Things to do in Hamilton this weekend

Music, movement and marriage-planning bliss — there is a wide range entertaining events on tap on Saturday and Sunday.
Members of the Shen Yun dance troupe perform at the Radio City Music Hall in New York on Feb. 13, 2010. The company has three shows in Hamilton this weekend. (Shen Yun Performing Arts/The Associated Press)

Music, movement and marriage-planning — there is a wide range entertaining events on tap for Hamilton on Saturday and Sunday. Here's list of things to do this weekend while the snow melts. 

Shen Yun 2014

Billed as the world’s foremost Chinese dance company, Shen Yun prances its way into the city this weekend for three performances at the Hamilton Place Theatre. The show boasts an elaborate blend of classical Chinese dance and music, accentuated with colourful costumes and kaleidoscopic video displays.

Saturday’s shows are set for 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., while a 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for Sunday. Tickets, available at, start at $57 and go up to $132.

For more information, go to the events’ website.

Bulldogs games

The Hamilton Bulldogs are back at Copps for a pair of home games this weekend. The Rochester Americans will roll in Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest, one night after the division rivals face off south of the border. And on Sunday, the Dogs host the Iowa Wild for a 4 p.m. game.

Tickets for each game range from $24 to $34.80 per person and are available at

Bridal show

Wedding season is still months away, meaning wedding-planning season is in full swing. Lovebirds, their loved ones and lovers of all things matrimony can get into the spirit at the Hamilton Halton Spring Wedding Show this weekend. Running on Saturday and Sunday at the Careport Expo Centre (270 Longwood Rd. S. Unit #1), the exhibition will feature the latest bridal fashions, seminars on planning the big day, and raffles for wedding-related prizes.

The show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Tickets cost $12 at the door and $10 online.

For more information, and to buy tickets, go to

Sultans of String

Renowned for fusing such disparate sounds as Celtic folk, flamenco and jazz, Toronto-based world music outfit Sultans of String play the Molson Canadian Studio at Hamilton Place on Saturday night.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for students and seniors, and $27 for members of the Matapa World Music Organization. Admission is $35 at the door.

For more information, and to buy advance tickets, go to

Ryan Van Sickle

Dundas-born, New York-based strummer Ryan Van Sickle returns to town Saturday for his annual soiree at the Pearl Company.

The evening of rueful, roots-infused folk music starts a 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door.

For more information, go to