Venue:  Festival Hub – Interactive Village
Time: Friday 5pm-9pm; Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm
Category:  Interactive + Workshops, Family Friendly
City of Origin:  St.Catharines, Ontario
Price:  Free


An open space for dropping off things you don’t need and taking the things that you do (based on donations).


No fear – what you can take is actually free!
No one person will be able to take everything in The Free Store – this is meant to be a community exchange.

The Free Store will also be offering workshops throughout the weekend in the store. This includes everything from a “patch your jeans” workshop to a discussion on textile waste to kids programming. If you have ideas or are interested in leading your own workshop, please email

Workshop schedule to be announced.

The Brock Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG Brock) is a social and environment justice based NGO. OPIRG Brock provides educational and action-oriented campaigns that help connect and support a variety of social justice initiatives throughout the region. OPIRG Brock also supports action groups that do environmental and social justice work on and off campus. OPIRG Brock aims to empower students and community members and raise awareness for issues in our community.

Since it was established in 1988, OPIRG Brock has engaged in numerous campaigns on campus. For example, OPIRG Brock helped create the fair trade policy at the Brock University campus that is now implemented by the Fair Trade Campus Committee. In addition, OPIRG Brock has helped to fund and support dozens of action groups dedicated to environmental and social justice issues. For example, OPIRG Brock has supported Food Not Bombs in St. Catharines, a group dedicated to reducing food waste and serving free food to members of the community for several years.

The action groups we currently support are:
– Brock University 15 & Fairness
– Niagara Anti-Racism Coalition
– Disability and Neurodiversity Collective
– Niagara Freelancer’s Union
– St. Catharines Poetry Slam
– Food Not Bombs Niagara
– The Cycle Circle
– Brock SCM

After being defunded by the Brock Undergraduate Student Union, OPIRG got an office, created programming and events that prioritized marginalized voices, continued support for our action groups and are in the process of launching a community driven interdisciplinary History of Activism in Niagara research program. – Lived experience from OPIRG Brock