Ribfest and Teddy Bears at the RBG. Beaches are a little iffy – blue-green algae have moved in. Weather expected to be decent.

August 30, 2013

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON.  The water along the shore might be messed up with blue green algae and gas prices are said to be ready to touch $1.36 a litre but RibFest will start – so it can’t be all bad – can it?

Royal Botanical Gardens is going to hold the Teddy Bear Picnic, Royal Botanical Gardens between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to join the Teddy Bear Picnic. Don’t forget to bring your favourite furry friend.  

Ribfest Burlington – said to be the biggest in the province.

Ribfest runs from Friday, August 3oth to Monday Sept. 2. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday.

Weather: Saturday is expected to see a bit of rain, maybe a bit on Sunday as well but Monday is predicted to be sunny but a little cooler than the seasonal norm.

The nut cases will be on the highways – watch out for them.  Stay off your Smart phone – it is smarter than you are but hasn’t yet figured out how to tell you that you can’t drive and work one of the things.

There are plenty of activities for all ages at city parks and recreation facilities including pools, arenas and community centres. Hours and program times vary over the long weekend. For information, get on over to the city website

Burlington Transit will be operating a holiday service schedule on Monday, Sept. 2. The administration offices, including the downtown transit terminal will be closed.

Parking: Free parking is available in the downtown core at all meters, municipal lots and the parking garage on Monday, Sept. 2. The waterfront parking lots (east and west) do not provide free parking on statutory holidays.

What’s Closed: Holiday hours will be in effect for some city programs and services over the long weekend.  City Hall: Burlington City Hall will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 and will reopen on Tuesday, Sept.3.

The Burlington Art Centre is closed but the Art Etc Gallery Shop is open seven days a week.  If Burlington plans on becoming culturally relevant – the Art Centre will want to think about being open on holidays.

Tourism office is open.

The Performing Arts Centre is, as they say in show business – dark for the weekend.

Provincial Offences Courts will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2.

Teddy Bear Picnic at the RBG

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