With GTA’s best conservation areas, farms, and children’s festivals you will be having a summer full of fun in the Region of Halton! There are extravagant festivals, art installations, unique markets and beautiful parks to explore in Burlington, Milton !
1. Garden Music Nights
Get ready for hot summer nights filled with inspiring performances from home-grown Canadian talent. Let your hair down in the beauty of Hendrie Park!
Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues on Wednesdays
Country and Roots on Tuesdays
Wednesdays, June 13 to September 5, 2018 | 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Tuesdays, June 26 to August 14 | 6:30 to 9 p.m. @ Royal Botanical Gardens
2. Shorts for all Sorts
See ALL of the short films over the 3 days of the festival… all at once! The Willson Oakville Film Festival is annual event that showcases and premieres the feature films, shorts and documentaries of established and award-winning auteurs, as well as the works of new and experienced local Canadian filmmakers.
Saturday, June 23 at 2:00–4:30PM @ Oakville Centre, AEG Liebherr Auditorium
3. Christmas in July
Head on over to this camping area to celebrate Christmas a little early with themed activities, pictures with Santa and a pancake breakfast.
July 13 to 15, 2018 at Toronto West KOA Campground, 9301 Second Line Nassagaweya, Campbellville
4. Kerr Village Handmade & Vintage Market
Visit outdoor markets selling a variety of jewellery, home decor, furniture, books, clothing, collectibles and much more!
Kerr Village Hand Made & Vintage Market 2018 now accepting applications through the end of April! http://www.kerr-village.ca/events/handmade-&-vintage-market/ … … #ShopLocal #Market Looking to add some new and dynamic makers to our roster this year! Our trio of markets are a huge hit and we'd love to hear from you!
July 14 & August 11, 2018 at Kerr Village, Kerr St., Oakville
5. Oakville Children’s Festival
Enjoy free entertainment, arts and culture at this festival featuring Toopy and Binoo, as well as jugglers, acrobats and various dance groups.
Sunday, July 8, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre, 2302 Bridge Rd.
6. Midnight Madness
Enjoy Oakville’s retail event of the year with great deals, food, music, entertainment and so much more!
July 13, 2018 at Towne Square, 94 George Street
7. Milton Ribfest
Check out some of the best barbecue in Canada, life-size board games, kids activities and various food and drink vendors at this delicious festival.
July 6 to 8, 2018 at Milton Fairgrounds, 136 Robert Street
8. Summer Fair & Farm Expo
Celebrate Fordson’s 101st Anniversary at this event featuring an antique tractor show, classic car show and kiddies peddle pull.
July 20 to 22, 2018 at Country Heritage Park, 8560 Tremaine Rd
9. Lavender Farm
Visit this Lavender Farm– for all those with a passion for all things lavender, skies of sunshine and fields of purple! Explore Lavender Farms of Ontario!
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, 2501 25th Sideroad, Milton
10. Healthy Park, Healthy People
Get outside and enjoy the beautiful park with your friends and family with tours, activities and programs running throughout the day.
July 20, 2018 at Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville
11. The Milton Farmers’ Market
Get “picked fresh this morning” produce and browse through artisan wares at the Milton market that is running for 40+ years!
Saturday morning from May through October @ Main Street between James Street and Martin Street, Milton
12. Guided Walking Tour
Join the Milton Historical Society on their guided walking tour. There are four guided Walking Tours of Old Milton: experience the stories of the past, history of the buildings and the lives of those who lived and worked in old Milton.
Various Dates @ Milton
13. Joseph Brant Day Festival
This festival held on Civic Day Monday features an incredible line-up of family friendly entertainment, historical displays, a food truck rally, vendors and a variety of interactive experiences.
August 6, 2018 at LaSalle Park, 50 North Shore Boulevard E, Burlington
14. TD Songs of Summer Festival
Enjoy various music genres at this festival celebrating Canadian artists. The festival will be a free two-day event from afternoon – evening. The event will have multiple stages, with over 40 performances, plus multiple interactive art zones throughout the downtown.
August 10 & 11, 2018 in Downtown Oakville, 146 Lakeshore Rd. E.
15. Burlington Children’s Festival
Take part in kids activities, games, play structures like bouncy castles, face painting and so much more at this festival celebrating children.
Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Road
16. Peace by Piece Origami Series
Get creative in Oakville and be a part of the 1000 Cranes Origami Project this summer! Fold a masterpiece or two at Peace by Piece, an outdoor origami event that invites the community to learn a Japanese tradition and get creative outdoors. Return one of your cranes at the end of the evening to be featured in our 1000 cranes installation on International Day of Peace on Friday, September 21, 2018.
Various Dates in August @ Various Oakville Park.
17. Spray Pads
Cool off at Milton Community Centre, Sunny Mount Park or any of the other splash pads around your area.
Check out the list of Milton splash pads!
18. Art Gallery of Burlington
Check out this art gallery for a deeper look at contemporary Canadian ceramic art. You can also participate in their summer programs and workshops.
19. Mount Nemo Conservation Area
Go for a hike at this scenic park or for something a little more adventurous try out rock-climbing.
20. Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Spend the weekend camping, cool off by the pool, check out the children’s farm, picnic shelters and nature centres at this provincial park.
21. Brant Street Pier
Take an evening stroll and head over to the waterfront in downtown Burlington for stunning sunset views over the lake.
