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.

Summer Activities

Boat with pier in background

Summertime is Burlington time. Get outdoors and take in festivals, watersports, boating, golf at our local parks and attractions.

#BurlON Sizzles

Burlington comes alive in the summer with many fabulous festivals, patios perfect for dining al fresco and lots of outdoor activities to chose from where you can enjoy the lake and escarpment.

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.

Sound of Music Festival

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, and 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.

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.

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

Food Festivals & Markets

Canada’s Largest Ribfest is truly the “Super Bowl” of ribfests, held every Labour Day weekend, featuring many “ribbers,” music, crafts, carnival rides for all ages.

The summer Taste of Burlington prix fixe program is offered for 3 weeks leading up to Labour day weekend so you can enjoy delicious local fare for a great value.

Starting in late May until Thanksgiving farmers markets and on farm markets are bursting with local produce and products across the city so be sure to visit and take home some delicious items in season.

Ribfest ribbers dressed in 70's style

What to Wear in Summer

Burlington enjoys warm, summers. June to August daytime high temperatures range from 24-27º Celsius (75-80º F). Evenings, can be cool especially by the lake, so it’s best to pack a light jacket or a sweater so you can enjoy an outdoor patio or night time stroll.

Burlington Temperatures (in Celsius)

Weather Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Maximum -2 -1 4 12 18 24 27 26 21 14 7 0
Minimum -10 -10 -4 1 6 11 14 13 9 4 0 -6
Mean -6 -5 0 6 12 17 21 20 15 9 3 -3
Friends carring kayaks to the waters edge at Burlington Beach
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