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Culture Days is Canada's biggest national arts and culture event that takes place each year during the last weekend in September. Attendees join in free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations and the City. This event gives behind-the-scenes access to local arts, culture and heritage over three incredible days of free activities.

The City participates each year as a local organizer of Culture Days events. There's something for everyone!

Stay tuned for updates on the 2020 nation-wide event. 

 Culture Days 2020

Join Culture Days for a national celebration where arts, culture, and creativity intersect. Indoors, outdoors, and online — discover the world of arts and culture! Reimagined to engage and delight despite the times, Culture Days has extended beyond the traditional weekend to a 4-week interactive, immersive arts and culture experience happening in-person where possible, and online. From September 25 to October 25, 2020

To find out what is going on across Thunder Bay this Culture Days, visit the Culture Days website.

Culture Days 2020 Highlights

Art Projects with the Community Arts & Heritage Education Project

Participate in the following art projects led by artists of the Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP)!

Lakeshore at Night

You will be guided through chalk pastel tips and techniques to create a piece of art capturing the beauty of the lakeshore at night! Click here to view the materials you will need to follow along to this art project.

Nature Stamping

Take a trip outdoors and learn how to stamp using natural objects. Click here to view the materials you will need to follow along to this art project.

Comic Book Art Project

Work on a 3-panel comic! Get tips and pointers to send you on your path to make your own comic! Click here to view the materials you will need to follow along to this art project. Click here to download the 3-panel monkey comic. Click here to download the 3-panel unicorn comic. 

Friendship Bracelets

Create your own bracelet to share with a friend! Click here to view the materials you will need to follow along to this art project.

Collage Project: The Beauty of Nature in Paper

Create your own beautiful collage using modge podge and colourful scrap paper! Click here to view the materials you will need to follow along to this art project.


Sculpt your very own colourful fish using FIMO clay! Click here to view the materials you will need to follow along to this art project.

A Tale of Two Cities

Paint an abstract “Tale of Two Cities” using acrylics to create a multi-panel work of art! Click here to view the materials you will need to follow along to this art project.

Thunder Bay Trees

Using acrylics, create a painting of Thunder Bay trees! Click here to view the materials you will need to follow along to this art project.


Digital Doors Open Thunder Bay

One city. Fifty years. Explore some of our city’s most unique structures and heritage sites as we celebrate the amalgamation of Fort William and Port Arthur 50 years ago, which resulted in the formation of the City of Thunder Bay. Learn about our history, culture and community initiatives through images and videos that will engage people of all ages.

Culture Days 2019

Thank you for participating in Culture Days weekend, September 27, 28, and 29, 2019!

Below are a few highlights of different things that happened in the community during Culture Days in 2019.

Print your Culture Days 2019 Schedule and Passport

Are you ready for Culture Days 2019? To find out what is going on across Thunder Bay this Culture Days download the Culture Days 2019 Schedule and Passport or visit the Culture Days website.

Passport Program

The Culture Days passport is designed to help you navigate your way to different activities being hosted for Culture Days around Thunder Bay. All activities are free or Pay-What-You May. The passport contains a list of events being offered. The passport can also be used as a transit pass for the duration of the Culture Days weekend. This transit pass is:

  • Valid for unlimited travel on thunder bay transit Sept 27 -29, 2019
  • Non-TRANSFERABLE (It's Just for you!)
  • Subject to transit's fare fraud policy.
  • more INFORMATION can be found at
  • Plan your trip by calling 684-3744 or going online to or or use the trip planner feature on google maps.

Enter to win

You could win a Culture Days passport prize package valued at $100! The passport is also designed so that you can take part in our Culture Days passport prize draw. To be entered to win:

Take a selfie at two Culture Days events listed on this passport, then share and tag either:

  • @tbayculture on Instagram or,
  • @ThunderBayCultureandEvents on Facebook 

OR Collect two signatures on this passport from activity providers. Then, drop your passport off at either:

Contest closes Sun Sep 29, 2019 at 6 pm.


Culture Days 2019 Highlights

Photo of hand against a tree with title of walk overlayedRe-Wilding for Wellness Walk **sold out**

Join the City of Thunder Bay this Culture Days | Fête de la culture for a FREE Re-Wilding for Wellness Forest Therapy Walk in Centennial Park, presented by Seek Adventure and Tours!

