The Hustle and Bustle of the Westfort Street Fair
If you find yourself in Thunder Bay visiting family and friends in mid-August, you may want to check out the hustle and bustle of what is the Westfort Street Fair. This summer event, held the third Saturday in August each year, celebrates the historic Thunder Bay neighbourhood of Westfort. This year's event is set for Saturday August 19.
The Westfort Village business district runs from James Street to Ford Street, but the festival itself takes place on two blocks of Frederica Street. The street is blocked off starting from Westfort Foods, the neighbourhood grocery store parking lot and Rollason’s Flower Shop across the street at one end to Swartz Fine Fashions down at Brown Street.
Businesses in the Westfort Village have been hosting this open street festival for over 30 years, with local merchants welcoming street vendors to join in for what is one gigantic sidewalk sale and block party. You will find close to 100 merchants and vendors selling their wares, so come early in the day to give yourself some time to seek some great deals on new and used items, including treasures from a local collector at Black Cat Antiques.
The Westfort Street Fair has much to entertain you on a Saturday afternoon, with a number of musical and dancing acts performing on a main stage. In addition, there will be vendors selling food and of course, fun activties for the kids.
Kids will thrilled by a vareity of activities including the Shriner train, along with blow-up castles, bouncy tents, clowns, magicians and more. The Thunder Bay Fire Department sets up a display to talk fire safety with the opportunity to tour a fire truck, another big draw for children and their parents.
And bring cash to scoop up the bargains galore.
There will be unique items for sale at various tents set up by other local street vendors, offering deals you won't want to pass up.
The Westfort Street Fair is an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to connect with this southside Thunder Bay neighbourhood, that grew up around its connection to industries built on the Kam (Kaministiquia) River and the railway. Early business owners built what became their own busy downtown, complete with clothing stores, banks, restaurants, hotels, professional offices, pharmacies and food stores, and it remains a vibrant place to do business today.