Port Hope is very much an arts-minded community. Culture is cultivated and celebrated regularly here. Unique experiences in music, theatre and fine art are always in abundance!
In Port Hope, you will find painters, potters, spinners, textile artists, quilters, iron workers and stained glass designers, just to name a few! And, our galleries offer fine art and contemporary crafts as well as sales and rentals. For a complete list of galleries, visit our Gallery Listings.
Performing artists also have a home in Port Hope in our beautifully restored Capitol Theatre. One of only two remaining atmospheric theatres in all of Canada, the Capitol offers live plays, operas, concerts, comedy acts, dance and films and high definition screenings. Art Deco meets old English charm in this restored 1930s space.
Your ticket to any event at the Capitol Theatre is now a “Golden Ticket” to enjoy a complete experience in Northumberland County through partnerships with restaurants, merchants and accommodations! On the day of the event you are attending, simply present your event ticket at any of the participating businesses to receive special discounts, privileges, menu items and more! Visit the Capitol Theatre for tickets and performance information.
Music is in the soul of many places that line the shores of lakes and oceans across the globe and Port Hope is no exception. Expect to hear a little bit of everything – swing, blues, jazz, folk, rock, Celtic, bluegrass, country and much more during some of our annual festivals.
Port Hope proudly embraces its rich history. With the Province’s best preserved 19th century downtown streetscape and streets lined with one-of-a-kind historic homes, Port Hope has much to offer the history buff! Take a Historic Self-Guided Walking or Driving Tour or visit during the Annual ACO House Tour.
Port Hope houses a number of museums, including Dorothy’s House Museum and the Canadian Firefighters’ Museum.
Helping to preserve our history is the Port Hope Archives and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario - Port Hope Branch.
Browse through an 8,000 sq ft gallery full of unusual and exotic crafts and antiques from around the world at Primitive Designs and take a journey from Bali, Thailand and Nepal to Morocco, India and Vietnam! Children love the giant robot and T-Rex sculptures and there’s so much to explore!