Kenora has a wide variety of year-round events to choose from. There's a festival for everyone. Choose from hockey or fishing tournaments to music concerts to fireworks. Children are sure to have fun all summer long while they are out of school. Both Harbourfest and Canada Day Celebrations feature many activities for the kids. Below is a summary of some of the Special Events and Festivals held in Kenora.
Kenora Winter Carnival - Beginning of March
Enjoy driving or walking by the snow sculptures who will eventually be judged, eat some free chili, go ice skating, watch fireworks and more.
North American First Nations Tournament of Champions - March or April
Huge hockey tournament held at the Kenora Recreation Centre Arena on Easter weekend.
Shrine Circus - Beginning of May
Great fun for the whole family. Held at the Kenora Recreation Centre.
Home & Leisure Show - First week of May
Held at the Kenora Recreation Centre. For more information call the Kenora Chamber of Commerce at 807-467-4646.
Kenora Dog Show - Third weekend in June.
Kenora District Dog Club presents its annual Dog Show at the Keewatin arena. For more information call Diane at 807-468-3791.
Classic Car Show & Shine -Near the end of June (3rd to 4th Friday).
Evening show at Kenora Harbourtown Centre. Many prizes, many categories. Out of town cars welcome! For more information call Bill Richards 807-468-8407.
Canada Day Celebrations - July 1
Celebrations include fireworks, games for the children, crafts, face painting, live entertainment, concession stands and more. Held at the Harbourfront.
Cemetery Walking Tours -July and August
Walking tour of the Lake of the Woods Cemetery For more information call 807-467-2067.
Harbourfront Concert Series - Thursday evenings July and August.
Performances held at the Harbourfront.
ESCAPE Powerboat Excursion - on Lake of the Woods. The ESCAPE, Lake of the Woods power boat cruise, was organized years ago by avid boaters on the lake with a goal of meeting new boaters, teaching the lake to boaters and for a good time. The ESCAPE is open to all power boaters and each year people of all ages and from many parts of Canada and the United States trailer their boats to Lake of the Woods to take part in this fun event. The ESCAPE Cruises are held three times per year, plus a Winter "No-Boat" ESCAPE. The Summer ESCAPE is a three day Cruise on Lake of the Woods. The Spring and Fall Escapes are normally a single day event held in the location of choice of that year's Commodore.
Kenora Harbourfest - August Long Weekend (the beginning of August).
Huge Long Weekend celebrations. Day activities include a variety of activities for the children, a Classic Car Show, Antique Wooden Boat parade, KidZone, and vendors. Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings see music concerts under the tent. This weekend is not to be missed. Fireworks are also on Sunday night. Diamonds & Ice Tournament. Held at the Kenora Harbourfront.
Kenora Classic Car Show - August Long Weekend.
Held the weekend of Harbourfest. Take a close look at the beautifully restored classic cars all along the green belt of the downtown Harbourfront.
Annual Diamonds & Ice - Hockey, baseball & golf tourament. Held at the Keewatin ball diamond and arena. Held during Harbourfest on the August Long Weekend. For more information call Dave at 807-468-3455. Golf Tournament is held at the Beauty Bay Golf Course on the Monday. For more information about golfing, call Mike at 807-548-8262.
LOWISA Sailing Regatta - First Week in August.
A week long regatta on Lake of the Woods.
Kenora Agricultural Society Fair - Usually 1st or 2nd weekend in August.
Held at the Kenora Recreation Centre. Come see the finest crops grown this year. Midway, exhibits, animals and displays. For more information contact Jack at 807-548-5612.
Kenora Bass International Fishing Tournament - Week after the August Long
Teams compete for great monetary prizes. Watch the fishermen weigh-in and see who the top contenders are. Beer gardens. Held on Lake of the Woods. Activities are held under the Whitecap Pavilion on the Harbourfront. Held on Thursday, Friday & Saturday after the Long weekend.
Lobsterfest - First to Second week in September.