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#BurlON ‘Til July 4

by Carleigh Reynolds

#BurlON Til July 4

This week we have a lot to celebrate. It’s officially summer vacation, we are saying ‘Goodbye’ to June and ‘Hello’ to July, and it is Canada Day! So paint yourself in red and white and go explore #BurlON.

GGS Law Canada Day 5K and 1k Run/Walk

On July 1 at 10:00 am celebrate Canada Day with a run through downtown Burlington. Racers choose between a 5k course and a 1k course and have the option to run or walk. The first 750 participants will receive finishing medals. Check online for registration and race kit pick-up info.

Canada Day at Spencer Smith Park

It’s time for Burlington’s 27th annual Canada Day event at Spencer Smith Park. There will be exciting activities and entertainment along the waterfront all day. The day kicks off with yoga at the compass at 8:30 am. This is followed by a 9:00 am citizenship ceremony at the gazebo. Then, the Canada Day 5k and 1k race begins at 10:00 am. The afternoon events begin at 12:00 pm with opening ceremonies from the Burlington Teen Tour band and continue with live music all day. The celebration concludes with fireworks at 10:00 pm. There will also be face painting, hair spray art, balloon animals, inflatables, a photo booth, stilt walkers, and a dog show at 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm. There will be free shuttle buses transporting people from the north side of the Burlington Go station to the John Street terminal all day from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Go online to view the full event line-up, as well as road closure information.

Teen Tour Band Canada Day - JustaClick Photography

Canada Day at the Halton County Radial Railway Streetcar Museum

You can also celebrate all things Canadian at the Halton County Radial Railway Streetcar Museum. From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm visitors can take a ride on one of the historic streetcars. This event is included in regular admission.

Streetcar Museum

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

June 28 at 7:30 pm, come check out The Infinite Sky. As part of the Brott Music Festival talented musicians will produce celestial rhythms that are out of this world. Purchase your tickets 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 June 27 at 6:30 pm, visitors can listen to a powerful performance from blues group Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar. The event continues on July 4 at 6:30 pm with a set of musical storytelling from Juno-nominated artist Barbra Lica.

Tuesdays are about Country and Roots tunes from talented Canadian musicians. Prince Edward Islander, Irish Mythen will take the stage on July 3 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.

Have you seen the RBG’s Rejuvenated Rose Garden? Their new disease-resistant and cold-hardy roses are a testament to sustainability and innovation. There are daily guided tours of the rose garden at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm until June 30. Don’t miss your chance to view Hendrie Park’s huge spectrum of colours. This event is included in general admission or with membership.

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park 2018 continues this week with more free musical entertainment at the Central Park Bandshell. On June 27 at 7:30 pm come out and listen to a Frank Sinatra tribute show from 12/24 Swing. Then on July 4 at 7:30 pm, spectators will be serenaded by the Hamilton Dixieland All-Stars. 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. Until July 22, you can view the Koyanagi Family Donation Exhibit, which features a selection of traditional Japanese ceramics and prints. You can also check out the Dialogue, Pacific Overtures, and My Eyes Are On You exhibits.

Art Gallery Rebecca sculpture

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 dipping your toes in Lake Ontario. Visit their website to register for an event or to check out their many other classes and rental options

June 28 at 8:00 pm is Full Moon Beach Yoga. At this event, participants will take a restorative yoga class and then meditate as the moon rises over the water. Remember to bring your mat and water bottle.

Yoga on the Beach - Burlington Beach Rentals

On June 30 there are Beach Yoga classes at 8:45 am and 10:30 am. These classes are suitable for all levels of practice. Remember to bring your mat and water bottle.

Close out the month of June with the Full Moon Social and Glow Paddle on June 30 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. This monthly event celebrates summer. Guests will have the opportunity to relax in Muskoka chairs under lanterns, play beach games, socialize, and listen to live music. Once the sun has set, guests will get adorned in glow gear and then paddle out into the water.

Stonehaven Farms

Hungry? Visit Stonehaven Farms to Pick Your Own Strawberries. This event typically runs until mid-July but is dependent on how many visitors come to fill a basket. In other words, strawberries are first come, first served. Get those juicy sweet Canadian berries before they’re gone! Be sure to check the Stonehaven Farms Facebook page for updates. While there, shop around for some local gourmet items and freshly baked treats at their market. The farm is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sundays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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 from Canada Day 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. From Canada Day 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 June 27 and July 4 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.

Satisfy your comfort food craving and celebrate Canada Day at Kelso’s Food Truck’n Canada Day Weekend. From June 30 to July 2 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, wear red and white as you munch on everything from authentic Mexican tacos, to southern BBQ, to sweet treats. Check out the full food truck line-up online. This event is included with regular park admission.

Itching to try something new? Conservation Halton has a fantastic Try-It Series. On June 30 at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm you can learn Rock Climbing at Rattlesnake Point. In this half-day course, participants will learn about safety, proper equipment care, and basic climbing techniques. All equipment is provided. Go online for registration, waiver, and fee information.

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 1 is Myofascial Release & Flow, presented by Instructor Christina Drew from Kinetic Physiotherapy.  Attendees will relax, release their muscles, and stimulate blood flow through exercise. Remember to bring a mat and water bottle.

burlington downtown fit in the core

Burlington Pools

Time to make a splash! Both Mountainside Pool and Nelson Pool open for the summer on June 29. Both pools are open from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Check the statuses of all of Burlington’s pools and splash pads, as well as their respective admission fees and hours online.

Bronte Creek

Speaking of pools, Bronte Creek’s enormous 1.8 acre outdoor pool also opens for the season on June 30. It will be open daily 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Pool use is an additional cost to park admission.

Bronte Creek Pool

From July 2 to September 2, Bronte Creek will be offering Daily Family Education Programs. View the complete listing of events online.

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.

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.


Wknds from Sat June 16-Sun July 1: Celebrate Roses, Royal Botanical Gardens

To Sun July 8: Pacific Overtures Exhibit, Art Gallery

Mid-June-Mid-July: Stonehaven Farms Pick Your Own Strawberries, Stonehaven Farms

To Sun July 22: The Koyanagi Family Donation 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:

Wed 27: “Sita Sings the Blues”, New Appleby Library

Wed 27: “Fuel a Winning Mindset”, Brant Hills Library
Thurs 28: “Mamma Mia”, Aldershot Library

Thurs 28: “Jaws”, Central Library

Fri 29: Pearson Final Curtain Call, Performing Arts Centre – MT

Sat 30: Beach Yoga, Burlington Beach

Sat 30: “Sita Sings the Blues”, Brant Hills Library

Sat 30: Try It: Rock Climbing, Rattlesnake Point

Sun 1: Canada Day 5k & 1k Run/Walk, Downtown Burlington

Sun 1: Canada Day, Spencer Smith Park

Sun 1: Canada Day Event, Halton County Radial Railway Streetcar Museum

Tues 3: Beach Yoga Flow, Burlington Beach

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