Discover Burlington Ontario

#BurlON ’til June 20

by Carleigh Reynolds

#BurlON Til June 20

It’s festival season here in Burlington and our Tourism Burlington team is prepared for summer. The next time you visit Spencer Smith Park, look out for our infomobile golf cart. Our summer staff will be cruising around with big smiles and information on the amazing attractions that this city has to offer. Get outside and experience #BurlOn with us!

Tourism InfoMobile and Travel Counsellors

Royal Botanical Gardens

Every Wednesday, from now until September 5, the Royal Botanical Gardens will play host to award-winning Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues musical acts, as part of their Garden Music Nights. While you admire the gorgeous garden backdrop of Hendrie Park, you can sip cold drinks, order from a barbeque menu, and enjoy the music. On June 13, bluesman Steve Strongman is scheduled to kick off the event by taking the Hendrie Park stage at 6:30 pm with his versatile guitar-slinging and vocal talents.

Performances continue on June 20 at 6:30 pm with a set by jazz-pop artist Rebecca Binnendyk. Concert admittance is included in the general admission fee, so definitely take the opportunity to visit for the day and admire the flowers in bloom.

Sound Of Music Festival

One of the most popular events of the year is here! The Sound of Music Festival ­brings a massive line-up of free outdoor concerts that suit all musical tastes. On June 13, you can catch the last day of the Club Series, in which emerging local artists perform at Burlington’s hip bars and restaurants.

From June 14 to 17, musical acts ranging from tribute bands to high-profile pop artists will perform throughout the downtown core. Noteworthy acts include Born Ruffians, Tokyo Police Club, Scott Helman, KONGOS, and Sonreal. Check online for the complete line-up and descriptions of each musical act.

Of course, the festival is so much more than just performances. The festival features music education workshops, a family zone with activities for kids, a vendors market, and a carnival complete with rides and games.

When you visit the festival, make sure to check out the Downtown Streetfest. Brant Steet, from Lakeshore to Caroline, will become a pedestrian street from June 15 to 17. This area will host live music, dance performances, sidewalk sales, games, a selfie booth, and street licensed patios. There will also be a Burlington Made pop-up market on June 17 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm featuring quality handmade goods from talented Ontario craftspeople and makers. You can also experience yoga on the peir on June 16 at 8:00 am and yoga on Brant Street on June 17 at 9:15 am.

June 16 at 11:00 am is the highly-anticipated Grande Festival Parade, which showcases local and international marching bands, floats, and performers. For the parade line-up, route, and road closure information, be sure to check out the Sound of Music Festival website.

Burlington Beach

Calling all yogis! Staycation Beach and Boat Rentals Inc. hosts many yoga-based events that allow you to be active while surrounded by nature. On June 13 at 7:00 pm, they are hosting New Moon Beach Yoga and on June 16 at 10:30 am they are hosting Beach Yoga.

Also on June 16 and 19 at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm respectively, they are hosting SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) yoga. Remember to bring a mat and water bottle. Visit their website to register for an event or to check out their many other classes and rental options.

Conservation Halton

There are so many events happening in the Conservation Halton area now that the weather is getting warmer.

On June 13 and 20 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, find your inner zen while trying Yoga in the Park at Rattlesnake point. Don’t forget to bring your mat, water bottle, and bug spray. This event is appropriate for all yoga experience levels and is included with regular park admission—or is free to Halton Parks members.

Mountsberg is hosting the Family Nature Play Series on June 16 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Bring the family and be ready to get your hands dirty, catch bugs, fly kites, and build forts. While there, take the opportunity to explore the Farm Yard and Play Barn, or catch a live Bird of Prey show. For admission information and pricing, check the event page.

Mountsberg is also hosting Explore with Dad on June 17 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Families can use nets to search for swamp and pond critters like frogs and snakes. Then, families can learn how to build a campfire and reward themselves for acquiring these new survivalist skills with a hot dog roast. Pre-registration is required in order to attend this event. For pricing information and to register visit the Conservation Halton website.

On June 17, celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Crawford Lake. This will be a day of storytelling, drumming, lacrosse, archery, crafts, and learning. While there, take a guided tour of Crawford Lake’s wildflower-adorned trails and woodlands. This event is included with regular gate admission and is free for Halton Parks members.

Crawford Lake Longhouse Exterior


Burlington Herd

Have you HERD? The Burlington Herd has two games at Nelson Park this week. They are playing Guelph on June 14 and the theme is Summertime St. Paddy’s. The game will be complete with green beer and green popcorn.

On Father’s Day, June 17, the Herd will take on Barrie. There will be 3 dollar beers and Dads get 2 dollar admission and free beer koozies. Go online for the full game schedule and to buy tickets.

Father's Day Burlington Herd


Lasalle Splash Pad and Wading Pool

On June 16, LaSalle’s splash pad and wading pool opens for the season. Bring the kids to cool off around LaSalle’s interactive water equipment from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Why not bring a picnic and stay for the day? For admission fees, visit the City of Burlington website.


