Culture Days 2024

Each year, 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 show appreciation for arts and culture in their own communities and nationwide. 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.

Running   September 20 until October 13, 2024, Culture Days events and activities promise to deliver three glorious weeks of colour, creativity and community. 

Call for Programming

The City of Barrie invites individuals, organizations, and businesses to submit proposals for activities/events to help celebrate Culture Days across Barrie between September 20 and October 13, 2024.  Limited funding is available. Honorariums of up to $800 are available per activity. Application deadline: 11:59pm on Monday, July 22. Please note: 

  • The format can be in-person or self-guided. Disciplines can include visual arts, dance, theatre, music, history and heritage, architecture and design, culinary arts, craft, storytelling, etc.
  • Activities must be unique and free (or open to pay-what-you-can donations). 
  • Activities must increase awareness of the arts and offer the community the opportunity to engage in an art form.  
  • Activities will receive additional consideration if they relate or respond to, Seeds to Sow, the City’s temporary exhibition of public art that will be on display starting on September 27. 
  • Culture Days has set September 30 aside to create space exclusively for events organized to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, including those sharing First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit experiences and perspectives celebrating the creative and cultural expressions of Indigenous people and communities. 

Submit your Proposal

2024 Programming

Culture Days programming is accessible and free, taking place in person, online, and through self-guided exploration. The list of programming will be updated below, so please check back and follow @creativebarrie on Instagram and Facebook for updates!

Friday September 20, 1:00pmCulture Days Flag Raising 


Culture Days wouldn't be possible without the coordination of many in Barrie's arts sector. Thank you to all our partners for your passion and dedication to a healthy and vibrant cultural sector: