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Culture Days


The City of Barrie is proud to celebrate Culture Days, a Canada-wide celebration designed to catalyze and inspire public participation in arts and culture.

Culture Days programs invite the public to get behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. The Culture Days organization supports a Canada-wide network of arts, culture, and heritage organizers to facilitate free public events in their communities every year during the Culture Days weekend.

Special for 2020

In 2020, Culture Days has invited event organizers and the public alike to view arts and culture programming and participation through the thematic lens of Unexpected Intersections—encouraging creative and outside-the-box thinking to reveal new avenues of discovery, learning, and expression.

4 Weeks of Activities​

Culture Days is extending beyond the traditional annual weekend of events to a more inclusive and interactive 4-week schedule of activities. Kicking off September 25th and running until October 25th, Culture Days invites everyone to participate in and show appreciation for arts and culture in their own communities and nationwide.

Open Air Dun​lop

As part of the Economic Recovery Plan, the City has collaborated with the Downtown Barrie BIA to bring Culture Days programming to Open Air Dunlop, the pedestrianization of a part of Dunlop Street. Dunlop Street East will be closed to vehicle traffic ​from Mulcaster Street to Clapperton Street for four Saturdays (morning until midnight) beginning September 26. The public is welcome to bike or walk along the street to check out the downtown's newly constructed streetscape, visit a local patio or shop, and discover local artists and their works!

Online Programming​​

In an effort to keep the community safe, this year’s Culture Days programming will take place online, through self-guided exploration, and as passive experiences. Strict COVID-19 safety protocols will be maintai​ned as is required by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Stay tuned for a full list of programming!

​Want to Get Involved?

There are a variety of ways that businesses, artists, and arts organizations can get involved this year. Stay tuned for more ways, but in the meantime, check this out:

Artists in Biz
Apply by September 21  

Calling all businesses with space to share, and artists with artwork to showcase! This match-making program pairs artists with local businesses to feature artists works. Businesses who showcase artists work will be listed throughout the Culture Days, providing an opportunity for drawing in new visitors to their business.  Artists will have an opportunity to share their work with new audiences and showcase to the community the level of skill and talent that exists in Barrie!

Participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis provided their offerings align with the theme of Unexpected Intersections and are of an appropriateness that meets the satisfaction of the City of Barrie. All those who submit will receive an email letting them know if they have been selected within three days of their submission.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the artists and businesses who are participating to work safely within the space provided. In light of COVID-19, artists and businesses must follow social distancing and other protocols as outlined by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Apply by September 21st to be considered.

Online offerings

Do you have an online performance, talk, workshop, or art demonstration that you want to share with the Culture Days audience? It can be pre-recorded and available at any time during the month, can be a one-time or multiple-time “event” with specific streaming dates and times given, or can be a live, interactive session that the audience registers for and participates in. These opportunities must be free or Pay What You Can to be included in the Culture Days programming. Funds may be available to cover artist and creative expenses related to recording/streaming. Please email your proposal to

Downtown BIA Window Decorating

In partnership with the Downtown Barrie Business Association and the Barrie Arts Committee, businesses and artists will be paired up to showcase artworks in the businesses’ windows. Artists will be compensated for their time. Please email for more information and if you would like to participate.


Miss in-person markets and vendor stalls at festivals? Us too! Register your creative business on this online marketplace focused on providing businesses a simple platform that connects and encourages local consumers to shop consciously and conveniently. In place of in-person artisan markets, HeyLocal brings local creative businesses together in one place for the consumers’ convenience. Check out their website for how they can support your online store. Don’t have an e-commerce site yet? Check out our other partner, ShopHERE for the opportunity to get a free online store!

Do you have another idea you are considering? Let us know by emailing

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