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#BurlON ’til Oct 10

by Kelly Harris

#BurlON til Oct 10

Welcome to October!  Thanksgiving weekend is upon us and we’re hoping for sunny skies and dry days so we can get outside and enjoy.

Arts & Culture

Burlington Performing Arts Centre

The fall/winter season kicks off Friday at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre.  Canadian Jim Cuddy kicks things off on opening night. There are still a few tickets left for that show.  There is a great line-up coming this season – make sure you check out their event calendar and book your tickets as many shows are close to selling out.

Plan a visit to the Art Gallery of Burlington this weekend. Admission is always free and you can enjoy time browsing  through the various exhibits and gift shop. The Round: Bowls & Vases exhibit is on until Sunday; Diana Throneycroft: Black Forest (dark waters) has started and runs until November 18 and the Patron’s Choice exhibit runs until Sunday October 21.  Sundays the Art Gallery offers a Family Open Studio drop-in from 1-4.  Kids must have a parent with them but this is a great way for families to get creative together.

Art Gallery of Burlington

Harvest Festival at Springridge Farm

The popular annual Harvest Festival runs weekends until Sunday October 28 at Springridge Farm. If you haven’t visited this farm just north of Burlington yet, you don’t know what you’re missing…and Harvest Festival is a perfect time to visit. They offer wagon rides, giant corn trail, professional puppet show, spooky Boo Barn, costumed characters and lots of farmyard fun. And parents won’t want to miss their amazing Barn Market and gift shop. Make sure you stock up on some of their delicious baked goods to take home.

Harvest Festival 2018

Stonehaven Farms

Looking for a farmyard to visit with the kids? Stonehaven Farms is north on Guelph Line and is open weekends until October 28. They offer a giant corn maze and a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin.

pumpkin patch Stonehaven Farm

Spooktacular Hallowe’en

October 6-8 get into the Hallowe’en Spirit at Mountsberg Conservation with their Spooktacular Hallowe’en event.  The event runs 10-4 daily and features a Haunted Barn, snake presentations, Birds of Prey presentation, a Pumpkin hay play area, face painting and more! Don’t forget to wear your costume and get a free treat from the gift shop.


Farmers’ Markets

It’s our favourite time of the year to visit the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market which runs Wednesdays from 8 am to 2 pm, Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. Shop for local produce, baked goods, fresh flowers and other artisan food products.  This market operates until October 27.

Sunday marks the last market of the season at Centro Garden.  Plan a visit to this Downtown Burlington market from 9-12 as they have a special finale planned. There will be pony rides, face painting, kids pumpkin planting and for $10 you can plant a mum plant in a carved out pumpkin. Plus there will be plenty of amazing vendors to check out! Sad to see it come to an end for another year!

Farmers market - apples

Get out in Nature

We love fall for getting outdoors to cycle or hike. We’re lucky to have so many great trails so close to us here in #BurlON. Plan a visit to one of the Conservation Halton parks.   Weekends until October 28 you can Fall Into Nature as some of the parks are offering fall themed activities. There will be children’s activities, birds of prey shows and enjoy a chairlift ride at Kelso Park on Thanksgiving weekend and Oct 13-14. Check their website for full details.
If you’re planning ahead the weekend of Oct 13-14 features the first Hops & Harvest Festival at Kelso park. There will be craft brewers, food vendors and other artisans all in the great outdoors.

We love the Royal Botanical Gardens at this time of year where the gardens are still very beautiful. Stroll through the many gardens, marvel at their international sculptures and lunch at one of their on-site restaurants. Running weekends until October 14 you can participate in a Prehistoric Grove Tour or an Autumn Colours Tour.  The Autumn Colour Tour meets at 1:00 pm in Hendrie Park.

October is Hiking month with the Bruce Trail Hike-a-Thon. We are lucky to have beautiful parts of the trail run through North Burlington so register and get outdoors and get hiking!

If Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate this coming weekend there is still plenty to do in #BurlON. Check out our Rainy Day blog for some indoor ideas to keep busy.  Invite your friends and family to Burlington this weekend and have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving weekend!

pier in fall


To Sun Oct 7: Round: Bowls & Vases Exhibit, Art Gallery
To Sun Oct 21: Patron’s Choice Exhibit, Art Gallery

To Sun Nov 18: Diana Thorneycroft: Black Forest (dark waters), Art Gallery

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

Wknds to Sun Oct 28: Giant Corn Maze, Stonehaven Farms
Wknds to Sun Oct 28: Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Stonehaven Farms
Wknds to Sun Oct 14: Prehistoric Grove Tour, Royal Botanical Gardens
Wknds to Sun Oct 14: Autumn Colours Tour, Royal Botanical Gardens
Wknds to Sun Oct 28: Fall Into Nature, 6 Halton Conservation Areas
Tuesdays to Oct 30: Kelso Cyclocross Race Series, Kelso C. Area
Mon Oct 1-Wed Oct 31: Bruce Trail Hike-A-Thon, Anywhere on The Bruce Trail

Wed 3: Essential Oils and Mental Health, Royal Botanical Gardens
Wed 3: Symposium of the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens, Royal Botanical Gardens
Fri 5: The Jim Cuddy Band, Performing Art Centre
Sat 6-Mon 8: Spooctacular Halloween, Mountsberg C. Area
Sat 6-Mon 8: Harvest Festival, Springridge Farm

Sun 7: Centro Garden Market, Finale
Tues 9: HPO Presents Beyond the Music, Central Library
Wed 10: Bonsai, an Introduction, Royal Botanical Gardens
Wed 10: Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle Tour, Performing Arts Centre

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