10 FREE Summer Activities for Families in Burlington

FREE Burlington Summer Activities

Burlington is a city chock full of things to do all year round! It’s why we continually rank on the list of top cities in Canada, and it’s why people from all over the world make their way here at different times of the year to enjoy some of the incredible events we have to offer.

So it’s no surprise that the line up for summer 2019 is already heating up with entertainment for all ages! In fact, there are so many free events happening this year between May and September, it’s hard to pick our favourites. However, with a lot of tough choices, we’ve managed to pull together our Top Ten list of free summer activities for the whole family.

1. Downtown Streetfest – June 14, 2019

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As part of the Sound of Music Festival, the Downtown Streetfest lights up Burlington’s Downtown core for a few evenings of dancing, shopping, and excitement. Free and fun for the whole family, Streetfest kicks off at 3:30 in the afternoon on Friday, June 14 and keeps grooving until Sunday, June 16 at 6 PM. Artists like Gavin McLeod, Blind Mule, The Luttrells, Milky Whites & The Bluesmen, and many more will keep you moving whether you’re window shopping or relaxing on a patio.

2. The Silver Series – June 14, 2019

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Before we leave the Sound of Music Festival, we have to mention the Silver Series! Running on the afternoon of Friday, June 14, from 1-4 PM this free concert at TD Stage is always amazing. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab the kids, grandparents, and a few lawn chairs for an afternoon of dancing to the oldies! If you’re looking to get a place in the shade, there is a premium option available. However, it’s not required to come out and take in the show.

3. Canada Day – July 1, 2019

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There is possibly no better place to celebrate Canada Day than at Spencer Smith Park in Burlington. The festivities kick off at 2 PM and keep on until 10 in the evening. There will be live shows and entertainment all the way through. Not to mention face painting and an inflatable playground. It’s perfect for the kids, but with enough food and festivities to make it a day for the whole family. Of course, it all wraps up with a firework show that will dazzle the imagination. The perfect way to end the day for tired little children and inspire colourful dreams

4. 5th Annual Burlington Downtown Car Show – July 6, 2019

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Vintage vehicles, muscle cars, boulevard cruisers, sports cars, tuners, and exotics, all on display. This free event in support of the Burlington Lions Club features live music, sidewalk sales, local merchants and automotive vendors. It’s all the cars you dreamed of owning as a child and the ones your kids are dreaming about now, all in one place. The event runs along Brant Street, from Caroline Street to Lakeshore Road. It’s a perfect way to inspire the next generation of automotive enthusiasts.

5. Healthy Parks Healthy People – July 19, 2019

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One day a year, all provincial parks in Ontario open up for free use to the public. Luckily for us, we have the incredible Bronte Creek provincial park right smack along the dividing line of Oakville and Burlington. The day will be loaded with tours, hiking, and special activities for the whole family running from 8 AM to 10 PM. However, with limited parking, this is one event where canoeing to the park is not only possible, it’s recommended! Entrance at 1219 Burloak Drive, unless you’re coming in via the creek.

6. One Burlington: Celebrating Faith and Culture – August 5, 2019

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A great way to experience the incredible diversity in our city is to take the kids to the One Burlington festival. Now three years running, this event brings together faith groups from all over Burlington in a celebration of culture. Try traditional foods, learn about different religions, and enjoy some incredible live performances from the Bandshell. Our city has evolved into a truly cosmopolitan place, and festivals like this bring it all together for everyone to enjoy. It all takes place at Central Park Bandshell, 2299 New Street Burlington on the August Civic holiday, Monday, August 5, from 12 to 4 PM.

7. Butter Tart Festival – August 17

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You know you’ve arrived as a city when you get a Butter Tart Festival! And this year, Burlington celebrates it’s first ever along the waterfront at Spencer Smith Park. Of course, the best way to get to a Butter Tart Festival is to run so you can leave lots of room in daily caloric allowance to really enjoy those Tarts. To this end, there is both a 5K and a 1K race that end up right at the festival with plenty of time to enjoy as many Butter Tarts as you like. The Butter Tart Festival runs Saturday, August 17, from 9 AM to 3 PM.

For Run Details visit: http://www.vrpro.ca/events/Butter_Tart_Festival_Races.html

For Event Details as they become available: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/burlington-butter-tart-festival-tickets-61261636203

8. Children’s Festival – August 18

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Much as every child talks about what they want to be when they grow up, I think we can all agree, there is something magical about being a kid. The City of Burlington’s annual Children’s Festival thinks so too! Happening on Sunday, August 18 from 11 AM to 5 PM, at Spencer Smith Park (yes the day after the Butter Tart Festival), the Children’s Festival is full of excitement for kids of any age. Live entertainment, play zones, and crafts for the whole family. Not to mention an electrifying kid’s market place. Everyone is going to need a nap after this!

9. Family Appreciation Day

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If you have children, you more than likely know the PAW Patrol. Family Appreciation Day, at Bay Gardens, is the place for your little ones to meet their favourite PAW Patrol team members, live in the fur! There will also be bouncy castles, face painting, and balloon animals galore. Running from 11 AM to 2 PM on Sunday, August 25 at Bay Gardens Burlington, 1010 Botanical Drive,  and across the road at Bayview Cemetery, 740 Spring Gardens Rd.

10. Ribfest Burlington

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Only the biggest Ribfest in Canada, happening along the waterfront in our very own Spencer Smith park! This event put on by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore, has evolved since it’s inception 1996 into one of the mainstays on Festivals and Events Ontario’s Top 100 list. Running the entire Labour Day Weekend, from Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2, this 22-year-old festival has something for everybody. Live music, arts, vendors, and children’s area. Oh and a lot of Ribs! Keep an eye on the website as they announce the musical acts throughout the summer.