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ARTs and culture

Art, music, theatre... you name it, Oshawa is a bit of a hot spot for Arts and Culture. Our intrepid editors have written a variety of articles to help you plan the perfect visit to Oshawa. If you ready to jump right in, click the view listings button below for a list of Arts & Culture related businesses.


Whether you're a thrill seeker, a mosh-pitter or a family looking for unique and engaging things to do Oshawa is home to world-class entertainment and attractions with something for virtually everyone! Download our 2024 Attractions Guide and start planning your visit today!

Arts & Culture Business Listings



Below is an ever-growing list of Oshawa Arts & Culture venues. Check back often as we're always updating this list.



Hang out in the NEXUS lounge, a Sci-fi themed bar in downtown Oshawa. NEXUS transports you to other worlds with themed spaces from some of your favourite sci-fi franchises. Immerse yourself in themed events. Enjoy electronic, industrial, new wave and post punk music with DJs and live bands weekly.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

The RMG believes that art cultivates connected and caring communities. As an artist-centered and community-oriented public art gallery in Durham Region, we bring people from diverse backgrounds together to engage with art that inspires new perspectives, generates meaningful conversations, and creates a sense of belonging.

Tribute Communities Centre

Durham Region’s premier sports & entertainment facility includes a full-service restaurant, private suites, club seating, and an Oshawa Generals retail store. Whether it’s a big-name comedian such as Jerry Seinfeld, a world-class band like KISS or a massive production such as Cirque du Soleil, the Tribute Communities Centre provides world-class entertainment of all types to Oshawa and the Durham Region.

Regent Theatre

Given the theatre's history, the role it has played in downtown Oshawa and the special attachment the community continues to have for the Regent, we are proud to have played a part in the restoration of the theatre returning it to its former glory. Reopened in September 2010, the Regent functions as a large lecture theatre for students, and for community and cultural events during the evenings and on weekends throughout the year.

Parkwood National Historic Site

Parkwood National Historic Site was the home of Col. Samuel McLaughlin, founder of GM Canada. Today Parkwood is a Museum, Event Space, Giftshop and Community Hub within the city of Oshawa. Everyone in the community is encouraged to stop by and walk our free 11 acres of property, stop in and shop in our giftshop, Take a tour of the mansion or book an event online for one of our many events throughout the year!

Oshawa Museum

Oshawa Museum is Oshawa's only local history museum located in beautiful Lakeview Park. Enjoy year-round tours of three restored homes with diverse exhibits. Sit in the cafe and shop in our Oshawa and heritage-themed gift shop.

Club 717

Club 717 is the LONGEST and ONLY designated LGBTQIA+ space in the Durham Region! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ Featuring Drag Shows every Friday Night 😍 Open Thursday - Sunday 🗓

Canadian Automotive Museum

The Canadian Automotive Museum is home to the world's most significant collection of Canadian automobiles. Located in a former 1920s car dealership in historic downtown Oshawa, the museum is a family-friendly, year-round destination. Check out their website for a full schedule of walking tours, exhibits, guest talks and children's events.

Ontario Regiment (RCAC) Museum

The Ontario Regiment Museum houses the largest collection of operational historic military vehicles in Canada. The museum specializes in delivering immersive historical experiences. During events, visitors can see a selection of the museum's vehicles start their engines and roll onto the tank arena. The museum's largest annual event, Aquino Tank Weekend, is one of the largest military events in Canada, with a series of live battle re-enactments, exhibitors, and special guests offering the ultimate military historical experience.
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