The sun is shining and the temperature is rising, all good signs for this Victoria Day weekend. Celebrate the Queen’s birthday in style this long weekend by soaking up some sun, music, knowledge and art in our beautiful, historic city. Here’s what’s happening in Hamilton for Victoria Day long weekend (May 19 to 21).
Canada’s most “Fightingest Ship” opens for the season May 17. After serving at sea for decades HMCS Haida is now proudly docked at Hamilton’s Pier 9! 2018 marks the National Historic Site’s 75th anniversary with lots of special events planned. Explore its historic decks and imagine yourself as a crew member.
Party in the street! On Friday, May 18, five musical artists will be showcasing their talents outside along Hamilton’s historic Concession Street. Enjoy music, activities, sales and specials from 6 to 9 p.m.
Boogie to DJ sets at the water’s edge all weekend long at the season opening of the outdoor skating rink at Pier 8 May 19. Bring your own, or rent a pair of skates, and get moving and grooving Friday to Sunday.
Gawk at the brilliant Victoria Day Fireworks display at the Dundas Driving Park on Sunday May 20. The fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. but live music and food trucks will be on site starting at 6 p.m. Arrive early to nab your spot.
Travel back in time to Victorian Canada at Westfield Heritage Village. Discover over 35 heritage buildings and learn about the etiquette, fashions, foods and customs of Queen Victoria’s era. Experience living like the Queen Sunday May 20 and Monday May 21 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
Hamilton is home to a wide variety of live music venues – check out some new sounds on the long weekend including a FREE all-ages musical performance at The Casbah Monday 7-9pm.
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