Ways of the Woods Camp
Campers are outside all day, every day, on the Niagara Escarpment far away from any screens. Campers have exclusive, insider access to all of the facilities and features of Conservation Halton. Visit www.conservationhalton.ca
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.
Excavation Station at Bingemans
This new outdoor construction-themed amusement zone powered by Diggerland, the Excavation Station at FunworX features uniquely modified machines that adults and children of all ages can ride and operate. Located at Bingemans in Kitchener. Details at funworx.ca.
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.
Music at Fieldcote
7 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of musicians playing every Sunday evening during July and August at Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum. Details at hamilton.ca/fieldcote.
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.
Sundays and Wednesdays until August 12
Concerts in the Park 2018
7:30 p.m.: Enjoy free musical entertainment at the Central Park Bandshell. Concerts and performances for every age and taste. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Lineup at Burlington.ca.
UNTIL AUGUST 28
40th Anniversary Celebration: Test Tube Tuesday – Kitchen Chemistry
9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Participate in the first of weekly 40th anniversary celebrations. Enjoy science experiments using everyday ingredients. Details at hamilton.ca/childrensmuseum.
UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2
Exhibit: Unbuilt Hamilton
12 to 4 p.m. Featuring 24 illustrations, plans and photographs of pieces of Hamilton that were never built. Details at hamilton.ca/steammuseum.
Until Labour Day
Kelso Conservation Area
Kelso boasts a popular sandy beach for swimmers and non-motorized water activities. The park also features marked mountain biking and hiking trails. Visit www.glenedon.on.ca for more information.
Summer at Mountsberg
Weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Watch as Raptor Centre staff help the Mountsberg Birds of Prey take wing in this live demonstration hosted at 12 and 2 p.m. daily. Enjoy exploring the Wildlife Walkway, Cameron Farm Yard and the Play Barn. For more details visit www.conservationhalton.ca.
Summer at Crawford Lake
Weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Visit the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at Crawford Lake and enjoy self-guided games and exhibits or join a guide for a traditional fire starting or archery demonstration. Go for a walk along the boardwalk and check out chainsaw sculptures of species at risk.Visit www.conservationhalton.ca for more information.
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.
Oakville Farmers’ Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Shop for Ontario vegetables, fruit, baked goods, honey, flowers and more at 115 George St. Details at farmfreshmarkets.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.
Saturdays through November
Dorval Crossing Civitan Farmers Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Oakville’s longest-running market is located at the northeast corner of Dorval and North Service Road. All proceeds donated to local Oakville charities. Details at oakvillecivitan.ca.
Saturdays and Sundays
Yoga in the Fields
Join Terre Bleu in its tranquil lavender fields for a truly unique yoga experience. For more information visit terrebleu.ca.
Wednesdays Until August 29
Yoga in the Park
7 to 8 p.m.: It’s time to hit the mat again. Come to Rattlesnake Point on Wednesdays all summer, whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner. Visit conservationhalton.ca.
Thursdays July 26
9 p.m.: Gather in your 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 Burlington.ca for locations.
Thursday July 26
The Lion King – Burlington Student Theatre ARTSCAMP
2:30 p.m.: Participants in Session Two of Burlington Student Theatre’s ARTSCAMP perform a lively stage adaptation of the Disney film at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.
Thursday July 26 – 29
Royal Canadian Circus Under the Big Top
Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac 2018 brings a glimpse of the traditional circus to the Corpus Christi Secondary School parking lot for six shows that include acrobats, a high wire act, jugglers and more. Tickets are available at royalcanadiancircus.ca.
Saturday July 28
A Blast from the Past
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Celebrate all things antiques and retro for a fun-filled day for the whole family. Details at shopottawastreet.com/event/a-blast-from-the-past
9 to 11:30 a.m.: Come to Crawford Lake on the 7th, and Robert Edmondson on the 28th, to enjoy a hike through the park as an instructor from Moksha guides and teaches you basic principles of mindfulness and meditation. Details found at conservationhalton.ca.
