Things to do in Hamilton this weekend

Even though summer has ended, you don't have to spend your weekends couped up at home.

A geek gathering, a wedding show and a run for the cure are all on tap

Sci-fi fans in attendance at this weekend's HammerTown Comic Con will have the chance to pose inside a replica of the modified DeLorean DMC-12 from the 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. (Pierre Landry)

With fall now in effect, sun-drenched summer festivals are a fading memory. But that doesn’t mean your weekend has to be spent at home. Here’s a short list of things to do in the Hamilton area this weekend.

HammerTown Comic Con

Great Scott, sci-fi fans! The inaugural HammerTown Comic Con hits the Hamilton Convention Centre on Saturday. The celebration of all things “geek” will feature appearance by Back to the Future supporting actors Claudia Wells (Marty McFly’s bodacious girlfriend Jennifer Parker), James Tolkan (the menacing, smooth-pated Principal Strickland) and Donald Fullilove (the plucky Mayor Goldie Wilson), as well as Star Trek alums Armin Shimerman (Quark on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager’s holographic doctor). Attendees will also have the opportunity to pose for pictures inside a replica of Back to the Future’s iconic DeLorean DMC-12 and to participate in a cosplay contest.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and tickets cost $25 at the door. For more information, go to Hammertowncomiccon.com.

Dundas Studio Tour

Thirty artists, including jewellers, painters, sculptors and glassblowers, are participating in the 16th annual Dundas Studio Tour. Art fans will be able to drop in at their own leisure to one of seven open houses hosting the creators and their work. The free event takes place on Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information, including a locations map and a full list of artists, go to Dundasstudiotour.ca.

Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show

Are wedding bells in your future? Or do you just wish to indulge in a bit of fantasy about walking down the aisle? Then perhaps the Hamilton-Halton Fall Wedding Show is just the ticket for you. The exhibition, taking place on Saturday and Sunday at the Careport Centre (270 Longwood Road South, Unit # 1) will feature fashion shows, draws for prizes and a host of exhibitors purveying matrimony-themed goods and services. 

The event starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. on both days. Tickets cost $12 per person at the door and $10 each on the event’s website. For more information, go to Topweddingshows.com.

CIBC Run for the Cure

The CIBC Run for the Cure, which raises money for breast cancer research, takes place this weekend in communities across Canada. This year, the Burlington/Hamilton/Oakville edition, featuring a 1-kilometre and 5-kilometre events, will be hosted at Burlington’s Central Park (at the intersection of Drury Lane and New Street) on Sunday. Those wishing to participate may register as a part of a team or as individuals. Day-of registration and donation drop-off starts at 7:30 a.m. and the run’s opening ceremonies kick off at 10 a.m. For more information, go to Runforthecure.com

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