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#BurlON ’til June 27

by Carleigh Reynolds

#BurlON Til June 27

School is just about out for the summer! Take the kids and enjoy the sunny weather at the many vibrant and unique attractions that this city has to offer. Now is the best time to explore and experience #BurlON.

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Check out  The Music of the Night. on June 21 st at 7:30 pm at Burlington Performing Arts Centre.  As part of the Brott Music Festival, talented vocalists will perform a selection of Andrew Lloyd Webber favourites ranging from rock to musical numbers.  Purchase your tickets online.


Royal Botanical Gardens

Every Wednesday, until September 5, the RBG 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 20 at 6:30 pm you can listen to a set from jazz-pop artist Rebecca Binnendyk. The event continues on June 27 at 6:30 pm with a powerful performance from blues group Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar. Concert admittance is included in the general admission fee, so definitely take the opportunity to visit the gardens for the day and admire the flowers in bloom.

Country and Roots Tuesdays kicks off at the RBG this week. From 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm every Tuesday until August 14, Hendrie Park visitors can sip cold drinks and be serenaded with country tunes produced by talented Canadian musicians. The Hamilton-based Bareback Riders take the stage on June 26.This event is included in general admission or membership.

This week is all about roses at the RBG. On June 23, the Rejuvenated Rose Garden in Hendrie Park will officially open. The new rose garden features disease-resistant and cold-hardy roses and is a testament to sustainability and innovation. There will be daily guided tours of the park at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm. Don’t miss the chance to walk around and view the huge spectrum of colours within spectacular roses. This event is included in general admission or membership.

June 23 and 24 is also the RBG’s Annual Rose Show. Join the Hamilton and Burlington Rose Society at the largest juried rose show in the area for an exhibition of cut roses and garden design. This event is included in general admission or membership.

Another exciting event at the Royal Botanical Gardens is BioBlitz 2018. On Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23, come by the Arboretum to carry out some citizen science. The area is a biodiversity hotspot. In order to determine what species live here, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, community members are invited to trek around the property, document what they find, and learn from experts. Who knows? You may even discover a new species! Register for the event online.

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park 2018 continues this week with more free musical entertainment at the Central Park Bandshell. On June 20 at 7:30 pm, audience members will be treated to a performance from Dixieland Plus; a 9 piece group dedicated to recreating the traditional music styles of New Orleans— and mixing in some contemporary tunes too. On June 24 at 7:30 pm come see a show from the Burlington Top Hat Marching Orchestra, one of Burlington’s most well-known performance groups. Then, be sure to come back on June 27 at 7:30 pm for a Frank Sinatra tribute show from 12/24 Swing.  Make 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 view the Dialogue and My Eyes Are On You exhibits.

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 surrounded by nature. On June 23 at 8:45 am and 10:15 am, they are hosting Beach Yoga. Also on June 23 and 26 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.

Yoga on SUP - Burlington Beach Rentals

Yoga on Stand up Paddle board

Conservation Halton

There are so many events happening in the Conservation Halton area now that the weather is warmer. At Crawford Lake you can walk on trails adorned with blooming wildflowers and explore a Deer Clan Longhouse. At Mountsberg, weekend visitors can search for pond critters with dip nets, explore the farm yard and play barn, and watch a live Bird of Prey Show. Call to confirm events as some facilities may be limited or weather permitting.

Attention all yogis — or just anyone looking to get fit while surrounded by nature. On June 20 and 27 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.

Also at Rattlesnake Point, on June 23 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, community members can take a Meditation Hike. At this popular event, park-goers will hike through the park while learning the basics of mindfulness and meditation, exercising, and connecting with nature. Participants should wear footwear appropriate for hiking and bring a water bottle. Pre-register for this event online.

Itching to try something new? Conservation Halton has a fantastic Try-It Series. On June 24, test out Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga at Kelso or try your hand at Orienteering at Hilton Falls. Go online to confirm event times and register.

Conservation Halton trails

Burlington Herd

Have you HERD? The Burlington Herd has a game at Nelson Park this week. They are playing Toronto on June 23 and it is Strikeout Cancer Day. The Herd will be raising money for cancer research in memory of Casey Cosgrove. Go online to buy tickets and read the full game schedule.


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. June 24 is Shimmy in the Core and will be taught by Johara from BellyUp BellyDance. Attendees will learn to tone their whole bodies while grooving to Arabic beats. This event is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Remember to bring your mat and water bottle.

burlington downtown fit in the core

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 bread.

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.

Centro 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 & 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


This Week:

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

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

Thurs 21: “Birth of a Family”, Central Library, Tansley Woods Library

Thurs 21: The Burlington Slam Project Poetry Slam, Windjammer By The Lake

Fri 22-Sat 23: BioBlitz 2018, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sat 23: Meditation Hike, Rattlesnake Point

Sat 23: Beach Yoga, Burlington Beach

Sat 23: “Birth of a Family”, Brant Hills Library

Sat 23: Burlington Herd Baseball Game vs. Toronto, Nelson Park

Sat 23: The Ice Cream Ride, From Hamilton’s Bayfront Park to Spencer Smith Park

Sat 23: Rejuvenated Rock Garden Opening, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sat 23: BTC3: Pro MMA Show, Central Arena

Sat 23-Sun 24: Annual Rose Show, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sun 24: SunRype TriKids Burlington Duathlon #2, Nelson Park & Pool* SOLD OUT

Tues 26: Beach Yoga Flow, Burlington Beach

Tues 26: SOLO presents Opera 101, Central Library

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

Wed 27: “Fuel a Winning Mindset”, Brant Hills Library

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