Culture Days and Doors Open bring history and culture to life in Oshawa

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Published September 9, 2022 at 9:55 am

Oshawa’s rich history and culture will be on display September 24 when the City invites residents and visitors to celebrate Culture Days while participating in Doors Open Oshawa.

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture, providing free participatory arts and culture events across the country.

In Oshawa you can visit the Donevan Recreation Complex Urban Art Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to see a live street art painting event and take part in free family-friendly art activities with the LivingRoom Mobile Art Studio.

You can also pick-up a free public art activity kit. Each kit includes a walking tour map of public art in Oshawa, along with all the art supplies necessary to follow along with the sketch, sculpt, and color prompts that accompany each work on the route.

After two years of Doors Open Oshawa being virtual, you can learn about Oshawa’s history in-person this year with exhibits and tours of buildings and tours that helped shape the history of the city.

A variety of virtual sites will also be available on the City’s Doors Open website.

“Culture Days and Doors Open are a fabulous way to kick off the fall season in our great City,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “I encourage everyone to join us in celebrating and experiencing Oshawa’s history and local culture by taking part in the exhibits and tours.”

Doors Open runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event gives residents an opportunity to discover and learn more about buildings and sites that often do not offer public visit or tours, so take this opportunity to explore the city.

This year’s in-person sites include:

  • The Biltmore Theatre (New for 2022)
  • Camp Samac (New for 2022)
  • The Regent Theatre
  • The Robert McLaughlin Museum
  • The Simcoe Street United Church
  • George’s Church
  • The Oshawa Museum
  • The Ontario Regiment Museum
  • Camp X
  • The Canadian Automotive Museum
  • The Islamic Centre
  • The Robert McLaughlin Bandshell (performance at 1:30 p.m.)

Virtual sites include:

  • Oshawa Union Cemetery
  • Oshawa Public Libraries
  • Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens – Teaching City
  • Trent University Durham GTA
  • Waterfront Trail

Visit www.oshawa.ca/doorsopen and www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/en/oshawa to start your adventure of local history.

Learn more about Oshawa’s Culture days at www.oshawa.ca/culturedays. For more information on Culture Days in Canada, visit culturedays.ca.

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