Pepsi North America Harness Racing Cup

Head up to the Woodbine Mohawk Racetrack on June 16 for the Pepsi North America Harness Racing Cup. Enjoy an action-packed evening of competition, as the best horses in North America race for the 1 million dollar prize. The cup is hosted by Letterkenny actors, Nathan Dales and K Trevor Wilson. The event will also feature food trucks, cold beverages, giveaways, driver autograph signings, wagering, and a live performance from Canadian Country duo, Buck Twenty. Purchase tickets and print out directions online.

North America Cup

Springridge Farm

Celebrate Father’s Day at Springridge Farm’s Food Truck Festival. From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on June 16 and 17 taste everything from pizza to poutine. Come for the day and use the festival as an excuse to hang out with the farm animals, take a ride on a wagon, and shop for boutique items and sweet treats (like their famous royal wedding jam!) in the gift shop and bakery.

SunRype Trikids Triathlon

Kids ages 3 to 15 will run, swim, and bike in the Burlington SunRype TriKids Triathlon on June 17. The kids-only race begins at 8:30 am at Nelson Pool and Park. Race kit pickup is June 16 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Nelson Park arena. On June 16, racers are also encouraged to attend a 45 minute orientation session and race course overview. Burlington will host a second SunRype TriKids Triathlon on June 24. Check online for driving directions, a race gear checklist, age-specific race distances, and to register your child for the race.

Sun Rype Triathlon


Farmers’ Markets

In addition to being festival season and patio season, it’s also farmers’ market season here in Burlington. On Sunday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, come check out the Centro Farm  Market and shop local and fresh artisan producers.

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, for some delicious farm fresh produce.

Once a month there will be a new market in Aldershot, the  Aldershot Village BIA (Business Improvement Area) Market. The first one is on Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at White Oaks Plaza. Browse the  food and retail vendors and listen to live music while you shop

Burlington Mall Farmers Market

Burlington Mall Farmers Market

Ireland House Museum

Ever wanted to learn how settlers made pancakes? Ireland House Museum is hosting a Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast on June 17 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Explore the historic home and then enjoy pancakes made on a traditional woodstove. Dads will receive a special gift courtesy of event sponsor, Team Logue. Breakfast is on a first come, first served basis and costs 5 dollars.

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park 2018 begins this week. Expect free musical entertainment every Wednesday and Sunday at the Central Park Bandshell at 7:30 pm, until August 12. On June 17, Canada’s oldest and largest youth marching band, and Burlington’s Musical Ambassadors, otherwise known as the Burlington Teen Tour Band, will take the stage with a kick-off performance that celebrates music in this community. They will be joined on stage by the Burlington Junior Redcoats, as well as Burlington Teen Tour Band Alumni.

On June 20, Concerts in the park will continue with a performance by Dixieland Plus; a 9 piece group dedicated to recreating the traditional music styles of New Orleans— and mixing in some contemporary tunes too. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Check online for the full summer performance schedule.

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

It’s Senior’s month here in Burlington! Celebrate staying young at heart alongside the Burlington Footnotes Senior Performing Troupe as they perform Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance 2018. The upbeat singing and dancing extravaganza showcases the talents of the community’s 50+ generation. Shows are June 19 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and June 20 at 2:00 pm at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Purchase your tickets online or at the box office.

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 & Holidays to Sun June 24: Spring at Crawford Lake, Crawford Lake

Wknds & Holidays to Sun June 24: Spring at Mountsberg, Mountsberg

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

To Sun Aug 26: Dialogue Exhibit, Art Gallery

Wednesdays to Sept 5: Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues, Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Sundays to Oct 21: Centro Farm Market, Centro Garden

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


Wed 13: Community, Roots & Culture Symposium, Art Gallery

Wed 13: “Indian Horse”, Central Library

Thurs 14: A Toast to History Speaker Series: Save the Evidence, Ireland House

Thurs 14: Burlington Herd Baseball Game vs. Guelph, Nelson Park

Thurs 14: “Birth of a Family”, Aldershot Library

Thurs 14: “Ocean’s 11”, Central Library

Thurs 14-Sun 17: Sound of Music Festival, Spencer Smith Park/Downtown Burlington

Sat 16-Sun 17: Father’s Day Food Truck Festival, Springridge Farm

Sat 16: Beach Yoga, Burlington Beach

Sat 16: Pepsi North America Harness Racing Cup, Woodbine Mohawk Racetrack

Sat 16: SUP Yoga Series, Burlington Beach

Sat 16: Aldershot Village BIA Market, White Oaks Plaza

Sun 17: Discovery at the Fishway, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sun 17: Father’s Day Event, Halton County Radial Railway Streetcar Museum

Sun 17: SunRype TriKids Burlington Duathlon, Nelson Park & Pool

Sun 17: National Indigeonous Peoples Day Celebration, Crawford Lake

Sun 17: Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast, Ireland House

Sun 17: Explore with Dad on Father’s Day, Mountsberg

Sun 17: Burlington Herd Baseball Game vs. Barrie, Nelson Park

Sun 17: “The Shape of Water”, Central Library

Tues 19: SUP Yoga Series, Burlington Beach

Tues 19: HPO presents Classical 101, Central Library

Tues 19: “The Shape of Water”, Central Library

Tues 19-Wed 20: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance 2018, Performing Arts Centre – MT

Wed 20: “Birth of a Family”, New Appleby Library

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