Canada Day fireworks display

Hamilton is lighting up at Bayfront and Pier 4 parks on Tuesday with fireworks display for Canada Day. The annual event draws 30,000 people to Hamilton's waterfront.

For how to get there, what to bring, what to wear and more, here are some things you need to know.

Time: Tuesday, July 1.

Location: Bayfront Park and Pier 4 Park.

Cost: free admission.

Day of Dance

Have you always wanted to try dance but don’t know where to start or which style to try? Join Nuvitzo for Day of Dance on Sunday, June 29. The Hamilton dance studio is hosting free dance classes and workshops all day long. Stop by for a class or stay all day to try the following:

  • Jazz Open: 10a.m.
  • Contemporary Open: 11a.m.
  • Salsa Open: 12:30p.m.
  • Bachata Open : 1:30p.m.
  • Cha Cha Open: 2:30p.m.

Time: Sunday, June 29.

Location: Nuvitzo Dance, 150 James St. S.

Cost: free.

DMC Hamilton DJ battle

Hamilton's local DJs and their counterparts from across the country will converge in This Ain't Hollywood on Saturday to compete in the 2014 Rane DMC Hamilton DJ battle. Established in 1985, the DMC DJ Competition is the longest running global DJ championship.

2014 Rane DMC Hamilton DJ battle

DJ Fresh Kils, from Toronto, is visiting Hamilton for the 2014 Rane DMC Hamilton DJ battle. (Sunnie Huang/CBC)

Each DJ will perform a six-minute set to showcase how they can use their turntables to mix, scratch, cut, beat juggle and even perform body tricks. The first-place DJ will advance to the National DMC Championships in September in addition to thousands of dollars in prize.

Among the competitors are Hamilton locals DJ Kryme Won, DJ Fed'N'it and DJ Rix. Other DJs are travelling from as far as Montreal.

For more information, contact Amir Handan at

Time: Saturday, June 28. Doors open at 9 p.m. Show starts at 10 p.m.

Location: This Ain't Hollywood, 345 James St. N.

Cost: $10 general admission

It's Your Festival

Celebrate Canada's birthday with It's your Festival, the oldest and biggest Canada Day festival in Canada and one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario. More than 150,000 people attended the festival in 2013.

The 45th edition of the festival is putting on four fun-filled days at Gage Park. There will be performances in the park throughout the long weekend. Iron Man will also make a guest appearance every day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit

Time: Events start at noon from June 28 to June 30 and at 2 p.m. on July 1.

Location: Gage Park.

Cost: free admission.

5th annual Oh Canada Ribfest

Come out for the ribs and stay for the live music. The five-day festival will celebrate Canada Day, local artists and, of course, tantalizing ribs. Also check out vendors in the Rotary Marketplace and family activities.

All proceeds will go to projects sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Flamborough AM and Waterdown.

For more information, visit


  • Friday: 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Monday: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Memorial Park, Waterdown

Canada Day military tattoo

Celebrate Canada's birthday with an evening of free music at Dundurn Park. The Regimental Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Pipes and Drums will perform in front of Dundurn Castle. Catch a glimpse of the red coated defenders of Canada West during the Fenian Raids as the 13th Battalion Ceremonial Guard takes the field.

For more information, visit Dundurn National Historic Site's website

Time: 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 1.

Location: Dundurn Park.

Cost: free.

Canada Day Pier 8 skate jam

Skate to some old school, funk and R&B music from local DJs and guest DJs at Pier 8's outdoor rink to celebrate Canada Day. 

Floor guards will be on site to guide inexperienced skaters on and off the rink if needed. A colouring station will also be available for the little ones who can't skate.

Make sure you show up in style, as there will be a prize for best dressed boy and girl.

For more information, visit the event page or call 289-808-7877

Time: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday, July 1.

Location: Waterfront Outdoor Rink at Pier 8, 47 Discovery Drive.

Cost: free.