Discover Burlington Ontario

#BurlON ’til Sept 26

by Kelly Harris

Fall officially arrives this week even though it may not feel like it with the hot weather we’ve been having.  One sure sign of fall are the Harvest Festivals and some of those kick off this weekend. Here’s what you won’t want to miss in #BurlON ‘til September 26:

Harvest Festival at Springridge Farm

Saturday kicks off Springridge Farm’s annual Harvest Festival, which runs weekends until Sunday October 28. 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

Fall Harvest Festival at Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Bronte Breek Provincial Park offers one weekend of fall fun and this is the weekend for it, so make sure you don’t miss out! Running Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 you can celebrate the fall harvest with pumpkins, apple cider, activities, demonstrations and more. And make sure you visit their farm animals and amazing playbarn!

Bronte Creek Red Barn

Appleby Line Street Festival

Sunday marks the Appleby Line Street Festival, a free family-fun, community-led event. Catch all the action from 1-5 right on Appleby Line, where the street is closed between New St and Fairview Street. There will be music, food trucks, vintage cars, children’s activities and The Amazing Bed Race. The bed race will be on from 1-3:30 and is great fun to watch. All money raised goes to support the Rotary and local charities.

Appleby Streetfest

Enjoy 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.

On Saturday you can catch great talent at Community Living’s Got Talent at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.  The show starts at 7:00 and is an American Idol-style show with great talent right here in #BurlON.

Waiting for the Parade

Hope in High Heels

Saturday marks the annual Hope in High Heels fundraiser for Halton Women’s Place. Taking place at 10am  at Emma’s Back Porch there is still time to register and take part in this great fundraiser.

Downtown Burlington

Enjoy a visit to Downtown Burlington to browse in the many shops and boutiques or enjoy a meal out at one of the many restaurants or cafes. Or grab a coffee and enjoy a stroll by the lake.

Sunday plan to attend the last Fit in the Core exercise class for the season.  It’s a Yoga Movement class from 10-11 in Civic Square outside City Hall. There is no cost to participate; just bring your mat and a water bottle.

After the class stop by the weekly Centro Garden Farmers Market behind Centro Garden. From 9 am – noon shop for local products and crafts.

While enjoying all that Downtown Burlington has to offer, 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!

burlington downtown fit in the core

Get out in Nature

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 an Orienteering Course at Hilton Falls where you learn the basics of compass and map navigation.  Also on Saturday from 7-9 at Mountsberg Conservation you can participate in Pajama Nights, a program meant for families with kids.  Wear your pj’s and the theme is starry nights where you will learn more about the night sky and enjoy eating s’mores outside under the stars.

We also love the Royal Botanical Gardens at this time of year where the gardens turn over from summer to fall. Visit and enjoy a walk through the many gardens and lunch at one of their restaurants. Sunday is the Ikenobo Ikebana Show, featuring delicate floral art beginning in Japan.

Conservation Halton trails

Farmers’ Market

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.  The market runs until October 27.

Farmers Market 


To Sun Oct 7: Round: Bowls & Vases Exhibit, Art Gallery

Sat & Suns Sept 8-Oct 14: Prehistoric Grove Tour, Royal Botanical Garden

Sundays to Oct 21: Farm Market, Centro Garden

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

To Sun Oct 21: Patron’s Choice Exhibit, Art Gallery

Sat Sept 22-Sun Nov 18: Diana Thorneycroft: Black Forest (dark waters), Art Gallery

This Week

Wed 19: Eco-Film Festival: “A Silent Transformation“, Central Library

Wed 19: Introduction to Essential Oils, Nature’s Medicine Cabinet, Royal Botanical Gardens

Wed 19: Fuel a Winning Mindset, Brant Hills Library

Wed 19: Meet the Author: Tim Cook, Central Library

Wed 19: Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook, Performing Arts Centre

Fri 21- Sat 22: “Waiting for the Parade”, Drama Centre

Sat 22: Angels ‘n Motion 5km/ 10 km Fun Run/ Walk, Burlington O.P.P Detachment

Sat 22: Hope in High Heels, Emma’s Back Porch

Sat 22: Try It Series – Orienteering, Hilton Falls C. Area

Sat 22: Monster Academy, Alton Library

Sat 22: Pajama Night (Starry Nights), Mountsberg C. Area

Sat 22: Community Living’s Got Talent, Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Sat 22: Burlington Food Tours, Various Burlington Restaurants *SOLD OUT

Sat 22-Sun 23: Fall Harvest Festival, Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Sat 22-Sun 23: Harvest Festival, Springridge Farm

Sun 23: Ikenobo Ikebana Society Flower Exhibition, Royal Botanical Gardens

Sun 23: Street Festival, Appleby Line

Sun 23: Amazing Bed Race, Appleby Line Street Festival

Sun 23: “Phones Down, Eyes Up” Benefit Concert, Central Park Bandshell

Tues 25: Essential Oils 101, Tansley Woods Library


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