Things to do in Hamilton this weekend

A run for a cause, an East Coast rocker and a premier's keynote speech are on the calendar for Saturday and Sunday.

A run for a cause, an East Coast rocker and a premier's keynote speech are all on the calendar

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is set to deliver the keynote speech at Sunday's Leadership Summit for Women at McMaster University. (The Canadian Press/Mark Blinch)

Now that the Thanksgiving-induced stupour has worn off, it's time to plan your weekend. Here's a list of things to do in Hamilton on Saturday and Sunday.

Leadership Summit for Women

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Leadership Summit for Women at McMaster University Saturday. Organized by the university, the McMaster Students’ Union and the YWCA, the event will also feature a talk by anti-racism activist and educator Kim Crosby and workshops on a host of topics, including women in the workplace, gender and politics, and men’s roles in feminism.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the conference kicks off at 9 a.m. at McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery. Wynne’s address is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

Admission costs $15 (or pay-what-you-can) at the door. For more information, visit the summit’s website.

Concession Street Fall Fest

The Concession Street BIA is hosting a fall festival on Saturday. Moved from a date in September, the event will feature local children’s music group Turkey Rhubarb, the island vibes of the Caribbean Canadian Artistic Stars and Hamilton blues outfit Sonny and the Del Rios. The festivities will also feature a clown for kids, a Zumba fitness demonstration and a host of vendors.

The free festival, centred around the intersection of Concession Street and Summit Avenue, will runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For more information, go to the festival’s website.

Wellwood Walk/Run for Colorectal Cancer Awareness

The McMaster University campus will be the venue for Sunday’s Wellwood Walk/Run for Colorectal Cancer Awareness. The event will feature five races, including 5-km and 10-km runs, a 5-km timed walk and 1-km kids’ walk.

There will be medals for the winners as well for all of the children who participate.

People wishing to register on Saturday may do so at the Runner’s Den between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Race-day registration and check-in start at 7:30 a.m. and run until 8:45 a.m. 

The children’s race kicks off at 9:30 a.m., and the other races are scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Wellwood, a support service for people afflicted with cancer, is running the event.

For more information, including a list of registration fees, go to the event’s website

Matt Mays at the Pearl Company

Hamilton-born, Nova Scotia-raised roots rocker Matt Mays is returning his birth city once again. This time, he’s touring without a band. His upcoming Steeltown date is set Sunday at the Pearl Company. Adam Baldwin, who normally plays guitar in Mays’ backing band, will open the all-ages show.

Tickets are $27.50 and are available online. Doors open a 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. 


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