Discover Burlington Ontario

#BurlOn Sept 28-Oct 4

by Kelly Harris

With the heat of the summer behind us, and more fall-like weather in the forecast, it’s a perfect weekend to get out and explore all that Burlington and Halton region have to offer (see detailed event list at the bottom of this blog).

It’s a busy weekend in and around town with Culture Days running Friday – Sunday. As part of Culture Days, Doors Open Burlington is taking place on Saturday; this is a free cultural event that runs 10am-4pm.  Visit and learn about historical places in Burlington that you may not have been to before, such as Ireland House Museum, Freeman Station, Lowville School House and various churches. For a complete list of participants, make sure you check out the site or visit our Visitor Information Centre at 414 Locust Street to get a booklet (we also have some treats for this special weekend and activity sheets for the kids).

Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) is hosting an Arts & Culture Marketplace at the Centre, from 10am-4pm. This is a free event that showcases local arts organizations, groups and artists.  Get the opportunity to find out more about each organization as you visit their display and participate in family-friendly activities like Button making.

 BPAC also kicks off their new season on Saturday night with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy. There are still a few tickets available.

New this year the local Fire Stations are taking part in the Doors Open event. On Saturday Sept 30 from 1-4pm all the fire stations will be open for public tours to kick off Fire Prevention week. There will be family-friendly activities, the opportunity to meet the firefighters and see live demos and learn how to prevent fires in your own home.

The Pumpkins to Pastries Trail continues until Oct 31. Explore themed events, on-farm markets, restaurants, specialty shops and local attractions for a taste of the harvest season.  There are several Burlington locations along the trail including the Libraries, RBG, Turtledoves, Molly Cake, Bent Scoop, Sunshine Doughnuts, and the Burlington Mall Farmer’s Market.  Other local stops are Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Springridge Farm and Stonehaven Farm Market. Make sure you snap a selfie or photo at any of the locations and post it to social media using #p2ptrail for the chance to win a weekly prize basket of local food and products.

Harvest festival continues at Springridge Farm held every weekend until Oct 29.  There is lots to entertain the little ones including a professional puppet show, wagon rides, Boo Barn, goat mountain, farm animals, and for the adults a BBQ, bakery, fabulous décor and more.

It’s our favourite time of year to hit the farmers market, with all the locally grown fresh produce and beautiful fall flowers (that I treat myself to). There are 2 markets in the city, the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays & Saturdays 8 am – 2pm and Friday 8am – 4pm. On Sundays, visit downtown Burlington from 9am-noon for the Centro Market, tucked away off Brant St. behind Centro Garden.  Grab a coffee and browse the vendors to pick up local items and then hit the store for fall décor.

Conservation Halton parks always offer lots of opportunities to get outside and connect with nature. Explore the 15th Century Aboriginal Village at Crawford Lake, get nose to beak with the Birds of Prey at Mountsberg, hike, climb, cycle or paddle, just be sure to check park pages for what activities are offered. Don’t forget to sign up for the Halton Parks 150 challenge for your change to win prizes!

Take advantage of the great weather and hit one of the many golf courses that Burlington has to offer. Fall is one of our favorite times to golf! Another way to get active and help a great cause is to take part in the CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday.  The run start time is at 10:30 at Central Park, 519 Drury Lane.

Golfing in Burlington

There are always lots to see and do at the Royal Botanical Gardens refer to their Weekend activities blog to plan your visit.  RBG is a fantastic place for hiking, enjoying the International Sculpture garden and the fall colours in the various gardens.

The weather is still very conducive for camping and in the area you have several options including Bronte Creek Provincial Park (camp sites & yurts), Conservation Halton Parks, Conservation Hamilton Parks or KOA Toronto West (camp sites and camping cabins).

Events List Week of September 28-Oct 4

Ongoing

If you need help planning your visit, stop by our visitor centre at 414 Locust St., call us at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on facebookinstagram and twitter.   Our fall/winter/spring hours are from 9am – 4pm daily including weekends.

 

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