Culture of Oakville

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts

The Oakville Centre operates approximately 260 performances per year ranging from musicals to comedy. Established in 1977, the Oakville Centre contains two theatres: a 470 seat auditorium and a 120 seat intimate studio theatre.

Oakville Jazz Festival


Since 1993, the Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival has entertained both locals and tourists. It is a free event and has become more and more popular with each passing year.

The annual Oakville Jazz Festival is usually held the first week of August in Downtown Oakville.

One of the best things about the Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival is the ambiance. Outdoor patios, great shopping, fine food and club entertainment all lend to the atmosphere.

The Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival is produced by volunteers and co-ordinated by the Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area (BIA). Free transportation is provided to and from the festival by Oakville Transit from the Oakville GO station.

Oakville Club

Oakville Club Established in 1907, the Oakville Club is offers its members the highest class of relaxation and recreation. From tennis, squash and badminton to personal training and fitness classes, the club appeals to all ages and interests. In the summer, boats line up along the Historic Oakville Harbour to await each voyage out into Lake Ontario.

Additional activities include swimming with one of the best views of the harbour in the outdoor heated pool, working out in the state-of-the-art gym, or dining outdoors on the waterside patio. The Club offers childcare to allow you some alone time to relax or work out. It truly is a fully functional, multi-faceted facility.

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate is a four-acre estate home with picturesque gardens set on the shores of Lake Ontario in downtown Oakville.

Visitors today can enjoy guided tours of the museum which has been restored to its original authenticity of 1925.

Guests can also experience the Custom House, once home to a bank, general store and Oakville’s Custom Offices, now housing the Museum’s temporary exhibits with a beautiful view of Lake Ontario.

A walking tour of the estate grounds is also available which showcases the elaborate gardens and a panoramic view of the Oakville Harbour.

Midnight Madness

Beginning in 1977, Midnight Madness represents one of the largest shopping and entertainment events of the year, drawing a crowd of over 50,000 to enjoy a variety of community performers, bands and great food! Experience live music on every block, strolling entertainers and the best buys in town.



Oakville has a proud history of sports and recreation, producing world-class athletes and offering state-of-the-art facilities to it’s residents.

Feel free to peruse the Oakville Parks and Recreation guide by clicking the picture below.

Oakville Parks and Recreation Guide 2012 2013