From rock legends to beer festivals, there are lots of good reasons to visit Hamilton this month. Here are the top-ten things to do in the city this July.

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


1. The Strumbellas

July 6
Royal Botanical Gardens

Canadian indie stars The Strumbellas perform a very special outdoor concert on the grounds of the Arboretum at Canada's largest botanical garden, the Royal Botanical Gardens. Special guests include Dan Mangan, Donovan Woods and Dizzy. Enjoy the music, trails and lush views.

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2. Air-Force Day

July 6
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Take your summer to new heights at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum where you'll meet current members of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Get up-close to more than 40 vintage aircraft and don't forget to test out the Berlin Blitz VR experience while you're there!

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3. Steamer Days

July 7 & July 28
Museum of Steam and Technology

Train ride at Steam Museum

All aboard! Hop on a miniature train and explore the early industrial revolution at this fascinating museum, home to a 150-year-old Waterworks. Enjoy a free tour of the museum as well as free rides outside.

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4. Art Crawl

July 12
James Street North

Experience Hamilton’s headline-making arts scene at our famous monthly Art Crawls. Stroll James Street North and take in the many galleries, studios, shops, and restaurants and experience a truly welcoming, grassroots cultural scene.

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5. Farm Crawl

July 13
Various Locations Across City

Little known fact: Hamilton is almost 80 per cent rural. Get back to the land and explore some of the city's many family run farms on this unique tour. Enjoy a complimentary "flight and bite" from Ridge Road Estate Winery and cider tasting from West Avenue Cider.

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6. Because Beer: Craft Beer Festival

July 12 & 13
Pier 4 Park

Because Beer at sunset

Cheers to beer! Sample craft beer and cider from dozens of vendors along Hamilton's beautiful waterfront at Pier 4. Enjoy food trucks and live music.

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7. Fringe

July 17 – 28
Various Locations

Accessible, playful, and engaging, the Hamilton Fringe Festival is an action-packed performance event that takes place over 11 days in downtown Hamilton. With more than 50 companies offering up musicals, dance, comedies, magic shows, dramas, and family entertainment in nearly 400 performances at multiple venues, there really is something for everyone!

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8. Harbour Queen Party Cruise

Various Dates
47 Discovery Drive

Pier 8 Harbourfront Hamilton Harbour Queen

The only thing better than enjoying a drink on a patio is enjoying a drink on the deck of a ship on the open water. The Hamilton Harbour Queen has various cruises planned throughout the month, from sightseeing cruises to themed evening parties.

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9. Def Leppard with guests Tesla

July 20
First Ontario Centre

Def Leppard’s coming to pour some sugar on Hamilton. The iconic band who was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, takes the stage with special guests Tesla.

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10. Con Bravo Geek Festival

July 26 – 28
1 Summers Lane

Cosplayers, gamers and graphic novel enthusiasts unite for ConBravo! Geek Festival. Embrace your inner geek and take part in epic NERF-gun battles, workshops and panel discussions.

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For a full list of all events happening in Hamilton in July visit our event calendar.