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#BurlON Sept 21-28

by Pam Belgrade

With fall now here but the glorious summer weather continuing get out and explore the events and great activities happening in Burlington and Halton this week.  (For a complete list of events for this week check out the bottom of this blog)

Pumpkins on the FarmThis fall, connect with local food experiences throughout the region during the Pumpkins to Pastries Trail on from Sept 18 – 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.

Bronte Creek Red Barn

Bronte Creek Provincial Park hosts their Harvest Festival this Saturday & Sunday which showcases and celebrates the harvest season and our heritage. Pick your own pumpkin, take a wagon ride, make a heritage craft and find your way through a maze. While in the park also explore the trails, visit the play barn & farm and learn more about our heritage at the Spruce Lane Farm House.

This weekend also marks the start of the Harvest festival at Springridge Farm held weekends starting Sept 23 – Oct 29.  Their will be 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, décor and more.

For one autumn afternoon on Sat 23rd, the Art Gallery of Burlington will be transformed into an in-person Etsy marketplace. Craftoholics and gift-finders alike can find locally made, unique and curated treasures. Surround yourself with creativity and join the handmade movement, learn about the processes behind the craft and even take part in DIY workshops led by Etsy makers themselves.  The gallery is also hosting the Canada 150 Craft Biennial that features works from seventy Canadian makers in glass, ceramics, wood, metal and fibre including Can Craft? Craft Can! in collaboration with Craft Ontario.  For those who like to create, every Sunday you can enjoy the free Creative Hub Open Studio from 1-4pm.

Fall Valley View Farmland EscarpmentConservation 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!

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.

Burlington is a great place to see live performances and now until the end of September the dramatic comedy The Gin Game is playing at the Drama Theatre.  Also the Burlington Performing Arts Centre new season has begun with live theatre, music, dance and comedy offered throughout the year.

There are two farmers markets in the city, the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays & Saturdays 8 am – 2pm and Friday 8am – 4pm.  I never leave the market without fresh seasonal produce and usually some yummy baked treat for the office.  In downtown Burlington from 9am-noon Sundays visit 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.

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 21-28


Sept 21-28

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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