Oakville-Burlington Ontario's Festivals Listing information, listings and links

We love festivals, be it spring, summer, fall or winter. Throughout the year, over 50 different festivals and annual events are put on by various local groups. There's no better way to enjoy yourself than to take in a festival.




New Year's Day

January 1st

Celebrate the new year at Tansley Woods Community Centre. Free family event with entertainment, free swimming, open gym, and activities. For more information, call 905-335-7659, email festivalsandevents@burlington.ca or visit www.burlington.ca/newyears

Burlington Winter Carnival

Month of January -

Celebrating winter with family fun since 1967, many great activities coordinated by the Winter Carnival Committee. Something for everyone, from outdoor sports to indoor fun. For more information, call 905-335-7659, email festivalsandevents@burlington.ca or visit www.burlington.ca/events

Lowville Winter Games

End of January

Come out to Lowville Park and enjoy an afternoon of FREE family fun! Free outdoor FUN as part of the Winter Carnival. Come to Lowville Park and enjoy traditional winter outdoor activities: skating, tobogganing, entertainment, games and activities. Events run snow or shine! For more information, call 905-335-7659, email festivalsandevents@burlington.ca or visit

Oakville Heritage Day

February 18

Oakville Museum, 8 Navy Street. 905-338-4400

Maple Syrup Festival

March weekends

Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Guided tours of Maple Lane, pancake house, wagon rides, gift shop, fresh maple candy, heritage demonstrations, farm animals, Mini Maple Museum and more! $12.00 / vehicle. Call 905-827-6911.

Arbor Day

Mid April

Each year Burlington celebrates Arbor Day by planting trees at a pre-selected school, involving students, teachers, parents, city staff and local residents. Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872, where a day was set aside and over a million trees were planted. This idea quickly spread to neighbouring states and to Canada. Today we still celebrate by planting trees each spring in Burlington. (905) 335-7704.

Burlington Youth Week

End April- early May

Come celebrate youth during International Youth Week. Organizations host events for youth. Music, sports, art and much more occurs! For more information, email youthweek@burlington.ca

Spring Tyme on the Farm

Late May

See spring events from Sheep Shearing to wildflowers and seed sowing. Visit your favourite farm animals or explore a nature trail. Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Dr. 905-827-6911.

Royal Botanical Gardens' Lilac Festival

End of May

The festival features some 800 varieties of the fragrant shrubs in a multitude of colors. The Royal Botanical Gardens' three other outdoor display gardens and the RBG Centre include a restaurant and gift shop. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Arboretum's Lilac Dell, the world's largest collection of lilacs. Entertainment, food and more.
680 Plains Road West, Burlington ON. 905-527-1158

Kite Festival

Early June

Build, decorate, and fly a kite while watching some professional kite flying demos. Join us for a fun filled day of soaring discovery. For more information, call 905-335-7659, email festivalsandevents@burlington.ca or visit www.burlington.ca/kitefestival

Downtown Oakville Sidewalk Sale

Mid June

Downtown Oakville. Since 1975, this Oakville tradition brings the downtown to life as retailers use the sidewalks to offer great deals. Afterwards, sample some of the finest dining in the Greater Toronto Area. 905-844-4520

Burlington's Sound of Music Festival

Mid June

Burlington's Sound of Music Festival is a FREE four-day summer musical extravaganza that appeals to every generation. Several stages along Burlington's beautiful waterfront and downtown present a variety of entertainment for all music lovers. The Festival features several music genres including jazz, folk, pop, big band, country, blues, Latin, Celtic, and children's music. Also a Downtown Streetfest will have street-side performers and outdoor patios! Voted one of the Top 50 Festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario. For more information, visit www.soundofmusic.ca

Iris & Peony Celebration

Mid June

Sundays at
Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Road West, Burlington ON. 905-527-1158

Oakville Waterfront Festival

Late June

Coronation Park. Lakeshore Rd. W. between Third & Fourth Line. Friday 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday 9:00am - 11:00pm; Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm. All-inclusive 3-day admission $11 - $15; children 3 & under free. For 15 years, fabulous family entertainment including concerts, fireworks, craft show & sale, children's village, theme park, dog show, and much more. Free shuttles from Oakville or Bronte GO station parking lots or Sheridan College. 905-847-7975; Festival weekend hotline: 905-847-1216

Sail-a-Tall Ship

Late June

Bronte Harbour at Bronte Rd. & Ontario St. Enjoy day and evening sails, a choice of three cruises including meal and entertainment. Departing at the Bronte Harbour Pier, single and group reservations. Tickets from $55 - $85. 1-888-452-3333.

