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#BurlON Til August 8

by Carleigh Reynolds

#BurlON Til August 8

With the Civic Holiday coming up this weekend, there are lots of great things to see and do in beautiful #BurlON.

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 Wed. August 1 at 6:30 pm, you can enjoy a jazzy performance of diverse musical storytelling from Kimya Hypolite. The event continues on Wed. August 8 at 6:30 pm with a powerful and contemporary blues performance from Crystal Shawanda.

Tuesdays are about Country and Roots tunes from talented Canadian musicians. Nick Sherman takes the stage on Tues. August 7 at 6:30 pm with a folk set that tells the blues of the Boreal Forest. 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

Enter the fairy realm at the RBG’s Enchanted Garden. From Sat. August 4 through Mon. August 6, magical secrets await all young sprites, fairies, pixies, and gnomes. This is an opportunity to meet mystical creatures, craft a spellbound trinket, have your face painted, search for the portals to the secret world, watch spectacular entertainment, play garden games, listen to charming fables, and have your wishes come true! Purchase your tickets online or at the door.

Photo by Royal Botanical Gardens

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park 2018 continues this week with more free musical entertainment at the Central Park Bandshell. On Wed. August 1 at 7:30 pm, come see Burlington Teen Tour Band Alumni, George Rose, in the George Rose Big Band.  Then on Sun. August 5 at 7:30 pm get ready for a country set from the Wendy Lynn Snider Band. Also, on Wed. August 8 at 7:30 pm don’t miss the traditional New Orleans jazz show from the Subourbon Street Dixieland Band. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Check online for the full summer performance schedule.

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Burlington Herd                                        

Have you HERD? Burlington’s baseball team, the Burlington Herd, has a game at Nelson Park this week and it’s their last game of the season. They are playing Toronto on Thurs. August 2 at 7:15 pm. Fans can enjoy $1 popcorn all game long! Go online to buy tickets.

Image from the Burlington Herd

Movies Under the Stars

Every Thursday until August 16 there is a free family-friendly movie under the stars at one of Burlington’s beautiful public parks. Thurs. August 2 is a showing of Toy Story 3 at 9 pm at Lowville 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.

Halton Freedom Festival

The Halton Black History Awareness Society is hosting a free Freedom Celebration Festival at Spencer Smith Park on Sat. August 4. From 11 am to 9 pm you can enjoy vibrant music and dance performances, children’s events, historical and local literature, and a vendors market of cultural cuisine.

Image via Halton Black History Awareness Society

Market in the Village

Sat. August 4 is the monthly summer Market in Burlington’s Village Square. The event runs 9 am to 1 pm and features 30 local vendors, tasty food, fun for kids, and live musical entertainment.

Image by Burlington Downtown

Joseph Brant Day

The annual Joseph Brant Day Festival is a free event that celebrates local heritage. Come out on Mon. August 6 (the civic holiday) to LaSalle Park from 11 am to 4 pm for an afternoon of entertainment, food trucks, vendors, and community history. Free parking will be available at Aldershot High School. Don’t miss the Burlington Teen Tour Band who will be performing at 12 pm. See the full entertainment schedule online.

One Burlington Festival

Come out to the Central Park Bandshell on Mon. August 6 from 12 pm to 4 pm for the One Burlington Festival. This free event celebrates faith and culture and will feature free food, entertainment, and games.

Image via One Burlington Festival

Art Gallery of Burlington

Needing some creative inspiration? Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington. On Sat. August 4 they will be unveiling two new exhibits: Round: Bowls & Vases, which explores how the potter’s wheel both limits and liberates designs, and Patron’s Choice, which is curated by gallery patrons and doners. 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 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.

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.

Ever wanted to try Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga? Sat. August 4 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am is the first day of their SUP Yoga series. This class will help you change up your yoga routine by accessing muscles that you don’t use while doing yoga on land. It’s the perfect way to try out and tackle this sport— and you could go for a swim after!

Yoga on SUP - Burlington Beach Rentals

Photo by Staycation Beach Rentals

If you like to sleep in on Saturday mornings, come out to Beach Yoga on Tues. August 7 at 5:45 pm. 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

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.

Itching to try something new? Conservation Halton has a fantastic Try-It Series. On Sun. August 5 at 8:30 am at Kelso you can try Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga. The one hour class is perfect for SUP beginners and will add another layer of balance and concentration to your standard yoga practice. Also, on Sun. August 5 at 10:30 am you can learn the Basics of Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Kelso. This three-hour crash course will earn you your Paddle Canada Basic SUP certification.  All equipment is provided for both courses. Remember to register for classes in advance online.

Wear your coziest PJs out to Pajama Night: Moon Chorus. On Sat. August 4 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Crawford Lake, the whole family can learn to interpret those spooky nighttime animal sounds — which may have just been harmless insects or birds all along! As you get over your fears, you can take a guided hike, play some games, make a craft, or enjoy some campfire s’mores. Register for this event in advance online.

Attention all yogis — or just anyone looking to get fit while surrounded by nature. On Wed. August 1 and 8 from 7pm 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 pm to 9 pm 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

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. August 5 is Full Body, Strength Conditioning & Core, taught by Instructor Riley from Beauchamp Fitness. Participants will speed up their metabolism with a fat-burning and muscle-building work out. Remember to bring your mat and water bottle.

Farmers’ Markets

After breakfast on Sunday— or for your 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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