Things to do in Hamilton this weekend

The Around the Bay Road Race is the oldest road race in North America, first run in 1894. Spectators can watch and cheer from many locations. Also, the RBG Home and Garden Show kicks off this weekend, while the Maple Syrup Festival is coming to a close.
See thousands of runners take part in Sunday's Around the Bay Road Race. (Ron Scheffler/Around the Bay Road Race)

Plaidiators Improv Comedy Group

Two unscripted hours of short and long improv games. The Plaidiators are considered to be a fresh and funny improv comedy group featuring the city’s youngest up and coming performers. This show will take place Friday at the Staircase Theatre at 27 Dundurn Street North. Tickets are $8 and the show begins at 8:00 p.m.

The Acoustics

The Acoustics are a Hamilton folk/rock, world/roots band that have been playing their music to local fans for a decade. They will be playing another performance on Friday at the AGH Design Annex at 118 James Street North. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for AGH members are $12, or $15 for the general public. Cash bar available.

120th Around the Bay Road Race

The Around the Bay Road Race is the oldest road race in North America, first run in 1894. It pulls in athletes from around the world inlcuding many elite runners. While participation in this event is sold out, the runners always appreciate supporters along the road. The 30-kilometre run takes place Sunday, March 30 and starts in front of the FirstOntario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum) and end in the same location.

RBG Outdoor Living and Garden Show

This year’s pesky cold weather is sticking around a little longer than many had hoped. But if you’re aching to begin planning your summer projects, there’s no better place than the natural and vibrant Royal Botanical Gardens.

Get inspired and educated to make the very best for your home and garden this year. The whole event takes place from Friday to Sunday at the RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road West from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Admission for adults is $12.50, seniors (65+) is $10.50, students/youth is $10.50, children ages 5-7 $7.50, and kids under 5 are free.

Maple Syrup Festival

There are few things more Canadian than maple syrup. It’s time to get to know this tasty tradition. See how it’s been made over three different time periods, from tapping the tree to getting on the table. It’s your last chance to experience this event at the Westfield Heritage Village at 1049 Regional Road 552 on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.