This Weekend at RBG: May 26 and 27

There's always something new at RBG! Check back each week for an updated list of tours, events, classes, entertainment, and more! For information on future weekends and the weekday schedule, check out the RBG visitor events calendar.

Hours and AdmissionFull CalendarWhat's In Bloom
the lilac dell in bloom with visitors scattered about

Celebrate Lilacs

Our Famous Lilac Collection is Blooming!

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Arboretum

Join us for daily tours and discovery as the Katie Osborne Lilac Collection in the Lilac Dell approaches full bloom.

As of today the collection displays over 745 plants meaning RBG’s Lilac Collection is one of the most diverse to be experienced anywhere on the planet.

Learn about the collection >>

examining lilac specimans from the herbarium

Biodiversity Celebration

Saturday, May 26

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Arboretum

Join us for a day of exploration and hands-on fun with local animals, plants, and ecosystems. Children’s activities, special visitors from the animal kingdom, guided walks, and much more await visitors on this activity-packed celebration of the International Day of Biological Diversity.

Learn More >>


Dining and Entertainment

Reno Silva holding guitar

Jazz Brunch Concert Series

Sunday May 27

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Rock Garden

Artist: Reno Silva RBG’s Summer Concert Series moves inside with the Jazz Brunches! Experience a sumptuous weekend brunch together with live jazz and the tranquility of Royal Botanical Gardens. Reservations Required

Make a Reservation

black and white photo of well-dressed musicians

Entertainment: Andre Bisson Band

Saturday May 27

12 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Arboretum

Andre performs his original music while still performing his favourite covers and arrangements of Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Swing and Soul music from the 60's & 70's.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership


Explore and Learn

lilac blooms budding

History of Lilacs Tour

Daily, May 14 to 27

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.; Arboretum

Follow a Garden Interpreter as they walk you through the story of our lilac collection! Meet at the start of the Lilac Walk.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

Pink lilac blooms

Discover Lilacs

Daily, May 13 to 27

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Arboretum

Discover the seven colours of lilacs and learn about our world-renowned lilac collection.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

RBG employee showing fish in net to visitors

Discovery at the Fishway

Sunday May 27

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Fishway

Join us for Fishway Fridays! Park at Princess Point and walk the Waterfront Trail to RBG’s Fishway. Watch RBG ecologists at work as they assist migrating fish to their spawning grounds in Cootes Paradise Marsh.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership

Mayapple flower

Wildflower Walks

Weekends, May 19 to 27

1:30 p.m.; Arboretum

Join a Garden Interpreter for a guided walk along our trails and see what wildflowers are in bloom! Meet at the front deck of the Nature Interpretive Centre.

 Included in your General Admission or Membership


Get Active

walking along boardwalk in forest

Back to Nature Hike

Each Sunday

2 p.m.; Location Rotates

Each Sunday of the month our volunteer Back to Nature hike leaders offer free hikes through the vast ecosystems of RBG’s lands, allowing people to familiarize themselves with the area so they can continue to explore with their friends and family. Learn More >>

May 27: Cootes South Shore; meet at the Aviary parking lot on Oak Knoll Drive, Hamilton.

 FREE HIKE! Parking charges apply



What's In Bloom

budding, blue hyacinth

What's in Bloom at RBG

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Across RBG

Take a self-guided tour, and see what flowers and plants are at their peak across RBG Gardens and Nature Sanctuaries. Learn More >>

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Plant of the Week

Paper Birch; Hendrie Park

Check back each week to discover the history and features of a selected plant before coming out to see it in person. Learn More >>

children smelling bird of paradise flowers

Hours and Admission

Learn everything you need to enjoy your time in the gardens! Online tickets available for purchase.

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visitor looking at overhead map of RBG

Parking and Directions

RBG cosists of four formal gardens contained within 1,100 hectares of nature reserve. Parking is available at the various garden areas and trailheads.

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roots musicians playing on stage in the Rose Garden tent for a crowd

Upcoming Events

RBG hosts events year-round, from blooms celebrations, to performing arts, to holiday celebrations

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