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Oakville Farmers’ Market and Cultural Activities
Saturdays from June to October
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Downtown Oakville at George Street and Lakeshore Road will come alive with cultural events and activities thanks to Oakville’s Summer Cultural Connection, a summer events initiative launched by the Town of Oakville and proudly presented by FirstOntario Credit Union.

Civitan Club of Oakville Farmers’ Market
Saturdays Until November
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dorval Crossing East plays host to Oakville’s longest-running farmers’ market in support of community charities.

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until October 28
Burlington Mall Lions Farmers’ Market
8 a.m.: Shop for a selection of locally grown fresh produce, baking, meats, cheese, eggs and more at this market, held in the parking lot of the Burlington Mall. Details at burlingtonmallfarmersmarket.com.

Until September 4
Night Lights
9:30 to 10:30 p.m.: Journey behind Niagara Falls as never before with this special event focusing on the interplay between light and the Niagara Parks Canadian Signature Experience. Details at www.niagaraparks.com.

Camping at Bronte Creek
Bronte Creek Provincial Park offers 144 electrical sites, each with a fire pit and picnic table. Four group camping sites and three yurts also available. Access is off Bronte Road. Call 905-827-6911 or visit OntarioParks.com to book.

150 Years through the eyes of the Farmer Family
Until December 30
1 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday to Saturday
Many generations of the Farmer family lived and worked in Ancaster. Explore Fieldcote Museum to see how their world changed between 1957 to the present day and discover key points in history throughout the decades.

Nature Connects Art with Lego Bricks
Until August 20
Building with Lego bricks is about balance and connections, much like the biodiversity of Royal Botanical Gardens. Nature Connects takes the beauty of RBG’s natural world and puts it on display using the world’s most popular building block, creating a fun and inspiring exhibit that teaches people of all ages the importance of connecting with nature. Located at the Hendrie Garden.

Children’s Mini-Gardens
Until August 31
The Royal Botanical Gardens presents its new Mini-Gardens. Help kids grow by engaging with RBG’s Junior Gardeners Program and see how young minds create horticultural displays.

Canada 150 Celebrations of Lucy Maud Montgomery
A variety of events are planned around building a legacy of the famous Canadian author who lived in the village of Norval from 1926 until 1935. The L.M. Montgomery Heritage Society has purchased the manse where she and her husband lived and has plans to preserve this piece of history and keep it for all time growing it into a museum.

Tuesday nights until August 29

Kelso MTB Race Series

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Join the biggest and best weekly race series in Southern Ontario. The Finale Event takes place on August 29 with the last race being on August 22. Single race tickets are $17.70, Kids race is $20. Additional park access fee is required. For more details visit www.conservationhalton.ca.

Summer at Mountsberg
Watch as Raptor Centre staff help the Birds of Prey take wing in this live demonstration at 12 and 2 p.m. daily. Explore the Wildlife Walkway, Cameron Farm Yard and Play Barn. For details visit www.conservationhalton.ca.

Summer at Crawford Lake
Visit the reconstructed Iroquoian village and enjoy self-guided games and exhibits or traditional fire starting or archery demonstration. Check out chainsaw sculptures of animals. Visit www.conservationhalton.ca

Daily Family Programs at Bronte Creek
Various times: Park staff will lead family programs throughout the summer and at different locations within the park. Includes toddler time, guided walks, campfire programs and hands-on-heritage programs. Visit brontecreek.org for details.

Until September 15
Annual Summer Show at the Floral Showhouse
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse features its summer display celebrating all things Canadian in honour of the nation’s 150th birthday. The design is inspired by the natural vegetation and native plants found throughout Canada’s landscapes, including birch, evergreens and river rock with splashes of red and white blooms. Call (905) 354-1721 for more information.

Family Outdoor Movie Night Series
8 (or dusk) to 10 p.m.: Join friends and family under the stars at Kelso Conservation Area to watch an all-time favourite movie. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax and enjoy. For details about each week’s featured movie visit conservationhalton.ca.


