Discover Burlington Ontario

#BurlON til Sept 18

by Pam Belgrade

It is feeling like fall already with cool nights and pleasant days. It’s a beautiful time of the year to enjoy all that Burlington has to offer and September is a busy month with lots of events and special activities.  Here are some of the highlights of what’s on this week in #BurlON til Sept 18.


Joseph Brant Museum Reopening

We are so excited that Joseph Brant Museum is reopening with a community celebration and FREE admission on September 15, 12 – 4 pm. The festivities will feature tours, interactive exhibits, activities and an official ribbon cutting with Burlington Mayor Meed Ward.  Joseph Brant Museum is Burlington’s community museum. With the replica of the original homestead of Joseph Brant ‘Thayendanegea’ (1742-1807), serving as a beacon, the transformed facility has been expanded to provide barrier-free space, including an elevator to the Garden Terrace and replica home. The expansion includes more room for gallery displays, interactive programming, the storage of collections and community outreach. The Museum presents Burlington’s history as well as providing interactive experiences for visitors of all ages.  Parking is limited at the museum so check here for downtown area parking.

British Car Day


1,000 British Cars on display @ Bronte Creek

Coming this Sunday Sept 15 at Bronte Creek Provincial Park see over 1,000 British Cars, great vendors, 6 wonderful anniversary cars, a fly by of WW1 bi-planes and tri-planes courtesy of The Great War Flying Museum, and much more.  British Car Day has vintage, classic and current British manufactured vehicles, including motorcycles. The event is the largest, one-day, all-British car event in North America, with visitors from Ontario, the northeast United States, the Maritime provinces, Quebec, and Manitoba, representing membership in 100 British car clubs. You do not need to be a member of a car club to participate. 

Freeman Station Diorama model train station and teaching tool


Open House at Freeman Station

Looking for something fun to do on Saturday? Plan to visit Freeman Station from 10am-3pm; free admission;  you can see the railway diorama downstairs (G-gauge model railway layout), the waiting room, the Station Master’s office and more. There will be lots of railway memorabilia to see and buy. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Culture in the City

Starting this weekend Theatre Burlington is presenting the Neil Simon comedy about the sexual revolution in the 1960’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers.  The curtain goes up at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of September.  Enjoy an evening out with friends and family.

New exhibitions are now featured at the Art Gallery of Burlington this fall.  Entrance to the gallery is free so take some time to browse the following:

Grace Nickel: Eruptions  August 3 – October 27, 2019

Eruptions is a close study of the life cycle of a tree. Nickel examines the decaying trees on plots of land near her home along the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Treaty 1) to observe how closely the process of growth, decay, recovery, and regeneration is true of all organic forms. Her ceramic works speak to disease, injury and aging as a way of addressing the health and sustainability of our natural environment, as we struggle with the effects of climate change.

The Gender Conspiracy August 31 -December 31, 2019 (various artists)

The Gender Conspiracy is an Open Letter to the Trans and Gender Diverse communities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to express allyship in furthering the discourse on gender fluidity and identity, sexual orientation, same-sex relationships, and consent to promote the mental health and safety of all LGBTQI2S* communities. The AGB is determined to be vigilant and visible in our support of LGBTQI2S people by placing critical conversations on gender diversity back into the public education sphere.

Get Active Outdoors

Fit in the Core continues on Sundays until September 22. Join in this free outdoor exercise class Sunday morning from 10-11 a.m. outside the Performing Arts Centre. This week’s class is a  Shimmy in the Core by BellyUp BellyDance; don’t forget your mat and a water bottle. Watch the website for Burlington Downtown and their social channels if weather does not cooperate that morning.

It’s a great time of year for hiking as well. Lots of great trails at Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Conservation Halton parks. Or enjoy a walk by the lake at Spencer Smith Park. The Royal Botanical Gardens is a beautiful spot to visit on a September day. Lots of great walking trails or enjoy a stroll through one of their numerous gardens. Sundays at 2 pm they offer a Back to Nature Hike.

farmers market vegetables

Shop Local @ Markets

It’s a great time of the year to visit one of the many markets Burlington has to offer. With Ontario peaches, corn, tomatoes and other veggies, you can stock up for fall entertaining. The Market is located  In the Burlington Centre Parking Lot. This market runs several times during the week; Wednesdays 8 am to 2 pm, Fridays 8 am to 3 pm, and Saturdays 8 am to 2 pm until Oct 26.  Every Sunday from 9 am to 12 pm is the Centro Garden Farmer’s Market in Downtown Burlington. Shop a variety of vendors and enjoy coffee from Tamp coffee as you browse.

Saturdays in the Square is a monthly pop up craft market featuring a rotating selection of the most talented modern makers in historic Village Square, downtown Burlington. The last one of the season is this Saturday from 10am – 3pm.  Shop local and handmade each month, while enjoying live music, free kids craft table and coffee, tea and sweets from our neighbouring shops. Admission is FREE. Wheelchair- and pet-friendly. Rain or shine.

Alderfest festival logo


This Saturday from 1-4pm walk or cycle to Bolus Garden Parkette for Alderfest.  Activities include a bouncy castle, obstacle course, inflatable arcade games for youth, Museums of BurlingtonRoyal Botanical Gardens angels, craft making, Lego type fun, imagination playground, splash pad, kickboxing demonstration, live music, the girl guides, Aldershot Library and a seniors area! (No parking on site)  

Urkai bikes - stop at visitor centre

There’s so much to See & Do in #BurlON til Sept 18 so be sure to get out there and enjoy! If you have any questions please stop by our Visitor Information Centre at 414 Locust St or give us a call, we are open from 9 am to 4 pm seven days a week.



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