Valley Fresh posterVoted the best street fair by readers of The Walleye, Valley Fresh Fruit and the Bay and Algoma Neighbourhood are set to host the fourth annual Valley Fresh Buskers Festival. The two-day festival will feature 40+ performers rotating through 10 stages located on upper Bay Street and Algoma. Word is this year’s festival will have familiar favourites as well as some new surprises.

When: July 23 and 24, 10 am-5 pm

Where: Bay and Algoma Neighborhood

Headliners: All the performers share the spotlight

Cost: Free

What not to miss: With many acts, vendors, and food, there is always something to keep people happy

The vibe: Friendly, family-oriented, and community-oriented

Where to stay: Prince Arthur Hotel

Food: Enough flavours to satisfy every taste, from food trucks to local restaurants to Pop’s Kettle Corn to Valley Fresh Fruit

Insider tip: Since the entertainment is constantly changing, stay for a few hours and check out everything. And please tip your buskers if you enjoy them as well.

Memorable moments: Seeing so many people come out last year and turn the Bay and Algoma neighborhood into a true Thunder Bay community event. It is just about good times.

-By Todd Shewchuk