Golden Horseshoe Mustang Show
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Visit Country Heritage Park in Milton for an event geared toward those who love Mustang cars. If you drive them, race them, restore them, preserve them or appreciate them, then this event is for you. Visit www.countryheritagepark.com.


Family Outdoor Movie Night Series
8 (or dusk) to 10 p.m.: Join friends and family under the stars at Kelso Conservation Area to watch an all-time favourite movie. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax and enjoy. For details about each week’s featured movie visit conservationhalton.ca

Tuesday August 1
Family Day at the Halton County  Radial Railway
Enjoy streetcar rides and a day filled with fun. Children’s author Jane Mullis will perform readings and book signing, and don’t forget to meet the Milton Fire Department and learn about the fire trucks. For more visit www.hcry.org.

Tuesday and Wednesday August 1, 2
RCMP Musical Ride Cross Canada Tour
5 p.m. Tuesday, 12 p.m. Wednesday: A Canadian tradition since 1876, a troop of 32 scarlet coated Mounties on majestic black horses present a 30 minute show of intricate figures and cavalry drills choreographed to music at Mohawk Racetrack. Tickets $10. Details at campbellville.net/musical-ride/.

Emancipation Day Picnic
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: The Oakville Museum is inviting the community to come out and celebrate the annual Emancipation Day Family Picnic. Food and an ice cream truck. Visit www.opl.on.ca.

Movies Under the Stars
9 p.m.: Gather in your Burlington neighbourhood for a free movie under the stars. Bring your own chair, blanket and snacks and watch a movie for all to enjoy. Each week the park location will change. Visit www.burlington.ca/movies.

August 4
2017 Halton Freedom Festival
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: The community will be coming together to celebrate roots and culture at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. For more details visit www.opl.on.ca.

August 5 to 7
The Enchanted Garden
Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies and sprites. Make your way to Royal Botanical Gardens where a touch of magic awaits you. For more information visit www.rbg.ca.

Sunday August 6 and 20
Ghost Walks at Spruce Lane Farm
7 p.m. onwards: Bronte Park Ghost Walks leave every 15 to 20 minutes, lasting about 45 minutes. Experience the 1899 farmhouse at night, exploring the paranormal side of Spruce Lane Farm. Learn about Victorian customs surrounding death and witness unexplained happenings. Not stroller or wheelchair friendly. For information call 905-827-6911 ext. 231.

SUnday & Monday, August 6, 7
Ice Cream Carnival
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:Westfield Heritage Village celebrates summer with its annual family event. Enjoy Edwardian carnival foods, games, amusements and music. Hand cranked, real ice cream making demonstrations and samples available throughout the day. For more information visit www.westfieldheritage.ca

Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Featuring more than 175 artists and artisans from across the country with many mediums represented. Held at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park. For details visit www.artintheparkoakville.com.

Joseph Brant Day Festival
For Canada’s 150th birthday celebrate with all things Canadian at LaSalle Park on August 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and revel in the food truck rally featuring dishes highlighting Canadian ingredients. Enjoy the main stage entertainment by local performers. Interact with local organizations and businesses, hosting a variety of fun games and activities. LaSalle Park, 50 North Shore Boulevard E, Burlington, ON L7T4A4. Free admission. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/454967358197636, call 9053329888 or email valerie.amaral@burlington.ca.

Friday to Sunday  August 11, 12 & 13
Burlington Downtown Jazz Fest
Various times: Enjoy free performances on the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Plaza. Details at burlingtonpac.ca.

Amazing Things To Do Before You Are 12
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Children and their families can get outside and check off the simple joys of childhood from their to-do list. Activities engage participants with nature. For more information visit www.conservationhalton.ca.

Pajama Night at Crawford Lake
7 to 9 p.m.: Get the kids in their jammies and get them outside under the stars at Crawford Lake. Staff will ignite their imaginations as they explore natural phenomena such as coyote howls, star gazing, bat watching and more. www.conservationhalton.ca

Sunday August 12 & 20
Summer Sundays at Westfield
12:30 to 4 p.m.: Authentically costumed volunteers will take you back to earlier times and places through fun and educational demonstrations and activities. Westfield has more than 35 historical buildings to visit. For details visit www.westfieldheritage.ca.

