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#BurlON ‘Til July 11

by Carleigh Reynolds

#BurlON Til July 11

It is July and it is HOT! Remember to keep cool— wear a hat, put on sunscreen, drink water, and eat LOTS of ice cream (Check out our blog post on the best frozen treats in town)— while you explore #BurlON.

Big Bike Ride for Heart & Stroke

Come out to Gator Ted’s on July 5 to be one of 29 riders on the Big Bike for Heart & Stroke. Riders will 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.

Image taken by Heart and Stroke Foundation

Burlington Herd

Have you HERD? Burlington’s baseball team, the Burlington Herd, has TWO games at Nelson Park this week. They are playing London on July 5 at 7:15 pm. July 5 is Tropical Night, so wear your most festive Hawaiian shirt for a chance to win a cash prize. The team is also playing Hamilton on July 7 in attempt to strikeout cancer. The Herd will be raising money for cancer research in memory of Casey Cosgrove. Go online to buy tickets and read the full game schedule.

Movies Under the Stars

Beginning July 5, every Thursday until August 16 there will be a free family-friendly movie at one of Burlington’s beautiful public parks. July 5 is a showing of The Lego Movie at 9:00 pm at Nelson 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.


This market has everything except vowels. It’s MKRS MRKT 2018! This annual free event is held behind Centro Garden Centre and will feature talented and creative local makers and their high-quality products in a pop- up retail setting. This event is July 6 from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Check online for the vendor line up.

Market in the Village

On the first Saturday of every month this summer there is a Market in Burlington’s Village Square. The monthly event runs July 7 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and features over 20 local vendors, henna tattoos, and face painting. While you shop around you can listen to live music beginning at 10:00 am and watch a 12:00 pm belly dancing performance curtsey of Belly Up Belly Dance.

Image taken by Burlington Downtown

Burlington Downtown Car Show

Vroom Vroom! Brant Street from Lakeshore Road to Caroline Street will become a pedestrian street on July 7 in order to host the Burlington Downtown Car Show. From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm community members and visitors are free to admire fantastic vehicles ranging from classic cars, to muscle cars, to exotic sports cars. While browsing, event goers will have the opportunity to listen to live music and shop around at sidewalk sales. While you’re downtown don’t forget to check out the Market in the Village in Village Square.

Confederation Marine Modellers’ Model Boat Regatta

Passionate about building model boats? The Confederation Marine Modellers are meeting July 8 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond— That’s the pond at Discovery Landing — to put the seaworthiness of their creations to the test in a model boat regatta. Check it out and cheer on those floating works of art. This free event is weather dependent.

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 4 at 6:30 pm, visitors can listen to a set of musical storytelling from Juno-nominated artist Barbra Lica. The event continues on July 4 at 6:30 pm with a 60s inspired pop, jazz, and soul performance from Kristen Violet May.

Tuesdays are about Country and Roots tunes from talented Canadian musicians. Songwriter Amanda Rheaume will take the stage on July 10 at 6:30pm with a powerful performance of pop, roots, and folk fusion. 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.

Starting July 7, every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 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. July 7 and 8 are all about edible flowers. 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.

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park 2018 continues this week with more free musical entertainment at the Central Park Bandshell. On July 4 at 7:30 pm, spectators will be serenaded by the Hamilton Dixieland All-Stars. Then on July 8 at 7:30 pm park goers will be treated to a variety showband performance from Sandy Vine And The Midnights. Also on July 11 at 7:30 pm the park will be filled with tunes of the 50s and 60s during a performance from Little Peter & the Elegants. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Check online for the full summer performance .

Art Gallery of Burlington

Needing some creative inspiration? Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington. It’s your last chance to view the Pacific Overtures exhibit which ends on July 8. The exhibit explores how Japanese ceramics have influenced Canadian ceramics. Be sure to also check out My Eyes Are On You, Dialogue, Thirst, and the Koyanagi Family Donation Exhibit when you visit.

If you’re looking to make some art yourself, drop by the Family Open Studio on Sunday. Every Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 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 be active while you dip 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 7 you can start your Saturday off with some relaxing Beach Yoga at 8:30 am or 10:30 am. These classes are suitable for all levels of practice.

Photo taken by Staycation Beach Rentals

On July 9 you can get your Zen on with the Mindful Paddle and Floating Meditation. At 7:00 pm participants will bob along the lake on paddle boards and inflatable pool floats while they de-stress and reconnect with nature.

