Things to do in Hamilton this weekend, August 6-8
The forecast calls for warm temperatures for the next few days – a high of 29 C on Friday and 27 C for the next two days – with a 30 percent chance of showers on Saturday, but there are still plenty of events happening at Hamilton to keep you busy this weekend, especially as face-to-face events come to life in Hamilton.
Here are some of the things you can do:
1. Gage park greenhouse
The fully accessible 14,000 square foot (1,300 square meters) greenhouse is now open from 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 intended as a community gathering place, offering the option of using the greenhouse as an educational center and as space to rent for special events, including wedding photos.
The greenhouse also includes:
- Ponds with fish, turtles and water lilies.
- Multi-level concrete seats.
2. Breaking the Vault: Art and poetic freedom at AGH
The Hamilton Art Gallery is now open with free admission until August 31. The current exhibition is Breaking the Vault: Art and Poetic Freedom. This exhibition is the product of nine highly creative and energetic young poets from Hamilton who explore the permanent collection of this gallery.
The GSA said it was particularly excited about this exhibition as a model that brings new and vital voices to its permanent collection, and opens the curatorial process, while promoting and celebrating the excellent work done by the one of Hamilton’s most innovative and meaningful youth programs.
“Young poets are inspired and full of fire. This exhibition examines how they exist in the world and the worlds they dream of,” AGH said on its website.
For more than five years, AGH has supported poetic writing and spoken word creation through a growing relationship with Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP).
3. Streets open on Barton
Open street 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. at 8 p.m. The music ends with the Whiskey Bros on the West Stage at 7 p.m.
4. BMF Brott Music Festival
The orchestral festival has its last performance this Sunday at 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. at the Sue-Ann Staff Estate Winery in Jordan. The event is chargeable and includes food and wine.
5. Hamilton Children’s Choir Online Concert
Watch the Hamilton Children’s Choir perform an interactive musical story from The Pirate’s Bed, written by local author Nicola Winstanley and illustrated by Matt James.
You can visit the Hamilton Public Library’s Summer Reading Club activities website to watch the show on August 7 at 11 a.m. or check it out on HPL’s Storytime Playlist. .
6. Home learning activities
Hamilton Public Library invites you 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 for videos and activities. This is presented by Frontier College Hamilton.
7. Pop-ups at Pier 8
Hamilton’s waterfront August weekend collection of events continues with a beer garden, seniors event, kids craft workshop and, on Sundays, dancing and DJs.
8. Days and nights of family fun at the Royal Botanic Gardens
Gardening. Health and wellbeing. Arts. Trek. Family activities. Nature lovers. And more.
9. Basic training in resuscitation
This will take place on Saturday August 7 at the First Aid Guide Training, 449 Main St W, Hamilton. You can register online here.
No walk-in attendees will be accepted due to COVID-19. There are limited places in each course, which will be allocated on a first book, first served basis. Free parking is available, but it is limited to only 10 cars.
10. Unlocked Saturdays
Locke Street will be closed from Herkimer Street to Hunter Street from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday for a pedestrian space filled with local vendors.