Try It Series – Rock Climbing
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., & 1 to 4 p.m.: Come to Rattlesnake point and take an introductory rock-climbing course. No previous experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. Pre registration is required. For more information visit conservationhalton.ca.
Sunday July 29
Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days
11 a.m. until 4 p.m.: Learn about the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution during a free guided tour of the museum. Details at hamilton.ca/steammuseum.
Fridays in August
Kelso Movie Nights
Start your weekend off with some family time watching a movie outside or make an evening of it with a picnic dinner, and book a campsite to spend the night at Kelso Conservation Area. For details, visit www.conservationhalton.ca.
Fridays and Saturdays
Summer Cider Nights
4 to 10 p.m.: Bring the kids to Chudleigh’s farm and enjoy it in a new way with live music, delicious food, wagon rides and Chudleigh’s Hard Cider at the silo bar. Find more details at chudleighs.com.
Wednesday August 1
Weeding Wednesday in Dundurn’s Kitchen Garden
10 to 11:30 a.m.: Visit Dundurn National Historic Site to get your fingers in the dirt and learn something new at this free drop-in program. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Thursdays August 2, 9 & 16
Movies Under the Stars
9 p.m.: Bring your own chair, blanket and snacks and watch a movie for all to enjoy. Each week the park will change. For park locations visit Burlington.ca for park locations.
Saturday August 4
Pajama Night at Crawford Lake
7 to 9 p.m.: The night forest is filled with sounds of hooting owls, singing insects and howling coyotes. The evening will finish with s’mores fireside. Visit conservationhalton.ca.
Round the Reservoir Family Race
9 a.m. until 3 p.m.: Compete with your family in this challenge at Valens Conservation Area, filled with puzzles and clues that must be completed to win. For more information, visit email@example.com .
Saturday to Monday August 4 to 6
The Enchanted Garden
Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies and sprites. Make your way to RBG where a touch of magic awaits. Meet mystical creatures, participate in delightful activities and learn the secrets of the Enchanted Garden. Details at rbg.ca.
Monday August 6
Joseph Brant Day Festival
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Head to La Salle Park for this annual festival, which includes displays, children’s activities, entertainment, food trucks and a vendor market while celebrating the local heritage and community. Presented by the Museums of Burlington. Free event. For more information visit museumsofburlington.ca.
Ice Cream Carnival
10 a.m. until 4 p.m.: Celebrate summer with the sweet taste of ice cream and enjoy Edwardian carnival games, foods, amusements and music. Hand cranked ice cream making demonstrations and samples throughout the day. For more information, visit westfieldheritage.ca.
Monday August 6
1 to 4 p.m.: Visit the Oakville Museum to celebrate a significant achievement in Canadian history at this annual event. An afternoon of music, games, crafts and activities celebrating Oakville’s role in the Underground Railroad as a port of entry. Call 905-338-4400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Featuring more than 175 artists and artisans from across the country at Bronte waterfront. Every medium is represented. Visit artintheparkoakville.com or call 905-827-5711.
August 10 to 12
Camp overnight with your horse in the Dundas Valley in support of Dundas Valley trail system maintenance and improvements. Hosted by Hamilton Conservation Foundation and Hamilton Conservation Authority, the event offers guided trail rides, a poker run, silent auction, barbecue dinner and live entertainment. Visit hamiltonconservationfoundation.ca/equestrian.
Friday and Saturday August 10 & 11
TD Songs of Summer Festival
Come to downtown Oakville for live music of all genres, fun family activities, great food and incredible visual art experiences. Visit oakvilledowntown.com for details.
Saturday August 11
Kerr Village Handmade & Vintage Market
The outdoor market in Kerr Village exhibits handmade and vintage products such as jewellery, pottery, soaps, comic books, records and more. Visit www.kerr-village.ca.
Garage Sale for Kids by Kids
10 to 11 a.m. & 1 to 2 p.m.: Visit the Hamilton Children’s Museum for a garage sale that’s just for kids. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Saturday August 11 & 25
9 to 11:30 a.m.: Come to Mount Nemo on the 11th, and Hilton Falls on the 25th, to enjoy a hike through the park as an instructor from Moksha guides and teaches you basic principles of mindfulness and meditation. For details visit conservationhalton.ca.