22. Try it Series
Visit this farm to pick your own apples and don’t forget to check out the children’s play area and see what farm events are happening.
24. Family Fishing Derby
Participate in the family fun at Robert Edmondson Conservation Area. Bring your little ones and fishing rods for prizes, raffles and fun!
July 14th | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Robert Edmondson, #10027 First Line, Milton
25. Limehouse Conservation Area
Bring your dog for a walk, do some bird watching and explore the Bruce trail at this conservation area.
26. Fit in the Core
Get active this summer and try some of the open air fitness classes being offered at Burlington City Hall.
Sundays at Civic Square, 426 Brant Street
27. Movies Under The Stars
Have fun watching free outdoor movies with your family like The Lego Movie, Coco, The Princess Bride and more
Thursdays, July 5 to August 16, 2018 at Various Parks, Burlington
28. Music In The Park
Enjoy this musical revue celebrating our shared love for musicals; the songs that capture our hearts and minds; and the friendships that we make as part of a community theatre family.
July 6 to 8, 2018 @ The Old Armoury, 1 Park Avenue, Georgetown
29. Royal Botanical Gardens
Check out these botanical gardens for a deeper look at biodiversity programs, music and art exhibitions as well as bloom celebrations.
30. Leathertown Festival
The Leathertown Festival features a wide variety of street vendors including some of the region’s best in crafts, food, arts, and exhibitors. Featuring the Juno Award winning entertainment duo Sharon & Bram!
Sunday August 12, 2018 11am – 5pm @ 45 Mill Street East, Acton,
31. Food Trucks & Friends
Check out this food truck event with kid’s activities and crafts, sports, a variety of food and dessert.
Thursdays, 5-8pm, May 24 – August 30, 2018 at St. Georges Church, 4691 Palladium Way, Burlington
32. Rattlesnake Point
Head on over to this beautiful park to see thousand year old cedars, camp under the stars, practice yoga and even rock climb!
33. Play tennis in Oakville
Oakville has over 60 tennis courts around the town, why not check some of them out this summer and have a family tennis tournament.
34. Kelso Conservation Area
Try out some new sports like mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming or for something a little more relaxing, watch movies under the stars.
35. Mattamy National Cycling Centre
Try out cycling, a great fitness activity for the whole family. There are various programs that the centre offers including drop-in programs as well as a variety of other fitness, sports and running programs. OR go and cheer the athletes vying for the top spot!
36. Springridge Farm
Check out this fun farm and pick your own strawberries or pick up a ready basket. This farm also offers a petting zoo, escarpment lookout, antique tractors and so much more!
37. Downtown Milton Classic Car Show
Take a walk through Downtown and explore 150 classic cars that lines the streets of Downtown Milton. There will be live music, extended patios, shopping and prizes!
Friday, July 20th from 6 pm to 10 pm @ 251 Main Street East , Milton
38. Fallbrook Trail Ranch
Try horseback riding at this ranch which offers various summer camps. You can also host a birthday party here so you can ride horses with your friends!
39. Burlington Food Truck Festival
40 Food Trucks will be serving up some of the best food from the country, this is a festival you won’t want to miss! Show some of your Burlington love by bringing your friends and family.
July 20 to 22, 2018 @ Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Road., Burlington
40. Valleyridge Park
Visit this imaginative playground and splash pad for an afternoon full of family fun.
41. Escarpment Outdoor Adventures
Check out this adventure area for a day full of climbing, caving rappelling and sports climbing. They offer various programs all around the city so you can find something that works for you.
42. Coronation Park
Have a family picnic at this park which features designated picnic and shelter areas, complete with picnic tables and barbecue pits.
43. Rotary Park Outdoor Pool
Spend the afternoon cooling off at this outdoor pool in Milton with four lanes, a lap pool and water spray features.
44. Hilton Falls Conservation Area
Visit the famous falls, try out some fun activities at this conservation area including mountain biking, bird watching, geocaching, fishing and hiking.
45. Beach day
With Lake Ontario and various small lakes only from your backyard, a trip to the beach is as easy as packing that beach towel and rounding up kids into the car! Have a beach day!
46. Willow Park Ecology Centre
Have a fun, summer afternoon at this lovely 5-acre biodiverse nature park in Norval! On July 14, 2018, join for the park’s 20th anniversary celebration!
47. Summer Outdoor Yoga Series
Journey to the woods for a summer outdoor yoga series at Terra Cotta Conservation Area hosted by Humans in Nature. These classical hatha yoga programs are offered in the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment over 4 program dates. Programs will include guidance through yoga postures as well as breath awareness and is suitable for all skill levels.
48. Stay in Cabins at KOA
Bring the whole family and spend the weekend in cabins at this campground facility. They offer great outdoor activities including weekend recreation programs.
49. Crawford Lake Conservation Area
50. Hutchinson Farm
Check out this farm for local, fresh fruit. You can even pick your own strawberries and raspberries in July.
51. Mountsberg Raptor Centre
Visit the Mountsberg Raptor Centre, and walk along the Wildlife Walkway for a visit and get to know resident raptors, like Pip the American Kestrel, or Chomper the Great Horned Owl.
52. Canada’s Largest Rib Fest
Say goodbye to summer after a day at Canada’s Largest Rib Fest! With lots of entertainment, live music, vendors, kids’ activities, Burlington Ribfest is an event the entire family can enjoy!
Labour day weekend @ Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Rd Burlington