Culture Days

A national celebration of arts and culture

Be part of Oakville's Culture Days in 2024

Spaces are limited but there is still time to join us in offering a free, interactive activity as part of this year’s three-week Ontario Culture Days Festival, from September 20 to October 13, 2024.

Artists, creators, dancers, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers, makers and other creatives are welcome to apply. We’re looking for local individuals, businesses, and organizations interested in offering free, interactive activities as part of the three-week Culture Days Festival. Spaces are now first-come, first-served.

If you/your group are interested in offering a 2024 in-person activity, please be advised that all programs must meet the following criteria:

  • Provided at no cost to participants or the Town of Oakville.
  • Offered from September 20 to October 13, 2024.
  • Be a cultural activity.

An application form must be submitted to participate in this event and to request town space (indoor or outdoor). All workshops at town facilities will be included on the town’s website as a drop-in program.

Requests received after the May 15, 2024 deadline will be supported first-come, first-served as space allows. OCPA requests closed on May 15, 2024.

Submit an application

Call for proposals: Culture Days Artist Project

The municipalities of Halton and Halton Region Heritage Services are commissioning a multidisciplinary artist, artist team or artist collective to lead an interactive cultural activity as part of Culture Days 2024.

Proposals may include interactive art projects, hands-on workshops, and/or interactive performances.

The project should be participatory in nature, take place between September 20 and October 13, and be offered in each of the four regional municipalities. 

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2024. Applicants must be based in Halton.

Download the application package

Information sessions

Two virtual information sessions will be held on Monday, July 15, at 12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 

Send an email to arts@milton.ca to register for an information session.

Free programming space

We can provide access to free indoor space at:

  • Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre – Saturday, September 21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or
  • River Oaks Community Centre – Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Outdoor space will also be available in one of our public squares.

Requests for the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (OCPA) are now closed. A jury will review all OCPA requests and select two groups maximum.

Email culturedays@oakville.ca for more information.

Over the past 13 years, Oakville has placed among the top 10 cities and towns in Ontario offering Culture Days activities. Rankings are based on the number of programs, tours, performances and demonstrations held in each community.

Check out our full list of artists and groups that participated last year!

Oakville Culture Days 2023

In 2023, the annual Culture Days celebration in Oakville was ranked first overall in the Culture Days 2023 Top Participating Communities Listing

Featuring nearly 100 local events as part of the Halton Festival Hub, the town was also the top mid-size city for the second year in a row.

  • The World of Threads Festival at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre, received the People’s Choice award. 
  • A Place I Call Home Halton, organized by artist Faisal Anwar with the Town of Oakville, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton, Museums of Burlington, and Halton Region, was recognized as the Best Collaborative Program.

Over the past 12 years, Oakville has placed among the top 10 cities and towns in Ontario offering Culture Days activities. Rankings are based on the number of programs, tours, performances and demonstrations held in each community. 

Celebrations and events in 2023 included:

Open our 2023 Culture Days schedules (pdf).

Celebrating Indigenous Culture

Complimentary tickets were available to watch singer/songwriter and inspirational speaker Lacey Hill and special guests at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, September 30. Lacey Hill is a member of the Oneida/Mohawk of Six Nations, Wolf Clan.

As a visual reminder to recognize and honour the original caretakers of these lands, a Moccasin Identifier activity was available at Centennial Square (120 Navy Street). Visitors to The Crossing event at Knox Presbyterian Church Sixteen on September 23, also took part in the Moccasin Identifier activity.

Orange Shirt Day Art Project

Orange Shirt Day honours Indigenous children and families affected by Canada's residential schools. As part of Oakville's Orange Shirt Day display, we created installations at town community centres to demonstrate our commitment to awareness and reconciliation.

Visiting any community centre, many picked up an orange paper shirt and shared their message about Orange Shirt Day's importance, the value of every child, or a message of hope and reconciliation. Paper shirts were added to our temporary display.

Learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events in Oakville.

Exploring public art

  • Connextions is an exhibition showcasing temporary public artworks on prominent windows at recreation facilities in each ward to build community spirit and celebrate community.
  • A new mural has been installed at Glen Abbey Oakville Public Library by artist Caroline MacFarlane.
  • New mural at River Oaks Community Centre has been installed by artist Ning Yang, an illustrator and designer participating in the CreateSpace Public Art Residency in partnership with the Town of Oakville this year. Workshops were also offered at several town facilities.
  • We are launching the new youth mural project with workshops led by artist Linh Thai.

What home means to you!

New to Culture Days in Oakville in 2023 was #APlaceICallHomeHalton, a participatory community art project was led by hybrid media artist Faisal Anwar.

Residents were invited to think about what home means to them and share an image by tagging @aplaceicallhomeproject on Instagram, using the hashtag #APlaceICallHomeHalton or sending visuals to the @townofoakville Instagram account through in a direct message.

Images were reposted as part of a growing archive that will form a collective memory of what home means to Halton residents. The visual content was also be added to a large-scale installation of photographs in motion, projected in various locations in Oakville and Halton during Culture Days.

The following local artists and creative groups participated in Oakville's Culture Days celebrations this year.

  • Alex Neumann
  • April Hickox
  • Artsy Crafts
  • Artworks Oakville Association
  • Asli Alin
  • Bandology
  • Brian Groberman
  • Bronte Historical Society
  • Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton
  • Caroline Macfarlane
  • Circle of Harmony
  • CM Duffy
  • Conservation Halton
  • D&D Music School
  • Danny Custodio
  • Darren Rigo
  • Emily Coe
  • Emily May Rose
  • Erin McGean
  • Fall Celtic Festival
  • Grandmother's Voice
  • Halton Black Voices
  • Halton Heritage Services - Halton Region
  • High Rendition Jazz
  • Historical Harmonies
  • Howard Iron Works Printing Museum and Restoration
  • Intrada Brass of Oakville
  • Iroquois Ridge Community Centre
  • John Fletcher
  • Kayla Whitney
  • Kerr Street Big Band
  • Kim-Lee Kho
  • Knox Presbyterian Church Sixteen
  • Lacy Hill
  • Leah Kwak
  • Lucas DeClavasio
  • Madeline Benevides
  • Maria Won
  • Maryna Salagub Goodfairyart
  • Maureen O'Connor
  • Merriam Music
  • Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation
  • Moccasin Identifier Project
  • Music Without Borders
  • Natalie Very B
  • Ning Yang
  • Oakville Camera Club 
  • Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Oakville Chinese Network Society
  • Oakville Community Foundation
  • Oakville Galleries
  • Oakville Historical Society
  • Oakville Improv Theatre Company
  • Oakville Museum
  • Oakville Oriental Arts Club
  • Oakville Public Library
  • Oakville Sculptor and Wood Carvers Guild
  • Oakville Sewers Forum
  • Oakville Suzuki Association
  • Oakville Symphony (Orchestra)
  • Oakville Wind Orchestra
  • Oriental Arts Club
  • Paul Dias
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
  • Shay Conroy
  • Sir John Colborne Centre
  • Sweet Grass Collective
  • The Wearable Art Show
  • World of Threads Festival
  • Yen Linh Thai
  • Yuan Yin Group

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Questions?

Please email culturedays@oakville.ca or call 905-845-6601, ext. 4614.