pic via flickr

Burlington's Sound of Music Festival 2013

pic via Flick – Walk off the Earth 2012

With Father's Day just around the corner, that can only mean one thing – Burlington's Sound of Music Festival is back!

Canada's Largest Free Music Festival

Billed as Canada's largest free music festival, the Sound of Music Festival, presented by Tim Hortons, has been entertaining Burlington, Ontario residents and visitors for 34 years. This award-winning festival is consistently recognized as one of the top 100 festivals in Ontario.

With 90 acts on more than 10 stages, there is a genre for everyone, no matter what your age or taste in music. Visitors come from all over Canada and the U.S. and more than 800 volunteers help everything run smoothly.

There are lots of great reasons why you should check out Burlington's Sound of Music Festival this June 13-16:


With a mix of new artists, fan favourites and Canadian icons, the festival boasts a great line-up of high calibre music, including:

Remember Last Year? Walk Off The Earth – Somebody That I Used To Know

Grande Festival Parade

A highlight of the festival weekend is the parade, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15. The parade winds its way from Central Park over to Lakeshore and Maple Avenue and is made up of more than 25 marching bands, including Burlington's own Teen Tour Band and the Junior Redcoats, performers, floats and the festival's mascot, Treble Clef.

Sweet Seats

Seating is free at all events. Sweet Seats are for sale for those who would like premium seating and hospitality services at Festival Stage Shows, with all proceeds going to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation.

More than music

Most shows take place at Spencer Smith Park and at Burlington's Waterfront, but there is lots of action happening in the downtown core as well. You'll find a Carnival with rides, and the popular Streetfest, with performance pods, buskers and vendors in the craft, merchandise and food marketplace. Make sure to visit the Family Zone, located by the Gazebo at Burlington's Waterfront, where you'll find tons of fun family activities for kids aged 10 and under.

“Simply Green”

Burlington's Sound of Music Festival is proud of their Simply Green environmental program. Guests are encouraged to sort their litter into either a compost, recycling, or litter barrel. There are bike corrals on-site, shuttles to and from the festival, and water bottle stations so you can refill your reusable water bottle.

You don't want to miss this year's Sound of Music Festival. And why not take your dad? I'm sure he'd much rather have fantastic concert tickets than yet another tacky tie!

What's the best band you've seen over the years at Burlington's Sound of Music Festival? Let us know in the comment section.


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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