#BurlON til March 6
We have reached the end of February and soon March will arrive, meaning spring is just around the corner. Get out and enjoy the slightly warmer weather with a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens to see Spiders Alive and then go for a hike or have a wonderful Taste of Burlington dinner and then catch a show at the Performing Arts Centre. There’s so much to do here this week in #BurlON. If you are starting to think about March Break, we can help – check out ideas for family friendly fun in our blog.
Race Celebrates Winter
On Sunday March 3 along the Lakeshore in Burlington are three different runs. There is the Chilly Half Marathon, Frigid 10K (SOLD OUT), and the Frosty 5K. Warm up prerace at City Hall, the Waterfront Hotel or the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Enjoy some Free Post-Race chili at local restaurants or a massage upstairs at the Theatre. Registration and event details are available online. Not a runner? Come down and cheer on the racers, shop and stay for lunch.
Taste of Burlington
The Taste of Burlington Winter program is in it’s 11th year and on until to March 10. Enjoy prix fixe dining at the 41 participating restaurants across Burlington. Check out the complete listing of all restaurants as well as their delicious menus here.
Sweet Syrupy Treats
It’s officially my favourite time of the year – Maple Syrup season. The snow is starting to melt making it the perfect temperature to be outside to try some sugary, syrupy treats.
It’s Sweet Water Season at Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Weekends from March 2 to April 7 and March Break visit the reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn about the origins of maple syrup with the Indigenous People. Try tasting different types of syrup and see demonstrations of taffy being made on snow.
At the same time is Maple Town at Mountsberg Conservation Area. See how the sap from approximately 600 tapped trees is transformed into maple syrup, and taste some free candy samples. On March 2 and 3 start off your day at the Sugar Maker’s Breakfast for pancakes complete with fresh maple syrup.
Weekends in March as well as March Break plan a visit to Bronte Creek Provincial Park for the annual Maple Syrup Festival. Take a tour guided by interpreters costumed for the 1890’s and visit the Spruce Lane Farmhouse which recreates life from 1899. Finish the day in the Maple Gift shop for some fresh maple syrup to take home.
Outdoors in BurlON
This is the last chance to come down to the Rotary Centennial Pond for free Pond Skating. Until March 4 lace up your skates for some winter fun!
On March 2 enjoy the opportunity to get lens to beak at Mountsberg’s Raptors in Focus. Whether you’re a casual photo-enthusiast or a professional, this event will be entertaining and educational.
The Royal Botanical Gardens are inviting you to get Back to Nature with hiking through the park. These are free guided hikes through the vast nature spaces the park has to offer.
Arts and Culture
Some exciting new exhibits are on display at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Until March 31, Voices in Black Canadian Narratives and Ears, Eyes, Voice: Black Canadian Photojournalists 1970s–1990s are featured at the Art Gallery. Also, until March 31, Territories in Metal showcases the works of four artists who work with metal and other materials to create magnificent works of art. Every Sunday there is an open studio for families to enjoy. Admission is always free so make sure you stop by to check out these amazing exhibits and get creative.
Catch a show at the Performing Arts Centre this week. On Feb 28 is Holly Cole, on Fri 1 is Live & Local Music – Loud English & Shawn Brush, on Sat 2 is SOLO – Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and on Tues 5 is Tues 5: Murphy’s Celtic Legacy. Also this weekend from Thurs 28 to Sun 3 is the annual Music Hall at the Drury Lane Theatre.
Look out Arachnophobes, until April 14 the Royal Botanical Gardens will be crawling with spiders and their arthropod friends for Spiders Alive!. Here you can learn about the many adaptations and behaviours of spiders and other creatures in two interactive exhibits and daily programs for all ages. This event is included in your general admission to the RBG, so make sure to stop by during your visit.
- To Sat March 2: Freedom to Read Week, Burlington Public Libraries
- To Sun March 3:Pond Skating * Weather permitting, Rotary Centennial Pond
- To Sun March 10: A Taste of Burlington, Various Restaurants
- To Sun March 31: Territories in Metal, Art Gallery
- To Sun March 31: Voices in Black Canadian Narratives, Art Gallery
- To Sun March 31: Ears, Eyes, Voice: Black Canadian Photojournalists 1970s–1990s, Art Gallery
- To Sun Apr 14: Spiders Alive!, RBG
- Wknds & March Break Sat Mar 2 – Sun Apr 7: Sweet Water Season, Crawford Lake C.A.
- Wknds & March Break Sat Mar 2- Sun Apr 7: Maple Town, Mountsberg C.A.
- Wknds & March Break Sat Mar 2 – Sun March 31: Maple Syrup Festival, Bronte Creek
- Sundays: Family Sunday Open Studio, Art Gallery
- Sundays: Back to Nature Hike, RBG
- Thurs 28: Holly Cole, Performing Arts Centre
- Thurs Feb 28 – Sun March 3: Music Hall, Drury Lane Theatre
- Fri 1: Live & Local Music – Loud English & Shawn Brush, Performing Arts Centre
- Fri 1-Sun 3: Track Ontario Provincial Championships, Mattamy National Cycling Centre
- Sat 2: Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess!, Burlington Public Libraries
- Sat 2: SOLO – Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Performing Arts Centre
- Sat 2: Raptors in Focus, Mountsberg CA
- Sat 2 & Sun 3: Sugar Maker’s Breakfast, Mountsberg CA
- Sun 3: Tea and Honey Pairing, RBG
- Sun 3: Jazz Brunch: Aaron Bowers Trio, RBG Rock Garden
- Sun 3: Chilly Half-Marathon & Frosty 5K, Downtown Burlington
- Tues 5: Creative Spring Photography, Central Library
- Tues 5: Murphy’s Celtic Legacy, Performing Arts Centre