Summer Activities

Boat with pier in background

Summer in Burlington has no limits! So, enjoy the warm temperatures and spend the day outside.

Summer Sizzles in Burlington!

Coming to Burlington this summer? We have so much in store for you!

Enjoy the great outdoors with us. You can relax on our beautiful beach and do absolutely nothing, or walk or cycle the waterfront trail. This trail is off the road and spans 3.5km from the Brant St. Pier to the Burlington Lift Bridge.  Want to go longer?  Continue on the waterfront trail over the lift bridge, and explore our neighbouring city, Hamilton.

Burlington comes alive in the summer with many fabulous festivals, patios perfect for dining al fresco and lots of outdoor activities to choose from between the lake and escarpment.


The waterfront and downtown come to life with the annual Sound of Music Festival, Canada’s largest free music festival that kicks off our summer during the week leading up to Father’s Day in June. Enjoy an invigorating mix of acclaimed Canadian and international performers.  You can also catch emerging performers on bistro patios and our waterfront stages.  You can stroll the downtown streets, lakeside boardwalk or Waterfront Trail taking in the various performances.  In recent years the festival has been kicked off by a single paid night featuring high-profile acts such as The Cult, The Offspring, Three Days Grace, Tim Hicks, The Beaches, Bush and many more.

Canada Day celebrations on July 1 include music and a spectacular waterfront fireworks display.  And for kids of all ages, check out the Children’s Festival in August.

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

More Festivals, Markets, and Local Flavors

Canada’s Largest Ribfest is truly the “Super Bowl” of Ribfests, held every Labour Day weekend, featuring many “ribbers,” music, crafts, and carnival rides for all ages. Canada’s Largest Ribfest has been also been home to some of today’s hottest touring acts.

The food truck festival is another time of year when you can find delicious treats in Spencer Smith Park.  This festival sees over 30 food trucks in the park providing a truly diverse collection of flavours and choices.

Ribfest ribbers dressed in 70's style

Starting in late May until Thanksgiving, farmers’ markets and on-farm markets across the city are bursting with local produce so be sure to visit and take home some delicious treats. The Centro Farm Market is open Sundays from 9 am to 11 am in Downtown Burlington.

Wednesdays from 8 am to 2 pm, Fridays from 8 am to 3 pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm, the Burlington Centre Farmers’ Market can be found with fresh fruit and veggies, baked goods, and more in the south parking lot of the Burlington Centre.

If you are looking for a great market on the west side of the city, the Aldershot Village Community Market pops up every other Tuesday from 3 pm to 7 pm at White Oaks Plaza.

Friends carring kayaks to the waters edge at Burlington Beach