The summer is winding down and this weekend presents so many opportunities to get outdoors with friends & family to experience Hamilton. Here’s 10 things on tap for the weekend:
Dundas Cactus Festival & Parade
One of Ontario’s Top 100 festivals, the 37th annual Dundas Cactus Festival takes over downtown Dundas all weekend with 3 stages of live music, a Family Fun Zone and so many vendors. One of Hamilton’s most enjoyable summer traditions. The festival runs Friday-Sunday, with the kick-off Cactus Festival Parade on Thursday evening at 7pm. Click here for full information.
Augusta Block Party
Saturday & Sunday. Presented by The Hamilton Professional Firefighters Association The Augusta Block Party is now two-days in August on Augusta Street, bringing together communities, local businesses and entertainers. Saturday features the 4th annual Hamilton Firefighters Chili Cook-Off from 1pm-8pm, a children’s play area and local business’ and artist in vendor alley. Both days will feature live music and a large festival beer garden. For more information on the festival please visit www.firefightersforcharity.com or www.augustablockparty.ca.
6 Hamilton Farmer’s Markets Open Saturday
Eating healthy starts by eating local food grown by some of Hamilton’s hardest working farmers & growers. On Saturday, 6 farmer’s markets will be open for your shopping pleasure. Sweet corn, green beans, cucumbers, zucchinis, peaches and so much more are fresh and in stock. Downtown, Hamilton Mountain, Ottawa Street, Binbrook, Locke Street and Ancaster Fairgrounds. Click here for a list and map of all of Hamilton’s farmer’s markets.
Ghost Tour of Hermitage Ruins
Saturday – Travel the dark, tree lined path through the Dundas Valley woods with nothing but the light of our lantern to guide your way to one of the most haunted locations in Canada! Hear about the legend of Lover’s Lane and the many ghosts and negative energies that surround this mysterious place. Times – 8:30pm, 9pm & 9:30pm Cost – $15/adults :: $10 kids 13 & under Location – Hermitage Ruins in Ancaster. Click here for more info or to book.
Art in the Park on Ottawa Street
Saturday – Artists from AllSorts gallery will come out to Boys and Girls Kiwanis Park (Ottawa Street N., & Edinburgh St.) and teach kids how to do pottery, make jewelry, and do other arts and crafts. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore Ottawa Street’s array of antique and garment shoppes, restaurants & coffee shops and more. Click here for more info.
Momstown Hamilton 5th Birthday Celebration
Saturday – Momstown Birthday Celebration @ Ancaster Fairgrounds from 10am – 1pm. This is a FREE, family focused event that is open to the public. You will enjoy a FREE premier family celebration with loads of entertainment and activities, thousands of dollars in prizes to be won and receive a limited availability loot bag from Today’s Parent Magazine. Get your little ones ready to meet Super Why! courtesy of Kids CBC. Click here for full details.
River Regatta at Wild Waterworks
Saturday - Test your boat building Skills with this Cardboard Boat River Regatta event. The Cardboard Boat River Regatta challenges amateur boat builders to design, build and navigate boats made entirely of corrugated cardboard. Come and enjoy the fun as you watch the teams maneuvers the Eazy River. Runs 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Click here for details.
Yoga at Valens Conservation Area
Sunday – Moksha yoga, fresh air and beautiful scenery! Hamilton Conservation Authority teams up with Moksha Yoga Hamilton to provide a series of free outdoor yoga classes at different conservation areas throughout the summer, including this Sunday’s edition at Valens Conservation Area starting at 10:30am. Click here to read more about the program.
Live Steamer Days
Sunday – Catch a ride on miniature coal-burning steam-powered trains at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology. Admission is free to the museum and this outdoor family event. Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click here for more details about the museum.
Water-fall for Hamilton
Hamilton has over 100 waterfalls & cascades that visitors from all over the World come to see. See them for yourself with some help from our interactive hiking guide, the Hamilton Conservation Authority or the City of Waterfalls group. Take photos & videos and share with your friends!
As always, we want to see what you do over the weekend. Post to our Facebook page or tweet us @tourismhamilton. Have a great weekend in Hamilton!