Things to do in Hamilton this weekend

It is the weekend of the festivals. With the Dundas Cactus Festival, A Midsummer's Dream and the Greek Festival happening on the same weekend, there's plenty fun for everyone in your family.

Festivals, events in and around Hamilton for the weekend of Aug. 16

The Midsummer's Dream Colour festival starts at noon in Gage Park this Saturday. (Submitted by Lutz Bartsch)

Dundas Cactus Festival

Named one of Ontario's top 100 festivals, the Dundas Cactus Festival takes place every third weekend in August. The 39th edition of the festival runs for three days and includes four entertainment stages, event zones and over 100 street vendors. 

For more information, visit the festival's website

Time: August 15 – 17, 2014.

Location: downtown Dundas.

Cost: Free.

A Midsummer's Dream

Hamilton’s Midsummer’s Dream festival isn’t the only multicoloured party on the block anymore, but organizers say they want the event to take root in Hamilton and become a staple in the city's busy festival circuit.

The festival is a homage to the Holi Festival of Colours in South Asia, where people celebrate by hurling coloured power at each other.

The third edition of the festival features colour tosses, food, music, yoga and an all-day sports field.

There will also be an arts and craft tent called “Temple of Creativity.” The pay-what-you-can tent gives you access to a do-it-yourself craft table, with the proceeds going to McMaster Children's Hospital.

The event is free, but attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food donations for the Living Rock food bank.

For more information, visit Midsummer's Dream's website.

Time: noon to 9:30 p.m., Aug. 16, 2014.

Location: Gage Park.

Cost: Free/pay what you can/donations.

Hamilton Greek Festival

Enjoy a taste of Greece just around the corner at Hamilton's only Greek festival this weekend. The family-friendly event features live Greek music, authentic homemade Greek food, all-day entertainment and Greek dance performances.

There is also a kid zone with bouncy castle, sweet treats and face painting. The bouncy castle is supervised at all times.

For more information, visit


  • Noon to 11 p.m. from Friday and Saturday
  • noon to 9 p.m. Sunday

Location: Inch Park at the corner of Brucedale and E 15th Street

Outdoor films at Fieldcote

Enjoy movies under the stars every Friday evening in August. This week's feature film is Spy Kids. Coming up next week is Disney mega-hit Frozen.

The movie is scheduled to begin at dusk and organizers plan to begin at 9 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Parking is available near Fieldcote, including the area behind Ryerson United Church. In the event of rain, the movies will be shown inside the Ancaster Old Town Hall.

Attendees can bring canned goods or other non-perishable item to help the local food bank. Donations are optional.

For more information, visit or call 905-648-8144

Time: 9 p.m., Aug. 15, 2014.

Location: Fieldcote Memorial Park by the bandshell, 64 Sulphur Spring Rd., in Ancaster.

Cost: optional donations.

Tiger-Cats vs. Stampeders

Hamilton Tiger-Cats hosts the Calagary Stampeders on Saturday. For tickets information, visit

Time: 3 p.m., Aug. 16, 2014.

Location: Ron Joyce Stadium.