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#BurlON ’til Sept 5

by Kelly Harris

#BurlON Til September 5

As summer comes winding down to an end and the Labour Day long weekend begins, Burlington has many fun and exciting things to do to enjoy the last few days of summer.

Canada’s Largest Rib Fest

Come down to Spencer Smith Park this long weekend for some delicious ribs at Canada’s Largest Rib Fest. Nineteen award winning ribbers will be serving up their best ribs from Friday August 31 until Monday September 3. The fun doesn’t stop there! Enjoy daily live entertainment, family midway rides and an escape room experience from Mission Possible.

Feel like dancing the night away? On Thursday August 30th there will be a Waterfront Dance Party featuring DJ Danny D from 5pm until 11pm. Tickets for the Waterfront Dance Party can be purchased online or at the gate.


Take a step back into the past this weekend at Country Herrtage Park. Steam-Era has something for everyone, whether it be learning to drive a tractor, seeing the parades, threshing competitions or tractor pulls, or even just admiring the collections of equipment, models, cars and trucks from our agricultural past that are on display. This event runs from Friday August 31 until Monday September 3.

Market in the Village

Indulge yourself with some tasty food and local crafts at Village Square on Saturday September 1. With over 20 vendors and live music there is something to please everyone. This event runs from 9am to 1pm. Don’t forget to bring your own bags to this waste-free market.

Village square farmers market

Fit in the Core

Get fit this summer with Fit in the Core. Come out to civic square— just outside city hall— for a free open air fitness class every Sunday from 10 am to 11 am. September 2 is Full Body, Strength Conditioning & Core, taught by Instructor Riley from Beauchamp Fitness. Participants will speed up their metabolism with a fat-burning and muscle-building work out. Remember to bring your mat and water bottle.

burlington downtown fit in the core

Taste of Burlington

It’s the final weekend of the Taste of Burlington summer program, which runs up to and including Labour Day. Explore Burlington’s unique culinary scene through prix-fixe dining at 24 of the best restaurants across #BurlON. Enjoy lunch for $15 or $20 and dinner at $30, $35 or $40. Go online to view the 24 participating restaurants and their respective menus.  Reservations are encouraged.  Dine and Win! Not only do you get to enjoy a tasty meal out at a great price but you also will be given a ballot for a chance to WIN the grand prize draw of a trip for two to Myrtle Beach.  Full details can be found at


Royal Botanical Gardens

Enjoy a cold drink and BBQ and get set for some award-winning jazz and blues musicians at the Red Hot Jazz & Cool Blues in Hendrie Park at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The last performance of the year will be on Wednesday September 5 at 6:30pm. Justin Saladino will be performing with his guitar-driven roots rock group. The Red Hot Jazz & Cool Blues is included with general admission or with membership.

This is the last week to see an interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays at Shakespeare at the Rock.In the picturesque storybook setting of the RBG’s Rock Garden, patrons can watch an outdoor performance of Macbeth: Conspiracy Theory, which re-imagines the Bard’s classic tale as a thriller. The show is produced by Burlington’s own Tottering Biped Theatre and begins at 7:30 pm each evening. Go online to purchase tickets— You can even purchase a Dinner Show Package in which you can enjoy a prix-fixe dinner at the Rock Garden Café before the show.

Conservation Halton Parks

There are so many events happening in the Conservation Halton Area for the summer. At Crawford Lake visitors can explore the reconstructed Iroquoian village and Deer Clan Longhouse, participate in crafting or an archaeology dig, take a guided hike through one of the trails, or win a prize in the free discovery hunt. All of these activities are available daily from 10 am to 4 pm until Labour Day.

Saturday September 1 is national Vulture Awareness Day. Join Raptor Centre staff in Mountsberg Conservation Area to celebrate these amazing and misunderstood creatures with vulture-themed crafts, games, and an opportunity to get nose-to-beak with two resident Turkey Vultures.

