From new buzz-worthy exhibits to must-see concerts, here are ten reasons to visit Hamilton this January.

For even more must-attend events in Hamilton, check out our event calendar.

1. Building Cultural Legacies

Art Gallery of Hamilton
November 23 - May 18

Dive into the rich history and cultural legacies of Hamilton's visual arts scene at this new exhibition as told through exhibit, digital storytelling and even a scavenger hunt.

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2. Art Crawl

Downtown Hamilton
January 10

Join Hamilton in its monthly appreciation of local culture. Explore James Street North to experience unique shopping, galleries, performances, food and drink.

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3. Bulldogs

FirstOntario Centre
Various Dates

Come cheer on our OHL champs (or their opponents) as they enter the second half of their exciting season and try to capture another championship.

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4. 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

January 16

Still want more hockey? The top players throughout Ontario and Quebec play for a chance to be recognized by NHL scouts. Come see if you can spot the next Gretzky or Sid the Kid.

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5. Triumphant Tchaikovsky

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
January 18

In what's sure to be a beautiful performance, accomplished guest conductor Dina Gilbert conducts Polonaise from Eugene Onegin and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 with her famous energy and precision. Renowned Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker will also perform Tchaikovsky's dramatic Piano Concerto No. 1.

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6. Winter Exhibit: Wildlife Rescue

Royal Botanical Gardens
January 18 - April 13

Enter the fascinating world of wildlife rescue with eye-opening, inspiring and wildly interactive exhibits, perfect for all ages at the latest winter exhibit at the country's largest botanical gardens.
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7. Sweat

Theatre Aquarius
January 29 - February 15

This 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production about the working class struggles of a community in Reading, Pennsylvania comes to Hamilton for a much-anticipated two-week run.

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8. Alex Cuba

Mills Hardware
January 20

Two-time Juno winner and Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Alex Cuba brings a night of thrilling Cuban-Canadian music to this intimate downtown venue.

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9. Hamilton Fringe: FROST BITES

Winterfest Hub at Hamilton Waterfront Trust Centre
Jan 30 – Feb 2

Embrace the winter season at this Winterfest kick off-event featuring eight theatre companies creating site-specific works - each five to 15 minutes in length. Enjoy them all in one night with stops at the poutine bar and drinks from Collective Arts and Sazerac Bar in between. Also experience 80' art work based on the incredible prints of the 2019 Dorset Fine Art Inuit Print Collection.

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10. Food & Drink Guide

Finally fuel your adventure with help from our food and drink guide. Everything you need to keep you going between events.

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