Bronte Idol Performing Arts Festival
(part of Oakville Waterfront Festival)

Late June

Admission: free .Participate in the Marathon Street Dance or the dance competition. On Saturday & Sunday, the wildly popular Bronte Idol singing competition is back. Bronte Village West. 905-825-3258

Paws In The Garden

end June

Royal Botanical Gardens - Hendrie Park Gardens. Visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens with "man's best friend" for a pawsitively great time! In addition to the gardens and trials, there'll be plenty fo fun, food and festivities for fido and the whole family.
Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Road West, Burlington. 905-527-1158

Butterfly Monitoring and Nature Walk

July 1

Meet at the Butterfly Gazebo in Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park and learn how to identify and count native butterfly species. Bronte Butterfly Foundation, 2368 Lakeshore Rd. W. 905-825-2245

Oakville Canada Day Festival & Fireworks

July 1

Free Admission. Enjoy the fireworks over the lake, after a day of family activities including an all-day street market, antique vendors, entertainers, a special evening showcase of Bronte Idol winners. Bronte Village West. 905-825-3258

Burlington Canada Day

July 1

Happy Birthday Canada! Celebrate our nation's birthday along Burlington's waterfront in Spencer Smith Park. The day kicks off with a run in the morning and the fun goes into the night with great entertainment and fireworks at 10pm. For more information, call 905-335-7659, email festivalsandevents@burlington.ca or visit www.burlington.ca/canadaday

Rose Celebration

Early July

Royal Botanical Gardens - Hendrie Park Gardens
Celebrate the beauty of The Gardens' two acres of roses in full boom, with activities for the kids, live entertainment, garden tours. 905-527-1158x252

Flamboro Downs Breeders Stakes


Flamboro Downs
Highway #5 west, between highways 6 and 8,
Parking and admission is always FREE. 905-627-3561

Movies Under the Stars

Thursdays in July and August

Free Movies Under the Stars. Bring your own chair and blanket for an outdoor movie in your community park. For more information, call 905-335-7659, email festivalsandevents@burlington.ca or visit www.burlington.ca/movies

Lake Ontario 300


The Oakville Yacht Squadron, 97 Forsythe Street, Sixteen Mile Creek.
A 300-nautical mile clockwise race around Lake Ontario, starting and finishing at Oakville Yacht Squadron. Catch the pre-race festival and party for crew, the race starts 11, and the post race celebrations on the weekend. 905-338-9379

Downtown Oakville Midnight Madness

Late July

Downtown Oakville's largest retail event of the year, drawing crowds of over 50,000 to enjoy a variety of community performers, bands and food! Live music on every block, strolling entertainments & the best buys in town. Downtown Oakville. 905-844-4520

Joseph Brant Day

Early August

The Museums of Burlington annually celebrate the rich heritage of Burlington at the annual 'Joseph Brant Day'. Bring a lawn chair to La Salle Park for fun-filled musical entertainment, demonstrations, craft vendors, a silent auction, displays, children's area, BBQ and refreshments. 905 332-9888 or 905-634-3556

Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival

Early August

Live musical performances on numerous outdoor stages with international headliners and the finest North American talent around. Cool jazz in the hot sun! Downtown Oakville 905-844-4520

Confederation Cup XXX at Flamboro Downs

Late August

The Confederation Cup, running for over 30 years is the finest day in Canadian harness racing has to offer.
Flamboro Downs
Highway #5 west, between highways 6 and 8, Parking and admission is always FREE. 905-627-3561

Dragon Boat Festival

Late August

Kelso Conservation Park from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Held since 2003, this action-packed day has 65 teams competing, raising money for charity. A wide selection of food and beverages, a beer tent and musical entertainment is provided. 905-847-7581

Burlington's Annual Children's Festival

late August

Saturday of the Children's Festival weekend - Play on Burlington's beautiful beach and enjoy a sand sculpting demonstration, workshop, music, and fun. Register to compete in the Annual Discover Sandcastles Competition for great gifts and prizes in all categories.

