A month of culture-related events and activities is getting underway in Downtown North Bay. 

The Gateway To Diversity Festival goes Friday night (6-10 pm) and Saturday (10 am to 6 pm) in the TD parking lot and city parking lot 11. 

Karrie Emms, founder of the festival, says they have something for everyone. 

“We have a children’s area that is free, they’ll have crafts and a chalk area and all kinds of stuff.  We have speakers and poets, vendors, info booths, anything that brings people together and illustrates what the city has to offer,” she says. 

Emms says the event is all about celebrating diversity.

“It’s about bringing people together, all the different cultures that are in our city.  Not just ethnic cultures but cultures that artists have that are completely different but yet all fit together in some way,” Emms says. 

Sunday features a free intercultural family fun day and picnic by the North Bay Museum. 

“That will have a whole Filipino Fiesta, entertainment, giant puppets and more,” she says. “Sunday night we have ‘See Hear Speak Heal’ which is an art gallery on Main Street.  That is a benefit to youth mental health in the city, as well as supporting local artists.”

The silent auction and gala event is open to the public with a free-will offering.

Emms says Nipissing Culture Days has events running through October 24th. 

“This year we’re trying to bring it back following the lockdowns from COVID, back to its former glory,” she says. 

Check out nipissingculturedays.com for more information.