Sunday August 13
Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Enjoy Milton’s Country Heritage Park’s indoor/outdoor juried art show and sale. Visit www.countryheritagepark.com.

Ride for YMCA Strong Kids
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: An annual fundraising event in which teams compete in a relay-type stationary cycling challenge to raise funds to send kids to summer camp. For more details visit ymcaofoakville.com.

Friday August 18
YMCA Camp Family Night
6:30 p.m.: The YMCA of Oakville invites you to their annual tradition of an evening for free family fun. Camp games and activities will be available at the Y. For more information visit www.ymcaofoakville.com.

Mount Nemo Park at Dark
7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.: Halton Parks members are invited for a fun-filled night at Mount Nemo quarry in Burlington. Roast marshmallows and other fun activities. Tickets are $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for children ages five to 14 and free for anyone under four. Visit www.conservationhalton.ca.

TD Songs of Summer Festival
10 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Everyone is invited to come to downtown Oakville to enjoy a day full of fun, food, art displays and of course, music. The one-day event is free and The Trews Acoustic Show will headline the musical programming. For more details, visit oakvilledowntown.com.

Children’s Festival
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Celebrate being a kid at the 26th annual Children’s Festival at Spencer Smith Park. Families will enjoy activities, interactive games, bouncers, inflatables and more. For more information visit www.burlington.ca/childrensfestival.

Textiles Day at Westfield
12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Learn how different types of textile fibres are produced and used at Westfield Heritage Village. Watch the labour-intensive process that transforms the coarse flax plant into a material that can be used to make lovely linen fabric.  Discover the interesting process of spinning and dyeing wool and see what the weaver has on the loom today. Visit www.westfieldheritage.ca.

O Canada Summer Camp 2017: Entertainment
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Ireland House Museum in Burlington is keeping up the Canada 150 spirit with ongoing weekly summer camps for kids to enjoy. Main focuses for this week will include hands-on opportunities to experience life during the founding of Canada. $175 per week or $40 per day for kids from 5 to 12 years old. Museum members will receive 25% off the camp registration fee. For more information visit www.museumsofburlington.ca.

O Canada Summer Camp 2017: 150 Years in 5 Days
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Ireland House Museum in Burlington is keeping up the Canada 150 spirit with ongoing weekly summer camps for kids to enjoy. Focus for this week will include covering the last 150 years of Canadian history. $175 per week or $40 per day for kids from 5 to 12 years old. Museum members will receive 25% off the camp registration fee. For more information visit www.museumsofburlington.ca.

Friday August 25
Ice Cream Social
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Sample a selection of ice cream from Laura Secord’s day at the Laura Secord Homestead in Queenston and make your own concoction. $5 per person. Details at www.niagaraparks.com.

Sunday August 27
Northern Showdown Car and Truck Show
10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: A public event at Milton’s Country Heritage Park including judging, limbo contest and tug-of-war. $5 for spectators. Ages 10 and under free. Details at www.countryheritagepark.com.

Pajama Night at Crawford Lake
7 to 9 p.m.: Get the kids info their jammies and under the stars where staff will help them explore natural phenomena such as coyote howls, stargazing, bat watching and much more. Call 905-854-0234 for more information.

Labour Day weekend

September 1 to 4
Steam Era 2017
This annual exhibition is presented by the Ontario Steam & Antique Preservers Association at Country Heritage Park. Enjoy exhibits and demonstrations of collections of equipment, models, cars and trucks, along with crafts, entertainment, vendors and other agricultural heritage displays. Visit steam-era.com.

Canada’s Largest Ribfest
The Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore organizes this event featuring expert teams of ribbers from across North America along with music and entertainment for all ages. Visit canadaslargestribfest.com for details.