Bronte Creek Nature Centre
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Visitors of all ages will enjoy the displays and hands-on activities in the various rooms. Live animals, costumes and activities provide learning about the nature in Bronte Creek. For details visit brontecreek.org.
Hornblower Niagara Cruises
The famous Niagara Falls boat tour operator will cruise the Niagara Gorge this summer with the new and modernized Hornblower Niagara Incline and daytime boat tours and nighttime Falls Illumination and Falls Fireworks cruises. Visit niagaracruises.com for more information.
1 to 4 p.m.: Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington for a free drop-in open studio art workshop for children and parents. For more information visit artgalleryofburlington.com.
Second Monday of every month
Parental Leave First Timer? New Parents, Babies and New Releases
10 to 10:45 a.m.: Parental Leave First Timer? Visit Oakville Public Library’s Woodside Branch for New Parents, Babies and New Releases. If you are a parent caring for a child younger than 12 months old and want to explore books and culture with a staff librarian and other parents, bring your baby, some snacks and join in the free fun. More information at opl.on.ca.
9:30 to 11 a.m.: Children age 2 to 4 years engage in activities at Hamilton Children’s Museum. Details at Hamilton.ca/childrensmuseum.
Until October 6
Milton Farmer’s Market
Main Street becomes a pedestrian market when it’s closed to traffic to accommodate a variety of vendors Saturday mornings. Shop for fresh produce, flowers and goods made by local artisans. For details, visit www.miltonfarmersmarket.ca.
Sundays until October 7
Centro Farm Market
9 a.m. to noon: Visit the Centro Market parking lot off John Street each Sunday morning for a selection of fresh, local produce and more. Centro Market is located at 437 Brant St. Weekly market details at market.centrogarden.com.
Until October 13
The Magician’s Nephew
Various show times: Take a magical, spectacular plunge into Narnia and its very beginning in the C.S. Lewis tale adapted for the stage by Michael O’Brien at Shaw Festival. Details and tickets at shawfest.com.
Sundays until October
Sundays at Westfield
12:30 to 4 p.m.: Every Sunday and public holiday from March to the end of October you can immerse yourself in Westfield’s unique historic setting. Authentically costumed volunteers will take you back to earlier times and places through fun and educational demonstrations and activities. Visit westfieldheritage.ca for more information.
Camping at Bronte Creek
Family Camping at Bronte Creek offers 144 electric hookup campsites that can accommodate trailers and RVs up to 32 feet and tents. Yurts also available. Reservations at ontarioparks.com.
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October
Burlington Mall Lion’s Farmers’ Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays & Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays: Celebrate the 60th year of this market held in the parking lot of Burlington Mall. Shop for locally grown produce, baked goods, meats, cheese and more. For more information visit burlingtonmallfarmersmarket.com.
Celebrate Iris and Peonies
Visit RBG for bloom season and celebrate the Iris and Peony collections at Laking Garden. Enjoy tours, activities and entertainment throughout the gardens. Details at rbg.ca.
Visit RBG for bloom season and celebrate the new rose garden in Hendrie Park. Enjoy tours, activities and entertainment throughout the gardens. Details at rbg.ca.
The Hamilton & Burlington Rose Society are throwing their annual Rose Show in the RBG atrium. Stop in to visit the exhibition of cut garden roses and floral design. Details at rbg.ca.
Mondays and Wednesdays in June
Youth Coaching Nights
5:45 to 7:15: Starting June 11, enjoy special youth coaching nights at Burlington Lawn Bowling Club. Open to students ages 7 to 21. Call 905-336-0504 for details.
Tuesdays in June
Country and Roots Tuesdays
RBG goes a little bit country on Tuesdays. Get ready for hot summer nights filled with inspiring performances from home-grown Canadian talent. Grab a cold drink, enjoy some delicious barbecue and let your hair down in the beauty of Hendrie Park. Details at rbg.ca.
Wednesdays in June
Red Hot Jazz & Cool Blues
An RBG tradition continues with another stunning lineup of entertainment returning to the Hendrie Park stage. Enjoy a cold drink and barbecue and get set for some award-wining jazz and blues musicians in the lovely garden setting.
Friday June 1
Town of Oakville PA Day Camps
The Town of Oakville offers various PA Day camps at its community centres. Details and registration at Oakville.ca.
PA Day Camp – Rainforest Adventure
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Explore the rainforest at Ireland House Museum where you’ll hear stories, make crafts and race in an elephant foot relay. Register at museumsofburlington.ca.
Burlington Humane Society PA Camp Day
Learn about the relationship between pets and humans and how the Humane Society operates. Suitable for children ages 6 to 8. $65. Visit burlingtonhumane.ca for more information and registration form.
Terre Blue Official 2018 Season Opening
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm will begin its season. For details, visit terrebleu.ca.
