Summer is here, and for the adults, that means long days, warm nights, and maybe a little vacation time. For families, it means school’s out, and there’s an opportunity to go on that big family trip, as well as spend some time together right here in Oakville.
But what can you actually do in Oakville during the summer? If you plan ahead of time, there are plenty of activities and events that people of all ages can enjoy.
Sing Along at TD Songs of Summer Festival
Most of us love music, and there are plenty of places to take in live performances. In Oakville, you don’t even have to leave the city for a concert! The TD Songs of Summer Festival takes place August 10th to 11th for a weekend of live performances in a variety of different genres. The events take place in downtown Oakville. It’s a free-for-all of local and international music talent.
Experience Art in the Park
Cultural experiences aren’t just good for you, they can be fun, and if you’re an art lover and want to know what to do in Oakville during the summer, save the date for August 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Art in the Park. This event takes paintings, statues, and other installations out of the gallery and puts them in the great outdoors.
Like many events in Oakville, this takes place at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park and includes art, artists, and opportunities for families to make works of their own!
It’s easy and fun to do anytime during the summer, and one of the few activities where you can drop everything and go is a walk through a beautiful green space. Oakville has plenty of parks to explore with different features, so whether you want to get back to nature and see some forest or need a place for the kids and the dog to run free, there’s something out there.
Lion’s Valley Park, for example, has trees, a creek, and many scenic picnic spots, all while being in the heart of the city. If you want something a bit closer to other amenities, Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park has great lakeside views, as well as shops, restaurants, and other boardwalk attractions.
Hit the Trails
For people who want to get the literal lay of the land, there are plenty of trails for the more exploratory or fitness-minded individuals to walk. While it’s possible to go it alone in locations like Avonhead Ridge Trail, if you’re looking for a bit more guidance, some guided trail experiences are also available. These walks are quite manageable at about 1.5 km long, and they take place in different locations like the guided Joshua Valley Trail walk on June 16th. Find the time and location that works for you, and get out there!
Have All the Ribs You Can Eat
Almost everybody loves ribs on a hot summer day, and in Oakville, the love of ribs is so great that from June 21st to 23rd, an entire Oakville Ribfest is dedicated to this irresistible dish. If you’ve been working out all year to stay healthy and trim your waistline, now is the time to treat yourself.
While ribs will be available, so will alcohol and music, as well as rides and attractions for the kids. You’ll even find an arts and craft market. It’s all happening at the Sheridan College Trafalgar Road campus.
Celebrate Canada Day
Canada Day is truly a time to be thankful for the nation we live in. If you're wondering what do for Oakville Canada Day 2019, there are plenty of official events to attend.
Events begin on Canada Day, July 1st from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park.
Have Fun at Oakville Children’s Festival
When it’s time to wind down from summer and start thinking about going back to school, there’s one last event left for the kids. The Oakville Children’s Festival runs on August 17th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is a great event for children, held at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Cultural Centre, and will feature arts, culture, and interactive activities for kids. Past events have included performances and music, so if you want to spend some time with your children in a fun, creative way, look no further than the Oakville Children’s Festival.