Thorne Bay Days commemorates incorporation of the city—but it’s mostly an excuse for families and friends to party. The Thorne Bay Pignic on Friday is sponsored by the city's emergency services. Organizers roast a whole hog for an outdoor family social with picnic-style food at Thorne Bay Cafe, then coffee and dessert at Church of Thorne Bay. Music is provided by local talents. Tickets usually sell out in advance. Events on Saturday, sponsored by the city and Thorne Bay School, include kayak races in the harbor; newbies are welcome after a primer on safety and paddling. There’s a 5K walk and jog on streets and back roads. Family games are set up during a fabulous fund-raising lunch put on by one of the Thorne Bay School’s programs.