Culture is central to community identity. It’s the music we listen to, the food we enjoy, how we move our bodies, the sharing of our stories  – it is our common expression and experience of the world around us.

Mission Parks, Recreation & Culture is excited to support, foster and capture Mission’s identity through events and activities that bring us joy, contemplation, celebration and most importantly, bring us together.

Culture Days Events - Sept 22-Oct 15

Culture Days 2023

Mission is excited to take part in National Culture Day festivities as an opportunity to showcase culture in Mission. Check out the Culture Days website for a comprehensive overview of what is happening on locally, regionally, provincially and Canada wide.

Events hosted by Mission Parks, Recreation & Culture

Mission’s Forest Downtown! 

Fri, Sep 22 • 7:00pm*-9:00pm Welton Parking Lot & First Avenue

Come celebrate the debut of our Forest Downtown Banner project with a community reception to follow in honour of the local Creatives on the project (Ellen Nguyen, Chelsea Isbister, Brana Figueira, & Linda Klippenstein). This event will also see the return of Runaway Moon Theatre’s Tree Parade: your chance to be a Tree if you missed out in July!

  • *6-7pm – Getting dressed! Meet at All Saint’s Anglican Church (33077 2nd Ave).  Anyone who wants to be a tree will be able to choose from the incredible collection created throughout BC this summer
  • 7-7:30pm – Tree Parade on 1st Ave & Banner Reveal
  • 7:30-9pm – Community Reception in the Welton parking lot

2nd Avenue Culture Hub 

Sat, Sep 23 • 12:00pm-4:00pm 2nd Avenue • Museum, Archives, Library & Ravine

Experience Mission through a unique cultural lens and join us on 2nd Ave for tours, art, stories, music and more!

Things to look forward to include:


The Mighty Mission Melange of Magnificence: A Variety Show

Sat, Sep 23 • 7:30pm • Clarke Theatre

It’s time to play the music! It’s time to light the lights! It’s time to meet… your hosts: Clarrissa Loosely and Melvin Uptite! The City of Mission presents a Variety Show for the ages that you won’t want to miss!

Rooh Punjab Dee takes the stage to grace us with bhangra drum & dance, novelist Julia Dovey brings intrigue with spectacular story and musician Aldo Gord Bertie will attune our ear with an accordion act. Kwasi Thomas will split our sides with comedy on the fly and the show would otherwise drag on if we weren’t graced by Drag Queen Mz. Adrien.

Emily Isaacson will whisper words of poetry to move your soul and the volume will be turned up as Abby Cleaveland and Britain Daley raise the roof with their hip hop routine. It wouldn’t be a magical evening without some teasing and trickery by none other than Norden the Magician and then prepare to be carried away as Miss Shauna belts out our final musical number to wrap up a fun-filled night of merriment and wonder!

This FREE! Family friendly evening of acts will be Emceed by the dynamic duo of drollery and drama: Clarrissa Loosely and Melvin Uptite, who promise to be an act unto themselves.

Drums! Dance! Comedy! Drag! Magic! Music! & so much more in store! Come as you are to this free event that’s sure to get you movin’ and groovin’, laughing, clapping, and singing along!

The Costume Creation Extravaganza

Sunday Oct 15 • 12:00pm-4:00pm Clarke Theatre • FREE!

Get creative with old costumes, fabric, notions and more!

Opening Night Theatre and the Clarke Foundation Theatre are opening up their costume collection to help you create an original, amazing Halloween costume! We’ll have expert sewers and designers on-site to help you realize your vision or self-design and create your own costume and make your imagination come to life!!

Free – all materials included!

Celebrating our Amazing Community Partners and their Events

Upcoming Events

Bones of Crows Film Screening

In support of National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, the City of Mission is presenting a screening of the acclaimed 2022 film Bones of Crows. Everyone is welcome and attendance is free.

Friday, Sept 29 • 7:30pm • Clarke Theatre (Rated 14A)

“Bones of Crows is a cinematic response to our lived history in Canada, where the reign of terror against Indigenous Peoples included starvation, disease warfare, sterilization, residential schools and pedophilia, paving a highway for the Sixties Scoop, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, poverty, the incarceration of Indigenous Peoples, environmental crisis and the foster care system. This story is committed to telling the hard truths and challenging a singular vision of history to create change.” -Filmmaker Marie Clements

The Nakatani Gong Orchestra comes to Mission

Thu, Oct 19 • 7:30pm • All Saints Church

A contemporary live sound art project that is as unique as Mission. Each performance is unique, as Nakatani trains and includes players from the host community. Made up of community members, Nakatani trains players to produce rich harmonies that will engage and inspire.



UNARCHIVED: BC Archives Week Event

Tue • Nov 14 • 7:30pm • Clarke Theatre

Admission by Donation

This National Film Board award-winning documentary explores how local knowledge keepers are hand-fashioning a more inclusive history. Through a collage of personal interviews, archival footage and deeply rooted memories, the past, present and future come together.



Banff Mountain Film Festival

Wed & Thu, Dec 13 & 14 • Clarke Theatre

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The festival helps to promote understanding and appreciation of the world’s mountain places by creating opportunities for people to share and find inspiration in mountain experiences, ideas, and visions.



Telling Your Family Story

Mon, Feb 19 • 1:00pm-3:00pm • Mission Leisure Centre

Join us on Family Day at the Leisure Centre for a FREE special creative project fusing genealogy, creativity and fun! Bring your family and tell your family’s story.

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