As our summer weather kicks into high gear, there are numerous festivals to attend, and organizers are already working flat out to bring you the best in food, fun and live music. Here is a selection of what we have to look forward to this summer.
The Burlington Sound of Music Festival
Burlington is gearing up for its annual free music festival, which usually hosts well over 200,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy music by the lake and concerts spanning all genres. Now in its 36th year, the festival runs from June 13- 21 with a full roster of popular performers and activities. The 9-day schedule kicks off on June 13 with a one day ticketed event, featuring performances by Weezer, Our Lady Peace, Collective Soul, Finger Eleven, Current Swell and Scott Helman. The full weekend of free concerts takes place from June 18-21 and will feature numerous new and emerging artists, Canadian icons, and favourites of the past.
The lineup of show times, tickets and full details is available online. Ticketed VIP options and hotel packages are also available.
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Springridge Farm Food Truck Festival
Back by popular demand! Springridge Farm’s wildly successful Father’s Day Food Truck Festival merges agricultural entertainment with a unique culinary experience.
The festival runs both Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 from 11am-3pm. This highly anticipated event has food trucks that will appeal to everyone’s taste buds. 2 days, 1 farm, 15 trucks. Come hungry! Check online for a full list of participating food trucks.
The Co-operators Oakville Family Ribfest
Kick off summer in Oakville with the Co-operators Oakville Family Ribfest. Organized by the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, it’s a free summer festival that brings families and individuals together to celebrate, have fun, and enjoy great food and live entertainment. Some of the entertainment lined up to hit the stage so far include The Argues Family band, Meagan Delima, Bare Blue Sea, Beat Heathens, Rocket 88, High Rendition Jazz Band and Groove Hammer.
The event runs from June 26 – 28 at the Trafalgar Road Campus of Sheridan College, 1430 Trafalgar Rd. Onsite parking is $10 per car, plus free parking nearby, and Oakville Transit comes right to the gate.
Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
The 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic takes place on Saturday August 29th, at Christie Lake Conservation Area, in Dundas, Ontario. Performers include Iron and Wine, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bahamas, Gordon Lightfoot, Kathleen Edwards, Basia Bulat, Martha Wainwright and Hamilton’s Dinner Belles. Gates open at 11am and show starts at 12pm. The event serves to celebrate the importance of the Greenbelt, local farmers, art, the outdoors and the eat-local movement.
As a leader in supporting local food, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has provided numerous grants to help farmers in the Greenbelt be more successful; to enhance environmental protection; and to strengthen local economies.
Christie Lake is a natural paradise, boasting 830 acres of hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing ponds and beaches. The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic is designed to raise awareness about the importance of the region’s local conservation lands, the arts, local agriculture and home gardening. Concert goers will also be able to enjoy a local farmers market, horticultural workshops, art vendors, food and beverage areas, fishing, swimming and good old fashioned picnicking.
Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketbreak.com or by calling 1-866-943-8849. Children, 10 and under, are admitted free while discounted tickets are available for youth ages 11-15. Tickets will also be available at Christie Lake on show day only (subject to availability). As this is a green event, fans are being encouraged to carpool.
(certain photos provided by Burlington Sound of Music Festival and Greenbelt Harvest Picnic)