Free events happening all summer long in Brampton

Published July 21, 2022 at 2:29 pm

Summer is here, and PAMA in Brampton is officially celebrating with a range of exciting events that are completely free to enjoy.


Residents are invited to visit the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives and check out their packed schedule of events: New art gallery exhibits, tours, outdoor banners, beautiful sculptures, and more fun family activities.

Not only are these events free, there are also prizes up for grabs every week as part of the PAMA Museum Detectives Summer Challenge.

Here’s what’s happening at PAMA:

PAMA Museum Detectives Summer Challenge
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25:
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Earn your badge as a PAMA Museum detective this summer – complete a series of activities each Thursday and enter each time to win mystery prizes.

Program is subject to change due to COVID-19 community guidelines. Recommended for children ages 4-12, guardians must accompany children.

Forest Bathing with Sock Gee Gan
July 21, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. & August 13:
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Discover a practice that brings people closer with nature and supports healing and wellness through natural environments. Forest therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” Experience the benefits of slow-paced wandering in nature with a trained forest therapy guide on this guided journey.

Participants of all ages are welcome to join. Pre-registration is required.

A number of brand new exhibitions have also made their way to PAMA this summer:

Peter Powning: A Retrospective
On now to Oct. 30
Curated by John Leroux

This major display of New Brunswick ceramist and sculptor Peter Powning covers a remarkable 50-year career. His exploration includes a wide variety of materials such as his early functional pottery to glass, clay, cast bronze, stone and steel. The superior quality of his work and his commitment have earned him a unique place in the Canadian art scene. In 2006, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Saidye Bronfman Award-the highest distinctions for excellence in fine craft in Canada.

This exhibition was organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

REGALIA: Indigenous Pride
On now to Oct. 30

Photographer Roland Lorente and writer Aline Saffore travelled nearly 10,000 kilometres through Eastern Canada to attend over 20 powwows. This exhibition is the result of their time spent photographing and interviewing dancers at each powwow.

22 vibrant photographs capture the movement and beauty of powwow dances and through personal stories, visitors hear directly from dancers about the importance of powwows and the regalia.

Stories of Home
On now through Summer

Have your say on PAMA’s new exhibition, called Stories from Home, when the museum side re-opens. Visit the Community Feedback Station on-site at PAMA and at select special events in the community to share your feedback on exhibitions.

“Nothing About Us, Without Us” is central to the future of PAMA. To ensure that the new exhibition’s content is relevant and representative of the people living in Peel today, the Exhibitions Project team wants to gather content directly from Peel’s communities by way of a community outreach campaign. Throughout the summer of 2022, PAMA is asking visitors to share their feedback to help shape PAMA’s new permanent exhibitions opening in 2023.

For more information on these events and the many special events PAMA will be participating in around Peel Region, check out PAMA’s calendar.

PAMA has long been one of the Region’s premier centres for culture and the arts, hosting a variety of events and exhibits all year round. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street East in Brampton.

Keep up with PAMA via their website, Facebook and Twitter.