Check out what to do this weekend in Hamilton. Although the summer is winding down, there’s still lots to do in the city to soak up the last few weekends before back to school.
Winona Peach Festival
Winona Peach Festival – Hamilton’s small town fair is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It’s a classic end of summer three-day-long fair with peach sundaes, midway rides, arts and craft vendors, live music and festival food. Free admission to the fair. There are free HSR shuttle buses (with food bank donation) leaving from East Gate Mall (from Route 58 bus stop every 12 mins) directly to the festival. Free parking is also located at Puddicombe Estates but shuttle bus rides to the festival will cost $5 (round trip).
Friday, August 25: 5 p.m – 11 p.m.
Saturday, August 26: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, August 27: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Shakespeare at the Rock – The Merchant of Venice
An outdoor short-run performance series of The Merchant of Venice with the backdrop of the Royal Botanical Garden’s rock garden. A perfect way to end a summer evening under the stars. The performance includes a half hour intermission with garden tours. It’s a family friendly event, so feel free to bring the kids. Show starts at 7 p.m. For an extra evening out, you can tie on dinner at the Rock Garden for an additional fee.
Dates: Friday, August 25, August 28 – September 1
Senior/ Student: $16.00
Child (4-12 years old): $10.00
Children (3 and under): Free
Solidarity on Screen #3: Complicit at Workers Arts & Heritage Centre
This is an outdoor film viewing, which is the lats part of film series titled Solidarity on Screen. Tonight’s viewing of Complicit follows the journey of Chinese factory migrant worker-turned-activist Yi Yeting, who takes his fight against the global electronic industry from his hospital bed to the international stage. While battling his own work-induced leukemia, Yi Yeting teaches himself labour law in order to prepare a legal challenge against his former employers. Hamilton dubpoet Klyde Broox and special guests will read poems from the chapboop A Screw Fell to the Ground by Xu Lizhi, published by The Tower InPrint in advance of the film. Free admission.
Friday, August 25
Doors at open at 8:00 p.m.
Event starts at 8:30 p.m.; film will start at around 9 pm
20th Anniversary of the Fishway
Join RBG biologists and staff to and celebrate the Great Lakes’ first two-way Fishway and carp barrier. Since 1997, the Fishway has been keeping invasive non-native carp out of Cootes Paradise while maintaining the flow of water and populations of native aquatic species. Join in the festivities with a hike, and explore the discovery stations and kids zones. Free event.
Strange Day at the Bay
By the fine folks that have been putting on the annual Strangewaves Music Festival, they bring to you Strange Day at the Bay; a day-long celebration of “the rich and eccentric musical talent of the Hamilton region and beyond.” There’ll be DJs, never before seen musical collaborations, live acts, and all round creative awesomeness plus amazing South Indian food by the fine folks from DoSha CoRner.
Saturday, August 26, 2 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Hamilton Glow Riders
Join Hamilton Glow Riders’ monthly event this Saturday night, where a bike friendly gang deck their bikes out in lights and glow sticks. The groups goes for a leisure ride of joyful bike bell ringing, glowing and riding around town. To join the ride meet at Durand park, then cruise around the city for an hour with the ride ending at Augusta Street. The ride is open to anyone of all biking abilities with the goal being to promote safe cycling and help spread the love and joy of cycling.
Saturday, August 26, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Bring a bike, helmet, lights/glow, bell, bike lock and water
The Tale of a Town Performance
Head to Ottawa Street to see a multi-media performance that brings to life local stories and memories of Ottawa street (from roof-jumping to family gatherings at the first Tim Hortons) using audio-recorded interviews, live video, puppetry, and live music by local artist Treasa Levasseur. Free event.
Saturday, August 27
Performances at 11 a.m. , 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Preregister to attend here.
It’s the 2nd Annual Craftadian Made in Hamilton maker craft market featuring over 70 local makes and vendors. Included in the fair are food trucks and entertainment. Check out three local Craftadian vendors that we featured here.
Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission is $3 (free for under 16 years of age)
Punk Rock Flea Market: BBQ Bonanza
This is one of many installations of a family friendly punk rock market that embodies DIY, handmade and local. There’ll be food, fashion, records, collectibles, home decor plus haircuts vy Chainsaw Mary of The Parlour, BBQ by Jackie’s Home Kitchen, and music by DJ Broken Mohawk. Drink specials all day long. Free admission.
Sunday, August 27, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
38 King William Street, Hamilton, ON
The third installment of this fun family friendly event allows parents and families to catch a little break while enjoying some beer out on Collective Arts’ beer garden with family friendly music, and some free kids arts and crafts activities. Curbside Burgers food truck and Big Scoops Ice-cream will be there to satisfy your cravings. Free admission.
Sunday, August 27, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For more on what to do in the city, check out our events page.
*Feature image courtesy of @winonapeachfest