Are you wondering what's on in the city for Mother's Day weekend? There are plenty of events in Hamilton to which you can take Mom — or you can go by yourself after you're done putting together a gift and card. In any case, here's a list of things to do this weekend.
Festival of South Asia
The South Asian Association of Hamilton and Region is hosting a festival celebrating the food, dance and music of the Indian subcontinent. The 10th annual Festival of South Asia runs on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School (200 Acadia Dr.). A food festival starts at 4 p.m.
Admission is free, but organizers are accepting donations of non-perishable food items to pass on to local food banks.
For more information, go to Southasianheritage.org. And to RSVP, email organizers at email@example.com or call Indu Singh (905-807-4638), Jesmin Haq (905-304-3350) or Zafar Pasha Siddiqui (289-700-3006). Entrance is free.
Visitors can also register for a blood donor clinic that will take place on May 17 in Ancaster.
RBG Auxiliary Plant Sale
The Royal Botanical Gardens is holding its 38th annual Auxiliary Plant Sale at its arboretum (16 Old Guelph Rd.) this weekend. More than 125 varieties of peonies, 35 types of lilacs, 25 types of tomatoes and much more will be on sale.
Event hours are 9 a.m. to noon on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free.
For more information, call 905-577-7771 or go the RBG’s event page.
It’s not a contact sport, but competition at an art battle can be nearly as fierce. A jury has selected 12 local painters to face off in a showdown that requires them to paint a masterpiece in only 20 minutes. Audience members vote on their favourite creations from each of the contest's three rounds.
270 Sherman (270 Sherman St. North, Suite 201) is hosting the Hamilton qualifiers for the national competition on Saturday night. The festivities start at 7 p.m. and are set to run until 11 p.m. The painting frenzy kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $10 per attendee and there will be a cash bar.
For more information, go to 270sherman.ca.
And to see what an art battle looks like, here's a video of one that was held in Vancouver last year:
Hamilton Downtown Mosque's Family Festival Fundraiser
The Hamilton Downtown Mosque is hosting its Family Festival Fundraiser at the congregation's new site at 221 York Blvd. on Saturday. The event, taking place between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., will feature a food bazaar, barbecue eats, henna art, prizes and activities for children. Proceeds will go towards renovating the mosque's new building.
For more information, go to Downtownmosque.com.
Motherhood is hard work, no doubt, but it can funny too. For a fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, the Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N) is staging a sketch comedy and improv night on Sunday night to celebrate — and make light of — one of the world’s toughest jobs.
Mama Drama starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for adults are $20 each and children under 13 get in for $15. Family packs, which covers admission for two adults and two kids, are available for $65 each. Proceeds go to support the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Foundation.
To purchase, tickets go to Ticketscene.ca or call 905-529-3000.