Long Weekend Fun in Burlington

Wondering what to do in Burlington this weekend? Even though it’s the August long weekend, there’s still plenty to do around the city. We’ve rounded up several ideas for you – see if you can find something new and exciting from our list of choices.

The Bard’s Bus Tour


The Driftwood Theatre Group presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Spencer Smith Park on July 31. This tour is completely accessible to everyone and admission is pay-what-you-can. Be enthralled by the imaginative storytelling of Driftwood – this is a great way to enjoy some classic theatre, all in an open-air setting.

Royal Botanical Gardens

There is so much going on at the RBG that you just might need more than a weekend to fit it all in. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find this weekend:

  • The Enchanted Garden Weekend – experience a touch of magic with gnomes, fairies, pixies and sprites. There are plenty of magical activities to keep the whole family entertained.


  • Earth Art Exhibition – running until October 13, this exhibition features art that is created using natural elements

Kids’ Ice Cream Party at Sobeys


August 2 is National Ice Cream Day and Sobeys on Brant Street is celebrating with a kids’ ice cream party from 2-3 p.m. Make sure you pre-register for the party, to reserve your spot.

Saturdays in the Street

Country music singer, Port Colborne’s Chelsea Crites, will be taking the stage at downtown Burlington’s Saturdays in the Street on August 2. Check out some close-to-home grown talent at the street party on Elgin Street from 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Pajama Night Night Lights at Crawford Lake

Just a few minutes outside of Burlington, you’ll find Crawford Lake Conservation Area. On August 2, from 7 – 9 p.m., grab your family and head over in your jammies to discover bioluminescence – nature that glows. Have fun exploring the park, learning something new, enjoying the campfire and having a snack at Pajama Night Night Lights.

Duck Tape Tour at Walmart

The Duck Tape Tour will be making a stop at the Fairview Street Walmart from 12 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 3. Check out cool designs, videos, learn how Duck Tape is made, see one-of-a-kind creations, and make your own Duck Tape craft to take home. This fun, interactive tour shows that Duck Tape isn’t just a repair tool anymore! Check out the Facebook page here.

Joseph Brant Day Festival

Joseph Brant Museum is presenting its annual Joseph Brant Day Festival at La Salle Park on the Civic Holiday Monday, August 4, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. You won’t want to miss it. Lots of free entertainment, historical displays, artisans, vendors, and special attractions.

Healthy Treats at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

Kelly’s Bake Shoppe is open this weekend, including  holiday Monday from noon – 5 p.m. This Friday, August 1, they are introducing their brand new, guaranteed-to-be-delicious Root Beer Float Cupcakes! Pop in for a yummy cupcake or Mile-High Brownie after a visit to the RBG or grab some of their dairy-, egg-, nut- and gluten-free ice cream (the best-tasting healthy ice cream around!) and head over to Saturdays in the Square. Maybe pick up some cupcakes to go, and you’re ready for the week ahead.

Donate Blood

What to do when the weekend is over? Celebrate a happy and healthy weekend by donating blood. There is always a need for blood, especially now, when the supply is so low. Make an appointment to donate at the Burlington location of Canadian Blood Services on Brant Street and you just might save a life!

Have a safe and happy long weekend, Burlington!

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

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