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Come experience local events in Bronte! With unmatched views of the harbour, one-of-a-kind stores and exceptional restaurants, we are the place to be for lakeside concerts and family entertainment. The BIA-Sponsored events listed below are brought to you by the vibrant businesses of Bronte Village.

BIA-Sponsored Events:

Basics to Birding: Walk & Workshop

Bronte Harbour – Butterfly Gazebo

Want to learn basic bird identification skills, learn local birds, and explore hotspots in Oakville for bird activity? Join Oakvillegreen at the Butterfly Gazebo for a walk around Bronte Harbour.

Explore the harbour, from the marina to Bronte Beach Park, looking for different birds in different environments. Oakvillegreen will provide background on popular species and tips and tricks for supporting local birds. The walk is approximately 2km, occasionally on uneven terrain.

Binoculars can be loaned for this FREE event. Register here.

Saturday, May 6 – 8:30am to 10:30am

Saturday, June 3 – 8:30am to 10:30am

Bandology Bucket Drumming Workshops

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park – Willow Tree

Bandology, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to music for kids, will be hosting FREE bucket drumming workshops all summer long. Fun for ages 5 to 95, stop by and learn about the power of music, collaboration and community. No experience required.

Saturday, May 6 – 1pm to 3pm

Saturday, May 13 – 1pm to 3pm

Saturday, May 20 – 1pm to 3pm

Saturday, May 27 – 1pm to 3pm

Saturday, June 3 – 1pm to 3pm

Saturday, June 10 – 1pm to 3pm

Saturday, June 17 – 1pm to 3pm

Saturday, June 24 – 1pm to 3pm

Oakville Festivals of Film & Art: Movie Under the Stars

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park – Gazebo

OFFA, and the businesses of the Bronte BIA present a FREE Movie Under the Stars. The featured film will be a classic – Jurassic Park! Bring a chair or a blanket, invite your friends and family to join you and sit back and enjoy as dinosaurs take over Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park for the night. Free popcorn and water will be available.

The movie will begin around 9pm, but arrive early to get a good seat and to take part in the OFFA giveaways!

Tuesday, June 13 (Rain Date is Friday, June 16)

Bronte Lake Notes

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park – Sails Stage

Bronte Lake Notes is returning to the sails stage Thursdays at 7pm in Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park. Featuring contemporary music from hot local bands, the FREE concerts are for everyone – young and old – and invite audiences to dance, sing and celebrate together while enjoying gorgeous views of the harbour. This event is presented by The Bronte Historical Society and sponsored by RBC and the Bronte BIA.

June 22 – The Dave Murphy Band

June 29 – Fiddlestix

July 6

July 13

July 20

July 27

August 3

August 10

August 17

August 24

August 31

Walk & Talk History

Sovereign House – 7 West River Street, Oakville

Put on a comfortable pair of shoes and join the Bronte Historical Society for a FREE walking tour of our district. Starting at Sovereign House, you’ll enjoy a fascinating and informative tour while you learn about Bronte from a historical lens. Develop an enhanced understanding of where Bronte has been and where it’s going. Each walk departs at 3pm and will last for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Please register for your walking tour today.

Wednesday, June 28

Wednesday, July 12

Wednesday, July 26

Wednesday, August 9

Wednesday, August 23

Wednesday, September 6

Wednesday, September 20

Wednesday, October 4

Celebrate Canada Day at The Bronte Legion

The Bronte Legion – 79 Jones St, Oakville

All welcome! Food trucks, kids activities, live music and more!

Fiddlestix on stage at 12:30pm

Stone the Radio on stage at 6:30pm

Special Guest Elvis (Mel Priest)

Hosted by DJ Rick

Saturday, July 1 from noon until 11pm

Oakville Wind Orchestra Summer Concert Series

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park – Butterfly Gazebo

The Oakville Wind Orchestra, Canada’s oldest community concert band, invites you join them for six FREE family-friendly lakeside concerts. Bring a chair and take a musical journey through the ages! Each performance starts at 7pm and runs for 1-hour.

July 4, 11, 18, 25

August 1 & 8

CRAFT Live-Afro Caribbean Canadian Waterfront Fete

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park

Did you know August is African, Caribbean and Black Canadian Appreciation Month in Oakville? Come and celebrate the contributions, culture and diversity of Afro Caribbean communities and beyond through music. Produced by @blingeventsinternational, the CRAFT Live-Afro Caribbean Canadian Waterfront Fete is a FREE, fun-packed event for the whole family!

Saturday, August 26 – Time TBD (live music performances & DJ)

OPL Programming

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park – Under the Sails

The Oakville Public Library will offer programming 3-4 times per week, which will include storytimes, “book talks”, STEAM based sessions, Nature-based programming, and Maker programming for audiences of all-ages. More details coming soon!

Dates TBD

Library ON THE GO Book Bike

BIA Office – 2360 Lakeshore Rd W

Connect with friends, neighbours and nature as you relax with a book. The Oakville Public Library’s Library ON THE GO Book Bike is back in Bronte for the summer! Think of it as an ice cream truck…but for books! This amenity features reading material for all ages that you can take or borrow. Come and connect, come and enjoy!

Weekdays (weather permitting)

Other Upcoming Bronte Happenings:

Oakville Art Society Members Exhibition & Sale

Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre

The Oakville Art Society presents its Members’ Exhibition and Sale at Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre, running from May 17 to September 11, 2023. Come see the art of many talented local artists in mediums ranging from pastels, oils, acrylics, water colours, photography and mixed media.

May 17 until September 11

Veteran’s Salmon Derby

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park – Butterfly Gazebo

Recognize the service of Canadian veterans while you enjoy a FREE outdoor adventure on Lake Ontario! Meet at 6am under the gazebo for a day of fishing with veterans, followed by an afternoon BBQ, fish weigh-in and awards ceremony. 

Saturday, June 10 – 6am

Heartache2Hope Annual Walk to Remember

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park

Participate in the 2nd annual 5k Walk2Remember to build community, feel connection, remember loved ones lost to suicide, or walk in solidarity with those impacted by suicide. Invite friends and family to walk with you!

All proceeds will help fund suicide loss support services, including Closed and Open Support Groups, Individual Grief Counselling, Trauma Therapy, Peer Support Program, and Wellness Activities – all offered at no cost to suicide loss grievers.

Walk, donate, or sponsor!

Saturday, June 17 – 10am to 2pm

Mary Murray’s Tea on the Bluffs

Sovereign House – 7 West River Street, Oakville

A fundraiser for the Bronte Historical Society – door prizes & a raffle!

Sunday, June 25 – 11am to 3pm

Canada Day by The Town of Oakville

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park

Enjoy an evening of FREE performances and family fun at Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park on Saturday July 1. Activities and food trucks will open at 6pm with fireworks at 10pm (weather permitting). More details to come. 

Saturday, July 1 – starts at 6pm, fireworks at 10pm

Art in the Park

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park

Art in the Park features more than 175 artists and artisans from across Canada. Every medium is represented: traditional oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, glass, ceramics, photography, mixed media, sculptures and fine jewellery. Visitors will get to meet the artists and learn about the works they have created.

Admission is $5 (children under 12 are FREE).

Monday, August 7 – 10am to 5pm

Oakville Latino Festival

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park

Explore the richness of Latin culture through food, dance, music and art exhibitions.

August 11, 12 & 13