1 to 4 p.m.: Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington for a free drop-in open studio art workshop for families. Visit artgalleryofburlington.com.
10 to 11:30 a.m.: Explore the environment through adult-facilitated and child-directed activities by engaging in this themed drop-in program that includes story time, songs, discovery and creation centres at Hamilton Children’s Museum. Call 905-546-4848.
Sundays May – October
Centro Farmers’ 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. Details at centrogarden.com.
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October 26
Burlington Centre Lion’s Farmers’ Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays & Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays: Held in the parking lot of Burlington Centre, shop for local produce. Visit burlingtonmallmarmersmarket.com.
Saturdays Until October 12
Milton Farmers’ Market
7 a.m. to 12 noon: Milton’s Main Street is closed to traffic to create a pedestrian mall Saturday mornings for the farmers’ market. For more information visit miltonfarmersmarket.ca.
Tuesday to Friday until Aug. 30
Gore Park Summer Promenade
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: This is a free lunch time festival featuring live music from noon to 2 p.m., large scale games, a few food trucks, and more. Details at downtownhamilton.org.
Saturdays until November
Civitan Club of Oakville Farmer’s Market
8 am to 2 p.m.: Dorval Crossing East plays host to this farmer’s market in support of community charities. Visit oakvillecivitan.ca.
Lake Notes Music Series
7 p.m.: Come down to Bronte Heritage Park every Thursday this summer to enjoy live music. For more information, visit www.oakville.ca.
Wild Waterworks at Confederation Beach Park in Hamilton offers waterpark fun for all ages. Hours, tickets and details at wild-waterworks.com.
Fridays until August
Songs of Summer Series
Dance around in Downtown Oakville every Friday this summer as new musical acts take to the streets every week. oakvilledowntown.com.
Sundays in August
Music at Fieldcote
7 to 9 p.m.: Enjoy a musical performance every Sunday evening in August at the band shell of Fieldcote Museum. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Wednesday to Sunday August 21 – 25
Great Bowls of Fire
The Burlington Lawn Bowling Club hosts the 2019 Bowls Canada Boulegrin Championships. Spectators welcome. burlingtonlbc.org.
Friday August 23
The ARTisan Market at Hamilton Children’s Museum
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Visit Hamilton Children’s Museum where you’ll become an artisan for the day, creating and selling special art pieces at the museum market. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Movies in the Forest
8:30 to 11 p.m.: Visit Forrester Park for an evening of movies and fun. Visit oakville.ca.
Friday to Sunday August 23 – 25
Winona Peach Festival
Make the Winona Peach Festival your family tradition by visiting for entertainment, arts and crafts, food, fish pond and of course, peaches. Details at winonapeach.com.
Saturday August 24
Pass Holder Appreciation Day
Ontario Parks Vehicle Permit Pass holders can pile into Bronte Creek Provincial Park for a day of programs, meet-ups and special services. Visit ontarioparks.com.
Sunday August 25
Try-It Series – Rock Climbing
9 a.m. to noon & 1 to 4 p.m.: This half-day rock climbing course at Rattlesnake Point is designed for those who have never tried rock climbing before. Ages 6 and up. Pre-registration is required at conservationhalton.ca.
Photography Workshop Series – Vistas and Landscapes
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Designed for beginners and hobbyists alike, learn what makes a great photo during this photography series at Rattlesnake Point. Details, including required equipment, at conservationhalton.ca.
Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days and Hamilton Mini Maker Faire
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution during a free guided tour of the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. Visit Hamilton.ca.
Tuesday August 27
Terrific Tuesday – Kid Karaoke
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Sing your heart out using a real microphone at Hamilton Children’s Museum. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Tuesday & Wednesday August 27, 28
Tots and Pots
9:30 to 11 a.m.: Kids will plant seeds, decorate containers and make crafts at the Oakville Museum’s fun introduction to gardening. Call 905-338-4400.
Wednesday August 28
Textile Maker Space at Hamilton Children’s Museum
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Get your creative juices flowing at Hamilton Children’s Museum’s mini makerspace. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Friday August 30
Try Synchro For Free
2 to 3 p.m.: Meet the Burlington Synchro coaches and try a free class at Burlington’s Centennial Pool. Details at burlingtonsynchro.com.
Friday August 30 to Monday September 2
Canada’s Largest Ribfest
This annual event put on by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore features expert ribbers from across North America. Live entertainment and kid zone offers fun for all ages. Find more details at canadaslargestribfest.com.
August 30 to September 2
The annual Labour Day Weekend exhibition is presented by the Ontario Steam & Antique Preservers Association and features collections of equipment, models, cars and trucks, along with crafts, entertainment and vendors at a new location this year, Hume’s Auction Farm at 9313 Fourth Line, Milton. For more information visit steam-era.com.
Summertime in Downtown Oakville
Thursdays to Sundays: Take part in active, artistic and unique family-friendly activities in Downtown Oakville. oakvilledowntown.com.
Outdoor swimming at Bronte Creek Provincial Park
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (weather permitting): Splash around in Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s 1.8 acre outdoor pool. Visit OntarioParks.com.
