#BurlON til Oct 24
We are already midway through October and we are finally seeing signs that it is fall, with colours and cool temperatures. Here are some ideas for things to see and do in #BurlON over the next week.
Get out into Nature
It’s the perfect time of year for a hike, cycling, or a family picnic to enjoy the fall weather and colours. We are so lucky in Burlington to have so many parks and trails close by ready to be explored. Weekends until October 28 you can Fall Into Nature at one of the Conservation Halton parks. Some parks have fall themed activities for children, as well as birds of prey shows and interactive, educational programs.
October is also hiking month for The Bruce Trail. Join them on their fifth annual Bruce Trail Hike-A-Thon, as parts of the trail run through North Burlington. Register online, get outside, and get hiking!
Hiking is also available at many of the Conservation Halton parks. My personal favourite is Crawford Lake. I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve visited this park with my family. As a lover of history, I love to take a walk around the lake, enjoying the colours of the leaves as they change, and stopping in the Iroquoian village. I love knowing I am learning about the history of our area as well as exploring the outdoors.
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.
Arts and Culture Abound
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre has plenty of shows for the whole family this fall season. On Wed 17 is Legacy: A Tribute to Gord Downie. Throughout the week are a variety of performances such as Tony Danza: Standards and Stories, Serious Moonlight: a Tribute to David Bowie, Carousel Players: Peter Pan, Canadian Rep Theater: Garage Sale. Also, The Aldershot Players continue their performance of “Run For Your Wife” with a show on Thurs 18.
The Art Gallery of Burlington is a perfect place to visit this weekend. Admission is always free and you can enjoy browsing the various exhibits and gift shop. Diana Thorneycroft: Black Forest (dark waters) is running until Nov 18, A Visual Story-Telling Workshop with Neil Ever Osborne on Sat 20, and the Patron’s Choice Exhibit is ending this weekend on Sun Oct 21, so make sure you see it before it’s gone! On 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.
Halloween Activities Coming Soon
Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate there are many events for families with children of all ages. Mountsberg Conservation Area is hosting their annual Spooctacular Halloween, as well as Fright Night, complete with haunted barns, ghost stories, and wagon rides. The Streetcar Museum is offering a spooky walk through the haunted car barns, and rides on their streetcars. I recently visited the museum and I found it fascinating how the original decades-old streetcars had been restored and some even put into use. This definitely is a stop for people of all ages to enjoy the history, as well as get a fun ride on the rails! If you are looking for more frightening family fun, check out our Halloween blog for more information.
Visit Local Farms to Celebrate Harvest
Springridge Farms is hosting their popular annual Harvest Festival every weekend until Sunday October 28. They offer wagon rides, giant corn trail, professional puppet show, spooky Boo Barn, costumed characters and lots of farmyard fun. For parents they have an amazing Barn Market and gift shop. Be sure to stock up on some delicious baked goods to take home with you. This definitely is not an event to miss!
Looking for more fall fun? Stonehaven Farms, located north on Guelph Line, is open weekends until October 28. They offer a giant corn maze and a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin.
Shop Local @ Markets
It’s our favourite time of the year to visit the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market which runs Wednesdays from 8am to 2pm, Friday from 8am to 4pm, and Saturday from 8am to 2pm. Shop for local produce, baked goods, fresh flowers and other artisan food products. This market operates until October 27. On Oct 20 at 10am – 1pm, Aldershot Village has its final market of the season. This market offers a variety of things to buy, including fresh produce, artisan food, clothing, home goods, and more. This Saturday October 20 Burlington Made is hosting the Foodie Show at DeGroote Ron Joyce Centre on South Service Road from 11am – 4 pm. There will be gourmet food and beverage vendors, cooking and tasting demonstrations all with Foodies in mind.
- To Sun Oct 21: Patron’s Choice Exhibit, 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 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
- To Sun Nov 18: Diana Thorneycroft: Black Forest (dark waters), Art Gallery
- Wed 17: Eco-Film Festival: “Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees”, Central Library
- Wed 17: Legacy: A Tribute to Gord Downie, Performing Arts Centre
- Thurs 18: “Run For Your Wife”, West Plains United Church
- Thurs 18: Symphony on the Bay presents French Flair, Central Library
- Fri 19: Tony Danza: Standards and Stories, Performing Arts Centre
- Fri 19-Sun 21: Camper Halloween, Bronte Creek
- Sat 20: Aldershot Villiage BIA Market, Aldershot Village Bia
- Sat 20: A Visual Story-Telling Workshop with Neil Ever Osborne, Art Gallery
- Sat 20: Colour in Nature: Photography for Beginners, Royal Botanical Gardens
- Sat 20-Sun 21: Harvest Festival, Springridge Farm
- Sat 20-Sun 21: Spooctacular Halloween, Mountsberg C. Area
- Sat 20: The Foodie Show, Ron Joyce Centre
- Sat 20: Burlington Food Tours, Various Downtown Restaurants
- Sat 20: When the Going Gets Tough, Central Library
- Sat 20: Heritage & Archaeology Open House & Symposium, Royal Botanical Gardens
- Sat 20: Fright Night, Mountsberg C. Area
- Sat 20: Halloween Spooctacular, Streetcar Museum
- Sat 20: Serious Moonlight: a Tribute to David Bowie, Performing Arts Centre
- Sat 20-Sun 21 : Harvest Festival, Springridge Farm
- Sun 21: Try It Series– Mountain Biking, Hilton Falls C. Area
- Sun 21: Furry Friends 5 km , Spencer Smith Park
- Sun 21: Jazz Brunch Concert Series, Royal Botanical Gardens
- Sun 21: Community Mindfulness Session, Mountainside Park
- Sun 21: Carousel Players: Peter Pan, Performing Arts Centre
- Sun 21: Canadian Rep Theater: Garage Sale, Performing Arts Centre
- Tues 23: Pumpkin Carving for Teens, Royal Botanical Gardens
- Tues 23: Meet the Author: Plum Johnson, Central Library *SOLD OUT