Influenced by the migrants from nearby regions, Bareilly has a varied culture: Brij Awadhi (of Lucknow), Pahaari (of the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand) and Harayanvi (of northwest Uttar Pradesh). Service class people from various parts India reside here. Since time immemorial Bareilly has been attracting the whole world with her rich cultural heritages and spirituality.
Bareilly has many arts and cultural organisations, art galleries and theatres. The annual Craft Fair at YugVeena Library showcases artists. The city hosts a number of fashion shows.
The city also hosts famous UttarayaniMela which begins with Rang Yatra in Bareilly. Many artists from U.P and Uttarakhand present their traditional culture here in this fair.
Bollywood actress and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra is from Bareilly and Parents of Mahanayak Amitabh Bacchan met for the first time in Bareilly College, Bareilly. The Bollywood film Woh 5 Din, a suspense thriller, was shot in Bareilly and in 2005's Main, MeriPatniAurWoh, RajpalYadav's wife Veena comes from the city. The Famous Ghazal Singer Khurshid Ali Khan also resides in Bareilly.
Bareilly is becoming an example for the blending of the culture and heritage with modernisation and its side effects.