Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Lots left to do in Burlington before summer ends
Although it’s already halfway through August (and who can believe it?), there is still plenty to do in Burlington before the summer ends.
There are two great events running in August at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Food lovers should be sure to check out their “Edible Weekends” featuring cooking demonstrations, educational workshops, special menu items, taste-testings and more! A different taste is highlighted each weekend, with tomatoes and salsa featured August 20th and 21st, garlic highlighted August 27th and 28th and gourds showcased September 3rd to 5th. With so many flavours, this event certainly promises to be delicious!
Music lovers should also visit the RBG for Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues which takes place Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Hendrie Park. Performances run until September 7th, so you still have lots of time left to enjoy the music! Enjoy a cold drink, some barbecue and the lovely garden while listening to award-winning jazz and blues musicians. Concerts take place rain or shine.
If you’re up for something a little spookier, then Ghost Walks at Bronte Creek’s Spruce Lane Farmhouse are definitely for you. Staff members will guide you through the house and barn, providing an educational tour highlighting occurrences, beliefs and unexplained happenings. The walks take place Sunday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. and last 45 minutes. Meet at parking lot F to join the tour which is included with regular admission to the park. Although the walks are more educational than scary, they are best suited for children over seven.
Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Look no further than this weekend’s Children’s Festival! This fabulous two day event is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and promises to be filled with fantastic activities and entertainment that kids will love.
The festival kicks off Saturday August 20th at 10 a.m. with the 4th Annual Discover Sandcastles Competition at Beachway Park. There are four categories in which you can compete: child (ages 4-12), youth (ages 13-17), adult (ages 18+) and family (all ages with a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). Simply visit the event’s web page to register using RecExpress.
Love sandcastles but don’t necessarily want to compete? There is plenty for you to do too! Come and watch Master Sand Sculptor demonstrations, listen to live music, take part in fun activities, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a marketplace all on Burlington’s beautiful beach. Local children’s book author Sylvia McNicoll will be emceeing the day, so bring your books down to be signed. Also be sure to vote for your favourite sandcastle for the People’s Choice Award and stick around to watch the award ceremony at 4 p.m. to see the winners.
The fun continues on Sunday August 21st at 10 a.m. with the Children’s Festival in Spencer Smith Park. Come on down and enjoy play zones, pirate ship inflatables, a SpongeBob SquarePants meet and greet, talking parrot shows, entertainment and more! From 12:30 until 1 p.m., kids are encouraged to participate in the Promenade Parade. Come dressed as a pirate, prince or princess and join the fun! Although the day’s activities end at 4 p.m., you can come back to the park at 7 p.m. to join the Amazing Captain Corbin for a magical Pirate show followed by a 9 p.m. outdoor screening of a pirate movie. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the show!
Speaking of fabulous festivals, who can resist the deliciousness that is Canada’s Largest Ribfest? Come down to Spencer Smith Park September 2nd to 5th and sample some of the best ribs from 18 of North America’s top ribbers. Visit their website for a $3.00 off ribs coupon, valid Friday September 2nd from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ribfest isn’t only about the ribs though! You can get all sorts of food including chicken, hot dogs, pizza, corn, French fries, fried onions, doughnuts, ice cream and more! There is also fantastic musical entertainment, crafters and activities and games for kids of all ages. It is definitely not to be missed!
So shake off those end of summer blahs and go out and enjoy all that Burlington has to offer!