Five (non-football) things to do in Hamilton this weekend

Yes, there are things to do in the city this weekend that have nothing to do with the Tiger-Cats.

Don't care about football? Don't worry about it

Kenyan-born Selbina Mwendwa sells soapstone crafts from her home village at the 2012 edition of the Hamilton International Women's Centre's International Marketplace. (Julia Chapman/CBC)

With the Ticats vying for the CFL championship on Sunday, Hamilton is going gaga over the Grey Cup this weekend. But if you don't fancy screaming your lungs out at a football party, don't fret — you'll have other entertainment options.

Here's a list of (non-Grey Cup) things to do in Hamilton this weekend. 

Immigrant Women's Centre International Marketplace

If you’re looking to buy your loved ones holiday gifts with a unique, homemade or worldly flavour, consider dropping by the 9th annual International Marketplace at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church.

The event, put on by the Immigrant Women’s Centre of Hamilton, will feature a variety of foods, crafts, clothing and other wares made by independent female entrepreneurs.

Vendors will also be selling soaps, lotions and spices from the IWC’s own Propelle line. The imprint supports international development projects as well as refugee women in Hamilton.

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday.

For more information, go to Stjosephwomen.on.ca.

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre’s Christmas Bazaar

Another option for avoid-the-malls holiday shopping is the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre’s annual Christmas bazaar on Friday and Saturday.

Vendors will be selling handmade native crafts, jams and preserves, and knitted clothing.

The sale, located at the group’s office at 34 Ottawa St. N, runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Some of the proceeds from the event will go to support the HRIC’s annual children’s Christmas party.

For more information, call 905-548-9593.

Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of U.S. president John F. Kennedy, community theatre troupe the Players’ Guild of Hamilton is putting on Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins.

A chilling, yet frequently funny commentary on the lethal cocktail of politics, disillusionment and the desire for fame, the musical imagines what would happen if all the men and women who’ve tried to kill — or who successfully assassinated — an American president were to meet.

Playing at the guild’s theatre (80 Queen St. S), performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. The show runs until Dec. 7.

Tickets are $25 each available at 905-529-0284.

For more information, go to Playersguild.org.

Family Day at the AGH

The Art Gallery of Hamilton (123 King St. W) is hosting its annual Family Day event on Sunday.

Kids, along with their parents and guardians, are invited to drop into the gallery between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to try their hands at a bunch of arts and craft activities. At 3 p.m., children's musician Chris McKhool will deliver a set of holiday songs from a variety of cultures and world religions.

The event is free.

For more information, go to Artgalleryofhamilton.com.

Bump, Baby and Toddler Expo

Pregnant? Planning a new addition? Or do you want to gawk at the newfangled products companies have concocted to reap huge profits from overcautious first-time parents? Then this weekend’s Bump, Baby and Toddler Expo may be just the ticket.

The show, taking place at the Careport Centre (270 Longwood Rd. S) on Saturday and Sunday, will feature product demonstrations, parenting workshops, contests and of course, dozens of vendors selling baby-themed products and services.

The expo is open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. Admission is $7 per person (cash only). Children 12 and under get in for free.

For more information, go to Bumpbabyandtoddlerhamilton.com. 

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