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#BurlON Til August 22

by Carleigh Reynolds

#BurlON Til August 22

Running out of ways to keep the kids busy this summer? Never fear! Our team here at Tourism Burlington has you covered. It’s the perfect week for the kids to get their #BurlON. There’s the Children’s Festival, Amazing Things To Do Before You’re 12, and More!

Taste of Burlington

Every day until September 3, you can explore Burlington’s unique culinary scene through Taste of Burlington. Burlington’s best eateries will be offering daily affordable prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner options. Go online to view the 24 participating restaurants and their respective menus. Where else can you get an appetizer, entree, and a dessert at a great value, while supporting local businesses? Be sure to savour this dining program before it’s gone! Reservations are encouraged.

Big Bike Ride for Heart & Stroke

Come out to the B&B Taps & Grill on Wednesday August 15 to be one of 29 riders on the Big Bike for Heart & Stroke. Riders will complete a 20-minute bike through the community and stop traffic in support of heart disease and stroke research. What a great way to get some cardio in!  Go online to form a team, join a team, or donate to the cause.

Photo by Heart and Stroke Foundation

Movies Under the Stars

Every Thursday until August 23 there is a free family-friendly movie under the stars at one of Burlington’s beautiful public parks. Thursday August 16 is a showing of Coco at 9 pm at Spencer Smith Park.  Remember to come early to secure a good spot with your lawn chair or blanket. 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.

Performing Arts Centre – Run for your Wife!

Get ready to laugh out loud because the comedy show Run For Your Wife is coming to the Performing Arts Centre. This play follows a taxi driver who hilariously juggles two wives. Shows are August 16 through 19 with performances at 8 pm on the 16, 17, and 18. There are also matinees at 2 pm on August 18 and 19.Purchase your tickets online or at the box office.

Burlington Performing Arts Centre by justaclick Photography

Photo Credit: justaclick Photography

Aldershot Village BIA Market

August 18 from 10 am to 1 pm at White Oaks Plaza is the monthly Aldershot Village BIA (Business Improvement Area) Market. Shop food and retail vendors and listen to live music while you browse.

Image by Aldershot Village BIA

Golden Rescue Run & Walk — Spencer Smith Park

August 18 is also Gimli #489’s Golden Rescue 2018 Run & Walk. Get outside and get active in support of saving rescue dogs and finding them their Fur-ever homes. Bring your furry friend to the Spencer Smith Park pier to complete a 1k, 5k, or 10k. The Run/Walk begins at 8 am. Go online to register.

Image by Golden Rescue

Burlington’s Annual Children’s Festival

Did you know that Burlington’s Children’s Festival is one of the top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario? Get ready, because the exciting annual event is this weekend! On Sunday August 19 from 10 am to 5 pm, bring the kids out to Spencer Smith Park to celebrate the amazingness of being a kid.  Enjoy play zones, inflatables, vendors, crafts and live entertainment, which will include magic shows, Birds of Prey demonstrations, and a meet and greet with PJ Masks.

Burlington Children's Festival

Bronte Creek Ghost Walks

Boo! Ever been curious about what secrets a 100-year-old Victorian farm house might hold? You can engage your paranormal investigator side at Bronte Creek’s Spruce Lane Farm Ghost Walk on Sunday August 19. These spooky walking tours depart every 20 minutes beginning at 7:30 pm and ending at 9 pm. The tours are meant to educate and entertain— not frighten!— park-goers. Reservations are not required and tours are included with regular park admission.

Photo by Bronte Creek

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 -11 am. August 19 is Shimmy in the Core, taught by Instructor Johara from BellyUp BellyDance. Participants will experience a high-energy and funky workout that will sculpt your whole body. This class is appropriate for all fitness levels. Remember to bring your mat and water bottle.

burlington downtown fit in the core

Royal Botanical Gardens – Arts Week & more!

