Thousand of community events will fill Ontario cities as the provincial-wide festival, known as Ontario Culture Days, kicks off this Friday, Sept. 21.
According to a memo, the festival, which celebrates arts, culture and heritage, ends on Oct. 16.
"With more community participation than ever before, the festival developed 10 new regional hubs located across cities and towns to help visitors explore local events and learn more about the area," the memo states.
The regional hubs are Guelph, Halton Hills, Lincoln, Markham and Unionville, Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Sault St. Marie, Scugog, Toronto (Esplanade), and Windsor.
"Ontario Culture Days is a great opportunity for communities across Ontario to come together and celebrate the unique cultural fabric of our province," Hon. Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, said. "I encourage visitors to take part in the festival locally - and to venture out to discover and experience cultural events in another community."
Lumsden added that while visiting other places, Ontarians should take advantage of the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit, which lets Ontarians claim up to 20 per cent of eligible travel accommodation expenses while exploring all the province has to offer.
Every day during the festival, Ontarians can find something to do in their community for free, for all age groups and accessibility levels.