Hamilton Festival Weekend has something for everyone August 12-14

A weekend full of summer festivals will take Hamilton by storm from Friday, and it promises to have a festival for everyone.

From a picnic in the park to the Unity Rally, here are some things to do this weekend in Hamilton.

Picnic at the bay

A new Pier 8 Pop Up is happening this weekend with a “picnic at the bay”.

“A night of free family fun, delicious food and the opportunity to spend an evening by the water,” read the Pier 8 Pop Ups Instagram page.

The picnic will take place from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the Hamilton Waterfront Trust Patio, just behind the Discovery Center (also called the Hamilton Waterfront Trust building).

The event, presented by the city, will feature various food vendors and “family-friendly activities, tunes from DJ Donna Lovejoy, special visitors and the most beautiful sunset you’ve ever seen!”

Art Crawl on James North

Hamilton’s long-running Art Crawl continues this weekend along James Street North.

According their websitevisitors can expect street art, artists, vendors, and craft markets as they stroll down the street.

Art Crawl starts at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Exhibition at Hamilton Artists Inc.

This Saturday is the last chance to see the “Turf Wars” exhibit at the Hamilton Artists Inc. gallery on James Street North.

The exhibition brings together works by artists Atticus Gordon, Eryn O’Neill and Violeta San Juan that focus on land, borders, our planet’s resources and more, according to the gallery website.

“How do we shape the places we inhabit? How do these places, in turn, shape our lives? What are the consequences of our control over the earth, both now and in the future? »

The gallery is open Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


From Friday to Sunday, the ArtsWest festival presents several musical performances at Westdale Village in Hamilton.

There will be country concerts from Hamilton artists such as Mahima, the New Rebel Westerners, the Redhill Valleys and more, as well as a tribute to Johnny Cash.

There will also be other live music from Friday to Sunday.

A craft market will also be present during the three days of the festival, starting Friday at 4 p.m.

Unit muster

The second annual Unity Rally will take place in front of Hamilton City Hall on Saturday.

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic Indigenous Justice Coordinator Lyndon George said residents can expect the gathering to become a tradition in the city.

“The Native Unity Rally will be held every other Saturday in August. It doesn’t matter how many people show up, for Indigenous peoples, our friends and allies. It’s a time for us to come together.

According to George, attendees can expect a few words from several Indigenous members of the community as well as allies.

“There will be drumming, there will be dancing, there will be singing.”

The event takes place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

“We recognize that during the summer months many Aboriginal people don’t have the opportunity to travel out of town,” George said.

“We wanted to create more space and more events for Indigenous peoples and our friends and allies, so we could bring this wisdom and knowledge about Indigenous peoples together within the city limits.

Hamilton Filipino Heritage Festival

The first-ever Filipino festival in Hamilton is taking place this weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m., community members can experience Filipino culture at TB McQuesten Park on Upper Wentworth Street.

The festival will feature food, games, prizes and “non-stop entertainment”, according to a Facebook post.

The event will feature Filipino singer Lani Misalucha at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

BIPOC showcase and pop-up market

Another Pier 8 Pop Up this weekend will take place at this year’s BIPOC showcase and market on Saturday.

Pier 8 Pop Ups has partnered with Black Owned Hamilton and BMRKT “to showcase amazing local BIPOC-owned businesses, delicious food and exciting musical guests,” according to an Instagram post.

Visitors will be able to shop at more than 20 vendors and will also have activities for children from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Stories in the Stones

Also on Saturdays, residents can stroll down memory lane at Hamilton Cemetery on an Art Crawl Tour.

The tour will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will allow visitors to “meet the artists, poets and musicians of the past and learn their stories”, according to the the city website.

Hamilton Latin Festival

The city’s Latino Festival returns this weekend after a two-year hiatus.

The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Gage Park. It starts at 11am both days.

Several Latinx artists based in Hamilton and surrounding areas will be performing.

The event will also have several food vendors and other Latinx businesses.

Sub Bay

The final Pier 8 Pop Up of the weekend will be Sous Bay, a ticketed 19+ event hosted by Hamilton club collective Sous Bas.

The event will include drinks, DJs and dancing and will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Attendees will sit waterside on the Hamilton Waterfront Trust Terrace and enjoy music and drinks.


Also on Sunday, the play Blackberry, written by Radha S. Menon, will be performed at Carter Park in the Stinson neighborhood.

According to an Instagram post, Blackberry is a piece that examines the “lasting effects of growing up in colonized spaces through the lens of four young people from IBPOC.”

“Blackberry is not afraid of the realities facing countless young people in Canada today: police violence, systemic racism, murdered and missing Indigenous women, abuse of power.”

Blackberry will play every night at 7:30 p.m. until August 21.

Japanese summer festival

For the first time in Hamilton, the Summer Japanese Festival takes place Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Canadian Japanese Cultural Center on Hempstead Drive.

The festival will include food, arts and crafts, vendors, live music, martial arts and more.

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