Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and 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.
As a registered charity*, Culture Days serves as a year-round catalyst that connects individuals and creators to build measurable support for the entire sector and amplify its contributions. We seek to eliminate barriers to access and participation, and stimulate understanding, appreciation and exploration of arts and culture—so that every person in the country has a deeper connection with themselves, their communities, and Canada.
The Culture Days national office works with our provincial partners and a wide network of event organizers, from grassroots community volunteers to major institutions. This collaborative model allows us to maintain a unique Canada-wide scope while simultaneously supporting individual communities and on-the-ground organizers. We provide marketing and industry development resources and manage an annual multi-tiered advertising and promotion campaign that connects thousands of Culture Days events by a common thread.
Select your province or territory from the Regions menu above to learn more about Culture Days in your province.
Interested in organizing a Culture Days event? Get started by browsing through our Participation Guide.
Culture Days was initiated by the Canadian Arts Summit in 2010, inspired by the success of Québec’s Journées de la culture weekend. It has since generated enthusiastic interest, participation, and support from a growing network of artists, organizations, municipalities, media, and both the private and public sector across Canada. After a decade of success, Culture Days has expanded beyond the weekend to support year-round communications initiatives aimed at strengthening the sector and inspiring public discourse about the value of arts and culture.
Culture Days takes place annually on the last Friday in September and the following weekend.
Culture Days extends our deepest gratitude to our national partners and funders for their generous support. Thanks!
In 2017, Culture Days was granted charitable status, enabling us to more effectively engage Canadians. Join our growing list of funders and supporters by donating at our Canada Helps page.