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This Weekend in Burlington – Sept 1- 4

by Pam Belgrade

As the summer comes to a close and with the  long weekend upon us, there is still time to enjoy a staycation, daytrip or weekend getaway to Burlington!  This weekend in Burlington is the known for Canada’s Largest Ribfest but don’t forget to check out all the other events and happenings around town!

Can you smell what the ribbers are cookin’? From Friday Sept. 1 to Monday Sept. 4, head to Spencer Smith Park to enjoy Canada’s Largest Ribfest. There will be plenty of ribbers on hand serving up delicious ribs, as well as, other tasty treats and this year there will also be a vegan option, Globally Local will be serving vegan burgers and ice cream.  The fun doesn’t stop there! Enjoy daily live entertainment, family midway rides and an escape room experience from Mission Possible.  For more details, visit the website or check out our ribfest blog.

If the long weekend has you thinking picnics or BBQ’s, you will want to visit the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market to stock up on fresh local ingredients. The market is open Friday from 8am – 4pm and Saturday from 8am – 2pm.   Looking for a Sunday market? Head to downtown Burlington and visit the Centro Market from 9am-noon Sunday.  The onset of fall also is a great time to visit local farms, StoneHaven Farms offers fresh picked corn and fun activities for the kids and at Chudleigh’s you can pick your own apples and enjoy family the fun activities and play area.

Don’t miss your last opportunity to see Shakespeare at the Rock. Tottering Biped Theatre presents “The Merchant of Venice” in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Royal Botanical Gardens Rock Garden. This is a ticketed event with an optional dinner and show package. Be sure to order tickets in advance. This weekend at the Royal Botanical Gardens, in addition to the always popular blooms, and international sculpture collection there will also be special family activities, guides tours and hikes.  Visit the website for dates, times and details.

Pop across the road, from Spencer Smith Park to visit the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB).  The AGB is currently hosting several exhibitions including Can Craft? Craft Can! in collaboration with Craft Ontario.  This exhibition is part of the Canada 150 Craft Biennial and features works from seventy  Canadian makers in glass, ceramics, wood, metal and fibre.  On Sunday, bring the family and enjoy the Creative Hub Open Studio from 1-4pm.

On Friday Sept. 1st, enjoy the last family outdoor movie night at Kelso Conservation Area.  Bring your blankets, chairs, popcorn and drinks and enjoy a movie under the stars.  This week featuring “Trolls” (kids will love this one!)  Park admission applies so why not come early and enjoy some of the trails or a picnic before showtime.

Conservation Halton parks always offer lots of opportunities to get outside and connect with nature.  Explore the 15th Century Aboriginal Village at Crawford Lake, get nose to beak with the Birds of Prey at Mountsberg (Saturday Sept 2 is Vulture Awareness Day), hike, climb, cycle or paddle, just be sure to check park pages for what activities are offered. Don’t forget to sign up for the Halton Parks 150 challenge for your change to win prizes!

Looking for something to keep the kids happy and the adults? Head to Springridge Farm where children can enjoy the fun farm yard. Everyone can take a wagon ride up the escarpment to learn more about the farm and local area, then visit the scratch bakery for lunch and tarts… always tarts! Browse the gift loft for unique items for someone special (or yourself) and don’t forget to grab a jar of Canada 150 jam before it’s gone.

Bronte Creek Provincial Park day use side is a great place to spend the day.  Swim in the outdoor pool (open to Sept 4th), explore the trails, visit the play barn & farm and learn more about our heritage at the Spruce Lane Farm House.

On Sunday, Ireland House Museum is open with guided tours departing until 4pm.  Pack a picnic to enjoy on the 3 acre property and take in our local history.  Can’t make it to the museum? Watch the tour here…

If you love camping but don’t want to spend hours stuck in traffic heading north for the long weekend, be sure to check out Bronte Creek Provincial Park (camp sites & yurts), Conservation Halton Parks, or KOA Toronto West (camp sites and camping cabins).

We also thought this might come in handy …. our friends at The Block Co. showed us how to pick and grill the perfect steak.  Have a watch and be BBQ ready!

Labour Day (Monday Sept 4) what’s open & closed

Art Gallery of Burlington – Closed
Bronte Creek Provincial Park – 8am – dusk
Burlington Mall – closed
City of Burlington – visit website for what is open and closed
Conservation Halton Parks – Open 8:30am – 9pm
Mapleview Centre – closed
Ireland House Museum – closed
Royal Botanical Gardens – Open 10am -8pm
Springridge Farm – Open 9am – 5pm
Streetcar Museum – Open 10am – 5pm

Of course there are lots of great things to see and do here in Burlington.  If you need help planning your visit, stop by our visitor centre at 414 Locust St., call us at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on facebookinstagram and twitter.   We are open daily including Labour Day (Sept 4). Our fall/winter/spring hours are from 9am – 4pm.             


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