There is so much art in nature—Literally! It’s Arts Week at the RBG. This event celebrates the many forms of artistic expression. From Monday August 20 – August 27 there are tons of happenings that will showcase creativity. Take a guided tour of the gardens to spot all of the innovative public art installations or learn about the many plants that can be used as paints.  Come out to Shakespeare at the Rock to celebrate the art of theatre or to Garden Music Nights to celebrate the art of music. Remember to come back next week on Thursday August 23 for the Sculpture Social to see the unveiling of new sculptures, while enjoying delicious food and dreamy blues and folk tunes.

International sculpture in Hendire Garden RBG

Weeknights until August 31 you can catch an interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays at Shakespeare at the Rock. In the picturesque storybook setting of the RBG’s Rock Garden, patrons can watch an outdoor performance of Macbeth: Conspiracy Theory, which re-imagines the Bard’s classic tale as a thriller. The show is produced by Burlington’s own Tottering Biped Theatre and begins at 7:30 pm each evening. Go online to purchase tickets— You can even purchase a Dinner Show Package in which you can enjoy a prix-fixe dinner at the Rock Garden Café before the show.

Photo by 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 Wednesday August 15 at 6:30 pm you can enjoy a jazz performance from Toronto singer and composer, Steven Taetz. The event continues on Wednesday August 22 at 6:30 pm with a performance from the talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Jordan John. 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 10 am to 4 pm 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. August 18 and 19 are about Brassicas; the hidden link between broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. 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 by Royal Botanical Gardens

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 classes and rental options.

Ever wanted to try Stand Up Paddle Boarding? They have classes on Thursday August 16 and Sunday August 19 that will teach you the basics and allow you to tackle this trendy water sport.

Burlington Beach SUP

If you like feeling the Earth under your feet while you work out, come out to Beach Yoga on Tuesday August 21 at 10 am. This class is suitable for all levels of practice and is a great way to reconnect with nature and yourself.  Remember to register online in advance for all events and classes.

Photo by Staycation Beach Rentals

Conservation Halton

There are so many events happening in the Conservation Halton Area for the 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 10 am to 4 pm 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. Also, until Labour Day at the Raptor Centre, visitors can watch a live Bird of Prey flying demonstration at 12 pm or 2 pm.

Attention all yogis — or just anyone looking to get fit while surrounded by nature. On Wednesday August 15 and 22 from 7 pm to 8 pm, 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 5-9 pm on August 17 at the Boat Rentals area 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.

Image via Conservation Halton

Fridays are also Family Outdoor Movie Nights at Kelso’s Learning Centre. Every Friday until August 31, you can watch an entertaining film with the family. Films begin at dusk as the stars are starting to come out. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The film for Friday August 17 is Peter Rabbit.

Image by Halton Parks

Come out to Crawford Lake on Saturday August 18 for the Iroquoia Trail Test Trail Race. Get your heart pumping and the ground thumping as you take on an adventurous 7 km, 18 km, or 34 km run. There will also be catered food, medals, and Freezies for all finishers. Go online for parking and registration information, as well as the race day schedule.

Image by Burlington Runners

Summer vacation should be filled with play, exploration, and time in the sunshine. That’s why at Mountsberg and Crawford Lake, kids are invited to come for the day and check items off the list of Amazing Things To Do Before You’re 12. On Saturday August 18 and Sunday August 19 from 10 am to 5 pm, kids can make a nest like a bird, touch a snake, and learn to make a fire without matches. Let’s bring back grass stains,curiosity, and adventure!

Image by Halton Parks

Art Gallery of Burlington

Needing some creative inspiration? Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington. On August 1 they premiered a new exhibit called 60 by 60, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild and features work of the past and present. Also be sure to check out the Round: Bowls & Vases, Patron’s Choice, My Eyes Are On You, and Dialogue exhibits.

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

Farmers’ Markets

After breakfast on Sunday— or for breakfast on Sunday— stop by the weekly Centro Farm Market behind Centro Garden. From 9 am to 12 pm 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 8 am to 2 pm, Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, or Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm, 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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