There are a lot of great events, festivals, and opportunities to see fireworks this weekend in Hamilton!
Start your #Canada150 Canada Day celebrations Friday morning beginning at 10am by visiting Ottawa Street’s Canada Day event. Dress in red and white and head down to 236 Ottawa Street North to take part in activities for the whole family. Be sure to stop by the Parkette for some free cake!
Then head down to Pier 8 (47 Discovery Drive) for lunch and to witness the spectacle of 11 Tall Ships gracing Hamilton’s beautiful Waterfront for Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta! The Tall Ships navigate around the Harbour in single file formation before docking at Pier 8. Prominent vantage points to watch the parade include Pier 8, Bayfront & Pier 4 Parks, York Boulevard Bridge, Burlington Canal and Fisherman’s Pier, Eastport Drive, and LaSalle and Bayshore Parks in Burlington.
Watch the skies for The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster which will conduct multiple fly-overs of the Waterfront during the Rendezvous Tall Ships Regatta from 11am-2:30pm.
If you stay at Pier 8 you’ll enjoy family-friendly and nautical-themed activities, a plethora of food vendors, and music on the Waterfront Stage featuring great musicians from Hamilton’s thriving music scene from 6-10pm.
If you’re building up an appetite and love eating ribs, bring the family for dinner at Waterdown Oh Canada Ribfest taking place Friday-Monday at Waterdown Memorial Park. Come out for the ribs and stay for the live music, vendors in the Rotary Marketplace and family activities. All proceeds go to projects sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Flamborough AM and Waterdown. Ribfest opens at 3pm on Friday, and 11am on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Then head over to It’s Your Festival, an incredible free festival event for the whole family. There will be four stages of entertainment acts, showcasing headline musical and artistic talent throughout the weekend. David Usher will be performing Friday night at 8pm. David Usher is a multi-platinum, Juno Award winning artist, best selling author, entrepreneur and keynote speaker. As a solo artist and with his band Moist he has sold a combined 1.4 million albums and performed all over the world. Free admission.
It’s Your Festival also has a lot of fun contests including a Canada 150 song contest, Canada Day Baby Contest, Art Contest, Spelling Bee, and the Great Canadian Cook-Off. There is also fun for the whole family including a midway, Walk on Water and Bubble Soccer.
Saturday, start the day off with breakfast at Rotary Club of Dundas Pancake Day at Dundas Driving Park! Treat your family to a traditional breakfast of pancakes, sausages and syrup served up by local dignitaries. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a piece of Canada Flag cake prepared by the Village Bakery, enjoy truly Canadian entertainment, face painting, and a visit from a Royal Canadian Policeman. Cost to eat: Adults are $10, Children are $5.
Then take a trip to Hamilton City Hall front court to take a selfie with Hamilton’s largest floral cake! Over 7,000 mums were used in this Canada 150 birthday cake oasis. Be sure to tag #Canada150 and @cityofhamilton in your social media posts!
Looking for a relaxing afternoon with the family? Join the Greensville Optimists for their annual Canada Day Picnic at Websters Falls to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. There will be entertainment, games, prizes and the Optimist food truck with the best fries in Hamilton (10am-4pm).
Or fill your afternoon with live performances, children’s activities, family-friendly fun, a spectacular live music line-up presented by RBC featuring Canadian artists, and have lunch at local food trucks by taking your family to Bayfront Park (200 Harbour Front Drive) in Hamilton.
If you’re craving more live music, head back to It’s Your Festival for evening performances from Ashley MacIsaac and The Sadies starting at 7:30pm. One of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, having sold in excess of 500,000 albums, Ashley MacIsaac has garnered international acclaim by playing the fiddle in that hard-nosed, traditional Cape-Breton style, while adding his own spin, mixing genres and updating Celtic music to appeal to a broader spectrum of fans. The Sadies formed in Toronto in 1994 and the band has released 16 studio albums. Two great acts, and free admission!
Looking for fireworks Saturday night? Head down to Bayfront Park for a dazzling fireworks finale beginning at 10pm, set to an orchestral arrangement performed live by Maestro Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.
If you drive over to the village of Lynden at dusk there will be a fireworks display as part of their Canada Day Celebration. The village of Lynden is centrally located between Hamilton, Brantford and Cambridge.
Sunday at 7pm head down to Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum (64 Sulphur Springs Rd, Ancaster) for fantastic live music. Juno-winning Canadian jazz stalwarts, bassist Paul Novotny and pianist Robi Botos welcome the award winning jazz-soul vocalist Michael Dunston, celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with music and stories that treasure Canadian culture and community. They will perform songs from their acclaimed recordings Movin’ Forward and Look Ahead, as well as music prepared for the occasion. Joining them will be internationally recognised Ethio-Jazz drummer Daniel Barnes and the astonishing saxophonist and vocalist, Alison Young. Free admission.
End your Sunday evening with live music at It’s Your Festival starting at 9pm from Ammoye, Jay Kartier, and Eyesus.
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