Flowers, pumpkins, The Shining: Things to do in Hamilton this weekend

There's a wild array of things to do in Hamilton this weekend, including lacrosse and the philharmonic.

There's a wild array of things to do in Hamilton this weekend, including lacrosse and the philharmonic

The Hamilton Fall Garden and Mum Show starts Friday and runs until Oct. 29. (

Check out some mums

The city's annual Fall Garden and Mum Show kicks off Friday and runs until Oct. 29. It happens at the Gage Park greenhouse at 100 Main St. E. Just enter Gage Park at the Roselawn Bowling Club.

This year's theme is "Under the Big Top" and will feature dramatic floral displays and more than 95,000 blooms. The show is also holding special events such as Murder Under the Big Top and Wednesday Wine and Jazz. 

The show is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and parking is free. Admission is $6.75 for adults, $5.75 for children and seniors, and free for children under five. For more information, visit

Prowl with pumpkins

There are numerous pumpkin-related events in Hamilton this weekend. (Rosalie Woloski/CBC)

Volunteers will hold the annual Pumpkin Prowl on Saturday for families who, for whatever reason, can't spend Halloween together. That includes families separated by divorce, joint custody and work schedules, among other factors.

Community activist Kate Andrus and Larry Pattinson, a Ward 3 trustee for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, created the event four years ago. This year's event will include a "ghoul ol' hockey game" and a "glow-in-the-dark skull" ring toss. There will also be craft and activity stations. There will also be neighbourhood trick-or-treating at homes with a participating Pumpkin Prowl window sign.

Volunteers will also collect non-perishable food donations for the Mountain Kidz Club and Erich's Cupboard.

The event is 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Belview Park, 181 Belmont Ave. in Crown Point West. 

There will also be a Halloween Howl at Fifty Point Conservation Area and Campground from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 21. Families can enjoy hayrides, a bouncy castle, treat bag decorating, games, bonfire with marshmallows for roasting and complimentary hot chocolate! The event is at 1479 Baseline Rd. in Winona.

Families might also want to check out Pumpkin Sunday at Westfield Heritage Village, and the Gourley Park Pumpkinfest in the Park

Follow the great pumpkin trail

It's sold out now, but the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is having the second and final night on Friday of its Great Pumpkin Trail event. Hundreds of jack-o-lanterns light the way through the garden and the South Bridle Trail. There's also entertainment, face painting and pumpkin-themed activities and games. 

For anyone with a ticket, only a quarter of a kilometre of the Pumpkin Trail is wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly. The rest includes rough terrain. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. at 680 Plains Rd. W. in Burlington. 

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Ack! The Shining is playing in Hamilton this weekend. (Warner Bros.)

In honour of Halloween, The Shining is playing at the Zoetic Theatre at 526 Concession St. on Friday night. 

The Shining, of course, is a psychological thriller starring Jack Nicholson, and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It starts at 8 p.m. and you can buy tickets online

The Zoetic is also hosting an evening with medium Sherry Gallant on Oct. 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $40.

Watch Canadian and foreign films

Whose Streets?, a non-fiction account of the Ferguson uprising, is one of the films playing this weekend as part of the Art Gallery of Hamilton film festival. (

The Art Gallery of Hamilton BMO World Film Festival finishes on Oct. 22. The festival features 10 days of more than 50 Canadian and international films, representing 25 countries and 18 languages. Check out the schedule to see what's playing

And if you want dinner and a movie, Hamilton's culinary week, NOSH, wraps up this weekend.

Haunt the Hermitage

There's a ghost walk at the Hermitage this weekend. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

Ghost Walks and Dark History Tours is hosting ghost walks of the Hermitage ruins on Oct. 21. 

The tour will go through the forest at night and include historic info and ghost stories. "It's just your group alone in the dark with Ancaster's infamous legend, stories of cults and rituals, and the coachman who still walks among the trees," the description says. You can park at the Gatehouse museum. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Get more information or reserve your spot.

There's also a tour of the Scottish Rite castle on Oct. 22.

Watch lacrosse

Team Canada will take on Team USA in lacrosse in Hamilton this weekend. (

It's Team Canada versus Team USA at the lacrosse 2017 Heritage Cup at FirstOntario Centre on Oct. 21. Get information and tickets here

Learn soil and culture

Interact with researchers and artists at the fourth annual Researchers' Night Hamilton at the McMaster Innovation Park.

This year's theme is "Soil and Culture." There will be hands-on workshops, activities and open discussions involving scientists and academics. The French embassy is partnering with McMaster to present the event.

Several workshops will be offered in French too. Everyone is welcome. The event is from 6 to 10 p.m. at 175 Longwood Rd. S. Admission and parking is free. 

Experience Italian opera

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Best of Italian Opera this weekend. (

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra will host The Best of Italian Opera on Oct. 21 with "an evening of magnificent Italian operatic works." That includes famous arias by Verdi, Puccini and Rossini, along with some of opera's greatest and most familiar melodies. The show is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $19. There will be a free pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.

Check out historic graves

Local historian Robin McKee and his Historical Perceptions Tours will host a tour of selected grave sites at Hamilton Cemetery. The event is called Stories in the Stones: War of 1812 Tour. It's at 11 a.m. at 777 York Blvd. and takes about two hours. No reservations necessary.

Celebrate Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá'is of Hamilton are marking the 200th anniversary of the founder of the faith on Oct. 22. 

There will be a public celebration called from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Lincoln Alexander Centre, 160 King St. E. The celebration will include drama, film, displays and entertainers. There will be three performances of the What If show — at 1:30, 4 and 7 p.m. Organizers will also show a one-hour film Light to the World. Admission is free.