Calendar of Events

Barrie & Area has an abundance of cultural festivals and events, many located on the waterfront. Enjoy a live theatre performance, check out a film under the stars or browse arts & crafts and culinary delights at Kempenfest and Open Air Dunlop. Barrie has it all to keep you and your family entertained all year long.


Culture Days Kick Off

The Culture Days Kick-Off will be an action-packed event with on stage entertainment and FREE, interactive arts activities for all ages. Schedule of performances and schedule of activities below.

PERFORMANCES on the Meridian Stage:
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.: Dance It Out Barrie, hosted by the Downtown Barrie Business Association

ACTIVITIES at Meridian Place and Dunlop Street East:
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 4:00 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.: Carnival Headdress craft with Parents Against Racism Simcoe 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Henna and Interactive Science Activities with Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association
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.
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