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#BurlON til Oct 3

by Pam Belgrade

Autumn has arrived with nice warm days and cooler nights and plenty of outdoor and indoor activities happening over the next few months to inspire you.  Here’s what you won’t want to miss in #BurlON ‘til October 3:

Culture DaysCulture Celebrated

This weekend numerous events celebrating culture are being hosted in Burlington. Culture Days is taking place from Friday – Sunday across the city. The theme this year is OnBeat and at our Visitor Information Centre you can take a self-guided scavenger hunt in the downtown and/or make your own rain stick. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is presenting a Cultural Diversity Festival on Sept 29 & 30 and some of the performances and lectures are free and the ticketed events are buy one get one free using promo code CULTURE! Doors Open Burlington is taking place on Saturday September 28 with 12 locations giving behind the scenes access. Learn about the details in the blog written by Guest writer Megan Crawford from Museums of Burlington.

Culinary Events

Explore a variety of restaurants with restaurant walking tours this fall. October 20 join Burlington Food Tours as they explore five to six stops in downtown Burlington. On September 30, E-A-T Burlington culinary walking tour celebrates it’s third year. Join one of 3 tours each featuring 4 local dining establishments while supporting a great cause Food4Kids.  Tourism staff are helping with one of the tours and are looking forward to a fun and tasty experience.

Harvest Festival 2018Harvest 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. (our fav is salted honey)

Run for a Cause

Fall is busy with many runs and walks supporting local and national charities and causes.  Check out the events list below to see what is happening this weekend.

Waiting for the ParadeEnjoy Local Theatre

Watching a show at the theatre is a great way to get out and enjoy the day. On Friday and Saturday catch ‘Waiting for the Parade’ at the Drama Centre.  This is an award-winning Canadian play which takes place in Calgary in the 1940’s during WWII. Curtain is at 8:00 pm both days.

Downtown Burlington

Enjoy a visit to Downtown Burlington to browse in the many shops and boutiques, linger over a meal out at one of the many restaurants or grab a coffee and enjoy a stroll by the lake. Shop for local products and crafts at the weekly Centro Garden Farmers Market behind Centro Garden on Sundays from 9 am – noon.

While downtown, make sure you stop by the Art Gallery of Burlington where admission is always free.  See their Round: Bowls & Vases exhibit or the Diana Thorneycroft: Black Forest (dark waters) exhibit which starts on Saturday. And no visit to the Art Gallery is complete without looking at their gorgeous gift shop where we know you will find the perfect gift for someone – especially you!

Photo by Conservation Halton

Get out in Nature

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. This weekend the  Chrysanthemum & Dahlia Show will inspire you to do some fall decorating.  The RBG also has several programs and lectures listed below.

Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit one of the Conservation Halton parks.  They offer great hiking and cycling trails for all levels.  Saturday you can try a Rock Climbing Course at Rattlesnake Point where you learn the basics of.  Also on Saturday at Robert Edmondsoon Conservation Area you can participate in a meditation hike.

Image by Aldershot Village BIA

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, or 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.  In Aldershot the Village Market is being held on Saturday from 10 – 1 pm at White Oaks Plaza.


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