Community programs and events ensure that there are always a number of activities to participate in, from arts and culture to theatre to recreation activities to large festivals. As such, a strong sense of community connects the residents of Port Colborne.

 Roselawn Centre for the Arts 
The Roselawn Centre for the Arts in Port Colborne is home to many musical and theatrical events and public functions throughout the year, including the popular Canadian Authors Series and Food and Wine nights.
 The Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum & Heritage Village 
The Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum & Heritage Village features a century of heritage buildings, historic gardens, pathways, covered pavilion, and a tea room. The 1861 Georgian-Revival style Williams Home serves as the main exhibit gallery, interpreting the history of Port Colborne and the Welland Canal through a variety of ever-changing exhibits.
 South Niagara's Arts & Cultural Route 
There are several private galleries, studios, and artist collectives in the Port Colborne area as well. These form part of the South Niagara's Arts & Culture Route, which is centred in Port Colborne.
The City of Port Colborne maintains a wide variety of parks, several public beaches, a large marina, and dozens of kilometres of paved recreational trails. The new Vale Health and Wellness Centre opened in  2012, complete with two arenas, an indoor walking track, and a YMCA branch including fitness centre and two pools. Three 18-hole golf courses are within the immediate vicinity of Port Colborne, along with many conservation areas for relaxation and hiking.
 Canal Days Festival 
Port Colborne hosts the annual Canal Days Festival, which celebrates Port Colborne's marine heritage with tall-ship visits and programming around the Welland Canal, which runs through the heart of our city. This multi day festival also brings a wide variety of vendors and entertainers to town, drawing several hundred thousand visitors over the course of the August long-weekend.