Even on a cool Fall day, Burlington’s downtown is bustling with activity. We’re the city without an off-season. As we pull long-sleeved flannel out of hiding, the trees are in transition from rich greens to a beautiful palette of red, yellow and orange.
There is no better way to ease into fall than immersing yourself in what downtown has to offer. From arts & culture, to beautiful fall foliage, to foods like pumpkin spice and pecan pie, the events of the season will make your autumn-loving heart sing.
For the Foodie
A culinary experience where you’re the chef! In this cooking class, you can relax, have fun and be a guest at your own party! Gather together your clients, co-workers, friends or family for the most fun you’ll ever have in the kitchen. With the assistance of the talented chefs at Paradiso, each team prepares a portion of the menu –with a little healthy competition thrown in. When cooking is complete, it’s your turn to relax. Have a seat with your guests and let the Paradiso team take over to serve up the gourmet meal you’ve created. Running classes September through November. Click here for more information.
Who doesn’t love a food tour? Take your taste buds for a spin take in this guided walking tour of downtown Burlington. On Sunday, September 29th, EAT Dining Tour will lead you through the neighbourhood and sample the most delicious and authentic food from popular restaurants such as The Coop, Rayhoon, The Pump, The Hood, and more while supporting an incredible local charity who aims to fight child hunger in our own community: FOOD4KIDS. Click here to get your tickets.
The Sunday Centro Market wraps up this season just after Thanksgiving. It’s a food focused farmer’s market in Burlington Downtown, established with the goal of fostering community while connecting people with fresh healthy food and to the wonderful folks that grow and produce it in our area. It runs every Sunday from 9am – Noon in their back parking lot off John Street.
For the Creative
Have you ever wondered what’s inside some of Burlington’s most noteworthy buildings? On September 28th, discover history and heritage, cultural and religious sites as well as unique architecture and spaces not normally open to the public at this year’s Doors Open Burlington. Click here for a list of featured sites.
And wait, there’s more. From September 27 to 29, the City of Burlington is hosting Culture Days with free arts and cultural events and activities planned across the city. Residents are invited to get hands-on and behind the scenes, as they discover the world of creativity and culture featuring visual art, dance, theatre, music, storytelling and crafting to raise awareness, engagement, and participation in arts and culture. Click here for more information.
Hot off the presses! The Art Gallery of Burlington is launching a new exhibit and it’s running until December 31st, 2019. The Gender Conspiracy exhibit is an Open Letter to the Trans and Gender Diverse communities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to express allyship in furthering the discourse on gender fluidity and identity, sexual orientation, same-sex relationships, and consent to promote the mental health and safety of all LGBTQI2S communities. Click here for more information.
After taking in the sights at the AGB, why not head over to the Performing Arts Centre for a show? On September 28th you can catch Tom Wilson, attend the widely popular LEGACY: A Tribute to Gord Downie on October 17th, or travel back to the 80s with a performance from American pop star and teen icon Tiffany on November 14. View all performances here.
For the Rockstar
You don’t have to head into the Big City to catch great live music. On Friday nights at Emma’s Back Porch listen to live Rock, Blues, Indie, and Acoustic while overlooking beautiful of Lake Ontario – or head to The Dickens, where the band and beer are lively every Friday and Saturday night. Not feeling the night-life much these days? Until the end of September, The Dickens has live music on the patio and $5 caesars from 2pm to 5pm. While Pepperwood Bistro has the perfect mix of cozy brunch and live jazz every Saturday and Sunday morning.
For the DIY-er
Designer, creator and maker, Kay Casey, opened Kay at Home this Spring – offering beautiful home décor creations of her own while also featuring many other local makers within her retail store on John Street. Kay recently announced some amazing workshops. From stamped key chains, to custom wood signs, Fall wreath making, resin boards, and more – there’s something for everyone!
Curious on how to make your own Fall arrangements? Centro Garden has you covered. Their popular holiday workshops will be released mid-Fall, but for now you can sign up for their Fall workshops – including everything from planters, Thanksgiving centerpieces, and succulent bowls.
You truly haven’t DIY-ed if you haven’t made your own: family name sign, bubble wreath, or refinished your own piece of furniture. That’s okay though. House and Canvas has you covered. Their rustic workshops will make you look like a #Pinterest expert.