This Weekend

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See the events, courses, tours and activities running at RBG this weekend, all in once place!

RBG Special Events

Canada and Ontario's 150th at RBG

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Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to commemorate Ontario and Canada’s 150th birthday with year-long celebrations showcasing the diversity of our beautiful province and RBG’s unique landscapes. Experience a year full of music and entertainment, cuisine, art, horticultural displays and exhibitions.

May to July

Blooms Festival (May: Lilacs)

All month long at RBG


The Blooms Festival is an eight week long celebration of natural beauty, all across Royal Botanical Gardens. Each month features a different bloom and features special events and guided tours included as part of your regular admission. Check back frequently for more details.

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May 20 to August 20

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks

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If you love LEGO, you’ll love Nature Connects. Created with over 300,000 LEGO pieces, this exhibition features 14 sculptures by New York artist, Sean Kenney. Building with LEGO bricks is about balance and connections, much like the biodiversity of Royal Botanical Gardens.

Daily, May 15th - September 3rd

Discovery in the Gardens

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Visit our Garden Interpreters to discover our Gardens in a new way. Visit our Discovery Carts, go on a guided tour, and much more!

June to December

Dan Lawrie International Sculpture Collection

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In 2013, Hamilton businessman and Burlington resident Dan Lawrie donated the first sculpture of The International Sculpture Collection to Royal Botanical Gardens. In 2017, new sculpture will be added to celebrate the Sesquicentennial.

June to September

Celebrating Connections - Annuals Display

Throughout RBG

Throughout our gardens you will discover unique horticultural displays that celebrate our nation’s 150th anniversary while exploring multicultural, ecological, historical and sustainable perspectives.

Sunday June 4th

The Tenors: A Signature Performance!

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Showcasing their undeniable charm and diverse vocal styles, blending classical music and contemporary pop, the award-winning and multi-platinum band perform in the tranquility of Mitchell’s Field in RBG’s Hendrie Park.

June 14th to Sept 6th

Garden Music Nights Concert Series

Tuesday and Wednesday Nights; Hendrie Park

Royal Botanical Garden’s live summer concert series returns to beautiful Hendrie Park. Tap your feet to jazz and blues music every Wednesday and enjoy country and roots music on Tuesdays. We’re celebrating Canada and Ontario’s 150th with some great homegrown talent!

 June 21st, November 9th

Speaker Series

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Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to offer lectures featuring outstanding individuals in their professions. The 2017 Speaker Series features informative lectures exploring Ontario’s history and connections to our natural world, as part of our celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation for Canada and Ontario.

June 29th

Canadian Citizenship Ceremony

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Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to host our nation’s newest Canadians as they take their oath of citizenship in our historic Rock Garden.

July 8th to August 27th

Edible Weekends

10:00AM to 4:00PM | Veggie Village, Hendrie Park Learn More >>

Visit our Discovery Cart in Veggie Village to learn more about tasty plants that are easy to grow and use in a wide variety of dishes. RBG’s Greenhouse Café presents cooking demonstrations on Sunday afternoons. Greenhouse Café recipes will be available at the Discovery Cart on weekends.

July 21st & 22nd

The Canada BioBlitz

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The Bioblitz will encourage visitors to learn about Ontario’s biodiversity through hands-on exploration with local scientists and community organizations, and engage in a new national citizen science initiative.

T.B. McQuesten Sculpture Competition

November; Rock Garden - Learn More >>

RBG founder Thomas Baker McQuesten B. McQuesten The T.B. McQuesten Sculpture Competition will celebrate the legacy of the community leader and set in motion the process of honouring him in perpetuity.

Local Railway Heritage Display

November–December; Rock Garden 

The Local Railway Heritage Display features a unique model train display that celebrates and depicts the rich heritage of railways throughout Hamilton, Burlington, the Niagara Escarpment, and Lake Ontario shoreline.

Winter Traditions

November 18–December 31; RBG Centre, Hendrie Park, Rock Garden

We’re celebrating Canadian Winter Traditions with food, heritage and environmental programing as well as children’s musical, theatrical, and story performances. Holiday Traditions returns with the RBG Botanical Train Show and a Signature Santa Experience.

Holiday Light Show

December; Rock Garden 

This Multi-Media Light, Sound and Theatrical presentation will celebrate Ontario and Canada’s Sesquicentennial in the setting of the picturesque Rock Garden.

Children’s Mini-Gardens

May–August; Hendrie Park

Our new Mini-Gardens are helping kids grow! Engage with RBG’s Junior Gardeners Program and see how young minds create horticultural displays.

Centennial Rose Garden Refresh

June–October; Hendrie Park 

Our centennial Rose Garden is getting a facelift! Watch this exciting project as it gets underway in 2017.The refreshed Rose Garden will allow RBG to interpret and promote Ontario’s innovation in sustainable gardening practices for visitors.

Indigenous People and Plants Discovery Trail

September–December; Arboretum

The Indigenous People and Plants Discovery Trail will showcase Anishinabek culture’s relationship with Ontario’s native flora. The trail will be created in partnership with Anishinabek elders and traditional teachers.