NOTE:  Due to COVID-19 many events have been cancelled, postponed or are being held virtually.

Visit Burlington for fun, family activities and great events all year round! From road races and sports tournaments to free community-wide music and cultural festivals, Burlington is alive with activities for visitors and residents alike. Sign up to receive our weekly blog that highlights events for the coming week, view our events listing in the official Visitor Guide or visit the City of Burlington’s online calendar.  For Live Music in Burlington visit our Entertainment page for links.


Fall Fun Springridge 2Fall is harvest time in rural Burlington where farms offer great fare, fun and family events. Our conservation areas and Bronte Creek Provincial Park provide guided walks and educational sessions – a great way to see the fall burst into orange, red and yellow. Doors Open showcases heritage and architectural buildings that are open to the public. Culture Days promotes local arts, culture and heritage the last weekend of September. October brings a range of Thanksgiving and Halloween events.

Explore the city with our Unexpected #BurlON Cultural Intersections city-wide Scavenger Hunt. Check our Culture Days blog for information on how to sign up.

A winter wonderland

When the snow falls, Burlington is a winter wonderland of events. The Museum Christmas activities, the Christmas Parade, the waterfront Festival of Lights, and New Years Celebrations. And cold weather doesn’t deter participants in the Santa 5K run, Robbie Burns Run, Chilly Half Marathon and the internationally known Around the Bay Road Race.  Our winter A Taste of Burlington offers prix fixe dining at numerous restaurants in late February and into March.

Spring is in the air

The first signs of spring appear in our parks and conservation areas, which also host our maple syrup festivities. Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Mountsberg Conservation Area celebrate throughout March with wagon rides, demonstrations, tours, and of course pancakes. Cheer on participants in Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race, the oldest in North American, first run in 1894. Whether hiking, bird watching or just a love of nature, spring is blossom time at the world-renowned Royal Botanical Gardens, one of Canada’s National Historic Sites. “Stop and smell the flowers,” and experience the spectacular Tulip, Lilac, Iris, Peony and Rose gardens and festival celebrations.  Be sure to add the Canada Netherlands Friendship Day and the Sakura Festival in May and Art Gallery of Burlington’s exhibits to your list of spring activities.

In the summertime …

A summertime visit must include some time at our waterfront!  The annual Sound of Music is one of Ontario’s top 100 festivals and Canada’s largest free music festival held all Fathers Day weekend. Canada Day celebrations on July 1 includes music and a spectacular waterfront fireworks display.  And for kids of all ages, check out the Kite Festival in June or the Children’s Festival in August. Canada’s Largest Ribfest is truly the “Super Bowl” of ribfests, held every Labour Day weekend, featuring many “ribbers,” music, crafts, carnival rides for the kids, and so much more.  The summer Taste of Burlington program is offered for 3 weeks leading up to Labour day weekend so you can enjoy delicious local fare for a great value.

Events Links

For more information check the new and improved online Burlington Events Calendar or the following websites:

Art Gallery of Burlington Lakeside a la Carte
Bronte Creek Provincial Park Canada’s Largest Ribfest
Burlington Downtown Royal Botanical Gardens
Burlington Performing Arts Centre Sound of Music Festival
City of Burlington – Events Streetcar Museum
Conservation Halton Taste of Burlington
Festival of Lights Museums of Burlington
VR Pro – Races Burlington Public Library



Business/Organization Name Address Phone Number Website
Art Gallery of Burlington 1333 Lakeshore Road 905.632.7796
Art in Action Burlington Studio Tour 654 Spring Gardens Road 289.337.2621
Burlington BBQ Show 5063 North Service Rd. 289.292.0511
Burlington Beer Festival 905.634.1010
Burlington Downtown Car Show 5063 North Service Rd. 289.292.0511
Burlington Lakeside Festival of Lights 905.332.1851
Burlington MADE, Stephanie Street Events
Burlington Mundialization Committee – Canada Netherlands Friendship Day 426 Brant Street 905.335.7600
Burlington Mundialization Committee – Sakura Festival 426 Brant Street 905.335.7600
Burlington Terry Fox Run
Canada Day 5K Run/Walk P.O. Box 85030 905.639.8053
Canada’s Largest Ribfest – Rotary Ribfest 1400 Lakeshore Rd
Canadian Food Truck Festivals – Burlington 416.917.5169
Chilly Half Marathon & Frosty 5K 561 Brant Street 905.639.8053
City of Burlington Festivals & Events 390 Brant Street 905.335.7766
Conservation Halton Parks 2596 Britannia Road W 905.336.1158
Doors Open Burlington 2168 Guelph Line 905.332.9888
Halton Freedom Celebration Festival 1303 Knights Bridge Court 905.320.0991
IRONDames 416.882.3344
Lakeside à la Carte Spencer Smith Park
Marques d’Elegance 5500 North Service Road 905.592.4203
One Burlington Festival c/o St. Luke's Church, 1382 Ontario St. 905.634.1826
Pumpkins After Dark Country Heritage Park 8560 Tremaine Road
Random Acts of Art Events 693 Penny Lane 289.683.3828
Rib and Lobster Fest 905.632.2115
Royal Botanical Gardens 680 Plains Road West 905.527.1158
Run Well Events – Tri Kids 656 Elizabeth Street,
Santa Burlington 5K 561 Brant Street 905.639.8053
Sound of Music Festival 561 Brant Street 905.333.6364
Taste of Burlington c/o 414 Locust St 905.634.5534
Telling Tales P.O. Box 80070, Appleby Line
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre 440 Locust Street 905.681.2551
Tourism Burlington Visitor Centre 414 Locust St 905.634.5594
Business/Organization Name Address Phone Number Website