Burlington Events

Visit Burlington for fun, frolic and family activities and great events all year round. From road races and sports tournaments to free community-wide music and cultural festivals, Burlington is alive with activities for visitors and residents alike.   View our Events Listing 14/15 from the official Visitor Guide or visit the new and improved City of Burlington’s online calendar.

Pan Am Games 2015

The Pan Am Games are coming to the Greater Toronto area in 2015 and in addition to sport competition there will be a number of community events happening to celebrate.  For information about visiting the Hamilton, Halton, Brant area during the games refer to the Heart of Ontario website.  To see what is happening in Burlington visit here.

Spring is in the air

The first signs of spring appear in our parks and conservation areas, which also host our maple syrup festivities. Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Mountsberg Conservation Area celebrate throughoutLily with Basket March with wagon rides, demonstrations, tours, and of course pancakes. Cheer on participants in Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race, the oldest in North American, first run in 1894. Whether hiking, bird watching or just a love of nature, spring is blossom time at the world-renowned Royal Botanical Gardens, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites. “Stop and smell the flowers,” and experience our spectacular Tulip, Lilac, Iris, Peony and Rose gardens and festival celebrations.  Be sure to add the Canada Netherlands Friendship Day in May, Kite Festival and Art Gallery of Burlington’s Art Sale & Auction in June to your list of spring activities.

In the summertime …

Painting Face FunA summertime visit must include some time at our waterfront!  The annual Sound of Music is one of Ontario’s top 100 festivals and Canada’s largest free music festival held all Fathers Day weekend. Canada Day celebrations on July 1 includes music, and a spectacular waterfront fireworks display. A Taste of Burlington is our popular culinary dining event that offers prix fix menus at great value at the end of July and early August.  And for kids of all ages, check out the Kite Festival in June or the Sandcastles and Children’s Festival in August. Canada’s Largest Ribfest, is truly the “Super Bowl” of ribfests, held every Labour Day weekend, featuring 20 “ribbers,” music, crafts, carnival rides for the kids, and so much more.

See you in September

Fall Fun Springridge 2Fall is harvest time in rural Burlington where farms offer great fare, fun and family events. Our conservation areas and Bronte Creek Provincial Park provide guided walks and educational sessions – a great way to see the fall burst into orange, red and yellow. Doors Open showcases heritage and architectural buildings that are open to the public. Culture Days promotes local arts, culture and heritage the last weekend of September.  October brings a range of Thanksgiving and Halloween events including the Pumpkin Trail.  “One Day In The Life Of Burlington” sponsored by Duncan & Wright is a fall photo contest and photographers donate their photos for our tourism website and in tourism publications.

A winter wonderland

Maple Syrup MountsbergWhen the snow falls, Burlington is a winter wonderland of events. The Museum Candlelight Tours, the Christmas Parade, the waterfront Festival of Lights, and New Years Celebrations. And cold weather doesn’t deter participants in the Santa 5K run, Robbie Burns Run, Chilly Half Marathon and the internationally known Around the Bay Road Race.  Our winter A Taste of Burlington offers prix fix dining at numerous restaurants in late February and into March.

Events Links

For more information check the new and improved online Burlington Events Calendar or the following websites:

Art Gallery of Burlington Lakeside a la Carte
Bronte Creek Provincial Park Canada’s Largest Ribfest
Burlington Downtown Royal Botanical Gardens
Burlington Performing Arts Centre Sound of Music Festival
City of Burlington – Events Streetcar Museum
Conservation Halton Taste of Burlington
Halton Region Museum Museums of Burlington



Business/Organization Name Address Phone Number Website
Art Gallery of Burlington 1333 Lakeshore Road 905.632.7796
Art in Action Burlington Studio Tour 232 Penn Drive 289.337.2621
Burlington Beer Festival 4391 Harvester Road 905.634.1010
Burlington Festivals & Events Office 390 Brant Street 905.335.7766
Burlington Performing Arts Centre 440 Locust Street 905.681.6000
Doors Open Burlington 2168 Guelph Line 905.332.9888
IRONDames 905.639.5176
Lakeside à la Carte Spencer Smith Park
Marques d’Elegance 5500 North Service Road 905.592.4203
Rib and Lobster Fest 905.632.2115
Rotary Ribfest – Canada’s Largest Ribfest 3070 Mainway 905.332.3513
Royal Botanical Gardens 680 Plains Road West 905.527.1158
Run Well Events – Tri Kids 2347 Saddlecreek Cresent 905.582.4633
Sound of Music Festival 561 Brant Street 905.333.6364
Taste of Burlington c/o 414 Locust St 905.634.5534
Business/Organization Name Address Phone Number Website