Sunday August 12
Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: This one-day outdoor/indoor juried, art show and sale will be featuring high calibre, original art work by local and regional artists in Country Heritage Park’s unique facilities and settings. For more information visit www.countryheritagepark.com.
Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Noon to 2 p.m.: Head to Whitehern Historic House & Garden for old fashioned games, a teddy bear parade and teddy bear hospital. More information at Hamilton.ca.
Sunday August 12 & 26
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 during a guided tour of the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Sunday August 12, 19
7 to 9 p.m.: Experience the 1899 farmhouse at Bronte Creek Provincial Park at night and explore the paranormal side of Spruce Lane Farm. Tours depart every 15-20 minutes and last about 30 minutes. Not stroller or wheelchair friendly. Call 905-827-6911 ext. 231 for details.
August 17 to 19
Dundas Cactus Festival
Enjoy activities for all ages and fun for the whole family including four entertainment stages, event zones and more than 100 street vendors. For more details, visit dundascactusfestival.ca.
August 18 and 19
In its third year, the festival is rebranding, and now targeting young families. Enjoy food and drinks and live music in a variety of genres. For more details, call 647-971-3742.
Sunday August 19
Hamilton Sports Card and Memorabilia Show
9 a.m. until 1 p.m.: Enter the draw to win a Wayne Gretzky jersey and browse through sports memorabilia at St. Gregory’s Hall. Admission is $1 for adults; kids under 12 get in for free. For more details, call 289-527-5517.
Textiles Day at Westfield Village
12:30 until 4 p.m.: Come to the village and enjoy learning how different types of textile fibres are produced and used. 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. For more details, visit westfieldheritage.ca.
Walking Historic Martin Street
2 p.m.: Join the guided walking tours hosted by the Milton Historical Society, which will feature Milton’s most historical areas. Booklets available for a self-guided tour. Call 905-875-4156 or email email@example.com.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Ranked amongst the top 100 festivals in Ontario, this event includes live entertainment, play zones and inflatables, crafts and marketplace all at Spencer Smith Park. Visit Burlington.ca for details.
Thursday August 23
Think Art Thursday – Teddy Bears’ Picnic
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Bring your lunch and a blanket to Hamilton Children’s Museum where you’ll enjoy light refreshments, teddy bear crafts and a chance to cozy up at story time. More information at Hamilton.ca.
Friday August 24
Movies in the Forest
8:30 to 11 p.m.: Visit Forrester Park for an evening of movies and fun. Call 905-845-6601.
August 24 to 26
Winona Peach Festival
A day as sweet as a peach filled with events for all ages. Enjoy a children’s stage, the ED Smith Fun Factory with family entertainment and arts and crafts sections. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday August 25
Frozen In Time: The Musical
1 to 4 p.m.: The Snow Queen and Ice Princess go back in time to tell their story at Seneca Queen Theatre Niagara Falls in a show suitable for the whole family. Tickets at senecaqueen.ca.
Sunday August 26
Walking Historic Victoria Park Square
2 p.m.: The Milton Historical Society will be leading guided walking tours of the town’s most historical areas. The Main Street tour will feature the historic Town Hall and Victoria Town Square. Booklets are also available upon request for those interested in a self-guided tour. For more information, call 905-875-4156 or email email@example.com.
Friday August 31
2 to 3 p.m.: Try Synchro swimming with Burlington Synchronized Swimming Club at Centennial Pool in Burlington. Details at burlingtonsynchro.com
August 31 to September 3
Labour Day Campout
11 a.m.: Make the most of the last long week of summer with a campout. Reserve your campsite so you don’t miss out on the long weekend fun. Visit conservationhamilton.ca/valens-lake.
Canada’s Largest Ribfest
Various times: This annual event by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore features expert ribbers from across North America. Live entertainment and kid zone offers fun for all ages. More details at canadaslargestribfest.com.