Friday to Sunday June 1-3
Dundas International Buskerfest
Artists with incredible skills, outrageous comedy, and impeccable credentials come to Dundas. There will be roving entertainers, live DJs, a sidewalk sale, Arts & Crafts, exhibitors and street entertainment all weekend. Details at dundasbuskerfest.ca.
Saturday June 2
Downtown Milton Street Festival
12 to 11 p.m.: Downtown Milton’s family-friendly event that celebrates the community. Enjoy live entertainment, food, unique vendors, family activities and more. For more information, visit downtownmiltonstreetfestival.ca.
Pajama Night Fairy Doors – Mountsberg
7 to 9 p.m.: Grab your comfy pajamas and join in on an evening at Mountsberg where you’ll journey through an enchanted forest, searching for signs of magical friends. Create your own fairy door to take home and then gather around the fire for s’mores. For registration details, visit conservationhalton.ca.
Farm Crawl Hamilton
Get an inside look at the operations of many of Hamilton and the surrounding area’s farm. Choose which ones to visit and the order on this tour. Details and locations at farmcrawlhamilton.ca.
Imagine in the Park Children’s Arts Festival
This free children’s arts festival at Hamilton’s Gage park features local artists and authors and hands-on workshops for children ages 4-12. Shows in the bandshell. Details at imagineinthepark.com.
Saturday and Sunday June 2, 3
OPL Spring Pop-Up Book Sale
Save the date for Oakville Public Library’s Spring Pop-Up Book Sale. Details at opl.ca.
The Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek
Battlefield House Museum and Park, National Historic Site presents the annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek. Discover Canadian heritage and re-live firsthand the thrill and pageantry of the battle that was a turning point of the War of 1812. Details at battlefieldhouse.ca.
Sunday June 3
Burlington Kite Festival
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Visit Brant Hills Community Centre for Burlington’s annual Kite Festival. Build a kite or bring your own to fill the sky with colour. Free family fun, entertainment and vendors. Details at Burlington.ca.
Healthy Kids Day
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: There’s fun for the whole family at YMCA of Oakville. Details at ymcaofoakville.org.
Tuesday June 5 to June 10
Ancaster Heritage Days at Fieldcote
Bring the family to Fieldcote for Heritage Days in beautiful downtown Ancaster. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Ancaster Heritage Days
Carry on the 40-year tradition in downtown Ancaster with a parade, KidsWorld, music and more. Details at ancasterheritagedays.com.
Friday June 8
June WAHC PA Day Camp – Journeys By Lantern
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: In this camp day that combines stories of migration, work and art, kids will learn about natural dyes and try their hands at dyeing Japanese paper with common household items. In the afternoon, this paper will be used to build their own functional lantern all at Workers Arts & Heritage Centre. Register at wahc-museum.ca.
Relay for Life in Milton
6 p.m. to 12 a.m.: The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a nationwide event that brings communities together to celebrate survivors, honour those who we’ve lost, and commit to raising funds to fight cancer. Come to Country Heritage Park to participate and show your support. For more information visit www.cancer.ca.
Fieldcote 30th Anniversary Celebration
Get under the big tent on Fieldcote grounds for a barbecue, live concert and cash bar. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Friday to Sunday June 8-10
Lowville Festival 2018
This festival of all the arts for the artist in all of us includes special concerts from Sarah Harmer, Ben Heppner and more. Tickets and information at lowvillefestival.com.
The Dance Shoppe: Recital 2018
Various times: The Dance Shoppe presents the Year End Recital, which will be held at the Milton Centre for the Arts. The recital is a performance of all the children’s dance programs offered at the studio. For details visit www.thedanceshoppe.com.
Mac and Cheese Festival
Noon to 11 p.m.: Talented chefs and cooks will have more than 50 tasty creations to try at Milton Fairgrounds. Rides, live shows, cooking demonstrations, and more. Details at themacandcheesefestival.com.
Saturday June 9
Celebrating Stories presents: Andrew Larsen
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: During this presentation at Milton Public Library’s Bandura Fireside lounge, Andrew Larsen will share some of his picture books with children, and talk about the process of creating his books. Afterwards, he will lead the families in a simple bookmaking exercise. For registration and details, visit mpl.on.ca.
Bronte Historical Society Open House
1 to 4 p.m.: Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bronte Historical Society at Sovereign House. Details at brontehistoricalsociety.ca.
Saturday June 9 to 17
Sound of Music Festival
One of Burlington’s biggest and best festivals featuring a unique blend of new and emerging artists, Canadian icons of the page and fan favourites on several stages along Burlington’s beautiful waterfront and downtown. Paid and free shows. For more information visit soundofmusic.ca.
Sunday June 10
Lego Club – Lego Party
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: There ain’t no party like a Lego Club party. Celebrate the start of summer at Ireland House Museum Lego-style with plenty of fun activities. Details at museumsofburlington.ca.
