Experience - Upcoming Events

New this year, One Burlington’s Celebration of Diversity is being held at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre instead of outdoors at a local park. Holding this FREE event at BPAC allows for air conditioning, full accessibility, beautiful facilities and rain can’t dampen the day.

The event runs from noon to 4:00pm. International food trucks will be outside to provide lunch and snacks from 11:30am. Enjoy lunch at the nearby Cogeco Patio under the trees. Coffee, tea and water are available in the BPAC lobby and free of charge.

Community and professional performers will be featured on the Main Stage theatre. Shows begin at 12:15 and run every 20 minutes. Performers range from Chinese Zither players to JoyRide, an entertaining exploration of musical instruments to the Tyrsa Ukrainian Dancers.

The BPAC lobby will house community, faith and cultural groups at tables to provide information on their services and programs. This is a one-stop shopping opportunity to learn about what’s available in Burlington.

A topical panel discussion moderated by TV Host Michael Coren, starts at 12:30pm in the Studio Theatre. With the war in Ukraine at top of mind, the theme of "Working for Peace" will engage the multidisciplinary panel of educators and influencers in spirited dialogue. Two nearby Spiritual Space rooms are available for private contemplation, meditation and prayer.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is the perfect facility for this event. BPAC has fully equipped theatres, a large glass enclosed lobby and plenty of space on the Cogeco Patio and the Plaza for enjoying international foods. All of this and no chance of sun stroke, rain or annoying bugs.

All activities are free of charge. Everyone is welcome to come and experience what Burlington has to offer.

The Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) is honoured to be hosting a 2022 Halton Freedom Festival, Emancipation Pan African Flag-Raising Ceremony celebrating the 1834 British Emancipation Act which freed all colonial slaves, initiated by Ontario's First Lieutenant Governor, John Graves Simcoe through the Anti-Slavery Act of 1793. It is appreciated that multi-cultures helped transport many of the "freed" slaves to Canada both through the Underground Railroad and throughout the North American continent. The Pan African flag is representative of all blacks of African Ancestry.

The HBHAS is appreciative of being recognized as the first city in the world to acclaim August as Emancipation month. This acclamation took place at our 2018 Halton Freedom Celebration Festival and was acknowledged at a Dr. Julius Garvey presentation in tribute to his father on Marcus Garvey Day, at Toronto's City Hall (2019). The City of Burlington further proclaimed, at the HBHAS flag-raising ceremony in 2021, recognizing August 31st the International Day for People of African Descent in alignment to the UN General Assembly 2020 resolution sponsored by 52 countries, and a proclamation recognizing August 1st as the first Canadian National Emancipation Day.

This is an in-person event. No registration required.

Join Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and the Town Crier at Centennial Square (Brant Street and Lakeshore Road) as we kick off Heritage Week. Following the ceremony, Beach Canal Lighthouse will display plans for the lighthouse. Learn about the 1857-8 light station, with its beacon of light guiding ships through the canal between Lake Ontario and Hamilton Harbour for over 100 years.  Display will be located at the Gazebo in Spencer Smith Park.

This is an in-person event, maximum 20 participants. Email to register: hb@burlington.ca 

Join Don Thorpe and David Craig for a bike tour of various heritage sites between LaSalle Park Road and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Meet at the flagpole at the entrance of LaSalle Park. Parking is available in the parking lot.

This is a virtual event. No registration required. Join the lecture: https://museumsofburlington.ca/ 

Learn about the history of Burlington's museums - Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House Museum. Joseph Brant Museum was opened in 1942 in a replica of Joseph Brant's original home and has become a community landmark through the years, collecting and displaying Burlington's culture and heritage. Ireland House Museum was built between 1835 and 1837 by Joseph Ireland, one of the founding farmers in Nelson Township. His family home was lived in by four generations of the family, and then turned into a community museum to preserve Burlington's agricultural heritage.

This is a virtual event. No registration required.

The Halton Freedom Celebration Festival brings together musical acts, children's and youth activities, cultural art, food, crafts, heritage, historical, and genealogical vendors promoting inclusivity and community integration. The Halton Black History Awareness Society invites you to take the journey with them! See what a difference this multi-cultural experience can make in progressing the next generation. Videos of the festival will be available on the Halton Black History Awareness Society Website: https://www.hbhas.ca/. 

This is an in-person event, maximum 20 participants. Register online: https://www.rbg.ca/events/laking-garden-heritage-walk/ 

Note: Paid parking in effect. Please meet the interpreter at the entrance to Laking Garden at 1221 Spring Gardens Road.

Join us for a stroll through this quaint garden and hear about the significance of its surrounding landscape and how it became the garden we see today.

This is an in-person event. Register online.

Elder Garry Sault will be discussing the Between the Lakes Treaty which comes with a rich history relevant to the Burlington area.

This is an in-person event, maximum 25 participants. Email to register: hb@burlington.ca

Meet at the gates at 1030 Greenwood Drive.

In this Year of the Garden, join Alan Harrington of the Burlington Historical Society for a walk through Greenwood Cemetery, founded in 1888, and visit the gardens and gardeners who are buried there. The most famous one is Spencer Smith who is buried along with both of his wives. To him we owe credit for the beautiful park on our lakefront which is home to festivals and family enjoyment.

This is an in-person event. Register online.

Join us for a walk through the historic Lowville Cemetery and learn about the early settlers and the history of the village. Historic displays will be available in the Zimmerman Room of Lowville United Church. For more information please go to the Kilbride History website.