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This Weekend in Burlington – long weekend edition (Aug 5-7)

by Carleigh Reynolds

It’s August! Better yet, it’s the August long weekend. Needing to figure out something to do with the kids on your extra day off? We’ve got you covered. Even though it’s a holiday, our Visitor Centre is open 8am to 6pm. Here are your weekend events for August 5 through 7.

Farmers’ Markets – Friday to Sunday until October

Load up on farm fresh items and shop local producers at one of our two farmers’ markets.  Friday (8am to 4pm) and Saturday (8am to 2pm) visit the Burlington Mall Lions Farmers’ Market. On Sunday (9am to 12pm) head to downtown Burlington for the Centro Garden Farm Market.

Fresh Peaches at Farmers' Market

Nature Connects® art with LEGO® Bricks – Daily to August 20

Take a stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Hendrie Park and explore the 14 works of art created with Lego by New York artist, Sean Kenney.  Kids will have a great time at the Build Centre creating their own masterpieces. Be sure to pick up an activity book and check the daily schedule for guided tours.

The RBG weekend events include guided tours/walks and The Enchanted Garden.

Concerts in the Park – Sundays and Wednesdays to August 13

Concerts in the Park continue on August 6 at 7:30pm with a performance from The Al Hirsch Orchestra for a Classical and Latin American musical performance. Visit the Central Park Bandshell for free musical entertainment every Sunday and Wednesday until August 13. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Check the event website for the up-to-date lineup.

Open Studio Workshop – Sundays

Join the Art Gallery of Burlington in their Creative Hub for a drop-in art studio workshop every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.  While there, check out their new Terry Fox Exhibition in celebration of Canada 150.

 Fit In The Core – Sundays to August 20

Burlington’s Fit In The Core sessions continue on August 6 from 10am to 11am with a HIIT: Legs & Core class class presented by Beauchamp Fitness & Nutrition. After training your core with a high energy workout, The Bent Spoon will be distributing samples of their edible raw cookie dough. Every Sunday there is a different open air fitness class outside City Hall. Bring your mat and water bottle.

2017 Halton Freedom Celebration Festival & Speakers Forum – August 4 to 5

Celebrate and learn about Canadian Black History with the Halton Black History Awareness Society. Attend the Black History Speakers’ Forum at the Royal Botanical Gardens on August 4 from 7pm to 9pm. Check the website for ticket and registration information and speaker topics. Then, attend the free Freedom Celebration Festival at Spencer Smith Park on August 5 from 11am to 9pm. Enjoy culturally-diverse food, vendors, and musical performances.Check online for the complete lineup.

The Enchanted Garden – August 5 to 7

Come out to the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Rock Garden from 11am to 4pm for magical activities for gnomes, fairies, pixies, and sprites. Create your own fairy garden, make a charmed accessory, listen to mythical stories, and search for the hidden doors to the secret fairy world. Visit the RBG website to purchase tickets and for the complete schedule of activities.

2017 Postseason Burlington Herd vs London Majors – August 6

Come cheer on these hometown athletes in Game Four of the Quarter Finals against the London Majors. Come out to Nelson Park at 5:30pm. Check the Herd’s website for the full schedule and ticket pricing.

Ghost Walk at Spruce Lane Farm – August 6

Meet at the Bronte Creek Provincial Park day use area from 7:30pm to 9:00pm to explore their haunted farmhouse built in 1899 and learn about wacky Victorian era customs. Don’t worry. The tours are not intended to scare visitors. For accessibility information and fees check their website.

Joseph Brant Day Festival – August 7

Celebrate the civic holiday and Canada 150 at Joseph Brant Day in LaSalle Park. Enjoy Canadian food trucks, musical performances, dance demonstrations, a Made in Canada vendors market, henna tattooing, a community mural project, and more. Check the event page for the Main Stage performance schedule, a list of vendors, and parking information.

Re-enactors at Joseph Brant Day

Burlington is a busy and vibrant city. There are many more opportunities to enjoy the weather and engage in the community this weekend…

Emma’s Jamaican Me Crazy Weekend  – August 4 to 7
Karaoke at Black Swan Pub – August 5
Goat Yoga – August 6
Trail Running, Try It Series Presented by MEC – August 6
Full Moon Beach Yoga NEW LOCATION – August 7 – The beach in Burlington is currently closed due to high water levels and erosion, but our friends from Burlington Beach Rentals have temporarily re-located to Binbrook Conservation Area for the summer.

Wondering which City of Burlington services are available this weekend? Look no further! The civic holiday hours for City Hall, Parking services, Burlington Transit, and more are available here.

Still looking for something to do? Here are some other locations open over the weekend and holiday Monday.

Art Gallery of Burlington – visit the AGB exhibitions, and shop the Art Etc. shop

Conservation Halton  – hike, bike, climb and more – visit individual park pages for activities.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park – Camp overnight or enjoy the day use side that includes the play barn, farm yard, pool and more

Mapleview Centre and Burlington Mall – Shop til you drop (open Holiday Monday 10am -5pm)
Springridge Farm – Play in the fun farmyard, shop in the gift loft and grab a bit or take home something from the scratch bakery/cafe
Streetcar Museum – Ride the rails and check out the vintage streetcars.

Even though it’s the long weekend, our Visitor Centre at 414 Locust Street is open 8am to 6pm daily. Feel free to come in and say hello, give us a call at 877.499.9989, or visit our website. Also, remember to look out for us at the Joseph Brant Day Festival.

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