Burlington Beach SUP

Conservation Halton

There are so many events happening in the Conservation Halton area now that the weather is getting warmer. 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 adorned with blooming wildflowers, or win a prize in the free discovery hunt. All of these activities are available daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 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. Until Labour Day at the Raptor Centre, visitors can watch a live Bird of Prey flying demonstration at 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm.

Attention all yogis — or just anyone looking to get fit while surrounded by nature. On July 4 and 11 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 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.

Rattlesnake Point visitors can also try Tai Chi in the Park. Every Thursday evening beginning July 5, park goers can learn the art of relaxing their bodies and minds from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. No experience necessary. This event is included with regular park admission.

Beginning July 6, you can spend your Friday Nights at Kelso. From 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm, park visitors can , camp, picnic, swim, boat, and mountain bike, and then get a bite to eat at a food truck for dinner. Also mark your calendars because every Friday in August will include a Family Movie Night.  From 4:30-9 on July 6 don’t miss out on the Food Truck’N Fun at Kelso as they offer a great variety of food trucks.

Food Truck N Friday


On July 7 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am you can take a Meditation Hike at Crawford Lake. 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.

Photo credit: Mark Zelinski


July 7 is also Pajama Night and Survival Night at Crawford Lake. Bring the kids from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and put their wilderness survival skills to the test. Attendees will learn archery, shelter-building, and fire-starting. After proving yourself against the elements, families are invited to put on their PJs for a cozy time around the campfire —complete with marshmallows and star gazing.

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 10:00 am to 11:00 am. July 8 is danceFLOW qigong/taichi, presented by instructors Robert Tang and Beverley Cayton-Tang from danceScape. Participants will experience a fusion of taichi stretching, meditation, and dance ranging from tango to ballet. This gentle form of exercise will focus on increasing flexibility, circulation, and healing. Remember to bring your water bottle.

Farmers’ Markets

After breakfast on Sunday, stop by the weekly Centro Farm Market behind Centro Garden. From 9:00 am to 12:00 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 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, or Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, and grab some delicious farm fresh produce. While 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.

Ongoing Events:

To Sun July 8: Pacific Overtures Exhibit, Art Gallery

To Sun July 22: The Koyanagi Family Donation Exhibit, Art Gallery

Sat June 30-Sun July 29: Thirst Exhibit, Art Gallery

Sundays & Wednesdays from June 17 to Aug 12: Concerts in the Park, Central Park Bandshell

Tues June 26-Tues Aug 14: Country & Roots Tuesdays, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sun June 2-Sun Aug 26: Dialogue Exhibit, Art Gallery

Wednesdays from June 6 to Aug 29: Yoga in the Park, Rattlesnake Point

Sat June 30-Mon Sept 3: Outdoor Pool Open, Bronte Creek

Wed June 13-Wed Sept 5: Red Hot Jazz & Cool Blues, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sun July 1-Mon Sept 3: Summer at Mountsberg, Mountsberg

Sun July 1-Mon Sept 3: Summer at Crawford Lake, Crawford Lake

Fri June 1-Sun Sept 9: My Eyes Are On You Exhibit, Art Gallery

Sun June 3 to Sun Sept 23: Fit in the Core, Civic Square

Sundays from May 13-Oct 21: Centro Farm Market, Centro Garden

Wed, Fri, Sat to Oct 27: Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market, Burlington Mall Parking Lot


Events This Week:

Thurs 5: Big Bike Ride for Heart & Stroke, Gator Ted’s

Thurs 5: Burlington Herd Baseball Game vs. London, Nelson Park

Thurs 5: Tai Chi in the Park, Rattlesnake Point

Thurs 5: Movies Under the Stars: “The Lego Movie”, Nelson Park

Fri 6: MKRS MRKT 18, Centro Garden

Fri 6: Friday Night at Kelso, Kelso

Sat 7: Laps of Love Swim for Dystonia, Nelson Pool

Sat 7: Beach Yoga, Burlington Beach

Sat 7: Meditation Hike, Crawford Lake

Sat 7: Market in the Village, Village Square

Sat 7: Burlington Downtown Car Show, Downtown Burlington

Sat 7: Burlington Herd Baseball Game vs. Hamilton, Nelson Park

Sat 7: Pajama Night: Survival Night, Crawford Lake

Sat 7-Sun 8: Edible Weekends: Discover Edible Flowers, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sun 8: Confederation Marine Modellers’ Model Boat Regatta, Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond

Tues 10: Beach Yoga Flow, Burlington Beach

Tues 10: “The Florida Project”, Central Library



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