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#BurlON Til August 15

by Carleigh Reynolds

Don’t fret. There is plenty of summer left and #BurlON is the place to spend it.


Movies Under the Stars

Every Thursday until August 16 there is a free family-friendly movie under the stars at one of Burlington’s beautiful public parks. Thursday August 9 is a showing of Moana at 9 pm at Ireland Park.  Remember to come early to secure a good spot with your lawn chair or blanket. This event is weather dependent, so keep an eye on the Burlington Events Twitter account for updates. View the full line up of films online.

Performing Arts Centre – Jazz Fest

This weekend is the Burlington Downtown Jazz Fest. The free event features four talented performers who will showcase their jazz talent on the Performing Arts Centre’s Outdoor Plaza. JUNO-nominated saxophonist and composer Shirantha Beddage takes the stage accompanied by his quintet on Saturday August 11 at 4 pm. Then at 6 pm, Elise Legrow will sing elegant, yet thunderous covers of blues, soul, and R&B hits. On Sunday August 12 at 2 pm Coco Love Alcorn will present her joyful soul tunes. Finally at 4 pm, winners of the 2018 JUNO for Jazz Album of the Year, the Mike Downes Quartet, will give an outstanding finale performance. If it rains, the event will be moved inside.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Ghost Walk

Boo! Ever been curious about what secrets a 100-year-old Victorian farm house might hold? You can engage your paranormal investigator side at Bronte Creek’s Spruce Lane Farm Ghost Walk on Sunday August 12. These spooky walking tours depart every 20 minutes beginning at 7:30 pm and ending at 9 pm. The tours are meant to educate and entertain— not frighten— park-goers. Reservations are not required and tours are included with regular park admission. Busy on the 12? Don’t worry. There will be a second round of ghost walks on Sunday August 19.

Spencer Smith Park – Lakeside a la Carte 

We hope you have a fork and knife ready, because this weekend is Lakeside à la Carte. Sunday August 12 from 1 pm to 4 pm at Spencer Smith Park is a very popular annual foodie event in Downtown Burlington. It’s a chance to dine with over 40 restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Guests will stroll from tent to tent and sample gourmet dishes and fine beverages that meet every craving and cuisine. There will also be live music, a silent auction, and extravagant raffle prizes, making it Burlington’s ultimate summer garden party. Go online to purchase your tickets in advance and view the full line up of food vendors. Cheers!

Art in the Park – Country Heritage Park

Come out to Country Heritage Park on Sunday August 12 from 10 am to 5 pm for Art-In-the-Park. This one-day juried art show and sale will feature local and regional artists. As you browse through the creative works, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the food vendors and listen to live music. Go online for admission information and the line up of artists.

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Concerts in the Park

This week is your last chance to enjoy the free musical entertainment at the Central Park Bandshell for Concerts in the Park 2018 . On Wednesday August 8 at 7:30 pm, come see a traditional New Orleans jazz show from the Subourbon Street Dixieland Band . Then on Sunday August 12 at 7:30 pm don’t miss the finale set of Broadway, classical, and contemporary tunes from the Burlington Concert Band. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

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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. August 12 is Power Flow, taught by Instructor Lauren from Kinetic Physiotherapy. Participants will work through poses that increase strength and flexibility. This class is appropriate for all fitness levels. Remember to bring your mat and water bottle.

TOBSum15 - Pepperwood BistroTaste of Burlington

Beginning Monday August 13, every day until September 3, you can explore Burlington’s unique culinary scene through Taste of Burlington. Burlington’s best eateries will be offering daily affordable prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner options. Go online to view the 24 participating restaurants and their respective menus. Where else can you get an appetizer, entree, and a dessert at a great value, while supporting local businesses? Be sure to savour this dining program before it’s gone! Reservations are encouraged.

B&B Taps & Grill – Big Bike Ride for Heart & Stroke

Come out to the B&B Taps & Grill at the Waterfront Hotel on Wednesday August 15 to be one of 29 riders on the Big Bike for Heart & Stroke. Riders will complete a 20-minute bike through the community and stop traffic in support of heart disease and stroke research. What a great way to get some cardio in!  Go online to form a team, join a team, or donate to the cause.

Group tour at Hendrie Garden in Royal Botanical GardensRoyal Botanical Gardens

It’s Garden Music Nights at RBG.  While you admire the gorgeous garden backdrop of Hendrie Park, you can sip cold drinks, order from a barbeque menu, and enjoy the music. Tuesdays are about Country and Roots tunes from talented Canadian musicians and this week is your last chance to catch one of these amazing country sets. Songwriter Jessie T takes the stage on Tuesday August 14 at 6:30 pm with her award-winning country jams. Garden Music Nights are included in general admission or with membership, so definitely take the opportunity to come for the day and admire the flowers in bloom.Wednesdays are Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues nights. On Wednesday August 8 at 6:30 pm you can enjoy a powerful and contemporary blues set from Crystal Shawanda.The event continues on Wednesday August 15 at 6:30 pm with a jazz performance from Toronto singer and composer, Steven Taetz.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm until August 26, RBG visitors can check out the Edible Weekends Discovery Cart in Hendrie Park’s Veggie Village. Visitors will learn how to grow, cook, and eat edible plants. August 11 and 12 are about the tomato. Don’t miss the cooking demonstrations at 1:30 pm on Sunday in the Greenhouse café. While you’re there, take a tour of the newly-renovated Rose Garden.

