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5 Exciting Family-Friendly Events in Burlington this Summer

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Summer in Burlington, Ontario is bursting with family-friendly events that promise fun and excitement for everyone. Whether you're a local or planning a visit, here are five fantastic events you might not know about:


1. Movies Under the Stars

People enjoying outdoor movie

One of the most charming ways to spend a summer evening is at the Movies Under the Stars event. Hosted in various parks around Burlington, this free outdoor movie night happens most Thursdays in July and August. It’s a perfect opportunity to pack a picnic, bring blankets, and enjoy a family-friendly film under the open sky. Be sure to check the City of Burlington website for specific dates, locations, and movie showings. Just remember, this event is weather permitting!

2. The Enchanted Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens

Children dressed as fairies at Royal Botanical Gardens

On July 13th and 14th, the Royal Botanical Gardens transforms into a magical realm during The Enchanted Garden event. From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, young explorers can embark on a quest to find fairies nestled among the flowers, discover elf hideaways, and seek out gnomes hidden throughout the historic gardens. It's a whimsical adventure that sparks imagination and wonder!

3. Worlds of the Night Exhibition at Joseph Brant Museum

Children using interactive light exhibit

Running until August 24th, the Worlds of the Night Exhibition at Joseph Brant Museum invites visitors to delve into the mysteries of the night. Explore interactive displays that delve into topics like our biological clocks, nocturnal animals, and the fascinating phenomenon of bioluminescence. It's an educational and engaging experience that sheds light on the secrets of the nocturnal world.

4. Burlington Food Truck Festival

Person receiving food from a food truck vendor

From July 19th to 21st, Burloak Waterfront Park hosts the Burlington Food Truck Festival, a culinary extravaganza for the whole family. Enjoy a diverse selection of delicious fare from 30 food trucks offering everything from gourmet burgers to sweet treats. Admission is free, and there are plenty of children’s games and local performers to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend.

5. Royal Canadian International Circus

Acrobat flying on trapeze

Experience the thrill of the circus at the Royal Canadian International Circus, taking place from August 22nd to September 2nd at Burlington Centre. Step under the Big Top and be mesmerized by high-flying acrobatics, death-defying tricks, feats of strength, and breathtaking aerial performances. It’s a spectacle that captures the essence of traditional circus magic and promises an unforgettable family outing.


These events highlight the vibrant spirit of Burlington during the summer months, offering opportunities for families to create lasting memories together. Whether you’re exploring enchanted gardens or enjoying outdoor movies and circus spectacles, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this picturesque city by the lake. Don’t miss out on these exciting summer adventures right here in Burlington!

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