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#BurlON Til August 1

by Carleigh Reynolds

#BurlON Til August 1

There is always something going on in Burlington. It’s got both small town vibes and a big city feel. There is no time like the present to discover (or rediscover) #BurlON.

Royal Canadian Family Circus

The Royal Canadian Family Circus is presenting their all-new fabulous show: Spectac! 2018. The touring circus visits Burlington from July 26 to 29 at Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School. The four days will include eight shows of family fun and exciting entertainment. The gravity-defying performance includes high wire walkers, acrobats, jugglers, and many more artists that play with height and thrill — and go great with popcorn! Go online to purchase your tickets.

Photo by The Royal Canadian Family Circus

Korean War Memorial

Join the Burl-Oak Naval Veterans in honouring Canada’s Naval tradition at the Korean Ships Memorial at Spencer Smith Park on July 29 at 10am.

Naval monument waterfront

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

The talented students of the Burlington Student Theatre ARTSCAMP have been training hard to put on a stellar performance of The Lion King. This musical adaptation of the classic Disney film will be performed on July 26 at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Get your tickets online or at the box office. Also check out this shot from their pop-up preview performance at City Hall!

Shantay you stay! Also coming up at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre is an exciting and campy performance from Trixie Mattel. Trixie is an American drag queen, country-folk singer-songwriter, and comedian, and is best known for winning Rupaul’s Drag Race: All Stars Season Three.  On July 31 at 8pm Trixie’s show will feature laughs, pride, and a whole lotta hair. Get your tickets online or at the box office before they sell out!

Photo by Trixie Mattel

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Calling all aspiring astronomers and astronauts! Mars will be the closest it has ever been in the last 15 years. In celebration, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Hamilton Centre is hosting an event at Spencer Smith Park on Friday July 27 from dusk to 11 pm. Let’s stargaze together!

Photo via RASC Hamilton

Burlington Herd                                        

Have you HERD? Burlington’s baseball team, the Burlington Herd, has a game at Nelson Park this week. They are playing Brantford on July 28 at 1:05 pm and every fan will walk away with a prize because it is Fan Appreciation Day. Go online to buy tickets and view the full game schedule.

Image from the Burlington Herd

Movies Under the Stars

Every Thursday until August 16 there will be a free family-friendly movie under the stars at one of Burlington’s beautiful public parks. July 26 is a showing of Boss Baby at 9pm at Orchard Park.  Remember to come early to secure a good spot with your lawn chair or blanket.  You can also tune in from home and watch the  Facebook live starting at 8:15pm on site.  This event is weather dependent so keep an eye on the Burlington Events Twitter account for updates. View the full line up of films online.

Royal Botanical Gardens

It’s Garden Music Nights at RBG.  While you admire the gorgeous garden backdrop of Hendrie Park, you can sip cold drinks, order from a barbeque menu, and enjoy the music. Wednesdays are Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues nights. On July 25 at 6:30 pm, you can enjoy a blues-rock performance from The Paul DesLauriers Band. The event continues on August 1 with a jazzy performance of diverse musical storytelling from Kimya Hypolite.

Tuesdays are about Country and Roots tunes from talented Canadian musicians. Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase finalist Kelsi Mayne  takes the stage on July 31 at 6:30 pm with a country set. Garden Music Nights are included in general admission or with membership, so definitely take the opportunity to come for the day and admire the flowers in bloom.

Photo by Mark Zellinski

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm until August 26, RBG visitors can check out the Edible Weekends Discovery Cart in Hendrie Park’s Veggie Village. Visitors will learn how to grow, cook, and eat edible plants. July 28 and 29 are about pickling vegetables and adding pickled notes into your dishes. Don’t miss the cooking demonstrations at 1:30 pm on Sunday in the Greenhouse Café. While you’re there, take a tour of the newly-renovated Rose Garden.

Photo from the Royal Botanical Gardens

The Spirits of Paradise is a scenic outdoor theatre experience that transports spectators back in time and showcases the evolution of the Cootes Paradise shoreline. From July 27 to 29, at the RBG’s Arboretum Nature Interpretive Centre, visitors can learn about the historic figures who influenced the changing landscape. The shows are 1.5 hours in length and involve walking 1.4 kilometers along the Cootes Paradise marsh trail. Performances are at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm each day. Purchase your tickets in advance.

