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About Ontario Culture Days

Ontario Culture Days is an annual three-day event featuring engaging community arts activities. Free and hands-on, Culture Days acitvities invite the public into the behind-the-scenes world of artists, creators, heritage workers, architects, curators and designers. Culture Days fosters engagement and support of a diverse arts and culture community that is lived, created, and expressed by all Ontarians regardless of age, ability, culture, discipline, ethnicity, language, or income.

Since its inaugural year in 2010, Ontario Culture Days has featured over 10,800 free arts and cultural heritage activities in all disciplines in Ontario as a part of the national Culture Days celebration, the largest public participation campaign undertaken by the Canadian arts and cultural community.  Beginning the last Friday of September, the annual Culture Days weekend features hand's-on, behind-the-scenes, community-engaged activities inviting the public to contribute to arts and culture across Canada.  

Contributing $44.5 million to Ontario’s tourism economy since 2010 ($8.0 million in 2016), each year Ontario Culture Days draws over 500,000 attendees, and 135,000 artists, workers and volunteers in 165+ cities and towns across the province. Generating 61.4 million marketing impressions and 62 million media impressions in 2016, Ontario Culture Days’ contributions to the public profile and awareness of arts and culture across Ontario are unprecedented.  

Don't miss this year’s Culture Days weekend, which will take place on September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017!

Vision and Mandate

The vision of Ontario Culture Days is to foster awareness, participation, engagement, and support of a diverse artistic and cultural community that is lived, created and expressed by all Ontarians regardless of age, ability, culture, ethnicity, or discipline. In urban, suburban, and rural areas alike, Ontario Culture Days affirms every citizen as a guardian of the cultural vitality of our communities, and promotes direct interaction between creators and citizens as a means to strengthen understanding and appreciation of the potent legacy of our shared artistic and cultural heritage.

Now in its eights year, Ontario Culture Days is part of the national Culture Days celebration representing the largest-ever public participation campaign undertaken by the Canadian arts and cultural community. Over three days, the annual Culture Days Weekend features free, hand’s-on community arts activities inviting the public to participate in the behind-the-scenes world of artists, creators, heritage workers, architects, curators, and designers. Through a variety of shared initiatives, Ontario Culture Days is also committed to fostering long-term support for the arts and strengthening the skills and capacity of community-engaged creators and cultural leaders locally and across Ontario. 

Policies and Statements

Plan in advance!

Culture Days takes place on the last Friday in September and the following weekend each year.
2017: Sept. 29 & 30 & Oct. 1
2018: Sept. 28, 29 & 30
2019: Sept. 27, 28 & 29
2020: Sept. 25, 26 & 27
2021: Sept 24, 25 & 26