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#BurlON Til August 29

by Carleigh Reynolds

#BurlON Til August 29

Take heart…summer is far from over! There is still time to have summer adventures and Burlington is the perfect place to do it with the whole family. This week alone there are two car shows, a BMX stunt show, a 24 restaurant prix-fixe dining program, live Jazz music, and a free outdoor movie and fitness class in #BurlOn.

Paletta Mansion

August 25 and 26 from 11 am to 3 pm is the 7th Annual Marques d’Elegance Luxury Supercar Weekend. Burlington’s picturesque Paletta Mansion will play host to exotic supercars and vintage rides. Come for the car show and enjoy the view of Lake Ontario or purchase a VIP Pass and experience a full lunch service and exclusive drink tastings.  Register your best wheels before August 24 and receive prime display space on the field and a food voucher for a food truck. Get your tickets (general admission or VIP) online.

Image by Fotografia Boutique Timeless Portraits

Country Heritage Park

Saturday August 25 is the Northern Showdown Car and Truck Show. From 10 am to 5 pm, bring your muscle cars out to the Country Heritage Park Fairgrounds for judging, or just come as a spectator. Bring the kids for games and contests. Pre-register online or purchase admission at the gate.

Image via Country Heritage Park

Performing Arts Centre

The Legends Cup 2018 takes place Saturday August 25 at the Performing Arts Centre. Come out for a day of bodybuilding, bikinis, and stellar physique. The prejudging show is at 10 am and the Finals are at 5 pm. Purchase your tickets online or at the box office.

Mohawk Woodbine Racetrack

Come out to the Mohawk Woodbine Racetrack to experience the intense Krusher Stunt Show. On Sunday August 26 at 3 pm, the Krusher Stunt Team will amaze audiences with extreme skateboarding, BMX, and motocross stunts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to get autographs from the athletes. Purchase your tickets online.

Image by Adam Mrowka Photography

Woodbine Mohawk has fun for the whole family every Friday in August at Kid’s Zone Fridays. On August 24 from 6-10 pm kids can get all their energy out at the inflatable bouncy structures and pony rides. View admission information online.

Image by Woodbine Mohawk Racetrack

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. Where else can you get an appetizer, entree, and a dessert at a great value, while supporting local businesses? Go online to view the 24 participating restaurants and their respective menus.  Be sure to savour this dining program before it’s gone! Reservations are encouraged.

Movies Under the Stars

Come out to Orchard Park on Thursday August 23 at 9 pm for the last movie under the stars of the season. 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. The film for August 23 is The Lego Movie.

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. Sunday August 26 is Slow Flow Vinyasa, taught by Instructor Melinda Walker from 7th Wave Yoga on Brant. Participants will experience a workout that increases flexibility and strength, while simultaneously giving the athlete a sense of serene calmness. This class is appropriate for all fitness levels. Remember to bring your mat and water bottle.

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Royal Botanical Gardens

There is so much art in nature—Literally! It’s Arts Week at the RBG, which celebrates the many forms of artistic expression. From Monday August 20 to Monday August 27 there are tons of happenings that showcase creativity. You can 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 art supplies. Come out to Shakespeare at the Rock to celebrate the art of theatre or to Garden Music Nights to celebrate the art of music. Also on Thursday August 23, new sculptures will be unveiled at the Sculpture Social. Come out for an evening of art, delicious food and dreamy blues and tunes. Purchase your tickets online.

In the Presence of Sakra – Peter Killeen

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

At Garden Music Nights at RBG you can admire the gorgeous garden backdrop of Hendrie Park, sip cold drinks, order from a barbeque menu, and enjoy the music.  On Wednesday August 22 at 6:30 pm you can enjoy a blues performance from the talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Jordan John. The event continues on Wednesday August 29 at 6:30 pm with a jazz-pop set from emerging artist, Eliza Pope. 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 25 and 26 are all about the squash and its use in various autumnal 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 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.

If you like feeling the Earth under your feet while you work out, come out to Beach Yoga on Tuesday August 28 at 10 am. This class is suitable for all levels of practice and is a great way to reconnect with nature and yourself. 

Photo by Staycation Beach Rentals

If you’re looking for an even more relaxing experience, they are also hosting a Mindful Paddle and Floating Meditation on Tuesday August 28 from 7 pm to 8 pm. Float all of your cares away as you take a guided drift along the lake. 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 22 and 29 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 all yoga experience levels. Event admission is included with regular park admission—or is free to Halton Parks members


On Saturday August 25 from 9-11:30 am you can take a Meditation Hike at Hilton Falls. 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.

Itching to try something new? Conservation Halton has a fantastic Try-It Series. On Saturday August 25 from 9 am to 12 pm you can learn the basics of Rock Climbing at Rattlesnake Point. This introductory course welcomes beginners and will teach participants about safety, equipment care, and essential climbing techniques. The 25 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. All equipment is provided. Remember to register online in advance of all Try It events.

Photo by Conservation Halton


Every Friday is Food Truck’N Friday at Kelso. From 5-9 pm on August 24 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 24 is Wonder Woman.

Image by Halton Parks

Art Gallery of Burlington

Needing some creative inspiration? Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington. It’s your last chance to view the Dialogue exhibit, which closes August 26. Also be sure to out the Round: Bowls & Vases, Patron’s Choice, My Eyes Are On You, and 60 by 60 exhibits.

If you’re looking to make some art yourself, drop by the Family Open Studio on Sunday. Every Sunday from 1 pm to 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 their 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 Centre’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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