Community Events: May/June 2014

scale mocel of freeman station

Scale model of the Freeman Station.

Centro Farmer’s Market (Sundays to Oct. 26)

Time: May 25, 9am-12pm
Location: Rear parking lot of 437 Brant Street
Details: Centro Garden hosts a community Farmer’s Market every Sunday from 9 am – noon through the end of October! Phone: 289-337-5755
Tags: workshops , Outdoors , shopping , demonstrations , markets

Fit in the Core (Sundays to Aug. 24)

Time: May 25, 10-11am
Location: Civic Square, 426 Brant Street
Details: Burlington Downtown presents: Fit in the Core, open air fitness every Sunday in Downtown Burlington — free of charge. Coming May 25: Power Yoga, with instructor Jara Bruce from Kinetic Physiotherapy. All ages and levels welcome.

Saturdays in the Street (June 21-Aug. 30)

Time: June 21, 3-5:30pm
Location: Elgin St at Brant
Details: Burlington Downtown presents: Live music in the streets.

Friends of Freeman Station at Doors Open Toronto (May 24-25)

Time: 10am-5pm
Location: John Street Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, Ont
Friends of Freeman Station has been invited by the Toronto Railway Historical Association to set up our Burlington Junction station model and display at the John Street Roundhouse during the Doors Open Toronto weekend.
For more details, visit and search for “John Street Roundhouse”.

Touch-a-Truck (May 24)

Time: 11am-2pm
Location: Roads and Parks Maintenance building, 3330 Harvester Rd.
Details: The City of Burlington will host the second annual Touch-a-Truck event in honour of Public Works Week (May 18 – 24). Similar to last year, the day will feature tours hosted by Burlington Transit, a display of city vehicles that children can explore, and a free barbeque from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Burlington Caribbean Connection Spring Brunch (May 25)

Time: Doors open 12, lunch 12:30.
Location: Burlington Seniors Centre, 2285 New St.
Tickets: $25 adults
Details: We are highlighting the Island of Grenada this year, as well there will be entertainment and door prizes. This is a part of the cultural aspect of our City! Contact Ancilla Ho-Young, President at 905 332 4570 for tickets.

Burlington Humane’s ARFmazing Race and Pooch Promenade (May 25)

Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Spencer Smith Park
Details: Have fun at this year’s “ARF”Mazing Race for you, your family and your dog! Fun competition and prizes! Back by popular demand – Pooch Promenade! Join us for a 4 km walk or a stroll around the park with your pooch. Everyone welcome, all skill levels, all ages. There will be a barbeque, vendors and prizes.100% of proceeds go to Burlington Humane Society for the care and shelter of rescued animals.
Walk Route: The walk begins at Spencer Smith
Park, along the waterfront trail to Beachway Park and back.
General information: 905-637-7325 or

Swan Stories (May 29)

Time: 7:30-9pm
Location: Centennial Room at Burlington’s Central Library, 2331 New St.
Details: The Trumpeter Swan Coalition, with the sponsorship of BurlingtonGreen (one of our member groups), is hosting a free community event called Swan Stories. This special presentation will highlight the remarkable stories of individual Trumpeter Swans who helped bring back their species from the brink of extinction. Hear the stories of Magic, Athena, Pig Pen, Cinderella and more. Like all great tales, these stories are filled with courage, tragedy, humour and heroism. This evening will be an event that everyone will enjoy. Please RSVP to let organizers know how many people will be in your group.

Downtown Community Lunch (June 4, 18)

Time: 12-1pm, Doors Open 11:30
Location: St. Luke’s Hall, 1382 Ontario St.
Would you like to visit with others? Make new friends? Enjoy a free lunch? Join St. Luke’s for a community lunch the 1st, 3rd, 5th Wednesdays of each month. We are a community gathering that inspires new friendships and community connections developed through conversation over good food. SPONSORS: Knox Presbyterian, St. John Catholic, Burlington Baptist, and St. Luke Anglican churches.

BurlingtonGreen Eco Film Festival – Vanishing of the Bees (June 3)

Time: Doors open 6:30pm
Location: Central Library, 2331 New St.
Tickets: $5
Details: Raising awareness and offering solutions we can take part in every day, Vanishing of the Bees strengthens the movement to heal our planet for a healthier world. For more information, visit

Moon in June road race (June 7)

Time: Festivities start 6pm, race 9pm.
Location: Downtown Burlington
Details: The Moon in June course is a flat fast one loop certified 5k and 2 loop certified 10km of downtown Burlington. The route highlights the fabulous Burlington Waterfront at sunset and in the darkness of night. This finish is at the search lights and party in the Civic Square at City Hall. Proceeds to Halton Trauma Centre. For route map and other information visit here

Sound of Music Festival kick off (June 7)

Time: 6-11 pm
Location: Spencer Smith Park
Details: Enjoy free concerts in the park and later that night, help us congratulate the runners in the annual Moon in June road race in Downtown Burlington. Post race activities will be held at the park. Award presentations will take place on the Festival Stage at 10:30 pm during the evening concert.

35TH Sound of Music Festival (June 12-15)

Location: Downtown Burlington/Spencer Smith Park
Details: Burlington comes alive with Canada’s largest free music festival. Come to enjoy the biggest annual gathering of music by the lake and enjoy 5 days of free concerts spanning all genres.
Visit the website: General Information Line: 905-333-6364

What a Girl Wants clothing sale/fundraiser (June 15)

Time: 8am
Location: Holiday Inn, Guelph Line/Harvester Road
Tickets: $20.00 Early Bird Tickets/$10.00 Regular Admission
Clean out your closets and start your spring cleaning now. Donate your new and/or upscale, repeat clothing by June 1 for the 2014 WHAT A GIRL WANTSevent.
Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories — more than 10,000 items. Each item $2. Cash only. Early-bird shoppers can start at 8 a.m. for an admission fee of $20 while later shoppers can get in at 10 a.m. for a cost of $10. All proceeds donated to Habitat for Humanity Halton.

For more information, please contact Mary Dilly at 289-245-1446

More Events

To see more community events, visit my “Community” page on my councillor website. To add your event to the list, email details to my assistant Georgie Gartside at

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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