall also hosts Oktoberfest, which takes on the the same general idea with the culture of Oktoberfest.
Sarnia’s Bluewater Borderfest, located in Centennial Park during the weekend of July 26th. The former event known as Sarnia’s Bayfest, hosts dozens of bands for a weekend of full of good times. Each night dedicated to a different genre, (rock, classic rock, country music) the event is popular for all ages. The event hopes to expand the celebrations and include a food vendor festival as part of border fest, as well as feature local entertainment during the day. This year, Sarnia’s own Cory James Mitchell Band will be playing a full set.
Sarnia Events for Couples or First Dates
With the city atmosphere Sarnia has developed, unconventional date nights are beginning to grow in popularity. Axe throwing has become a new alternative to date night. Equipped with their liquor license, Valley Axe is the perfect place for your next date night. Enjoy a beer and show your date your playful side.
There are sporting events such as the Sarnia Sting OHL Hockey team, or other lower level teams that are more inexpensive to attend, but have competitive games. Sarnia Sting’s home arena is The Progressive Auto Sales Arena, located right beside the Lambton College. Sarnia Sting games are anywhere from an hour and half to two hours in length.
Need a night out? Hire a babysitter, leave the kids at home, and come enjoy the bands at Bluewater Borderfest could for a great night out. Couples in Sarnia have always loved to enjoy the festival in the park. resurrecting Sarnia Bayfest under a new name, Bluewater Borderfest gives couples the chance to enjoy this tradition once again. More concerts in Sarnia include the music monsters performance and the Bandshell in Canatara Park, The Imperial Theatre features a variety of acts, recently being comedian Gerry D, Randy Bachman and other acts of many genres. If you are more of a theatrical arts person, pay attention to the lineup of plays at the Imperial Theatre. the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia is a close drive, and further is the Huron Country Playhouse. Both worth the drive…
If you’re hoping for something more low-key and educational, the art gallery on Christina Street downtown features fine art and guest artist installations. The Lawrence House is a cool historical building that is open to the public during business hours. For seniors, there is Suncor Agora stage performances in Centennial Park or the Strangway Centre. The Suncor Agora is a new feature and has various acts that have a blooming attendance.
Options for picnics range from waterfront locations at the mouth of the St. Clair River or under the Bluewater Bridge. Alternatively, parks like Canatara Park Sarnia, Germain Park, Mike Weir Park Brights Grove, Kenwick Park or there’s adult two-pitch baseball on weeknights at Clearwater Arena Park. Looking for an outdoor altnerative? How about golf days? Sarnia is scattered with many beautiful golf courses for you to enjoy a day outdoors practicing your swing.
Things to do in Sarnia for families
There is truly nothing better than spending your Saturday afternoon strolling through the park, enjoying community events. Summers in Sarnia, Ontario include many weekend festivals taking place in Canatara and Centennial Park, these festivals are perfect for the entire family.
Are you an individual that lives a plant based lifestyle? Or a sustainable, compassionate and healthy lifestyle? Come check out Sarnia’s VegFest! Spend and afternoon in Canatara Park celebrating vegan food and culture. Located along the Lake Huron shores, spend an afternoon along the beautiful water visiting local food vendors, live music, guest speakers and so many more! The festival includes a bouncy castle, slip n slide and parachute for kids. Sarnia’s Well Rounded Doulas are known to host a ‘nature nook’ where mothers can feed and change their children in a shaded, semi private space. This year, Kombucha Hound is hosting a Kombucha lounge, including locally made kombucha and live music.
Sarnia Car Show
If you enjoy custom, classic or street cars Sarnia is home to the annual car show, Cruise in the Park hosted by Sarnia Street Machines. Taking place in Canatara park, Cruise in the Park hosts over 500 cars from the 1920s to present day displays. This event takes place on the weekend of June 25th, with all proceeds going to Pathways Health Centre for Children.
Artwalk is another great addition to Sarnia’s Downtown core. Taking place on the first Friday of June, Christina street is blocked off to enjoy a weekend long festival featuring arts, music and environment . the street is lined with hundreds of artistis, crafts people, foo vendors and live music. introducing poutine fat this year.
If you are determined to find something to do with the whole family, Sarnia Escape is a great place for an afternoon of family bonding. Solve puzzles, find clues and escape within 60 minutes. The escape room adventure is suitable for all ages, with varying degrees of difficulty.
What to do for Canada Day in Sarnia?
Another family event could include taking part in Sarnia’s Canada Day celebrations. To start off the day, Sarnia hosts an annual parade starting at 11:30 am on Lakeshore Road, followed by a handful of craft and art vendors in the park, finishing off the night with fireworks on the water.
Sarnia’s fireworks are said to be the most beautiful in the area, as they are set off along the Lake Huron. Directly across from Port Huron, Michigan, it is even common to catch a glimpse of Port Huron’s Fourth of July celebrations from Canadian soil.
First Friday Events
The First Friday of the month has become a long time tradition for the residents of Sarnia, ON. Almost an unwritten rule, the first Friday of every month Sarnia is quite the popular place to be. Whether its November or July, residents use this as an ‘excuse’ to be out on the town; partying, out for dinner or just enjoying a night with friends. It is common for bars and restaurants on the downtown core to host live entertainment, or during the summer months, have festivals such as the Beer Show and the Art walk for the public to enjoy.
Whether you are looking for something to do with the family, or with your group of friends, Sarnia Ontario is certain to have something you will enjoy. From axe throwing, to summer concerts, no matter the event Sarnia’s beautiful city will be well worth the visit.
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