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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or visit
Oakville Heritage Day
Oakville Museum, 8 Navy Street. 905-338-4400
Maple Syrup Festival
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Tyme on the Farm
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.
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 email@example.com or visit www.burlington.ca/kitefestival
Downtown Oakville Sidewalk Sale
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
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
Oakville Waterfront Festival
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
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
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
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.
Butterfly Monitoring and Nature Walk
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.burlington.ca/canadaday
Royal Botanical Gardens - Hendrie Park Gardens
Flamboro Downs Breeders Stakes
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 email@example.com or visit www.burlington.ca/movies
Lake Ontario 300
The Oakville Yacht Squadron, 97 Forsythe Street, Sixteen Mile Creek.
Downtown Oakville Midnight Madness
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
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
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
The Confederation Cup, running for over 30 years is the finest day in Canadian harness racing has to offer.
Dragon Boat Festival
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
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.
Flamboro Downs Breeders Stakes
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1st. For more information, call 905-335-7659, email email@example.com or visit www.burlington.ca/brownbag
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.
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
Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive
Downtown Oakville Autumn Festival
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
Sovereign House, 7 West River Street
Haunted Happenings at Erchless Estate
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
Downtown Oakville, Towne Square
Oakville Santa Claus Parade
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com or visit www.burlington.ca/newyears
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