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#BurlON til June 19

by Guest Writer

This weekend is Father’s Day and there are plenty of fun events happening in #BurlON. Spend the weekend in Spencer Smith Park for the Sound of Music Festival or walk the streets of Downtown Burlington for Streetfest. Also throughout the week, try some fun activities at local parks or explore the art gallery. There are many going on this week, and here are some of our recommendations:

Sound of Music Festival

On Thursday the Sound of Music Festival free weekend starts, celebrating 40 years of this fantastic festival in #BurlON. This is Canada’s largest free music festival. Enjoy a weekend of music, food, and carnival games and rides. Plus, there is also the annual Grande Festival Parade on Saturday morning at 11:00. Check out the full schedule here or come visit us in the Visitor Centre at 414 Locust St. for more information and a program.

Burlassic Park Raptors viewing party downtown burlington

Burlassic Park

Game 6 goes Thursday night and #BurlON is definitely the place to be to watch the Raptors as Sound of Music and Burlassic Park have paired up to present the game in Spencer Smith Park following the headliner Lonestar. Lonestar will now be playing at 7:15 pm followed by the Raptors game! Hopefully the Raptors win in 6 games, but if a game 7 is necessary, Burlassic Park will be back at Civic Square and the viewing party will commence at 7:30 pm. Let’s Go Raptors!

Father's Day Weekend - Sound of Music - StreetfestSound of Music Downtown Streetfest

This weekend throughout the downtown listen to some local artists perform for the Downtown Streetfest, a terrific part of the Sound of Music Festival. Walk through the streets or  sit and enjoy a meal on one of the  licensed patios on the street. Also enjoy dance performances and sidewalk sales as you explore the transformed downtown area.


Saturday and Sunday at Springridge Farm celebrate Dad with the Father’s Day Food Truck Festival. Try a variety of cuisine from many different food trucks from across the region. The festival runs from 11 am to 3 pm each day but make sure you plan for extra time to  spend  at the farm to have fun and play and make sure you  finish the day off with a visit to their fantastic gift shop.

For more ideas on how to celebrate Father’s Day be sure to check out our Father’s Day blog.

Horse and driver

Pepsi North America Cup-  Mohawk Park

This Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Racetrack is the Pepsi North America Cup. Watch the best of standard- bred racing as they compete in a $1-million dollar race. Enjoy live music, interactive activities, and food and drink specials, all for $10 general admission and free entry for kids 17 and under. Family fun for all this Saturday!

Members of Burlington Footnotes posing in full dress for Gotta Sing Gotta DanceGotta Sing Gotta Dance

Tuesday the 18 and Wednesday the 19 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre is Burlington Footnotes-Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, presented by the Burlington Footnotes Senior Performing Troupe.  This is an exciting show of music, comedy, and dance celebrating the art of staying young. Enjoy upbeat and fast entertainment from the 50+ generation. Tickets are available at the box office or on-line here.

concerts in the park at central park bandshellConcerts in the Park

Back again this summer is Concerts in the Park at the Central Park Bandshell. Enjoy free musical entertainment under the open sky on Wednesday and Sunday evenings all summer long. Concerts start at 7:30 pm.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on and relax outdoors while listening to fantastic music. This Sunday the concerts kick off with a performance by the Burlington Teen Tour Band & Junior Redcoats. For a full schedule of the performances this summer visit the City of Burlington website.

Get Active in #BurlON

The Royal Botanical Gardens are inviting you to get Back to Nature with a hike through their beautiful grounds every Sunday. Be sure to check their website for more information as the starting point does change. Also at the RBG enjoy Paddling in Paradise, where you can enjoy Cootes Paradise from a canoe Tuesdays and Saturdays until August 17.

At Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area there are various ways to be active all summer long. On Tuesdays try Tai Chi in the Park, no experience is necessary. On Wednesdays, bring your mat for Yoga in the Park. For a more intense workout, try HIIT in the Park every Thursday.

Get Fit in the Core this summer at the Plaza outside the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in Downtown Burlington. Every Sunday from 10-11 am try a new kind of workout, completely free! Just bring your mat and water bottle.

Interior seatingArts and Culture

This Thursday the 13 join the mayors of Burlington and Oakville at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in an open conversation on the future of each city for Tale of Two Cities. Also this Sunday, enjoy a comedy show for Father’s Day, Chris Gibbs: Like Father, Like Son? Sorry. Bring Dad along and enjoy a laugh or two.

Ongoing exhibits at the Art Gallery are In Common Uncommon until July 28, Jeneen Frei Njootli: my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money and 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact, both until August 18. Also there is an exhibit entitled Worn Worlds, ongoing until July 7. Every Sunday the AGB also hosts a Family Sunday Open Studio. This is completely free and a great way for the family to get creative together.

Lots to See & Do in #BurlON so get out there and enjoy! If you have any questions please stop by our Visitor Information Centre or give us a call. Starting Friday we’ll be open 8am-6 pm daily!


Suns to June 23: Mindfulness While Walking, RBG  
Suns to June 30: Yoga in the Park, Rotating Parks
Weds & Suns June 16 -Aug 18: Concerts in the Park, Central Park Bandshell
To Sun July 28: In Common Uncommon, Art Gallery
To Sun Aug 18: Jeneen Frei Njootli: my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money, Art Gallery
To Sun Aug 18: 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact, Art Gallery
To Sun July 7: Worn Worlds, Art Gallery
Tues & Sats to Aug 17: Paddling in Paradise, RBG – Nature Centre
Tues to Aug 27: Mountain Bike Race Series, Kelso C. Area
Suns to Oct 6 : Farmer’s Market, Centro Garden
Weds, Fris & Sats to Oct 26: Farmer’s Market, Burlington Mall Parking Lot
To Sat Sept 7: Various Water Programs, Burlington Beach
Suns to Sept 22: Fit in the Core, Performing Arts Centre
Tues to Aug 27: Tai Chi in the Park, Rattlesnake Point C. Area
Weds to Aug 28: Yoga in the Park, Rattlesnake Point C. Area
Thurs to Aug 29: HIIT in the Park, Rattlesnake Point C. Area
Sundays: Family Sunday Open Studio, Art Gallery
Sundays: Back to Nature Hike, RBG


Thurs 13: Tale of Two Cities, Performing Arts Centre
Thurs 13: Tending to the Roots of Our Future, RBG -Rock Garden
Thurs 13 -Sun 16: Sound of Music Festival, Downtown Area
Fri 14 -Sun 16: Sound of Music Streetfest, Downtown Burlington
Sat 15: Forest Bathing – Shinrin Yoku, Mount Nemo C. Area
Sat 15: Pepsi North America Cup, Woodbine Mohawk Racetrack
Sat 15: Walk with Mayor, Marianne Meed Ward , Lowville Park
Sat 15 -Sun16: Escarpment Train Exhibit, RBG- Rock Garden
Sat 15 -Sun16: Father’s Day Food Truck Festival, Springridge Farm
Sun 16: Family Fun Day: Reptiles and Amphibians, RBG -Nature Centre
Sun 16: National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration, Crawford Lake C. Area
Sun 16: Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast, Ireland House at Oakridge Farm
Sun 16: Discovery at the Fishway, RBG- Princess Point
Sun 16: Urban Beekeeping Series, RBG
Sun 16: Father’s Day, Halton County Radial Railway
Sun 16: Chris Gibbs: Like Father, Like Son? Sorry, Performing Arts Centre
Tues 18 -Wed 19: Burlington Footnotes-Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance, Performing Arts Centre
Wed 19: Big Bike Ride for Heart & Stroke, Beaver and Bulldog

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