Things To Do in Burlington in August

The summer is coming to its last month. But that’s another reason to head out and discover interesting activities to enjoy! Check out the best family-friendly activities and festivals taking place in Burlington this month.

Heritage Week – August 5 th– 12 th

Suppose you’re seeking to know more about the charming city of Burlington; look at this entire week of events that celebrate Burlington’s history. From long-time residents to recent arrivals or visitors, Heritage Week has something for all. The best part is that every event is completely free! Do you love walking along the beach? Perhaps you’ll find that the Waterfront Trail Walking Tour is the perfect choice for you. Are you a master of trivia? Check out the Burlington Trivia Night. Registration for all events is available until the event or until capacity is exhausted. Visit this link to view the complete program of all 16 events.

Burlington Butter Tart Festival at Burlington Centre – August 12th

(Burlington Butter Tart Festival 2022)

The first of three incredible food festivals taking place in Burlington during the month. This festival is a must for anyone who has a sweet tooth or who wants to indulge in their favorite food! Take a look at one of Canada’s best offerings for the rest of humanity. (yes, the butter tarts were invented in Canada!) Local merchants as well as vendors from across Ontario. Browse the extensive artisan market, enjoy live music, and watch the judges select their favorites during the free event. Make sure you register at the Butter Tart Festival Races early in the morning to get your appetite going and the chance to win delicious desserts! The Burlington Food Bank is in need of donations. Burlington Food Bank is encouraged and can be made at the time of arrival.

Burlington VegFest at Burloak Waterfront – August 19th

Promoting the environmental and health benefits of a vegetarian diet, VegFest is a great venue to sample vegan foods and support small, local companies and organizations. It is open to everyone, whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore – attend the Burloak Waterfront to enjoy an afternoon with live music, children’s activities, and lots of delicious, completely vegan food, from sweet to savory, and all between! VegFest is completely free to attend, and donations made for Burlington Food Drive are accepted. Burlington Food Drive may be deposited by clicking here.

Royal Canadian International Circus at Burlington Centre – August 24th – 27th


If you’re looking for an activity that will fill your summer with laughter and smiles, as well as thrills and screams, you should look no further than the Royal Canadian International Circus. The circus is on tour throughout Canada as well as across the United States; the chaos will stop at Burlington for four performances in the final weekend in August. There are three seats to pick from; you can watch a generation of comedians, magicians, and performers on the trapeze, daredevils, and much more. This is a show your children won’t wish to be missing. Visit this page to purchase tickets for the show, which is led by Ringmaster Joseph Dominik Bauer, former headliner of Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, and many more!

Canada’s Largest Ribfest at Spencer Smith Park – September 1st – 4th


Although it’s not officially during August, you should absolutely take advantage of this celebration just before school begins! If you’re a fan of ribs or just looking for a fun location for your kids to ease any first-day-of-school jitters during Labour Day weekend, this is the perfect place! The event will feature 18 top “ribbers” from across North America and live music throughout the day long, plenty of children’s games and activities, as well as ample food (even if ribs aren’t your style!). If you’re looking to make a difference, Ribfest is run by Rotary Burlington Lakeshore. The proceeds go to a wide range of hunger, health, and human rights organizations throughout the region and initiatives across the country.

Buy Circus Tickets Burlington| Royal Canadian International Circus 2023

From August 24th through August 27th in the Burlington Centre, the Royal Canadian International Circus promises to be thrilling and unforgettable for you and your loved ones underneath the Big Top. Purchase the Burlington Circus tickets online now before the shows are sold out!

The Big Top box office is open every show from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. You can buy tickets in person, provided that the show hasn’t been sold out via online sales of tickets. You can also go to the Burlington Centre Guest Services to buy tickets.

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