5 things to do in Hamilton this weekend

The annual Festival of Friends isn't your only option for weekend fun.

Festival of Friends, teddy bear picnic, multicultural soccer tournament are on tap

The second annual Community Cup soccer tournament hits Corktown Park on Saturday. ((Cory Ruf/CBC))

Festival of Friends

What would summer in Hamilton be without the Festival of Friends? The annual affair returns to the Ancaster Fairgrounds this weekend. Party rockers Down with Webster are closing out Friday night’s lineup. Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks and country outfit Doc Walker are headlining the Saturday and Sunday shows, respectively.

As always, the Festival of Friends is free to attend.

The HSR will be running shuttles from downtown Hamilton to the Ancaster Fairgrounds (and back) throughout the weekend. Here are the details:

To the festival (Pickup at north side of King Street West, across from the MacNab bus terminal):

  • On Friday, buses will depart downtown every 15 minutes starting at 4:30 p.m. The last bus will leave at 10 p.m.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, buses will depart downtown every 15 minutes starting at 11:30 a.m. The last bus will leave at 10 p.m.

To downtown (Pickup at north end of the midway):

  • On Friday, buses will depart the festival every 10 minutes starting at 5:05 p.m. The last bus will leave the festival at 11:35 p.m.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, shuttles will leave the festival every 15 minutes starting at 12:05 p.m. The last departure is scheduled for 11:35 p.m.

For more information on the event, go to Festivaloffriends.ca.

Second annual Community Cup

Hamilton’s second annual Community Cup isn’t just a recreational soccer tournament — it’s a celebration of diversity and inclusion in the city.

Teams from different cultural backgrounds will face off in a friendly competition Saturday. The event, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Corktown Park, promises to have loads of activities for non-athletes, too. Foods from around the world will be on sale. There will also be music, activities for kids, and information about grassroots community initiatives in Hamilton.

For more information, go to Empowermentsquared.ca.

Caribbean Festival

Island vibes are set to liven up the waterfront during the Caribbean Festival at Pier 4 this weekend. Expect a swirl of Soca, reggae and calypso, lots of Caribbean food and drink, and even a limbo competition. Admission to the event, running from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, costs $15 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, call 905-388-1600.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Whitehern

Parents with young children, take note: Whitehern Historic House and Garden is hosting a teddy bear picnic on Sunday. Children 3 to 7 are invited to bring their favourite stuffed animals to the gathering, which will include several teddy bear-themed games and a parade.

The party is a free outdoor event, but regular admission rates will apply for individuals looking to enter the museum. 

For more information, go to Whitehern's events page.

HPO Brass Quintet

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet is playing a special free show show at Gage Park this weekend as part of the Seven Sundays live-music-and-a-movie series.

Local power-pop trio Thought Beneath Film is set to kick off the musical festivities at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the park’s band shell.

After the performances, organizers will show the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom about the astounding contributions of gospel-weaned female backup singers to Western pop music — after the HPO quintet’s performance concludes.

Food trucks will be selling eats through the evening.

For more information about the event, go to Sevensundays.ca.