Discover Burlington Ontario

#BurlON til Oct 17

by Guest Writer

Welcome to October! After a soggy Thanksgiving weekend we’re hoping for sunny skies and dry days so we can get outside and enjoy.  There are many activities to do in the area to celebrate the season, here are just a few…

Hops & Harvest FestivalGet 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 Oct 13-14. Check their website for full details. Also this weekend the first Hops & Harvest Festival is being held at Kelso Conservation Area. 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. On Sundays in October the Jazz Brunch Concert Series has moved indoors to the Rock Garden Centre.  Reservations are required. 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. 

Burlington Performing Arts CentreArts & Culture

There is a great line-up coming this season at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre so make sure you check out their event calendar and book your tickets as many shows sell out. This week there is so much to chose from you may want to go to several.  Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle Tour, Whiskey Jack Presents The Stories of Stompin’ Tom, Magic!, Koogle Theatre Celebrating 10 years, Cowboy Junkies, Michael Kim Evolution of Piano, MOMIX: Opus CactusRicky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder , Legacy – Tribute to Gord Downie and support homegrown musical talent by attending the Live & Local Music Series: The Commisionaires.  Also starting on Fri 12 “Run For Your Wife”, by the Aldershot Players is on at West Plains United Church.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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. 





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