Weeknights from August 13 to 31 you can catch 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.

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Burlington Beach

Staycation Beach and Boat Rentals Inc. hosts many yoga-based events that allow you to get active while dipping your toes in Lake Ontario. Visit their website to register for an event or check out their many other classes and rental options. Ever wanted to try Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga? Saturday August 11 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am is the second installment of their SUP Yoga series. This class will help you change up your yoga routine by accessing muscles that you don’t use while doing yoga on land. It’s the perfect way to try out and tackle this sport— and you can go for a swim after! If you like to sleep in on Saturday mornings, come out to Beach Yoga on Tuesday August 14 at 5:45 pm. This class is suitable for all levels of practice and is a great way to reconnect with nature and yourself. If you’re looking for an even more relaxing experience, they are also hosting a Mindful Paddle and Floating Meditation on August 13 from 7 pm to 8 pm. Float all of your cares away as you take a guided drift along the lake. Remember to register online in advance.

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.

At Mountsberg, visitors can search for pond critters with dip nets, explore the farm yard and play barn, or take a guided hike. Also, until Labour Day at the Raptor Centre, visitors can watch a live Bird of Prey flying demonstration at 12 pm or 2 pm.

Attention all yogis — or just anyone looking to get fit while surrounded by nature. On Wednesday August 8 and 15 from 7 pm to 8 pm, you can participate in Yoga in the Park at Rattlesnake Point. Remember to bring a mat, water bottle, and bug spray. This event is held every Wednesday night all summer long and is appropriate for all yoga experience levels. Event admission is included with regular park admission—or is free to Halton Parks members.

Itching to try something new? Conservation Halton has a fantastic Try-It Series. On Sunday August 12 from 9 am to 11 am you can learn the basics of Mountain Biking at Hilton Falls. This short course welcomes beginners and allows riders to familiarize themselves with the trails, learn bike safety, and get a fantastic adrenaline-filled workout. The 12 is also a perfect day to try Archery at Crawford Lake.  At 10 am or 11:30 am participants can take a 1 hour course to learn the history and technique of the craft. Remember to register online in advance for all Try It events.

On Saturday August 11 from 9 am to 11:30 am you can take a Meditation Hike at Mount Nemo. While experiencing and connecting with nature, participants will practice mindfulness, meditation, and short exercises. Remember to bring your water bottle and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Register for this event online.

Wear your coziest PJs out to Pajama Night: Moon Chorus. On August 11 from 7 – 9 pm at Crawford Lake, the whole family can learn to interpret those spooky nighttime animal sounds— which may have just been harmless insects or birds all along! As you get over your fears, you can take a guided hike, play some games, make a craft, or enjoy some campfire s’mores. Register for this event in advance online.

If you’ve ever tried to photograph a bird, you know it’s challenging. Our feathered friends always seem to be hiding in trees or flying far away. That’s why Mountsberg is hosting Raptors In Focus. This event is an opportunity to get up close and personal with some brilliant birds and get the perfect shot. Remember to register for this event in advance online.

Every Friday is Food Truck’N Friday at Kelso. From 5 – 9 pm at the Boat Rentals area you can take a break from your day of picnicking, camping, mountain biking, and swimming, and get a bite to eat from a delicious Ontario mobile kitchen. Go online to see the full line up of food trucks.

Fridays are also Family Outdoor Movie Nights at Kelso’s Learning Centre. Beginning August 10, every Friday until August 31, you can watch an entertaining film with the family. Films begin at dusk as the stars are starting to come out. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The film for August 10 is The Nut Job 2, Nutty By Nature.

Handweaving & Spinners GuildArt Gallery of Burlington

Needing some creative inspiration? Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington. On August 1 they premiered a new exhibit titled 60 by 60, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild and features work of the past and present. Also be sure to check out the Round: Bowls & Vases, Patron’s Choice, My Eyes Are On You, and Dialogue exhibits.

If you’re looking to make some art yourself, drop by the Family Open Studio on Sunday. Every Sunday from 1-4 pm, community members are welcome to come inside the Creative Hub, engage with art on a more personal level, and express themselves through craft.

Farmers’ Markets

After breakfast on Sunday— or for breakfast on Sunday— stop by the weekly Centro Farm Market behind Centro Garden. From 9 am to 12 pm you can support local producers by picking up some artisan products. The weekly vendors have everything from ice cream to freshly baked pastries.  Busy on Sundays? Visit the Burlington Mall Lions 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 Mall’s new Indigo and Denninger’s.

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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