Opening weekend at Wild Waterworks
Splash around and enjoy a day filled with fun in the sun at Hamilton’s Wild Waterworks. Details at wild-waterworks.com.
Monday June 11
Burlington Lawn Bowling Club Opening Night Hot Dog Social
5 p.m.: Enjoy dinner then move to the greens for some lawn bowling fun and instruction at the Burlington Lawn Bowling Club, 2275 New St. Caregiver required for kids 12 and under. Register early by calling 905-336-0504
Saturday June 16
National Garden Days Event
Willmott Neighbourhood Park will be the place to celebrate the values of gardens and gardening. Milton and District Horticultural Society will continue the efforts this year by planting a tree to denote their love of gardens, gardening and natural environment. For details visit www.miltonhortsociety.com.
Sixth Annual Fords in the Park
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Come to Country Heritage Park for all things Ford; all years are welcome. Food trucks and vendors will be onsite. For more information visit henryfordsdreams.ca.
Community Tree Planting
10 a.m. to noon: This family-friendly event will have the community planting native trees and shrubs at Oakville’s Arbourview Park. Detials at oakvillegreen.org.
Krown Rust car wash
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: For just $10 receive a hand car wash at Burlington Krown 2499 Industrial St. with a complimentary barbecue. All proceeds got to The CHildren’s Wish Foundation of Canada. Call 905-634-5574 for details.
Saturday & Sunday June 16 & 17
Springridge Farm Food Truck Festival
TBD: The Springridge Farm Food Truck Festival is sure-fire fun for all families, foodies and fathers. On Father’s Day weekend, come to the farm and experience tasty creations from more than 12 different food trucks. For more information, visit springridgefarm.com.
Sunday June 17
Bring a Picnic for Father’s Day
12:30 to 4 p.m.: Enjoy the arrival of spring at Westfield Heritage Village. Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the beautiful, picturesque setting of Westfield. Purchase sweet treats and cool drinks from the General Store. Details at westfieldheritage.ca.
Bring Dad and the whole family to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum for a day of fun and flying. Many of the Museum’s vintage aircraft will be flown throughout both days. Details at warplane.com.
Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Treat dad to an outdoor pancake breakfast on the historic grounds of Ireland House Museum. Pancakes will be made on a 1900s woodstove located inside the Ireland family home. Breakfast is $5and includes two pancakes and a drink. First come, first served. Details at museumsofburlington.ca.
National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
Celebrate this day at Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Details at haltonparks.ca.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Bring dad to the Halton County Radial Railway museum for a ride on the streetcars. Father’s admission is free with the purchase of one youth admission. For details, visit hcry.org.
Father’s Day at Wild Waterworks
Cool off and celebrate a day with dad and the whole family at Wild Waterworks. Contests and giveaways add excitement. Details at wild-waterworks.com.
Annual Secret Gardens Tour
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: This self-guided tour will inspire and delight gardeners of all ages. Tickets and details at oakvillehort.org.
Tuesday and Wednesday June 19, 20
Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance 2018
2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tuesday: Celebrate seniors’ month and the art of staying young with the Burlington Footnotes Senior Performing Troup Inc. This upbeat, fast-paced musical variety extravaganza showcases the talent of the 50+ generation. Presented at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.
Wednesday June 20 – 24
Cirque du Soleil Crystal
Cirque’s first ever on ice production comes to Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. For tickets and show times visit cirquedusoleil.com.
Friday to Sunday June 22 – 24
Oakville Family Ribfest
Save the date for this annual event at Sheridan College. Details at oakvillefamilyribfest.com.
Saturday June 23
Summer Flower Show
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: See the blooms at the Spring Flower Show. Novice to advanced entries welcomed. Held at the Milton Fairgrounds and hosted by the Milton Horticultural Society. For more information visit www.miltonhortsociety.com.
Splash around and enjoy a day filled with fun in the sun at Wild Waterworks where you can enjoy all the waterpark has to offer and some carnival games. Details at wild-waterworks.com.
Annual MDHA Strawberry Fair
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Milton Fairgrounds is the place for everything strawberries; strawberry pancakes, strawberry ice cream, strawberry shortcake and strawberry slushies all day. All proceeds will go to Milton District Hospital. For more information call 905-878-2383 ext. 7710, or visit www.haltonhealthcare.on.ca.
Saturday & Sunday June 23 & 24
100 Years of John Deere Tractors
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Country Heritage Park will hold a weekend of events to commemorate 100 years since John Deere purchased the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company. Come for displays from all eras of John Deere tractors as well as other activities. For more information visit www.countryheritagepark.com.
Sunday June 24
Hamilton Sports Card and Memorabilia Show
Head to St. Gregory’s Hall at 125 Centennial Parkway N in Hamilton for this sports card and memorabilia show. Tickets are $1 for adults, kids 12 and under are free. Call 289-527-5517 for more information.
Wednesday June 27
Family Movie Night