Note that Ontario is currently in the process of re-opening and there are rules and restrictions on capacity and some places require advance reservations. It’s best to call ahead or check websites before visiting to confirm. For more information on health recommendations for the Burlington area visit Halton Region Public Health and/or view and subscribe to the Health and Safety Notices page on the City website.

Events

Ribfest entrance with people walking down into park

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.

 

Ribfest entrance with people walking down into park

NOTE: This information reflects activities and events offered in Burlington prior to COVID-19 and are meant to inspire you to visit when it is safe to do so. With changes happening rapidly we recommend that you contact businesses directly to make sure services are open to the public and what restrictions are in place.

Taste of Burlington Fall Prix-Fixe Program

It’s back! From October 4-24 enjoy great menus at 30 of Burlington’s best restaurants & eateries. More info can be found here!

A Winter Wonderland

When the snow falls, Burlington is a winter wonderland of events:  Museums host holiday activities, Santa drops into the Christmas Parade, and the downtown and waterfront is a blaze with the Festival of Lights. The cold weather doesn’t deter participants in the Santa 5K run, Robbie Burns Run, Chilly Half Marathon and the internationally recognized Around the Bay Road Race.  Our winter A Taste of Burlington gets you out of hibernation by offering prix fixe dining at numerous restaurants in late February and into March.

Night shot of Santas cabin at RBG

Spring is in the air

The first signs of spring appear in our parks and conservation areas, which host 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 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.

family with maple syrup bucket

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 up to and including 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.

Crowd enjoying busker at Canada Day with pier in background

Fall Harvest Fests

Fall 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. Also in October, enjoy prix-fixe dining during the Taste of Burlington at restaurants across Burlington.

 

Ladies giving out apples at Ireland House

Sound of Music Festival

The annual Sound of Music hosts free music on multiple stages throughout the downtown core and along the waterfront – a can’t miss event!

Performer standing up above the crowd at Sound of Music festival with fans taking pictures

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