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#BurlON ‘Til July 25

by Carleigh Reynolds

#BurlON Til July 25

Needing something to do with the kids this week? You don’t need to go far because #BurlON is the place to be.

Burlington Food Truck Festival

Come out to Spencer Smith Park and get a delicious bite to eat at this tasty free annual event. The Burlington Food Truck Festival is three days of 40 distinguished food trucks that will conquer any craving. Bring your friends and family for food, a children’s midway, live entertainment, cold beer, and eating challenges.This event runs July 20 from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, July 21 from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and July 22 from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The food trucks will feature vegetarian, vegan, halal, and gluten free options. Go online for the full line up of the delicious mobile kitchens.

Country Heritage Park

July 20 through 22 is the 19th annual Summer Fair and Farm Expo at Country Heritage Park. Come out for a weekend of industrious antique tractor and truck pulls, classic cars, historic buildings, flea market shopping, kid-friendly fun, farm to table food, cold beer, and more.  Children under the age of 12 get in free. Check online for admission fees and the full schedule of activities.

Image by Country Heritage Park

Aldershot Village BIA Market

July 21 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at White Oaks Plaza is the monthly Aldershot Village BIA (Business Improvement Area) Market. Shop around food and retail vendors and listen to live music while you browse.

Image by Aldershot Village BIA

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

The Driftwood Theatre is presenting a pay-what-you-can performance of Shakespeare’s Rosalynde or As You Like It. The show is on July 24 at 7:30 pm and will take place in the outdoor plaza in front of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre— though they will move inside if it rains! Prepare for a contemporary twist on the Shakespeare classic.

Image from Driftwood Theatre Group

Bye Bye Birdie

The KooGle Theatre Company’s Youth Musical Theatre Summer Program is putting on a rock n’ roll production of Bye Bye Birdie.  Performances are July 21 at 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm and July 22 at 1:30 pm.

Image from KooGle Theatre Company

Burlington Herd                               

Have you HERD? Burlington’s baseball team, the Burlington Herd, has TWO games at Nelson Park this week. They are playing Guelph on July 19 at 7:15 pm and the first 100 fans to arrive will receive a free team poster. The team is also playing London on July 21. The 21st game is Super Hero Day so the kids can hang out with Spider Man and Batman and the first 100 sidekicks get a free cape. Go online to buy tickets and view the full game schedule.

Image from the Burlington Herd

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 19 is a showing of The Greatest Showman  at 9:00 pm at the Central Park Bandshell.  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 18 at 6:30 pm, you can enjoy a blues performance from New Artist of the Year’ Maple Blues Award winner, 17-year-old Spencer MacKenzie. The event continues on July 25 with a blues-rock performance from The Paul DesLauriers Band.

Tuesdays are about Country and Roots tunes from talented Canadian musicians. The Ennis Sisters take the stage on July 24 at 6:30 pm with contemporary folk tunes influenced by the music scene of Irish Newfoundland. 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 Zelinski

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 21 and 22 are all about spicing things up with peppers. 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 from the Royal Botanical Gardens

From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on July 22, you can check out Plants to Dye With in RBG’s Hendrie Park. In collaboration with the Art Gallery of Burlington’s Handweavers and Spinners Guild, you can learn about the colourful dyes that are made from fruits and flowers, try your hand at using plants to print on cloth, and make a hand-spun bracelet. This event is included in general admission or membership.

Photo from the Royal Botanical Gardens

The Spirits of Paradise is a scenic outdoor theatre experience that transports spectators back in time and showcases the evolution of the Cootes Paradise shoreline. From July 20 to 22 and July 27 to 29, at the RBG’s Arboretum Nature Interpretive Centre, visitors can learn about the historic figures who influenced the changing landscape. The shows are 1.5 hours in length and involve walking 1.4 kilometers along the Cootes Paradise Marsh trail. Performances are at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm each day. Please purchase your tickets in advance.

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park 2018 continues this week with more free musical entertainment at the Central Park Bandshell. On July 18 at 7:30 pm, there will be a New York Big-Band era show from the Halton Jazz Singers & Swingline.  Then on July 22 at 7:30 pm, park goers will be treated to another Big Band performance from the local George Arnone Big Band. Also get ready for a Silver Swing performance on July 25 at 7:30 pm. 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.

Image from Art Gallery of Burlington

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.

On July 21 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 24 at 5:45 pm instead. These classes are suitable for all levels of practice. Remember to bring your mat and water bottle.

Photo by Staycation Beach Rentals

Bronte Creek

July 20 is Healthy Parks, Healthy People. For one day only, all Ontario Parks day-use areas are FREE of charge. Bronte Creek is hosting several special activities to celebrate this wonderful day. Park goers can participate in a photo scavenger hunt challenge for a chance to win an annual park pass. Visitors also have the chance to view a ‘learn to camp’ demonstration, have their burning nature-related questions answered at the prop table, take a wagon ride, learn to play disk golf or the basics of canoeing, study the art history of Ontario parks, run through the scenic trails,and to find their inner zen with yoga. The only facility visitors need to pay for is the 1.8 acre pool. Go online for the full descriptions, locations, and times of each activity.

July 21 is Parks Day in Canada. Come out to Bronte Creek and celebrate by hiking, picnicking, relaxing, swimming, dancing, sketching, or running. It is up to you to choose how you explore and play. Contribute to the conversation about Canada’s amazing Provincial Parks @OPBronteCreek on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Not in town on the 21st? Check online for the many other events happening across the province and the nation in celebration of this day.


Conservation Halton

There are so many events happening in the Conservation Halton area.  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.

Eagle Mountsberg Raptor Centre - Gudrun Vogel

On July 19, 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.

On July 21 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

Itching to try something new? Conservation Halton has a fantastic Try-It Series. On July 22 at 8:30 am at Kelso you can try Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. The one hour class is perfect for SUP beginners and will add another layer of balance to your standard yoga practice. Also on July 22 at 10:30 am you can learn the Basics of Stand Up Paddleboarding 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.

Attention all yogis — or just anyone looking to get fit while surrounded by nature. On July 18 and 25 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. From 5:00pm to 9:00 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.

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 22 is Shimmy in the Core, taught by instructor Johara from BellyUp BellyDance. Participants will experience a fun high-energy dance-based full-body workout. This class is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Remember to bring a 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 Market

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.


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 19: Burlington Herd Baseball Game vs. Guelph, Nelson Park

Thurs 19: Movies Under the Stars: “The Greatest Showman”, Central Park Bandshell

Thurs 19: Tai Chi in the Park, Rattlesnake Point

Thurs 19: “Mamma Mia”, Central Library

Fri 20: Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Bronte Creek

Fri 20-Sun 22: Summer Fair & Farm Expo, Country Heritage Park

Fri 20-Sun 22: Burlington Food Truck Festival, Spencer Smith Park

Sat 21: Aldershot Village BIA Market, White Oaks Plaza

Sat 21: Parks Day in Canada, Bronte Creek

Sat 21: Beach Yoga, Burlington Beach

Sat 21: Burlington Herd Baseball Game vs. London, Nelson Park

Sat 21-Sun 22: Edible Weekends: Discover Peppers, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sat 21-Sun 22: “Bye Bye Birdie”, Theatre Burlington

Sun 22: Try It: Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga, Kelso

Sun 22: Try It: Stand Up Paddle Board Basic Instruction, Kelso

Tues 24: Rosalynde (or, As You Like It), Performing Arts Centre – Outdoor Plaza

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