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#BurlON ‘Til July 18

by Carleigh Reynolds

#BurlON Til July 18

Burlington is alive for the summer and there is so much to see, do, and eat. It is the perfect time for longtime residents to rediscover their favourite attractions and explore new ones— and bring their first-time visitor friends along! Get out there and experience #BurlON!

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

The Burlington Student Theatre ARTSCAMP is putting on a production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame on July 12 at 2:30 pm. Come out and support these talented students as they sing and dance to songs from the classic Disney animated feature. Go online for ticket information.

Burlington Student Theatre

Burlington Food Tours

Want to explore the unique flavour scene that is Burlington? Burlington Food Tours takes guests on monthly food excursions through downtown Burlington and their July event is July 14 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. This event will showcase the culinary talents of Mollycake, Tamp Coffee, The Martini House, Jake’s Grill and Oyster House, Emma’s Back Porch, and SB Prime. As they mingle and sample delicious food, attendees will get a ‘backstage tour’ into Burlington’s culinary destinations and historic buildings. Get your tickets online and remember to book in advance.

Burlington Herd

Have you HERD? Burlington’s baseball team, the Burlington Herd, has TWO games at Nelson Park this week. They are playing Barrie on July 12 at 7:15 pm and the first 100 fans to arrive will receive a free T-shirt. The team is also playing Kitchener on July 14. The 14 is Bark In The Park so feel free to bring Rover to the ballgame. Go online to buy tickets and read the full game schedule.

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 12 is a showing of The Princess Bride at 9:00 pm at LaSalle 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.

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 11 at 6:30 pm, visitors can listen to a set of 60s inspired pop, jazz, and soul from Kristen Violet May.The event continues on July 18 at 6:30 pm with a blues performance from New Artist of the Year’ Maple Blues Award  winner, 17-year-old Spencer MacKenzie.

Tuesdays are about Country and Roots tunes from talented Canadian musicians. Award-winning country musician Brad Battle will take the stage on July 17 at 6:30pm. 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

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 14 and 15 are all about diversifying and spicing up your summer salads. 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.

The Royal Quest is back! The kids have been summoned to the RBG Arboretum on July 14 and 15 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm to help save the Bloom Kingdom. The quest will consist of physical and mental tasks intended to test the most noble of knights. Help return the sunlight and colour to the Bloom Kingdom and avoid the curse! Purchase your tickets online.

Photo provided by the Royal Botanical Gardens

It is the perfect weekend to visit the RBG because July 14 and 15 is also the Ontario Regional Lily Society’s Annual Lily Show. Come either as an exhibitor or spectator and experience the beautiful fragrant arrangements and designs.

Photo provided by The 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 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. Then on July 15 at 7:30 pm park goers will be treated to a classic performance from the Burlington-based group Hotsy Totsy. Also on July 18 at 7:30 pm, there will be a New York Big-Band era show from the Halton Jazz Singers & Swingline. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Check online for the full summer performance schedule.

Art Gallery of Burlington

Needing some creative inspiration? Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington. Be sure to 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 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.

July 12 at 7:00 pm is New Moon Yoga. This 40 minute class and 20 minute meditation will celebrate the new moon and focus on goal-setting for the lunar cycle ahead.

Yoga on the Beach - Burlington Beach Rentals

On July 14 you can start your Saturday off right with some energizing Beach Yoga at 8:30 am. If you’d rather sleep in on the weekends, you can attend Beach Yoga Flow on Tuesday July 17 at 5:45 pm instead. These classes are suitable for all levels of practice. Remember to bring your mat and water bottle.

Photo taken by Staycation Beach Rentals

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.

On July 12, Rattlesnake Point visitors can try out Tai Chi in the Park. Every Thursday evening 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.

It’s difficult to take quality photographs of birds when they’re way up in the trees— or before they fly away. To give those dedicated photographers a break, Mountsberg is hosting Raptors in Focus. Raptor Centre staff are giving attendees close up access to their feathered friends to help them achieve the perfect shot. Register for this event online.

Itching to try something new? Conservation Halton has a fantastic Try-It Series. On July 15 at 9:00 am you can learn the basics of Mountain Biking at Kelso. This short course welcomes beginners and allows riders to familiarize themselves with the trails and get a fantastic adrenaline-filled workout. Go online for registration and fee information.

Attention all yogis — or just anyone looking to get fit while surrounded by nature. On July 11 and 18 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.

Every Friday is Food Truck’N Friday at Kelso. 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.

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 15 is Slow Flow Vinyasa, taught by Instructor Melinda Walker from 7th Wave Yoga on Brant. Participants will work on mindfulness and flexibility while working out and building strength. This class is suitable for all levels of practice. 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 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.

Burlington Mall Farmers MarketTourism 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.


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

Thursday-Sunday from July 5 to July 22: The Spirits of Paradise, Royal Botanical Gardens

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


This Week:

Thurs 12: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Burlington Student Theatre, Performing Arts Centre – MT

Thurs 12: Burlington Herd Baseball Game vs. Barrie, Nelson Park

Thurs 12: Tai Chi in the Park, Rattlesnake Point

Thurs 12: Movies Under the Stars: “The Princess Bride”, LaSalle Park

Sat 14: Burlington Food Tours, Various downtown restaurants

Sat 14: Family Fishing Derby, Robert Edmondson Conservation Area

Sat 14: Beach Yoga, Burlington Beach

Sat 14: Burlington Herd Baseball Game vs. Kitchener, Nelson Park

Sat 14-Sun 15: Edible Weekends: Discover Salad, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sat 14-Sun 15: The Royal Quest, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sat 14-Sun 15: Lily Show, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sun 15: Try It: Mountain Biking, Kelso

Sun 15: Summer Mindfulness Series, Kiwanis Park

Tues 17: Heritage Trees, Central Library

Tues 17: Choral Concert, St. Lukes Church

Tues 17: Paint Night, 5 West Brew Pub

Wed 18:  Learn to Lawn Bowl, Burlington Lawn Bowling Club

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