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. Running September 22 until October 15, 2023, Culture Days events and activities promise to deliver three glorious weeks of colour, creativity and community.
Entertainment on the Meridian Stage
|10am||Live Theatre singalong to songs from We Will Rock You with Kempenfelt Community Players|
|10:45am||Lasya Indian Folk Dance workshop|
|11:15am||Tai chi and square dancing workshop with the Simcoe Chinese Association|
|11:45am||Poetry reading by Barrie’s Poet Laureate, Ty the Poetess|
|12pm||Choir performance and workshop with Bravado!|
|12:45pm||Dance party with DJ Cachet|
|2pm||Musical performance by Megan Anne|
|2:30pm||Salsa dance workshop with Salsa Beats|
|3:30pm||Caribbean music performance by Freez’ Careeb|
|5pm||Musical performance by Zaki Ibrahim, presented by the Downtown Barrie Business Association|
|8pm||Dance It Out Barrie, hosted by the Downtown Barrie Business Association|
|9am–1pm||Kids art activity with Alexandra Gronfors|
|10am–12pm||Heritage Barrie pop-up|
|10am–1pm||Grand reveal of the City's refreshed Nature Play Trailer & local pollinator flower art activity with Monica Loney and the MacLaren Art Centre|
|10am–2pm||Drawing chalk monsters with Neil Smith|
|10am–2pm||Life drawing featuring a live model with Drawing House|
|10am–2pm||En plein air painting with Barrie Art Club|
|10am–4pm||Stories in the Square with Barrie Public Library|
|10am–5pm||Step-by-step painting activity with Vivian Heliotis|
|10am–5pm||Salsa dance lessons with Salsa Beats|
|10am–5pm||Carnival headdress craft with Parents Against Racism Simcoe|
|10am–5pm||Henna and interactive science activities with Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association|
|1–5pm||Kids art activity with Jenn Guerin of Art with Purpose|
|1:30–2:30pm||Guided walking tour of Brightening Barriers, a temporary public art exhibition|
|2pm||Public art walking tour with Monica Loney, ending in celebration for Home, the Shak’s World mural by Clandestinos Art|
Open-Air Dunlop also takes place downtown, which will see Dunlop Street East closed to cars and open for pedestrians and cyclists to roam freely, enjoying shopping, patios and many more activities.
The Barrie Farmers Market also neighbours the event at City Hall, 70 Collier Street, from 9am to 1pm.
Get the full list of accessible and free Culture Days programming at barrie.ca/CultureDays.