Oakville ranks first overall in Canada for Culture Days!

Friday, December 01, 2023

Oakville’s arts, culture, and creativity have received top honours! The annual Culture Days celebration in Oakville from September 22 to October 15 has been ranked number one overall in the Culture Days 2023 Top Participating Communities Listing. For the second year in a row, the town was the top mid-size city again, followed by Halton Hills, Ontario, Richmond, British Columbia, Milton, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario and St. Catharines, Ontario. 

Oakville featured nearly 100 local events as part of the Halton Festival Hub with Iroquois Ridge Community Centre/North Hub, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts/Central Southeast Hub, Oakville Museum/Southeast Hub, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre/Southwest Hub, and The Crossing: Community Heritage Day among the designated event spaces offering a variety of activities. Participants explored creativity, artistic expression and more throughout the three-week celebration.

World of Threads and A Place I Call Home Halton celebrated for exceptional programming

The World of Threads Festival, currently taking place at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre, and A Place I Call Home Halton program were recently recognized as recipients of Ontario Culture Days Festival’s 2023 Spotlight Recognition Program. The World of Threads received the People’s Choice spotlight recognition, while 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. 

These recognition awards acknowledge organizers who, through their leadership, have crafted festival programming aimed at breaking down barriers and nurturing a more equitable arts and culture sector in Ontario. Visit the Ontario Culture Days website for a full list of recipients. 

For more information about the town’s annual events, visit the Culture Days page. 


“Oakville has a rich and thriving arts and culture scene that is spotlighted year after year through Culture Days. Council and I want to congratulate all the town staff and community and culture groups for organizing inclusive and interactive events and activities that brought the community together. Well done on earning the Culture Days Number One ranking in Canada for Oakville.”

– Mayor Rob Burton

“Culture Days provides our community with the opportunity to come together and celebrate what makes Oakville a vibrant and special community. I’m so proud of our staff who worked in partnership with our cultural community groups and local artists to put on yet another fantastic celebration showcasing Oakville’s arts, culture and creativity.” 

– Julie Mitchell, Director of Recreation and Culture    


  • Oakville has been recognized over the past 12 years among the top 10 cities and towns in Ontario offering Culture Days festivities.
  • Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture that invited the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes and experience the importance of arts and cultures in our communities for free.
  • Culture Days 2023 had record-breaking attendance with 4.4 million participants across Canada. Review the Culture Days 2023 Highlights for more details.