Burlington Events … the Great Outdoors

Feeling festive and have a yearning to be outdoors? Then 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 outdoor activities for visitors and residents alike. To find out what’s happening in the city, view our 2014-2015 event listing from our official Visitor Guide or visit the City of Burlington’s online calendar.

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Spring is in the air

In Burlington, 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 the season throughout the month of March with Lily with Basketwagon rides, demonstrations, tours, and of course pancakes. Join local Burlington residents as we cheer on participants in Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race, the oldest on the North American continent, first run in 1894 – three years before the Boston Marathon. Whether hiking, bird watching or just a love of nature, spring is also a big blossom time in Burlington, especially at the world-renowned Royal Botanical Gardens, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites. In Burlington, you just have to “stop and smell the flowers,” and experience our spectacular Tulip, Lilac, Iris, Peony and Rose gardens and festival celebrations. Breathe in and enjoy.

In the summertime …

Painting Face FunA summertime visit definitely must include some time at our Spencer Smith and Beachway waterfront parks.  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 include musical entertainment, and an always-spectacular waterfront fireworks display. A Taste of Burlington is our popular culinary and 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 city’s very cool Kite Festival in June or the Sandcastles and Children’s Festival in August. Feeling hungry? You will at Canada’s Largest Ribfest, truly the “Super Bowl” of ribfests. Held every Labour Day weekend, our Ribfest features some of the best “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 many local 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 season burst into orange, red and yellow brilliance. Doors Open showcases Burlington’s heritage and architecturally significant buildings, and is open free of charge to the public. October brings a range of Thanksgiving and Halloween events that are fun for young and old alike including the Pumpkin Trail.

Each autumn, Tourism Burlington sponsors the “One Day In The Life Of Burlington” photo contest. When the contest ends, photographers can donate their photos for inclusion on our website and in tourism publications. For more information about the contest, contact Duncan & Wright.

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 area runners who participate in the Santa Run, Robbie Burns Run, Chilly Half Marathon and the internationally known Around the Bay Road Race.  Our winter version of A Taste of Burlington offers prix fix dining at numerous restaurants in late February and into March.

What’s new?

Celebrate the War of 1812-1814 Bi-Centennial Commemoration: 200 years of Peace. You can check out this page for events, programs and activities commemorating this historic event and significant turning point in history for Canada.

Events in Burlington, Ontario – Information Links

For more information check the Burlington Events Calendar or the following websites:



Business/Organization Name Address Phone Number Website
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