10 must-attend October events in Hamilton 2018

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Here are some of the top events happening in Hamilton in October 2018. For a list of all events happening in Hamilton in October visit our event calendar.

1. Rockton World’s Fair

October 5 – 8

Rockton Fair merry-go-round
The Rockton World’s Fair is one of the largest agricultural and livestock events in Canada! From midway rides, to the agriculture barns, derbies, performances, live music, contests, and so much more, this event is named one of Ontario’s top 10 fairs.

Location: 812 Old Highway 8, Rockton


2. Arts Workshops

October 6

Immerse yourself in Hamilton’s thriving arts scene. Unique hands-on workshops enable you to get up close and personal with Hamilton-based artists. Be part of the Hamilton story and take away your handmade treasures and fond memories of a spectacular weekend visit. Available workshops in October include glass art; behind the scenes art tours followed by technique instruction and practice, and mono-printing.



3. October Events at Westfield Heritage Village

October 7, 8, 14, 21, 26, 27, 28

Every Sunday and public holiday from March to the end of October you can immerse yourself in Westfield’s unique historic setting. Authentically costumed volunteers will take you back to early Canadian life with demonstrations and hands on activities. You can also enjoy Westfield’s trails and natural areas, set on 500 beautiful acres. This October, don’t miss seasonal programming including Pumpkin Sunday on Oct. 21 and haunted Halloween Oct. 26 and 27.

Location: 1049 Kirkwall Rd, Rockton
(519) 621-8851


4. AGH BMO World Film Festival

October 11 – 21

AGH Film Festival

The AGH BMO World Film Festival is Hamilton’s largest festival of international, independent, and Canadian film. Presenting an array of talks, panels, performances, parties, at unique locations across the city, the AGH BMO World Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in Canada



5. Sebastian Maniscalco

October 12

Laugh the night away with comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco who recently wrapped the spring leg of his Stay Hungry 2018 Tour with five sold-out shows at New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. Maniscalco’s new tour has the affable performer encouraging fans to follow in his footsteps and “stay hungry.”

Location: 101 York Blvd, FirstOntario Centre


6. Hamilton Comic Con

October 13 – 14

The Hamilton Comic Con returns to the Hamilton Convention Centre this October for a two day pop culture extravaganza! Featuring more than 100,000 square feet of exhibitors, artists, celebrity guests, movie cars, free panels, and more.

Location: 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton Convention Centre


7. James Street North Food Tour

October 13

James Street North is a happening neighbourhood in the heart of Hamilton that boasts local culinary hotspots, cool cafes, long standing bakeries and unique shops. On this 3.5-hour walking tour, you’ll explore delicious restaurants, discover hidden gems, and indulge in flavourful tastings that will satisfy your tastebuds!

10:30 am to approximately 2 pm



8. The Great Pumpkin Trail

October 25 – 26

It’s a magical evening on the Pumpkin Trail! Hundreds of jack-o-lanterns light your way along the South Bridle Trail. Enjoy live entertainment, face painting and pumpkin-themed activities and games at Canada’s largest botanical gardens.

Location: 680 Plains Road West, Royal Botanical Gardens



9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Ottawa Redblacks

October 27

Catch the action as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats take on the Ottawa Redblacks at 4 p.m. on home-turf. Cheer on Hamilton’s hometown TiCats with your loudest ‘Oskee Wee Wee’ and watch them ‘eat-em raw’.

Location: 64 Melrose Ave N, Tim Hortons Field



10. Marz Homes Family Concert – Halloween Spooktacular

October 28

Bring the family for this spooky concert of Halloween-y favourites. Give your costumes an early debut and join HPO musicians and staff as we dress up and compete for best costume. Enjoy this one-hour concert that includes fun and family-friendly music.

Location: 135 Fennell Ave W, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre



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

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