Summer is just around the corner! The weather has been fantastic and everyone is now gearing up for cottage season. I love summer in Burlington. The lake, rowing on the rivers, the hiking, and the crowds of happy people socailizing outside is just amazing!
The first sign of summer in Burlington is our Sound of Music Festival.
My kids used to love going to down Spencer Smith Park with their friends to enjoy it, it always marked the end of school! Now they love taking their kids there. ??There is just so much to see and do for everyone in the family and it really brings our community together. More people visit this festival every year than live in our city!! Last year’s attendance for the 9 days was roughly 230,000 people! Which means it is drawing in lots of tourists and boasts over 100 talented acts, plenty of whom perform voluntarily or for a modest fee.
Bringing such an event to Burlington every year since 1980 has definitely helped put our city on the map, making it not only a great place to live, but a choice place for out of town visitors.
It has been added to the list of Festivals & Events of Distinction, a group selected by Festival and Events Ontario which represent some of the most well-known and respected celebrations in the province; celebrations which draw both an international and domestic audience. The list includes festivals such as Luminato, Toronto International Film Festival, TD Jazz Festival Toronto and RBC Ottawa Bluesfest.
The Sound of Music Festival was winner of the Grand Pinnacle 2012 from the IFEA (International Festival and Events Association). The Grand Pinnacle is the IFEA’s highest award (divided into four budget categories) reflecting the best overall festival or event in the world.
I hope to see you and your family at The Sound of Music this weekend!