This weekend in Burlington (Jun 13-14)
This weekend in Burlington is going to be amazing! From music to sport and so much in between there is no reason to be bored with so many events happening.
Saturday (June 13) marks the start of this year’s Sound of Music festival with the Kick Off Concert in Spencer Smith Park starting at 2p.m. Fans of 90’s alt rock will have a chance to see some of the best including hometown favourites, Finger Eleven plus Weezer, Our Lady Peace, Collective Soul, and more. This year the kick off concert is a ticketed event, be sure to get yours before they sell out.
Another change to the festival is the parade date. This year the Sound of Music parade will be held on Sunday June 14 and has changed their route to begin at Gary Allan Secondary School, travel along New Street, ending at Nelson Stadium with a field show that includes marching bands from across Canada and the United States.
As we move through the weekend and toward the main festival you can check out lots of amazing local talent performing live original music at local bars/restaurants as part of the new Club Series. Check out the Club Series full schedule here.
Saturday June 13 is also Ignite Pan Am Day in Canada! Celebrate with the City of Burlington Parks and Recreation department as they countdown to Toronto 2015 with a very special celebration. This free family friendly event is being held at LaSalle Park from 10am – 2pm. Children will love all the Pan/Parapan Am inspired sports, inflatables and a A 52-foot long Slip and Slide. At noon join in the colour run, a 1km accessible run that ends with participants getting “coloured” with a safe, non-toxic coloured powder. Be sure to wear white for the best effect and snap some pics to share with us of your fabulously coloured selves. There will be food vendors on site and free admission to the LaSalle wading pool. What a great way to celebrate the arrival Pan Am/Para Pan Games.
All weekend you can enjoy the blooms at the Royal Botanical Gardens as they Celebrate Iris & Peonies with guided walks and live entertainment in the gardens. Be sure to stop by the Tea House for a delicious lunch or a more traditional tea and scones.
You will also want to make time to visit the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB) for the Kaleidoscope of the Arts running both Saturday and Sunday. Arts Burlington which is comprised of 6 guilds that have studio/workshops in the AGB are hosting this event featuring; an exhibition/ sale, hands on studio demonstrations and children will enjoy exploring their creative side with kids hands on activities . Be sure to leave enough time to view the permanent collection while you are there.
There is plenty to do outdoors as well. Conservation Haltons Parks have lots of great activities happening including; Spring Fever Days in the Country and Raptors in Focus at Mountsberg and Season of Many Peeping Frogs, Haudenosaunee Clans Exhibit, and the Salamander Stroll Pajama Night at Crawford Lake.
On Sunday head to Downtown Burlington for Fit in the Core. This free outdoor fitness class is the perfect way to start your day and this week you can look forward to an energetic workout as danceScape helps you work up a sweat with danceTone. After your workout pop across the street to the Centro Garden Market where you can snack on a cool Rudy’s Paletta, grab some locally sourced ingredients for your dinner and check out other vendors. The market runs from 9am – 1pm.
Last but certainly not least – it’s strawberry season in Ontario! Head to Stonehaven Farms to Pick Your Own Strawberries or if you prefer someone else to do the picking stop by the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9am-2pm or head north to Springridge Farm where you can buy there freshly picked berries in their market.