Summer Events 2015

Movies Under the Stars
Thursdays until August 20
All movies start at 9 p.m.
Parks throughout Burlington

Curl up to Burlington's annual summer event Movies Under the Stars presented by Tim Horton's, taking place every Thursday at parks throughout the city. This popular event is the perfect way to spend evenings with family and friends so come early to reserve a spot and be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets! This year's films include Big Hero 6, Maleficent and Home. Rain delays/cancellations may occur.

Mississauga Rotary Ribfest
July 16 to 19
Daily 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga

The twelfth annual Mississauga Rotary Ribfest takes place from Thursday, July 16 to Sunday, July 19. Hosting 14 vendors selling BBQ ribs and chicken, as well as several other diverse food and non-food vendors and live entertainment on the main stage featuring musical performances with a focus on local talent, including Singfest, an amateur singing talent competition that culminates with the finals taking place at Ribfest.
Midnight Madness by Scotiabank
July 17
From 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Downtown Oakville

Oakville's largest retail event of the year, Midnight Madness features live music, entertainment, food and shopping over six city blocks. An evening of family entertainment and deals from your favourite shops will be available until midnight.

Burlington Beer Festival
July 17 to 19
Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Spencer Smith Park, Burlington

The first celebration of the craft beer community in the region, the Burlington Beer Festival returns to Spencer Smith Park from Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19. This rain or shine event brings 24 beer vendors from around Ontario to the downtown core alongside local food vendors like The Purple Heather Pub and Table 34. General admission, VIP and weekend passes are all available, go online to purchase and for more information.

TD Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival
August 7 & 8
Downtown Oakville

The 23rd annual TD Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival returns this summer on August 7 and 8 with a variety of performances from legends and local artists alike with roots in all forms of Jazz including, Acid, Latin, Dixeland, Smooth, World Music, Ragtime, Swing, Blues, Fusion and much more. Go online for more details as performers are announced.

August 8 & 9
Gates open at 11 a.m.
Centennial Park, Etobicoke

Jerk cuisine and the pulsating music of the Caribbean come together in this annual festival, taking place at Etobicoke's Centennial Park. Take part in one of the many competitions like the Grace Hot & Spicy Jerk Chicken Eating Competition and the Western Union Drop-A-Six Domino Challenge, or, tweet or Instagram your experience with #JerkFest2015 for your chance to win a series of prizes. Go online for ticket pricing.

Lakeside í  la Carte
August 9
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Spencer Smith Park, Burlington

Head down to Burlington's lakefront at Spencer Smith Park as huge white tents provide a temporary home to more than three dozen restaurants, wineries and breweries at the annual Lakeside í  la Carte. The area's superb chefs and vintners bring out their very best tastes to support this great event. Stroll from tent to tent sampling wines, tasting delicious creations and bidding on silent auction items like Toronto Maple Leafs tickets, wine and dine events, gift certificates and a helicopter ride. Tickets are $100 each with proceeds going to the Rotary Club of Central Burlington.

Children's Festival
August 16
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spencer Smith Park, Burlington

Burlington's annual Children's Festival returns to downtown Burlington for its 24th year on Sunday, August 16 with face painting by Beebop the Clown, balloon creations by MD Children's Entertainment and a Passionate About Pictures photo booth. This year's sports themed event features live entertainment, play zones with inflatables, crafts, themed shows and a kids' marketplace.

Port Credit Busker Fest
August 21 to 23
Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Port Credit

Port Credit's Busker Fest celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with over 40 professional Buskers, eight staging areas, four spectacular fire shows and lots of “surprise fly pitches” throughout the city”“ not to mention the incredible Xtreme Finale on Sunday with every Busker performing to support local charities!

Mississauga Italfest – Ferragosto in the City
August 22
From 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Celebration Square, Mississauga

Join in the celebration of fun, food and festivities at the second annual Mississauga Italfest. This free event is expected to draw approximately 15,000 visitors interested in experiencing “la nostra vita” (our life) through performances, children's activities, cooking demonstration, bocce and scopa tournaments and other traditional Italian past times.

Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
August 23
Gates open at 11 a.m., show starts at 1 p.m.
Christie Lake Conservation Area, Dundas

Performers like Iron & Wine, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bahamas, Gordon Lightfoot, Kathleen Edwards, Basia Bulat, Martha Wainwright and Hamilton's Dinner Belles perform at this yearly event in celebration of the importance of Ontario's Greenbelt, local farmers, art, the outdoors and the “eat local” movement. Go online to purchase tickets.

Winona Peach Festival
August 28 to 30
Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Now in its 48th year, the Winona Peach Festival welcomes 125,000 visitors over three days during the last weekend in August. Dive into a variety of peach themed foods like crêpes and pies while exploring the midway, arts and crafts area with over 75 vendors, “Peach of a Car Show,” live entertainment and more. Though peaches are the theme, there will be a large variety of other foods available to bite into so come hungry!

Canada's Largest Ribfest
September 3 to 7
Thursday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m to 11 p.m.
Monday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Spencer Smith Park, Burlington

Canada's Largest Ribfest, organized by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore, is celebrating its 20th year this Labour Day Weekend with a four-day food extravaganza! As one of the leading annual events in the GTA, Canada's Largest Ribfest brings together 18 Ribber Teams from across North America, hungry to compete for the Best Ribs Title, and more than 150,000 people hungry to taste their mouth-watering fare!  There are also great musical guests, and activities and games for kids of all ages. Proceeds from this event go directly to the community ““ a good cause, good food, good times and the perfect way to bid farewell to summer.

Hot & Spicy Food Festival
September 4 to 7
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

This year marks the 18th anniversary of the Hot & Spicy Food Festival.  Exploring food and culture rooted in the past and renewed for the future as it continues to relate to cultural expression. Enjoy a range of culinary delicacies, as well as hot rhythms and spicy grooves from the past and present. Don't miss Vikram Vij on Saturday, September 5 as he cooks up Vij's Family Chicken at a free demonstration. Admission is free, go online for specific performance details.

Southside Shuffle
September 11 to 13
Port Credit Memorial Park

The Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle celebrates its 17th year as Port Credit's annual blues and jazz festival. Founded by Downchild vocalist and long-time Mississauga resident Chuck Jackson, the event has grown exponentially since its inception and boasts an impressive line-up of local, national and internationally celebrated blues artists as well as the ever-popular Street Shuffle along Lakeshore Road. More than 150 bands perform across four stages including this year's headliner Canned Heat.