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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

  • A scene from Dunlop Street where a street performer on stilts in a bright red costume passes a ball to a young girl
    Dunlop Street will be closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians and bicyclers! (Image courtesy of DWNTWN)
  • A duo are dancing
    Salsa Beats dancing lessons
  • A group of people of different ages are gathered around a large painting board to create a collaborative mural with artist Monica Loney
    Various free art and family activities will take place at Meridian Place and across Dunlop Street
  • There are people gathered under a tent, around a table with books, with a dj set up beside it.
    Local organization Uplift Black set up with a free library and silent DJ dance party

Barrie's Culture Days Kick-off


Intercultural Interdisciplinary Visual arts Kids Youth & teens
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Meridian Place, downtown Barrie

87 Dunlop Street East

Barrie, ON

Directions: *Please note that Dunlop Street will be closed to vehicles. Drivers can park on a neighbouring streets or in waterfront parking lots.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.

Nearby parking. Seating available. Pedestrian friendly.


The Culture Days Kick-Off will be an action-packed event with on stage entertainment and free, interactive arts activities for all ages.


10:00 A.M.: Live Theatre singalong to songs from We Will Rock You with Kempenfelt Community Players

10:45 A.M.: Lasya Indian Folk Dance workshop

11:15 A.M.: Tai Chi and Square-Dancing workshop with the Simcoe Chinese Association

11:45 A.M.: Poetry Reading by Barrie’s Poet Laureate, Ty the Poetess

12:00 P.M.: Choir performance and workshop with Bravado!

12:45 P.M.: Dance Party with DJ Cachet

2:00 P.M.: Musical Performance by Megan Anne

2:30 P.M.: Salsa Dance workshop with Salsa Beats

3:30 P.M.: Caribbean Music Performance by Freez’ Careeb

5:00 P.M.: Musical performance by Zaki Ibrahim, presented by the Downtown Barrie Business Association

8:00 P.M.: Indian Dance After Party, hosted by the Downtown Barrie Business Association


9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.: Kids Art Activity with Alexandra Gronfors

10:00 A.M. to Noon: Heritage Barrie Pop-Up

10:00 A.M. to 1 P.M.: Nature Play Trailer Grand Reveal and Local Pollinator Flower Art Activity with Monica Loney and the MacLaren Art Centre

10:00 A.M. to 2 P.M.: Drawing Chalk Monsters with Neil Smith

10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.: Life Drawing featuring a live model with Drawing House

10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Step-by-Step Painting Activity with Vivian Heliotis

10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Stories in the Square with Barrie Public Library

10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.: En Plein-Air Painting with Barrie Art Club

10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Salsa Dance Lessons with Salsa Beats

10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Collaborative Painting with Cultured Creatives

1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Kids art activity with Jenn Guerin of Art with Purpose

1:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.: Brightening Barriers (Public Art Exhibition) Guided Walking Tour

2:00 P.M.: Public art walking tour with Monica Loney

Adjacent to the Kick-Off is Open-Air Dunlop, 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 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

On the same day, there will also be Comic Fest at the Downtown Library and Game On at Five Points Theatre.

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Culture Days in Barrie

City of Barrie Barrie, ON

Each year, the City of Barrie is proud to celebrate Culture Days. This year, we are starting off the three-week festival with our Culture Days Kick-Off downtown, an action-packed event with live music, poetry performances, and art activi...