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Festival Hubs

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Save the date: Ontario Culture Days festival takes place September 20 to October 13, 2024.

Celebrate arts and culture with Festival Hubs across Ontario. Visit Hubs to explore unique programming, connect with community, and discover new destinations.

Check back soon for more event information.

2 people looking at art projected on the wall of a dark room Glenhyrst Art Gallery 2024. Brant. Photo Courtesy of Heart of Ontario.


Home to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, this mostly-rural region invites outdoor adventures and cultural exploration.

People surround a table at an outdoor paint pouring event Paint Pouring Culture Days 2023. Burlington. Photo courtesy of Adam Belovari.


Located on the shores of Lake Ontario between Toronto & Niagara Falls, Burlington offers lakeside strolls as well as galleries, cafes, and boutiques for visitors to explore.

A group of people mingling in a room with many drawings on the walls GAN Arts Fest 2022. Gananoque & 1000 Islands. Photo Courtesy of Gananoque Arts Network.

Gananoque & 1000 Islands

Once known as Manitouana (“Garden of the Great Spirit”) by the Haudenosaunee, this region on the St. Lawrence River is a year-round destination.

Two people drawing using markers illuminated by a purple light in a dark area. Reshaping Ruins by Guelph's Artists in Residence 2023. Guelph. Photo Courtesy of Sarah Arfan.


Guelph, known as The Royal City and nestled between the Speed and Eramosa Rivers in Southwestern Ontario, is famed for world-class arts festivals.

People of all ages are dancing in a circle indoors Elemental Festival 2022. Manitoulin Island. Photo Courtesy of 4Elements Living Arts.

Manitoulin Island

Manitoulin Island, “Spirit Island” is a unique geographic feature that lies within the Great Lakes, and an arts and culture hub in Northeastern Ontario.

3 people with their arms outstretched while dancing on a stage Milton Hub Events South Asian Mommies of Milton 2023. Halton. Photo Courtesy of Sarah Arfan.


Perched against the Niagara Escarpment, the landscape captivates visitors with its stunning landscapes and historic villages, providing a haven for the artists that live there.

A young boy interacts with a chinese dragon QEP -Chinese Network Society. 2023. Photo Courtesy of Jenna Centra.


Located on the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Oakville’s lakeside charm makes it one of Ontario’s most sought-after spots to call home.

Gallery attendee in wheelchair, photographed from back right through paint splattered window, admiring artwork hung on wall. Ottawa Art Gallery 2023. Ottawa. Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Ralph.

Ottawa Region

Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, offers impressive museums, galleries, and a wealth of festivals and cultural events. Nearby, Prescott and Russell offer charming rural landscapes and a burgeoning local culture and art scene.

People stitching colorful designs on a large piece of fabric Thinking Rock Community Arts. Sault Ste. Marie Culture Days 2023. Photo courtesy of Kyrstiana Bourdage.

Sault Ste. Marie

“Bawating” as named by the Ojibwe people, is a gateway to the further-north, and a vibrant hub for arts and culture in Northern Ontario.

A gloved hand hovering over various ink paintings Alcohol Ink Demonstration with Kirsty Naray 2022, presented by Scugog Arts. Scugog. Photo courtesy of Eilish Waller.


Scugog, a township bordering its eponymous lake, is a creative hub northeast of Toronto, featuring artisan workshops and performances for the perfect creative getaway.

Two people doing watercolor painting First Thoughts: Making Words 2023. St. Catharines & Niagara. Photo courtesy of Anne Kalagian Photography.

St. Catharines & Niagara Region

The St. Catharines and Niagara region, bustling since the 1820s, has transformed into a thriving arts hub hosting several prominent arts destinations.

A woman kneels in a greenhouse while holding a paper and pen, while two children sit on a bench and listen to her Music, Arts, & Botanicals Thunder Bay Community Band Conservatory 2023. Thunder Bay. Photo courtesy of Chad Kirvan.

Thunder Bay

Stunning landscape meets unique history in Thunder Bay. Situated on Lake Superior, the city is rich with history, artists, and landmark institutions.

Two people working on punch needle art on a large square of fabric Booth Queen West Art Crawl Collaborative Creation 2023. Toronto. Photo courtesy of Kevin Jones.

Toronto Region

In Toronto, diverse neighborhoods and an iconic skyline set the stage for city-wide arts events that showcase community spirit.

A small group of people dancing outdoors Cuban Fusion with Dailyn Martinez Dance Together Festival 2023. Vaughan. Photo courtesy of Mirna Chacín.


Vaughan is a creative urban city that uniquely integrates art into its public realm, making art accessible to all.

A group of adults in a bus. Someone is standing in the front of the bus speaking into a microphone Neighbourhood Arts Tour 2023. Windsor. Photo courtesy of Alejandro Tamayo.


The Windsor-Essex Region, a gateway to Ontario that borders the Detroit River, is a vibrant arts hub with historical ties to the Underground Railroad.


County of Brant, Centre Wellington, Town of Oakville, Arts Milton, City of Burlington, Gananoque Arts Networks, City of Guelph, 4elements Living Arts, Counsel de arts Prescott-Russell Arts Council, Art Gallery of Algoma, Scugog Arts, City of St. Catharines, City of Thunder Bay, Urbanspace and Queen West Art Crawl, City of Vaughan, and Arts Council Windsor & Region.


The Ontario Culture Days Festival Hub program is sponsored by OLG.


We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor), Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario, and the Ontario Arts Council.

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