Until September 1
Beauty and the Beast
Linus Hand Productions presents Disney’s “Beauty and Beast” at the Greg Frewin Theatre in Niagara Falls. Tickets and show times at niagaragallstourism.com.
Labour Day Weekend August 30 to September 2
Canada’s Largest Ribfest
This annual event features expert ribbers from across North America. Live entertainment and kid zone offers fun for all ages. Find more details at canadaslargestribfest.com.
August 30 to September 2
The annual Labour Day Weekend exhibition features collections of equipment, models, cars and trucks, along with crafts, entertainment and vendors at Hume’s Auction Farm at 9313 Fourth Line, Milton. Visit steam-era.com.
Sundays in September
Historical Society Walking Tour
2 p.m.: See Milton as never before on a guided walking tour of Old Milton with the Milton Historical Society. For more information, visit miltonhistoricalsociety.ca.
Sunday September 5
Community Supper at Grace Church
5 to 6:30 p.m.: Join Grace Anglican Church in Milton for a home-cooked meal and fellowship on the first Thursday of every month. All welcome. Free, donations accepted. Details at gracechurchmilton.com.
7 to 9:30 p.m.: Explore the night sky with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada at Rattlesnake Point. Cost and registration details at conservationhalton.ca.
Friday to Sunday September 6-8
Experience three days of culture and excitement at this free, outdoor music festival in Kerr Village. Music. Visit www.kerrfest.ca.
Saturday September 7
Raptors in Focus
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Get lens to beak with the raptors at Mountsberg during these monthly photo opportunities. Details at conservationhalton.ca.
Vulture Awareness Day
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Celebrate the vulture at Mountsberg Raptor Centre. Details at conservationhalton.ca.
Halton Forest Festival
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Experience some of Rattlesnake Point’s fun activities and presentations while gaining knowledge and resources to enjoy and conserve local forests. Details at conservationhalton.ca.
9 a.m. to noon: Walk in Canada’s only nationwide fundraiser to support Canadians with Parkinson’s. Walk begins at 36 Upper Middle Rd. East. Register at superwalk.ca or call 1-800-565-3000.
Sunday September 8
Lego Club – Back to School with Harry Potter
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Enter the world of witchcraft and wizardry at Ireland House Museum where you’ll create your own sorting hat and find out which house you belong to. $10 per child. Pre-register at museumsofburlington.ca.
6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: A one-day road cycling event along the fall roads of the Niagara escarpment including 180 km to 50 km routes. The event starts and finishes at Kelso Conservation Area. For more information, visit epictour.ca.
Burlington 2019 Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope
8:30 a.m. to noon: The largest and most powerful event of its kind in the country takes place at Spencer Smith Park. Register at ovariancancerwalkofhope.ca.
Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution at Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Thursday September 12
Toddler Days – Outer Space
10:30 a.m. to noon: You’ll go to infinity and beyond at Ireland House Museum where you’ll learn about how the Earth rotates around the sun, go on a space adventure, have an astronaut snack and make cool moon sand. Details at museumsofburlington.ca.
Thursday to Sunday Sept. 12 – 15
Head to Hamilton’s James Street North for this annual event featuring music, arts and more. Details at supercrawl.ca.
OPL Fall Book Sale
Save the date for the Oakville Public Library’s fall pop-up book sale. For more information call 905-815-2042 or visit www.opl.on.ca
Friday September 13
Home School Program – Map Masters
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Explore the history and importance of maps at Ireland House Museum. Learn how to use cardinal directions, a key and a scale and create your own map. $5 per student. Pre-register at museumsofburlington.ca.
Friday to Sunday Sept. 13 – 15
2019 TD Brantford International Jazz Festival
Held in Brantford’s Harmony Square, this annual event offers free and ticketed concerts. Details at brantfordjazzfestival.com.
Saturday September 14
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Join a certified forest and nature therapy guide at Hilton Falls where you’ll immerse yourself in the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku or forest bathing. Details at conservationhalton.ca.
Burlington MADE Second Saturdays Handmade Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: This monthly pop up market features talented modern handmade and eco-friendly businesses in Village Square, downtown Burlington. Details at burlingtonmade.com.
Burlington Food Tours
2 to 5 p.m.: Head to downtown Burlington to explore the city’s unique local restaurants and historical buildings with four to six stops where you’ll meet chefs and taste food. Details at burlingtonfoodtours.info.
Sunday September 15
Annual British Car Day
8 a.m.: The Toronto Triumph Club is presenting the annual car show at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. For more details, visit ontarioparks.com.
Applefest Fall Fair
11 to 4 p.m.: Applefest Fall Fair celebrates autumn with activities for the young and young at heart. Experience the traditions of the harvest season at Ireland House Museum in Burlington. More information at museumsofburlington.ca.
Terry Fox Run Burlington
8 a.m.: Meet in front of the Waterfront Hotel for this annual run in support of cancer research. Route is stroller, rollerblade and wheelchair accessible as well as dog friendly. Choose from 1, 5 and 10k routes. Details and registration at terryfox.ca.