Your guide will take you on a meditative walk through one of the City's many beautiful parks and you will immerse yourself in the living forest through a series of sensory-based invitations designed to help you re-connect.

Location & Time: Sunday September 29, 9am-12pm; Centennial Park, meet by the bridge off the main parking lot, accessed from Arundel Street. Age: 12+ years Distance: less than 2km, however may include steep/uneven terrain at times.

Tour Guide: Seek Adventure and Tours


Picture of hands sharing food with title of tour overlayedWaterfront District Walking Food Tour **sold out**

Join the City of Thunder Bay this Culture Days | Fête de la culture for a FREE Walking Food Tour in the Waterfront District presented in partnership with Seek Adventure and Tours!

Experience local stories, art and small tastings of local food, highlighting Thunder Bay's vibrant food scene.

Location & Time: Saturday September 28, 11am-1pm. Water Garden Pavilion, meet by the doors on the Lakeside near Bight restaurant. 2201 Sleeping Giant Parkway Age: 9+ years Tour Guide: Seek Adventure and Tours. 


Picture of people on stage performing Shout! the mod musicalShout! The Mod Musical - Magnus Theatre Pay-What-You-May Performance

Celebrate the music, fashion, and freedom of the 1960s at Magnus Theatre's season opener, Shout! The Mod Musical. Guests are invited to a special Pay What You Can performance of this smash hit that has delighted audiences all over the world. Admission is by donation and there is no advance ticketing. The Box Office opens at 11:30am and auditorium doors open at 1:30pm for a 2:00 pm performance start. Join Magnus on Sunday, September 29 and experience world-class live theatre right in your own backyard.


Photograph of the baggage building arts centre buildingWaterfront Arts Fair

The Waterfront Arts Fair is a collaborative effort of individual artists, arts groups, organizations and guilds who will be coming together to perform, demonstrate, promote, share and sell their creations. The Fair will be showcasing and celebrating the vibrant Arts and Culture within our community and providing a rare view of the hard work, dedication, skill development, imagination, and self-expression involved in the creation process. Attendees will be dazzled by live performances throughout the day, the opportunity to meet local artists and watch them demonstrate their processes at the vendors market area and also participate in a variety of hands on family friendly activities. Presented by the Creative Arts Northern Network and the Baggage Building Art Centre.

Saturday September 28, 10am-4pm.


Culture Days with St. Joseph's Care Group

Check out these three offerings from St. Joseph's Care Group:


Culture Days 2018


Download the 2018 Culture Days Activity Guide for Thunder Bay.

Here are some highlights from Culture Days 2018!

Indian Horse - Free Screening w/ Edna Manitowabi

Still from the Film Indian Horse - Naomi crouches in bushes with grandsons

Saturday September 29th | 3-5:30pm at Magnus Theatre

Join the City this Culture Days | Fête de la culture for a free screening of the film 'Indian Horse' and discussion with actor Edna Manitowabi.

An adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people. Check out the film trailer.

Edna Manitowabi (Naomi) is a knowledge keeper and wonderful speaker. She will join us after the screening for a talk, discussion & Q&A. Manitowabi, Anishnaabekwe, is Bear Clan, a Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother, of Ojibway/Odawa ancestry originally from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island. A fifth degree Midewewin teacher and seeker of Indigenous knowledge, Edna is one of the founders and teachers of Minwaywaygaan Midewewiwin Lodge, Rosseau River, Manitoba.
Though recently retired, as Professor Emeritus, Edna Manitowabi, maintains her connections to the Indigenous Studies Department at Trent University. Here over the years, she has developed and taught courses in Tradition and Culture, Aboriginal Knowledge, Indigenous Theatre, Aboriginal Women, and has been instrumental in the development of, as well as teaching, components of this university’s PhD program in Indigenous Knowledge.

Northern Lights (a UFO Documentary) - Premiere w/ Dee McCullay

 Film poster from Northern Lights a UFO Documentary

Saturday September 29th | 10:30am at Magnus Theatre

Join the City this Culture Days | Fête de la culture for the premiere of Northern Lights (A UFO Documentary). This will be followed by an artist talk and Q&A session with Director Dee McCullay - Dark History of Thunderstryker Films. Get 'behind-the-scenes' insight into the film-making process.

