Things to do in Hamilton this weekend, Aug. 6-8

The forecast calls for hot temperatures for the next few days with a 30 per cent chance of showers on Saturday, but there are still many events happening in Hamilton to keep you busy this weekend.

You can watch the Hamilton Children's Choir perform an interactive musical storytelling on Saturday

People sitting in Hamilton's Gage Park in March 2021. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

The forecast calls for hot temperatures for the next few days — a high of 29 C on Friday and 27 C for the next two days — with a 30 per cent chance of showers on Saturday, but there are still many events happening in Hamilton to keep you busy this weekend, especially as in-person events come back to life in Hamilton.

Here are some of the things you can do:

1. Gage Park Greenhouse

The 14,000 square-foot (1,300 square metre), fully-accessible greenhouse is now open again, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a collection of subtropical plants, unique species and palm trees.

According to the city's website, the greenhouse is designed as a community gathering place, providing opportunities to use the greenhouse as an educational centre and as a rentable space for special events including wedding photos.

The greenhouse also features:

  • Waterfalls.
  • Ponds with fish, turtles and waterlilies.
  • Tiered concrete seating.
Gage Park greenhouse also features waterfalls, ponds with fish, turtles and waterlilies as well as tiered concrete seating. (City of Hamilton)

2. Breaking the Vault: Art and Poetic Liberty at the AGH

The Art Gallery of Hamilton is now open with free admission until Aug. 31. The exhibition currently underway is Breaking the Vault: Art and Poetic Liberty. This exhibition is the product of nine young, highly creative and energized Hamilton-based poets exploring this Gallery's permanent collection.

The AGH said it is particularly excited about this exhibition as a template that brings new and vital voices to bear on its permanent collection, and opens out the curatorial process, while promoting and celebrating the excellent work being done by one of Hamilton's most innovative and meaningful youth programs.

"The young poets are inspired and full of fire. This exhibition examines the ways they exist in the world and the worlds they dream of," AGH said on its website.

Breaking the Vault: Art and Poetic Liberty, is the product of nine young, highly creative and energized Hamilton-based poets. (Art Gallery of Hamilton)

For more than five years, the AGH supported poetic writing and spoken word through an ever-deepening relationship with Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP).

3. Open Streets on Barton 

Open streets events are back in Barton Village this year — this Saturday, the street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Victoria Ave N to Wentworth St N, with live music, vendors and many businesses open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Music wraps with the Whisky Bros on the West Stage at 7 p.m.

4. BMF Brott Music Festival

The orchestral festival has its final performance this Sunday at either 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. at the Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery in Jordan. The event is ticketed and includes food and wine. 

5. Hamilton Children's Choir Online Concert

Watch the Hamilton Children's Choir perform an interactive musical storytelling of The Pirate's Bed, written by local author Nicola Winstanley and illustrated by Matt James.

You can head to Hamilton Public Library's Summer Reading Club activities website to watch the show on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. or view it on HPL's Storytime Playlist

6. At-Home Learning Activities

Hamilton Public Library invites your to learn something new with literacy videos and hands-on activities.

Explore reading, writing, math and wellness through videos and activities. Visit Frontier College Hamilton to access the videos and activities. This is being presented by Frontier College Hamilton.

A woman enjoys the sights and smells at the Royal Botanical Gardens. (Jessica Young/CBC)

7. Pop-ups at Pier 8

The collection of events running weekends in August at Hamilton's waterfront continues with a beer garden, seniors event, kids craft workshop and, on Sunday, dancing and DJs.  

8. Family Fun Days & Nights at Royal Botanic Gardens

Gardening. Health and Wellness. Arts. Hiking. Family Activities. Nature Lovers. And more.

9. Basic Life Support Training

This takes place on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the First Aid Guide Training, 449 Main St W, Hamilton. You can register online here.

No walk-in participant will be accepted due to COVID-19. There are limited spots in each course, which will be allocated on a first-book first-serve basis. Free parking is available but this is limited to 10 cars only.

10. Saturdays UnLocked

Locke Street will be closed from Herkimer Street to Hunter Street from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday for a pedestrian-friendly space filled with local vendors.




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