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Summer in the North: Sudbury Edition

You’re staying in Sudbury this summer? You must be excited with all that awaits you!

What? You don’t know what there is to do is Sudbury over the summer? Well let us say, you have an exciting summer ahead of you.

From patios to night life, festivals and events to the great outdoors, Sudbury has something to offer everyone.

The city is actually surrounded by lakes. Remember in Southern Ontario how far you had to drive for a beach day? Now you can take the city bus to Ramsey Lake. There is also parking available, so if you want to drive, that is an option as well.

Interested in movies? Downtown Sudbury hosts a FREE under the starts movie the last Thursday of each month from May to September in the Durham/Cedar street parking lot. But if outside isn’t for you, there is always Silver City.

Do you have an ear for music? The Peter Schneider Concert Series is a 15-year tradition with new and seasoned musicians. These FREE concerts run Sunday evenings, from May to August, at one of three locations within Bell Park; William Bell Gazebo, the Katherine Bell Gazebo, or the Grace Hartman Amphitheater.

Downtown Rotary Blues for Food will be celebrating it’s 25th year in support of the Sudbury Food Bank. This outdoor blues festival takes place in Durham St. Enjoy an evening of blues for the low price of a non-perishable food item or a cash donation.

Northern Lights Festival Boréal 45 is taking place from July 8-10 at Bell Park. This is a family event with over 60 artists playing five stages throughout the weekend. There will be local artisan crafters, food, and family fun activities. Visit their website for more information on the event and ticket pricing http://nlfbsudbury.com/.

Looking for something a little more Urban? The Up Here festival will be taking place from August 11-13 in downtown Sudbury. This isn’t just music – no, it’s an entire experience, consisting of eight muralists working on new murals the week leading up to the festival and over 45 musicians throughout 12 venues.

Ever watched TLC’s Long Island Medium? Well, Theresa Caputo will be visiting Sudbury on June 16 at the Sudbury Arena. Did you know Sudbury is known in Northern Ontario for signing some fantastic acts? From artists to entertainers, keep your eye on the Sudbury Tourisms Facebook page for upcoming concerts and events that you don’t want to miss.

Is running your thing? There are many options for running in Sudbury that we just don’t know where to start. Form Bell Park to the Laurentian Conservation area or Adanac Ski Hill/ New Sudbury Conservation Area, there are many options. You could even visit Blueberry Hill or Oak Forest, both near Minnow Lake. Check out the Rainbow Routes website http://www.rainbowroutes.com/ for all the trails in the Greater Sudbury area, as there are quite a few. Is running not your thing? Don’t worry, the runners share the path; you’re welcome to walk/hike any of these routes too.

Interested in racing? The Finlandia Trail Runs Series, in support of the Laurentian Nordic Ski Club, will take place Thursday June 9, July 7 and August 18 from the Laurentian Community Track. The cost is only $10 for Adults and $5 for Kids 12 and under.

Graphic-Con will take place on June 11, 2016, from 10 am to 9 pm, at the Sudbury Arena. This is a non-profit event, presented by the Greater Sudbury Public Library and Launchpad Creative. It is dedicated to film, graphic novels, comics as well as fan culture.

Looking for a unique item for your apartment or dorm? Sudbury’s Flea market is filled with treasures waiting for a good home. The Flea market runs every Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm.

Interested in the performing arts? Sudbury Theatre is alive from August 12-27 with the Broadway Musical Hairspray. Tickets and additional information is available at www.yestheather.com. Don’t forget to visit the Theatre Cambrian website to stay up-to-date with the exciting upcoming performances: http://www.theatrecambrian.ca/.

Beyond all the exciting events that are taking place, Sudbury is home to Science North and Dynamic Earth, both offering fun opportunities to explore the world of science. You could visit the iconic Big Nickel, go golfing, or even eat at one of the many fantastic restaurants and pubs/bars that fill the downtown core. There are boat tours and opportunities to hit the water in your own kayak, paddle board or even canoe. Sudbury has great shopping, with the New Sudbury Shopping Centre, many strip malls and numerous locally owned stores. You could visit the in-door climbing and fitness centres, museums, go carting, mini putt and spas.

You have a lot to look forward to this summer, as Sudbury is a bustling city with lots to offer.