Culture Days is a nationwide weekend to celebrate arts and culture. Launched in 2010, this public engagement initiative aims to foster support for a diverse arts and culture community that is lived, created and expressed by all Ontarians.
Starting the last Friday of each September, Culture Days is an opportunity to build connection, awareness and pride in the vibrant nature of arts and culture across Ontario. We celebrate and drive the public to registered and non-registered Culture Days events, which may include individuals and organizations that are renowned, community-focused, established and emerging. Accessibility and inclusion are central to our values, and we promote direct interaction between creators and the public as a means to strengthen long-term support for arts and culture.
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 136 million marketing impressions and 17 million media impressions in 2017, Ontario Culture Days’ contributions to the public profile and awareness of arts and culture across Ontario are unprecedented.