Terry Fox Run Milton
8:30 a.m.: Join in the annual Terry Fox Run, beginning at E.C. Drury High School. There are 5 km and 10 km routes available. For more information, visit terryfox.org.
Terry Fox Run Oakville
9 a.m.: Everyone is welcome to participate in the Terry Fox Run. Raise funds online, use a pledge sheet or make a donation at the Run site, Coronation Park. Visit www.terryfox.org.
Turtle Island Festival
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Feel the drumbeat as the longhouse village at Crawford Lake comes to life during this celebration of First Nations’ history and culture. Details at conservationhalton.ca.
Sunday September 15 & Saturday, Sunday September 21, 22
Telling Tales Festival
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15; 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22: This annual festival is dedicated to and celebrates literature. The main event happens Sunday, Sept. 15 at Westfield Heritage Village. The Saturday, Sept. 21 event at Hamilton Public Library-Central Brach celebrates graphic novels and nature tales are celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Royal Botanical Gardens. Details at tellingtales.org.
Wednesday September 18
La Leche League – Oakville Group
6:30 to 8 p.m.: Get mother-to-mother support at this group meeting for those who are pregnant or nursing at Oakville Parent-Child Centre. Details at lllc.ca/lllc-oakville.
Thursday September 19
Toddler Days – Dinosaurs
10:30 a.m. to noon: During this program at Ireland House Museum participants will be investigating all things dino. Details at museumsofburlington.ca.
Saturday September 21
History Exploreres Club
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Learn about and make prehistoric creatures at Joseph Brant Museum. $10 per child. Pre-registration required at museumsofburlington.ca.
World Cleanup Day
Help prepare Bronte Creek Provincial Park for winter by volunteering for this day of cleanup. Details at ontarioparks.com.
Thursday September 26
Toddler Days – Our 5 Senses
10:30 to noon: Explore sight, sound, touch, taste and smell at Ireland House Museum where you’ll make scented paints, musical instruments and DIY sensory bags. $5 per child. Pre-register at museumsofburlington.ca.
Friday to Sunday Sept. 27 – 29
Culture Days 2019 Burlington
This national initiative aims to raise awareness, provide accessibility and encourage participation and engagement in the cultural life of Burlington. Visit Burlington.ca for details.
Culture Days Oakville
Visit the Oakville Public Library where Culture Days provides families with opportunities to participate in and appreciate all forms of arts and culture. Details found at culturedays.ca.
September 27 to November 3
Pumpkins After Dark
4 to 11 p.m.: Thursday to Sunday, browse through unique pumpkin inspired artwork at Country Heritage Park. Contact Jami Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Friday to Sunday Sept. 27, 28, 29
Milton Fall Fair
Various times: The Milton Fall Fair at Milton Fairgrounds, features something for everyone, including a petting zoo, midway and crafts. For more information, visit miltonfair.com.
Experience food, art, music and theatre in Milton during this free family friendly event. Find specific events at culturedays.ca.
Saturday September 28
Doors Open & Heritage Fair
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Join the Trafalgar Township Historical Society at the Old One-Room Palermo Schoolhouse to celebrate the area’s history with special guests and exhibits. Details at facebook.com/Trafalgar-Township-Historical-Society-1275292459164796/.
9 a.m, to 4:30 p.m.: Head to Battlefield House Museum and Park for fall-time harvest fun. Pancake breakfast, games, pumpkin decorating, demonstrations, entertainment and a bake-off. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Saturday and Sunday Sept. 28, 29
Bronte Creek offers up historical demonstrations, wagon rides, pumpkin carving, traditional family games, farmhouse tours, and much more. Visit ontarioparks.com.
Doors Open Burlington
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Visit heritage sites, noteworthy buildings, and interesting locations, including Museums of Burlington – free of charge. Many of these buildings and locations will offer special activities during the day. Learn more at museumsofburlington.ca.
Cultural Diversity Festival
Celebrate diversity at Burlington Performing Arts Centre with a variety of performances. Details at burlingtonpac.ca.
Sunday September 29
Tesla Electric Festival
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Visit the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology for demonstrations and displays, a vendor marketplace, music and entertainment and rides on the miniature steam trains. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Help support Food4Kids, a community initiative, with tickets for various restaurant tours. Details and tickets at e-a-t.ca.
Appleby Line Street Festival
1 to 5 p.m.: Appleby Line between New and Fairview Streets in Burlington is closed to traffic and open to families as they enjoy activities including inflatables, games, vendors and more. Details at applebylinestreetfestival.ca.
Try-It Series – Rock Climbing
9 a.m. to noon & 1 to 4 p.m.: This rock climbing course at Rattlesnake Point is designed for those who have never tried climbing before. Pre-registration required: conservationhalton.ca.
Symphony on the Bay: A World of Music
Sultans of String will whisk the Burlington Performing Arts Centre audience on a musical world tour. More details at burlingtonpac.ca.
Monday September 30
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Films focusing on humans’ relationship with nature, extreme athletics and more will be on display at this one-day festival. Visit oakvillecentre.ca for details.