Ontario’s Feel Good Town

A senior couple looks at an art exhibit at the Art Gallery of Northumberland in Cobourg.

"Live entertainment, the art gallery and street pianos!

There's a lot happening here!"


Arts + Culture

Intimate settings for entertainment


Be swept away by an amazing live performance or riveting canvas or sculpture. The arts have a way of making us feel something vital and alive - and  transported from the day-to-day. Isn’t that what a vacation is all about?


Seeing a musical play or choir with full orchestra can be as energizing as an afternoon sunning and swimming at the beach. So what better way to cap off a spectacular outdoor excursion than a dinner theatre or swing band performance?


Cobourg has the best of both worlds of fine arts and outdoor recreation. Our culturally-rich community celebrates the seasons with festivals and year-round performances and exhibits.


Here, more intimate venues bring you closer to the artists. Churches provide elegant backdrops for choirs, such as the Oriana Singers, and classical orchestras. Bar and restaurants host folk, rock and jazz performers, and an old-fashioned bandshell is a warm-weather centrepoint for entertainment, films and the Cobourg Music Experience’s annual festival of bands on the May long weekend.


Victoria Hall, the focal point of town, has a beautiful concert hall with ceiling and wall frescoes. It sets the scene for touring artists, country music festivals and musical theatre by the Victorian operetta society.


The Viewpoint lecture series at the hall brings speakers on diverse global issues, such as reconstruction of war-torn and disaster-affected countries, and the impact of social media on teens, for engaging discussion.


Victoria Hall is also home to the Art gallery of Northumberland, with a permanent collection and featured exhibits to showcase the growing number of painters, sculptors and filmmakers who live in the area. There are studio tours and home and garden tours, all an invitation to the public to explore creative personal surroundings.


A thriving community with a gorgeous beach you don't have to hop a plane for, Cobourg has that perfect mix of small-town hospitality and urban sensibilities.
The heritage downtown has sidewalk cafes, great shopping and entertainment, all within a short walk from the lake. There are biking trails and rolling countryside to explore in all four seasons. And getting here is just an easy drive from Toronto and Kingston, perfect for a day or weekend getaway.


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