From concerts to musicals, wildlife paintings to larger-than-life sculptures, drama and dance, come and experience what Orillia & Lake Country has to offer.

Our region offers rich talent of arts communities and creative events unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Orillia has hailed nationally acclaimed artists like Franklin Carmichael of the Group of Seven, Emmanuel Hahn and Elizabeth Wyn Wood, to name a few. Take in an exhibition at a local art gallery or browse through an artist’s studio during a seasonal Studio Tour. Be prepared to discover budding new artists and the veterans.

Public art can be found around every corner. Every summer, downtown Orillia is dazzled with Streets Alive sculptures, Brechin unveils colourful bicycles, and the Village of Coldwater becomes a meca of Steampunk art. Take a country drive to find Simcoe County Barn Quilts mounted impressively on barns and farmsteads throughout Oro-Medonte, Severn and Ramara.

Take in a theatre production that moves you to a standing ovation. The Orillia Opera House is Orillia’s premiere stage where audiences are entertained with awe-inspiring shows from The OOH! Professional Theatre Series, one of the fastest-growing summer theatre companies in the province, as well as community group Mariposa Arts Theatre, travelling productions and more. Enjoy a concert from some of the biggest names in entertainment at Casino Rama Resort’s Entertainment Centre.

Be intrigued by museums that display signature collections and rare pieces. The Orillia Museum of Art & History showcases the stories of Orillia’s past while inspiring future generations. The Stephen Leacock Museum is a National Historic Site celebrating the life and work of Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock. Head over to the Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum for a step back in time to rural farm life on beautiful immersive grounds. In the heart of the Village of Coldwater is the Coldwater Mill, a historic site right on the banks of the Coldwater River. There is so much heritage throughout the Orillia & Lake Country region from historic sites to self-guided tours.  Expand your horizons!