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park 2018 continues this week with more free musical entertainment at the Central Park Bandshell. On Wednesday July 25 at 7:30 pm get ready for a performance of Big Band era harmonies from Silver Swing. Then on Sunday July 29 at 7:30 pm, park goers will be treated to a 60s and 70s Horn Band show from Splendour in the Brass. Also on Wednesday August 1 at 7:30 pm come see Burlington Teen Tour Band Alumni, George Rose, in the George Rose Big Band. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Check online for the full summer performance schedule.

concerts in the park

Art Gallery of Burlington

Needing some creative inspiration? Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington. It’s your last chance to see Thirst and the Koyanagi Family Donation Exhibit, which end on July 29. Also be sure to check out the My Eyes Are On You and Dialogue exhibits.

If you’re looking to make some art yourself, drop by the Family Open Studio every Sunday from 1pm to 4p.  Community members are welcome to come inside the Creative Hub, engage with art on a more personal level, and express themselves through craft.

Burlington Beach

Staycation Beach and Boat Rentals Inc. hosts many yoga-based events that allow you to get active while dipping your toes in Lake Ontario. Visit their website to register for an event or check out their many other classes and rental options.

On July 30 you can float all of your cares away at Mindful Paddle & Floating Meditation. From 5pm to 6pm at the Burlington Beach, you can take a guided drift along the lake as you become in tune with nature and your senses. Remember to register online in advance.

Photo by Staycation Beach Rentals

Conservation Halton

There are so many events happening in the Conservation Halton parks this summer. At Crawford Lake visitors can explore the reconstructed Iroquoian village and Deer Clan Longhouse, participate in crafting or an archaeology dig, take a guided hike through one of the trails, or win a prize in the free discovery hunt. All of these activities are available daily from 10am to 4pm until Labour Day.

At Mountsberg, visitors can search for pond critters with dip nets, explore the farm yard and play barn, or take a guided hike. Until Labour Day at the Raptor Centre, visitors can watch a live Bird of Prey flying demonstration at 12pm or 2pm.

Attention all yogis — or just anyone looking to get fit while surrounded by nature. On Wednesday July 25 and Wednesday August 1 from 7pm to 8pm, you can participate in Yoga in the Park at Rattlesnake Point. Remember to bring a mat, water bottle, and bug spray. This event is held every Wednesday night all summer long and is appropriate for all yoga experience levels. Event admission is included with regular park admission—or is free to Halton Parks members.

Every Friday is Food Truck’N Friday at Kelso. From 5pm to 9pm you can take a break from your day of picnicking, camping, mountain biking, and swimming, and get a bite to eat from a delicious Ontario mobile kitchen. Go online to see the full line up of food trucks.

Photo by Conservation Halton

On Thursday July 26, Rattlesnake Point visitors can learn Tai Chi in the Park. Every Thursday evening park goers can learn the art of relaxing their bodies and minds from 7 pm to 8 pm. No experience necessary. This event is included with regular park admission.

Itching to try something new? Conservation Halton has a fantastic Try-It Series. On Saturday July 28 at 9am or 1pm at Rattlesnake Point you can try Rock Climbing. In this three hour course participants will learn about safety, proper equipment care, and basic climbing techniques. All equipment is provided. July 28 is also a perfect day to try Archery at Crawford Lake.  At 10 am or 11:30 am participants can take a 1 hour course to learn the history and technique of the craft. Remember to register online in advance for all Try It events.

Photo by Conservation Halton

Also on Sat. July 28 from 9am to 11:30 am you can take a Meditation Hike at Robert Edmondson Conservation. While experiencing and connecting with nature, participants will practice mindfulness, meditation, and short exercises. Remember to bring your water bottle and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Register for this event online.

Fit in the Core

Get fit this summer with Fit in the Core. Come out to civic square— just outside city hall— for a free open air fitness class every Sunday from 10 am to 11 am. July 29 is Classic Barre & Pilates Mat Class, taught by instructor Melanie from Exhale Pilates. Participants will get toned with 45 minutes of yoga and ballet movements, followed by a 15 minute pilates mat work-out. Remember to bring your mat and water bottle.

burlington downtown fit in the core


Farmers’ Markets

After breakfast on Sunday— or for your breakfast on Sunday— stop by the weekly Centro Farm Market behind Centro Garden. From 9am to 12pm you can support local producers by picking up some artisan products. The weekly vendors have everything from ice cream to freshly baked pastries.

Busy on Sundays? Visit the Burlington Mall Lions Farmers’ Market on Wednesday from 8am to 2pm, Friday from 8am to 4pm, or Saturday from 8am to 2pm, and grab some delicious farm fresh produce. While you’re there, check out Burlington Mall’s new Indigo and Denninger’s.

Tourism Burlington can assist you with planning your visit. For more information on what to see and do in Burlington, give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website, or connect with us on twitter or Facebook.


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