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#BurlON til May 8

by Pam Belgrade

With May’s arrival the number of events has doubled as everyone wants to celebrate spring and get outdoors in #BurlON.  Here are some highlights for May 1- 8 including twinning events, the season opening of the Halton Radial Railway, art exhibitions, theatre performances and lots of outdoor activities.

Civic Square celebration of friendship between Burlington and Apeldoorn with crowd and stage.Twinning Events

For over 25 years Burlington has had a Mundialization Committee in place that has twinned with cities in the belief that peaceful cooperation builds trust and appreciation of people’s different cultures.  Burlington celebrates our twinning with Itabashi, Japan and Apeldoorn, Netherlands by hosting a variety of events.  On Saturday May 4 the Canadian Netherlands Friendship Day and the Sakura Festival take place.  Refer to our Twinning blog for more details.

naval monument at spencer smith parkBattle of the Atlantic

The Battle of the Atlantic Sunday Parade takes place on the first Sunday in May at 11 am at the Royal Canadian Naval Ships Memorial Monument in Spencer Smith Park.  This year the date is May 5.  Show your support for our veterans and those who made the supreme sacrifice.    

Performers in Drury Lane's SpamalotArts and Culture

With spring comes a new bloom of art to enjoy. The Art Gallery of Burlington is playing host to a variety of exhibits and events this season, so here are a couple we think you should check out.  Until May 19 the Art Gallery of Burlington is hosting an All Guilds Show, Lore: Myths, Legends, and other Stories. Pop in to view the annual exhibition celebrated by members from guilds. A Celebration of Art is taking place from May 1-31 at the Art Gallery with art from Fujimidai School and Tecumseh Public School on display a celebration of our twinning with Itabashi. Every Sunday at the gallery there is an open studio for families to enjoy. Admission is always free so make sure you stop by to check out the wide collection of ceramics and other works of art and get creative.

Launching this weekend is Monty Python’s hilarious comedy Spamalot presented by Drury Lane Theatre.   Book tickets online.

Golfing at Lowville Golf Course with the escarpment in the backgroundGolfing in #BurlON

Whether you’re Tiger Wood’s double or just ready to hit the clubhouse for food after the 9th hole like me, golf season has arrived and we are excited to share that most golf courses throughout Burlington are open for you to book a tee time! Visit our Insiders Golfing in #BurlON blog to learn more about all the beautiful golf courses Burlington has to offer. See you on the range!

Gardens in bloom at RBG

McNeill Photography

Explore the Outdoors

If you didn’t get a chance to participate in Earth Day events take a Wildflower Odyssey in Royal Botanical Gardens’ nature sanctuaries. Discover the variety of wildflowers along their trails, learn about their ecological and cultural significance, the challenges they face and what you can do to help. During each hike, you can do your part by participating in a garlic mustard pull, removing an invasive plant that threatens native wildflowers.  Offered Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. Preregistration required.

Many of our parks here in #BurlON have beautiful trails to stroll down and amazing scenery to admire. Visit Conservation Halton’s website for information on the various activities available there.  Remember to dress for the weather and be careful near water with recent flooding.

Halton County Radial Railway_Streetcar

Halton County Radial Railway Opens

This is the first day the museum opens its doors to the public after a long winter of hard work and restorations. The Halton County Radial Railway (HCRR) is a full-size operating electric railway and museum, featuring historic electric railcars operating on two kilometers of scenic track. The HCRR is proud to be Ontario’s first and largest electric railway museum.  Come for a ride and find out what’s been happening.

Tulips in bloom in raised beds in front of Visitor Information Centre

For more information about events refer to the list below or to the City of Burlington events calendar.  Our Visitor Information Centre is open daily from 9am-4pm to greet visitors and residents looking for things to do in Burlington.  We are located at 414 Locust St. next to the Performing Arts Centre and steps from the waterfront, come and visit us!


To Sun May 19: All Guilds Show, Lore, Art Gallery
Wed May 1 – Fri May 31: Celebration of Art, Art Gallery
Sundays: Family Sunday Open Studio, Art Gallery
Sundays: Back to Nature Hike, RBG


Thurs 2: Estate Planning 101, New Appleby Library
Thurs 2: Meet the Author: Kathy Kortes-Miller, Central Library
Thurs 2: Spirits, Liqueurs & Bitters in the Garden, RBG
Thurs 2 – Sat 4: Always A Bridesmaid, West Plains United Church
Fri 3 – Sat 4: Monty Python’s “Spamalot”, Drury Lane Theatre
Sat 4: Red Leaf Choir Concert, Glad Tidings Church
Sat 4: Designing Your Native Landscape Workshop, RBG
Sat 4: Canada Netherlands Friendship Day, City Hall
Sat 4: Sakura Festival, Art Gallery
Sat 4: Emergency Preparedness Open House, Burlington Fire Headquarters #1
Sat 4: Free Comic Book Day, Burlington Public Libraries
Sat 4: Spring Photography Workshop with Rob Stimpson, Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Sat 4: Green Up Tree Planting, Burlington Green
Sat 4: Spring Lockdown, Country Heritage Park
Sat 4: Spring Craft Market, Ron Joyce Centre
Sat 4: Opening Day, Halton County Radial Railway
Sat 4 & Sun 5: Wildflower Odyssey Weekend, RBG
Sun 5: #EPWeek2019 Apocalypse Challenge, Spencer Smith Park
Sun 5: Discovery at the Fishway, RBG (Cootes Paradise)
Sun 5: Battle of Atlantic Memorial Parade, Spencer Smith Park – Naval Monument
Sun 5: Sound of Music Festival Music Education: Ukulele, Central Library
Sun 5: Bike for Mike, Lakeshore Road
Sun 5: Burlington MS Walk, Tansley Woods Community Centre
Mon 6: Burlington Remembers Juno 75, Performing Arts Centre *SOLD OUT
Mon 6: Stories & Social Justice, Alton Library
Wed 8: Burlington’s Best Awards, Performing Arts Centre
Thurs 9: Manage Your Money, New Appleby Library
Thurs 9: Run/Walk Stretching Techniques Workshop, Kinetic Physiotherapy
Thurs 9: American Icons, Performing Arts Centre
Thurs 9: Astronomy Night, Rattlesnake Point
Thurs 9 – Sat 11: Always A Bridesmaid, West Plains United Church           
Fri 10: Ron James.. Full Throttle!, Performing Arts Centre             
Fri 10 – Sun 12: Monty Python’s “Spamalot”, Drury Lane Theatre


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