Supporting Local Businesses: A Look at the Thriving Entertainment Scene in Burlington

By Staff

March 22nd, 2023



You may have a vacation planned already for 2023, but don’t forget there is so much to see and do right here in Burlington! We believe it is more important than ever before to support our local businesses and pay a visit to some of the incredible entertainment venues, restaurants and bars right here in the city. There’s a seriously thriving entertainment scene in Burlington, so whether you’re a local resident or a brand-new visitor – let’s dive into some of the best local spots!

Entertainment is Everywhere

In today’s fast-moving society, it is easier than ever before to access entertainment wherever you are in the world.

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Burlington has an extensive stretch of public beach that is a five minute drive from the downtown core. Great walking trails.

You can also find your own entertainment by spending time in some of Burlington’s beautiful local beauty spots – the Lake Ontario shoreline is a stunning place to relax or play games with friends. Entertainment is all around us here in Burlington, and local businesses have been working hard to provide a range of different options to those looking for fun.

For those who enjoy the arts, Burlington is home to a thriving cultural scene. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre hosts an eclectic variety of performances throughout the year, including theatre productions, concerts, and dance performances. The centre also offers educational programs and workshops for people of all ages, making it a treasured hub for creativity and learning in the community.

Downtown Is The Place to Be

We have to give an honourable mention to the beating heart of our city – downtown Burlington. After spending a morning on the natural lakefront beach at Beachway Park, there are so many amazing local businesses here on the stunning waterfront which can satisfy all your shopping and dining cravings.

Paradiso Restaurant for a Mediterranean feast,

For a classic lunch, we’re huge fans of Downtown Bistro & Grill for their unmissable burgers and charred calamari. For an evening meal, there is a huge range of local restauranteurs here serving up incredible global food – head to Paradiso Restaurant for a Mediterranean feast, to Rayhoon Persian Eatery for a family-friendly experience, or to Mikado for arguably the best, most authentic sushi in town.

The downtown area is now also very pedestrian-friendly, making it easy to explore on foot and enjoy the buzzy atmosphere at your own pace. From boutique shops to trendy restaurants, there is something for everyone in downtown Burlington. For more information, check out the Burlington Downtown Business Association – a local non-profit organization which promotes our thriving business community in downtown Burlington.

Small Business Shopping

The Village Square – unique setting with shops and good restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for a unique, hand-crafted gift for a friend or are simply on the market for a little personal retail therapy – there are countless creative and independent local shops to choose from when shopping in Burlington. Pay a visit to the Village Square in Downtown Burlington, and you’ll find a whole host of independent shops and even a regular farmer’s market for fresh local produce.

Burlington After Dark

It’s never been a better time for Burlington’s nightlife. Now that our best-loved bars and nightclubs are thriving again, there are so many fantastic spots to choose from. There’s something for everyone here in Burlington – whatever your style. One of the city’s most treasured and iconic pubs, The Dickens on Elizabeth Street, is a great choice for those seeking that traditional British pub experience. The venue is well-loved for regularly hosting local bands every Friday and Saturday night, and it also has a weekly trivia night on Tuesdays for those who prefer their entertainment to be a little more intellectually challenging!

When it comes to partying in Burlington, we have seriously got to celebrate many of our incredible local businesses and bars.

Walk out to the end of the Pier and just while away half an hour.

The Queen’s Head next door to city hall is one you don’t want to miss – fine traditional British food and a great crowd at the bar.  Another spot, minutes away is the Pearle Hotel and Spa with a fine selection of places to eat and the best view of the lake from the Outdoor Patio where you can walk over to the Pier and out to the end where you can sit and relax and just while away half an hour.

Festivals and Events

These days, there is a wide range of public events, themed days and festivals in Burlington all year round – there’s something for everyone! On July 1, there are some pretty exciting Canada Day celebrations held right here in Burlington – last year’s celebrations hosted a range of activities, local stalls and food vendors, and the day ended with an awesome fireworks display. The festive season here in Burlington means the annual Santa Claus Parade, which showcases local businesses on its floats and has become a firm family favourite for that fuzzy festive feeling. The Sound of Music Festival is one of the most popular cultural events in Burlington – this thrilling festival takes place every June and features live music from both local and international artists.

Annual Antique Car Show takes place on Brant Street – the main thoroughfare.

We’ve only really scratched the surface of the thriving entertainment scene here in Burlington today. There are so many awesome small businesses and projects to celebrate – Burlington’s bars, restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues have so much to offer, whether you’re a local resident or just passing through. In our fast-paced modern world, it is so important to remember to slow down and support local businesses, so we hope you’ve found some new favourites today. So get out there, and enjoy everything Burlington has to offer!

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