Come learn about the important role that arts and culture play in strengthening bonds, the well-being of individuals, and the vitality of our social fabric while enjoying Culture Days events for three glorious weeks of colour, creativity, and community.
This year, the Town of Oakville and local artists, creators, and community members are excited to offer free programs and activities from September 23 to October 16. Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC), Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (OCPA), Oakville Museum, Oakville Public Library (OPL) branches, and Oakville Galleries are among the designated event hubs offering a variety of activities throughout the festival.
Join contemporary dance artist and choreographer Christine Friday at the Oakville Centre (or online) as she explores her Anishinaabek roots in a show that combines film and live performance. For free tickets to the in-person event at 8 p.m., visit oakvillecentre.ca.
Watch Indigenous films on the grounds of Oakville Museum on Friday, September 23 from 6 to 11 p.m. Presented in association with Indigenous community leaders, Oakville Public Library (OPL) and other community partners, the night will feature the films Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair and Hi-Ho Mistahey!
Family Storytimes and workshops are being offered at various Oakville Public Library branches, as well as special online programs.
Sign up for the Record a Cover Song (Parented) workshop on Sunday, September 25, from 10 a.m.to noon. Pre-registration is required.
Explore the Print Expo & Fair at Howard Iron Works Printing Museum on Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join artist Jessica Carrasco for an Acrylic Workshop on Saturday, October 1 between noon and 3 p.m. at QECCC.
Drop-in and learn simple knitting stiches at Oakville Museum Saturday, October 8 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Check out Music Is All Around Us: Homemade Instruments with Bandology on Saturday, October 15 from 1 to 2 p.m.
And, there are many more options to be found in the Culture Days event calendar!
Showcased on prominent windows at recreation facilities in each ward, "Connextions" is a temporary public art project that aims to build community spirit and reflect on the idea of reconnecting.
Follow the Moccasin Trails signs along Bronte Creek Heritage Trail (beginning at Rebecca Street and Mississauga Street) and at Lions Valley (along Sixteen Mile Creek Inner Valley to Dundas Street West) and explore the history of the lands from an Indigenous perspective.
At Tannery Park, explore the First Nations history wall and Moccasin Identifier, which was built to promote public awareness of the significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Métis and Indigenous communities.
The first orange crosswalk in Oakville, at Thomas and Church streets, has been painted in honour of children of the residential school system. The intersection also features a utility cabinet cover in a Moccasin Identifier Project design of four moccasins representative of the four linguistic groups in Ontario and a permanent interpretive sign.
Contemporary dance artist and choreographer Christine Friday invites the audience along via livestream (or in-person) as she explores her Anishinaabek roots in a show that combines film and live performance at the Oakville Centre.
Artist Emily Coe walks you through a variety of fun projects on YouTube, including:
And, there are many more online options to be found in the Culture Days event calendar!
Don't forget to pick up or print off our fun animal foldables for a chance to win great prizes!
Tag a photo of your cute creation (PDF) and post it on social media with the hashtag #OakvilleCultureDays. Participants will be entered into a draw to win a recreation and culture prize pack.
Contest closes on Sunday, October 16, 2022.
The first Ontario Culture Days festival in 2010, and for the 10 years following, was held over one exciting weekend. In 2020, the festival was extended to a multi-week celebration.
In 2021, there were 1,200 events in 99 municipalities across the province and 1 in 10 Ontarians attended events!
Learn more about events and activities happening near you!.