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Summertime in Hamilton is jammed packed with activities and events for all ages. It’s the best season to get out and explore what this city has to offer for residents and visitors alike. Here is our list of 20 Must Do Events and Activities in Hamilton this summer:

1.Imagine in the Park

What: an arts festival for kids (Free!)

When: Saturday, June 3 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm 

Where: Gage Park – near the bandshell, rain or shine

2. Re-live history by watching the Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek

What: Discover Canadian heritage and re-live firsthand the thrill and pageantry of the battle that was a turning point of the War of 1812.

Where: Battlefield House Museum and Park – 77 King Street West (Stoney Creek)

When: June 3 – 4

3.Pride Family Picnic at the Royal Botanical Gardens

What: Celebrate Pride Month with a family-friendly gathering in Partnership with Queer with Kids. Bring a picnic and stay to play

When: June 11 from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm (note: pre-registration is recommended)

Where: The Arboretum at the RBG (16 Old Guelph Rd)

4.Art Crawl 

What: A long-running, trendy one-stop shop to experience the city’s art, music, and food scenes, while shopping locally, people-watching, and taking in some city sights all at once. This year marks the first time James Street will be closed to car traffic.

When: the second Friday of every month

Where: James Street North

5.Farm Crawl 

What: A popular, non-profit event where local farmers open their doors and share genuine farm experiences (note: tickets can be purchased online)

When: June 24, July 29, and September 16 

Where: various locations around Hamilton


What: A celebration of music, arts, theatre, and dance

When: June 23 – 25 and August 11 – 13

Where: Westdale Village

7.Hamilton Mountain Rib and Beer Fest

What: ribs and beer!

When: June 30 – July 2 

Where: CF Lime Ridge Mall (NE lot near Fortinos)

8.It’s Your Festival 

What: A Canada Day celebration organized by the Hamilton Folk Arts Heritage Council 

When: July 1 – 3

Where: Gage Park

9.Music in the Gardens

What: Bring a lawn chair or pack a blanket, grab a cold drink, and enjoy performances featuring local and award-winning musicians on the beautiful grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens

When: Sunday evenings from July 2 to August 27

Where: Hendrie Park

10.Because Beer Craft Beer Festival

What: A craft beer festival featuring live music (including Dwayne Gretzky and Terra Lightfoot!) and food trucks (note: this is a ticketed event)

When: July 14 – 15 

Where: Pier 4 Park

11.Hamilton Fringe Festiva

What: an annual theatre and performing arts festival

When: July 19 – 30 

Where: various sites all over Hamilton

12.Ancaster Ribs and Beer Festival 

What: ribs and beer!

When: July 21 – 23

Where: Ancaster Fair Grounds

13.Festival of Friends

What: An outdoor music, art, and crafts festival held annually since 1976. This one is not to be missed – the headliners are always great

When: August 4 – 6

Where: Gage Park

14.Dundas Cactus Festival 

What: one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario – music, arts, food, and more

When: August 18 – 20

Where: Downtown Dundas

15.Winona Peach Festival 

What: An annual celebration of the peach harvest in Niagara with a midway, great food, and live music

Where: Winona Park (note: parking on site can be tough but the HSR runs free shuttles from Eastgate Square)

When: August 25 – 27

16.Shakespeare in the Garden 

What: The Driftwood Theatre presents, Living with Shakespeare – a love letter to the poetry and plays of William Shakespeare on the grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens

Where: the Laking Garden at the RBG 

When: August 25 to 27 (note: this is a ticketed event)


What: the epic arts and music festival that marks the unofficial end of the summer

Where: James Street North from King to Barton 

When:  September 8 – 10

18.Binbrook Fair

What: the 170th anniversary of this exciting agricultural fair

When: September 15 – 17 

Where: Binbrook Fair Grounds

19.Take guided tour of Dundurn Castle

What: The Dundurn Castle National Historic Site offers daily, guided tours of the buildings and the grounds. (note: it gets busy in the summer so you should book ahead)

Where: Dundurn Castle (610 York Blvd)

When: throughout the year

20.Storytime in the Gallery

What: a morning of stories, exploration, and art-making for preschoolers and their caregivers at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

When: the first Tuesday of the month throughout the summer

Where:  The Art Gallery of Hamilton (123 King Street W)


Want to learn more about all things Hamilton? Check out our Hamilton Neighbourhood Guides for everything you need to know about living in Hamilton. 


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