Sunday of the Children's Festival weekend - We're celebrating over 20 Years of the Festival that's all about kids having fun! Bouncers, face painting, swag and activities galore. For more information, call 905-335-7659, email festivalsandevents@burlington.ca or visit www.burlington.ca/childrensfest

Flamboro Downs Breeders Stakes

End Aug

Flamboro Downs
Highway #5 west, between highways 6 and 8, Parking and admission is always FREE. 905-627-3561

Canada's Largest Ribfest

Labour Day Weekend in September

Labour Day weekend at the Waterfront at Spencer Smith Park, Downtown Burlington. Ribfest features expert teams of rib cookers from Canada and across the United States who delight 190,000 visitors with their tasty dishes. A rib cooking contest allows the ribbers to compete for bragging rights while showcasing their skills and secret sauces. Also take in a great line up of music and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. Organized by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore.905 332-3513

Seniors Brown Bag Picnic

Early September

The City of Burlington's annual picnic lunch. Join us for food, entertainment, dancing and a marketplace. Please RSVP to (905)335-7600 ext. 7201 OR festivalsandevents@burlington.ca by September 1st. For more information, call 905-335-7659, email festivalsandevents@burlington.ca or visit www.burlington.ca/brownbag


Early September

Each Labour Day weekend, the "Ontario Steam & Antique Preservers Association" celebrates a century of steam engines, steam tractors, and cars and at the Milton fairgrounds. 519-740-7185.

Bronte Autumnfest

Mid September weekend

Admission: free Bronte Village West. Old fashioned farmers market complete with antique vendors, artisans, horse & wagon rides, live music, pig roast hoedown & more. 905-825-3258

Art & Craft Market

Mid September weekend

Spencer Smith Park from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Over 150 Artists and Artisans with Music, Face Painting, Balloons, and Refreshments. This fundraising event by the Burlington Art Centre has admission: Adult $4.00, Senior/Teen $3.00, Family $10.00 (max. 4 Adults), Weekend Pass $5.00. 905-632-7796.

British Car Day

Mid September

Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive
Toronto Triumph Club presents their annual British Car Day. 905-827-6911

Downtown Oakville Autumn Festival

Late September

Downtown Oakville. The annual Fall Festival in downtown Oakville celebrates the harvest in style with a corn roast, sidewalk sale, an art expose, free hayrides, live entertainment, wine tasting and much more! Fall Festival is a great day for adults and kids of all ages. 905-844-4520

Trafalgar Day

Late October

Sovereign House, 7 West River Street
From 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm celebrate Oakville's heritage. 905-825-5552

Haunted Happenings at Erchless Estate

End October

Oakville Museum, 8 Navy Street, 1 pm - 4:30 pm. Visit Oakville's Erchless Estate for a spooky weekend filled with ghosts & goblins. Kids will enjoy ghoulishly defrightful crafts and games. Admission: $5 per child, regular admission for adults.905-338-4400

Downtown Oakville Tree Lighting Ceremony

Mid November

Downtown Oakville, Towne Square
Join the merriment as downtown Oakville rings in the holiday season by officially lighting the Christmas Tree. Refreshments, carols and holiday entertainment all begin at 7:00pm in Towne Square. 905-844-4520 www.oakvilledowntown.com

Oakville Santa Claus Parade

Mid November

9:00 am The Oakville Santa Claus Parade has been delighting families, residents and visitors for over 50 years. Come early and reserve your spot on the parade route as it winds its way through downtown Oakville. 905-845-6601, ext. 3154

Christmas in Bronte Village

Late November

Kick off the Christmas season with the Bronte Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa Claus, carolers and more. Bronte Village West 905-825-3258

Christmas Magic in Downtown Oakville


Weekends of holiday shopping in downtown Oakville, with visits from Santa, traditional carolers and more, and extended holiday shopping hours until 10 p.m. 905-844-4520

Burlington Christmas Parade

1st Sunday in December

Santa Claus is coming to town! See the big guy in red, marching bands, and holiday floats as they make their way from the Burlington Mall to downtown via New Street. For more information, call 905-335-7659, email festivalsandevents@burlington.ca or visit www.burlington.ca/christmasparade

Festival of Lights

Start December - early January

Enjoy a wonderful display of holiday lights while walking along the lakeside promenade at Spencer Smith Park. This is Burlington's unofficial "welcome to winter" event! The Opening Ceremonies take place after the Christmas Parade downtown. This is a free community festival for visitors and residents of all ages. http://www.burlingtonfestivaloflights.com/

New Year's Eve Celebration

End December

Ring in the New Year! Free skate at Central Arena and an early count down and fireworks at 10pm. . For more information, call 905-335-7659, email festivalsandevents@burlington.ca or visit www.burlington.ca/newyears

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