What is better than family movie night? Family movie night outside! Every Friday in August is Outdoor Family Movie Night at Kelso. On Friday August 31 “Show Dogs” will be playing at 8:00pm if weather permits. Grab a bite to eat before or during the show at Food Truck’n Friday. Don’t forget to pack the lawn chairs and blanket.

Art Gallery of Burlington

There are many exciting art exhibits happening at the Art Gallery of Burlington. Joon Hee Kim’s ceramic installation, “My Eyes Are on You” takes inspiration from historical gardens and parks. The exhibit examins how styles continuously change and how, while change may be inherently feared, something good can arise from it. This exhibit runs until Sunday September 9.

“60 by 60” is an exhibit that celebrates the 60 year anniversary of the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild. This exhibit will showcase a 60 piece collection of spinning, dyeing, beading, felting, weaving, and knitting, created by members past and present. “60 by 60” will be on until Sunday September 16.

The Art Gallery of Burlington has the largest comprehensivecollection of contemporary Canadian ceramics in the world. Until Sunday October 7 the AGB will be holding the Round: Bowls & Vases Exhibit.  This exhibition will explore how the limitations of the round thrown form, has become an opportunity to explore the clay medium within a set of boundaries.

Another exhibit to check out this week is the Patron’s Choice Exhibit. Patrons and donors Bonnie Sylvia and Louise Cooke will be curating a small selection of art that focuses on their area of interest. This exhibit will show the importance of personal preference when organizing a collection of art. This exhibit will run until Sunday October 21.

 Farmers’ Markets

After breakfast on Sunday— or for breakfast on Sunday— stop by theweekly Centro Garden Farmer’s Market behind Centro Garden. From 9 am to 12 pm you can support local producers by picking up their artisan products. The weekly vendors have everything from ice cream to freshly baked pastries.

Busy on Sundays? Visit the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market on Wednesday from 8 am to 2 pm, Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, or Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm, and grab some delicious farm fresh produce. While you’re there, check out Burlington Centre’s new Indigo and Denninger’s.

Fresh Peaches at Farmers' Market

Tourism Burlington can assist you with planning your visit. For more information on what to see and do in Burlington, give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website, or connect with us on twitter or Facebook.

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To Sun Aug 26: Dialogue Exhibit, Art Gallery

Wednesdays to Aug 29: Yoga in the Park, Rattlesnake Point C. Area

Fridays to Aug 31: Food Truck’n Fridays, Kelso C. Area

Fridays to Aug 31: Family Outdoor Movie Nights, Kelso C. Area

To Mon Sept 3: Outdoor Pool Open, Bronte Creek C. Area

To Wed Sept 5: Red Hot Jazz & Cool Blues, Royal Botanical Gardens

To Mon Sept 3: Summer, Mountsberg C. Area

To Mon Sept 3: Summer, Crawford Lake C. Area

To Mon Sept 3: Taste of Burlington, Various Burlington restaurants

To Sun Sept 9: My Eyes Are On You Exhibit, Art Gallery

To Sun Sept 16: 60 by 60 Exhibit, Art Gallery

Sundays to Sept 23: Fit in the Core, Civic Square

Sundays to Oct 21: Farm Market, Centro Garden

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

To Sun Oct 7: Round: Bowls & Vases Exhibit, Art Gallery
To Sun Oct 21: Patron’s Choice Exhibit, Art Gallery

This Week

Mon 27-Fri 31: Shakespeare at the Rock: “Macbeth”, Royal Botanical Gardens

Fri 31-Sun Sept 2: Steam Era, Country Heritage Park

Fri 31-Mon Sept 3: Canada’s Largest Ribfest, Spencer Smith Park

Sat 1: Market in the Village, Downtown Village Square

Sat 1: Vulture Awareness Day, Mountsberg C. Area

Sat 1: Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot, Woodbine Mohawk Park

Wed 5: Red Hot Jazz & Cool Blues, Royal Botanical Gardens


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