Dee McCullay is a Producer/ Director from the Thunder Bay area creating Horror and paranormal documentaries since 2012 including Thunder Bay Paranormal Society, Dark History, Sasquatch on Lake Superior I & II and has been seen on Destination America, T+E & TruTV. 

Dee McCullay's Northern Lights (A UFO Documentary) - An exploration into Northern Ontario's UFO and Unexplained Aerial Phenomenon as told through historic case files, witness statements, interviews and Native beliefs. This will be it's premiere!

Check out the trailer.

YAAP Artist Talk and Film Screening w/ Benjamin Murray

Photograph of Ben Murray with youth participating in his Youth Arts Ambassador project for Culture Days 2018

Saturday September 29th | 1:30pm - 2:30pm @ Magnus Theatre

Musician, artist and producer Benjamin Murray has been selected as one of the 2018 participants in the Ontario Culture Days Youth Artist Ambassador Program (YAAP).

As part of YAAP, Murray organized a youth hip hop music project. Murray will be provided an opportunity for Thunder Bay youth to develop their own music through collaborative song writing and music video production workshops. 

The resulting songs and videos will be premiered at the Magnus Theatre during the Culture Days weekend alongside an artist talk with Murray and participating youth. 

Waterfront Public Art & Cultural Heritage Walk

Photograph of Gathering Circle panels at the Spirit Garden in Marina Park

Saturday September 29th | 10:30am - 12:30pm

Join the City this Culture Days | Fête de la culture for a guided walk through history and contemporary art. The walk will highlight key public art installations and heritage structures in Marina Park, the harbour and parts of the Waterfront District. 

Meet at the boat launch near the Spirit Garden. Ends near at St. Paul and Cooke Streets.

Mini field note-books will be provided, and participants will be invited to creatively engage with their surroundings, by taking notes, quick observational sketches, rubbings, etc.

Your guides will be Heritage Researcher, Lauria Abthorpe of the City Archives, and Julie Cosgrove of Thunder Bay's Public Art Committee and Lakehead University.

#OnBeat themed Events

Franco-Festival | September 27, 28, 29th

Open Rehearsals and Interactive Workshops at Morgan's School | September 30th, 1pm - 3pm

Boogie Down with Dream Dance | September 28th, 2:30 - 3:30pm & 3:45 - 4:45pm

Adult Creative Movement and Dance & Family Move and Groove  with Image Studio | September 29th

The Gryphon Trio: Up Close and Personal! | September 29th, 2 - 3:30pm

Soundwalk - Ways of Listening (led by Artist: Zoe Gordon) | September 30th, 1 -2pm

Chinese Erhu Music | September 30th, 2 - 4pm

Argentine Tango with Tango North | September 30th, 7-9pm


Plus many more activities from local organizers

Saturday film screenings at Magnus Theatre are presented by:

Gold sponsors

Silver sponsors

Bronze sponsors

Add your business to this distinguished list - become an event sponsor!

If you would like to give your brand a boost, consider our region's most popular and well-attended special events. If your company is interested in participating as a sponsor for the City of Thunder Bay's award-winning events, please email our Cultural Development Supervisor or call 625-2487.

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Culture Days 2017

Highlights from last year's event:

The tale of a town - multi-media performance

Tale of a Town completed their three-week residency culminated in the presentation of a multimedia performance of stories from the community's colourful history, incorporating audio, archives, music and soundscape!

Open Streets

From noon to 3pm on Sunday, October 1, EcoSuperior opened up Court Street from John all the way to Boulevard Lake for pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, skateboarders and dog walkers. There were special Culture Days activities all along the route!

Fall Pow Wow - Bringing Community Together

From noon to 10pm on Saturday, September 30th, Fort William First Nation hosted their Fall Pow Wow at the Pow Wow Grounds on Anemki Wajiw-Mount McKay. Grand Entry was at noon. The theme was Bringing Community Together.

Movie Night Screening of Sleeping Giant

The City presented a special screening of locally-made feature film Sleeping Giant. To open, there was a screening of the short film The Giant Awakens made this summer by the Thunder Bay Art Gallery's Youth Art Group!


Many thanks to our 2017 Sponsor:

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