50+ Things to do in and around Burlington this Summer

There is no shortage of fun happening in and around Burlington this summer. If you’re staying close to home this summer, be sure to check out Burlington Lifestyle’s list below – we’ve got family-friendly and adults-only events, some are free and some not. Whatever the case, you’re sure to find more than enough fun to fill your summer!

  1. Load up on fresh, local and delicious food at the Burlington and Waterdown farmers’ markets: www.burlingtonmallfarmersmarket.com, Centro Garden Farmer’s Market and www.waterdownfarmersmarket.ca.
  2. There are lots of fun outdoor activities at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, including a huge outdoor swimming pool, whether you want to spend the day, or camp overnight in the Provincial Park.
  3. Take a leisurely stroll on the beautiful Brant Street Pier, located on Burlington’s waterfront at the end of Brant Street.
  4. Discover some delicious new restaurants at the summer Taste of Burlington.
  5. Take a cooking classes at Sobeys Extra Burlington and wow your family with some fresh summer meals.
  6. Get to know your neighbours by sharing a cold drink on your front porch.
  7. Take in a family-friendly movie at Movies Under the Stars for an experience you won’t soon forget.
  8. There’s a party happening in the streets of downtown Burlington this summer, with Saturdays in the Street.
  9. Get fit for free on Sundays at Civic Square in downtown Burlington with Fit in the Core.
  10. Escape the heat and take in some culture with some great events at Joseph Brant Museum.
  11. Visit some beautiful gardens in the Aldershot area at the Burlington Garden Tour, which supports Burlington’s Carpenter Hospice.
  12. Take in some history at the Ireland House at Oakridge Farm, with guided tours and demonstrations, and programs and special events.
  13. Sign up to run the 5k or 10k Eaton Downtown Dash on July 17.
  14. There’s lots of fun (and shopping!) in downtown Burlington at the Red Bag Event on July 18.
  15. Burlington’s inaugural Beer Festival is happening at Spencer Smith Park on July 18-20. Craft beer at its finest along with delicious food from local restaurants – this event is a must-visit!
  16. Not the beer type? Check out Monarch Tea Co. and the wonderful flavour combinations they offer.
  17. Cater to your artistic side – Flounder Fest is happening at the Burlington Student Theatre Centre on July 18 & 19. Check out some local acting talent!
  18. Discover the Halton County Radial Railway, just a few minutes away in Milton.
  19. Celebrate Canada Day at Spencer Smith Park with loads of fun activities and entertainment, and cap off the night with a spectacular fireworks display!
  20. Start Canada Day off right by running the Green Germann Sakran Canada 5K in support of Halton Learning Foundation.
  21. The fabulous Children’s Festival is back in town at Burlington’s fantastic waterfront, on August 16 & 17.
  22. Experience music and art and so much more in the gardens of the Royal Botanical Gardens this summer.
  23. Let the boys of summer entertain you at a Burlington Bandits baseball game.
  24. Cheer on the Burlington Stampeders minor football team on the gridiron at Nelson.
  25. Hike the Bruce Trail and enjoy stunning views of Burlington from the escarpment.
  26. The 3rd annual Marques D’Elegance is taking place form August 22-24. Experience the elegance at Paletta Mansion.
  27. Experience history at the Carlisle Country Craft and Old-Fashioned Market Mercantile on August 23 & 24.
  28. Escape the heat and cool off at a Burlington Public Library location near you.
  29. Cheer on your favourite team with ongoing World Cup soccer action.
  30. Visit the shops and restaurants in Burlington’s lovely Village Square. Experience a little history and culture on its cobblestone paths.
  31. Pick your own berries or find some already picked at Hutchinson Farm, Uncle Scott’s Farm or Stonehaven Farm.
  32. There’s so much to see and do and taste at Springridge Farm – for all ages!
  33. Burlington’s Waterfront is a wonderful mixture of nature, culture and beauty. Take a walk along Lake Ontario and perhaps finish with a meal on one of the many downtown patios, or grab some ice cream to take with you on your walk!
  34. Cool off in one of many splash pads or wading pools.
  35. Whether indoors or out, there are plenty of swimming pools to cool off in around Burlington.
  36. The Conservation Areas around Burlington are part of what makes our city such a great place to live. Be sure to explore one of the many beautiful parks this summer. You don’t have to go far to feel like you have!
  37. Brush up on your public speaking skills at one of many Toastmasters meetings this summer.
  38. Live and Play with the City of Burlington – get out and play in Burlington and have a chance to win prizes.
  39. Explore the grounds of Paletta Mansion on Lakeshore Road. Beautiful scenery, a delightful nature walk and a taste of history.
  40. Discover Burlington’s first outdoor dance event at A Magical Evening of Dance, presented by KooGle Theatre Company at the Central Park bandshell.
  41. Pack a picnic and head over to Lowville Park for some free outdoor fun. Try your hand at catching some crayfish!
  42. Grab some bags and gloves and spend an hour picking up litter in a local park or path area. Celebrate with a yummy cold treat when you’re done!
  43. Adopt a furry family member at the Burlington Humane Society.
  44. Pamperfest is coming to Burlington on July 10! Celebrate entrepreneurs in 1920s style in an atmosphere of decadence and style.
  45. Visit The Angel Project to find out how you can make a difference to someone who may have been forgotten.
  46. Need a (very last minute) teachers’ gift? Check out glamjulz, where you can buy a lovely bracelet and support Halton Food for Thought at the same time!
  47. Experience creativity at the newly-renamed Art Gallery of Burlington.
  48. Explore what’s happening at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.
  49. Looking to make a difference across the world? Support Home of Grace Care Centre in Kenya, to give orphans a chance at a better future.
  50. Save a life by donating blood – there’s a permanent location here in Burlington on Brant Street.
  51. Curb Your Appetite with Food Truck Wednesdays at the Cumis Group, in support of Food for Life.
  52. Grab your clubs and visit some local golf courses.
  53. Lend your support to Habitat for Humanity Halton – there are many great ways to volunteer!
  54. One of our family favourites – stop by one of the parks on Lakeshore, climb down to the shore, and spend some time throwing rocks in the lake and seeing who can find the best skipping stone.

Got anything to add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author Teresa Baerg

Teresa Baerg is a writer, editor and self-confessed word-nerd who loves telling a good story. She is proud to call Burlington home for over a decade. She is passionate about her family, sunshine and palm trees, growing veggies, running and cycling, good books, good food and good coffee. And football. Twitter: @teresabaerg Instagram: @teresabaerg Website: teresakbaerg.com