From iconic summer festivals to decadent food events, here are your top-ten reasons to visit Hamilton this August.
1. Festival of Friends
August 2 - 4
One of Hamilton's most iconic summer festivals returns to Gage Park with a stellar three-day music lineup. Highlights include Hamilton hit-makers, The Trews on Friday night and a country themed Saturday with headliner Tanya Tucker.
2. Enchanted Weekend
Royal Botanical Gardens
August 3 - 5
Calling all gnomes, fairies, pixies, and sprites! The stunning Rock Garden at Canada's largest botanical garden is transformed into a magical destination full of magic and whimsy.
3. Ice Cream Carnival
Westfield Heritage Village
August 4 - 5
Satisfy the whole family's sweet tooth with a visit to this fascinating living history, outdoor museum. Enjoy hand-cranked ice cream and old fashioned carnival games.
4. Art Crawl
James Street North
Experience Hamilton's buzz-worthy downtown scene at this popular monthly event, held on the second Friday of every month. Stroll James Street North and experience galleries, unique shops, live music, restaurants and many local vendors.
5. RBG After Dark: On the Rocks
Royal Botanical Gardens
The RBG's stunning Rock Garden will be transformed into the region's best patio with food, cocktails and the house DJ providing a soundtrack for an unforgettable evening.
6. Decadent Downtown Food Tour
Indulge in delicious tastings, explore interesting historic neighbourhoods, discover hidden gems and support local businesses and farmers, all while learning to eat like a local.
7. Golden Horseshow Live Steamer Days
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
August 11 and 25
Catch a ride on miniature trains outside and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution during a free guided tour of this fascinating museum. Free event!
8. Dundas Cactus Festival
August 16 - 18
Enjoy three days of free family fun, featuring music, contests, a parade, and more than 100 street vendors. 2019’s headliners include Canadian Music Hall of Famer Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies, Junkhouse and Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek.
9. Winona Peach Festival
August 23 - 25
Enjoy midway rides, crafts, and live entertainment, and a huge food court at this hugely popular annual festival. Trust us when we tell you won’t want to leave without trying their famous peach sundaes! Relax with great music in the evenings.
10. Haida’s 76th
Climb aboard the Canadian Navy’s “Fightingest Ship” docked at Hamilton’s waterfront for the HMCS Haida’s 76th birthday celebration! Explore every nook and cranny for a sense of how sailors lived, worked and fought. Kids can become an honorary sailor and get their very own anchor tattoo.