5 things to do in Hamilton this weekend (Labour Day long weekend edition)


Published September 3, 2021 at 7:18 am

The last long weekend of the summer is upon us and it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful one in Hamilton.

The forecast so far has a lot of sunshine, a low probability of rain, and compared to the recent heatwave, much more comfortable temperatures with averages hovering in the low to mid-20s.

Perfect weather for getting out and about and exploring what Hamilton has to offer and this weekend there’s a lot to see and do.

If it’s live music you’re after, there are several events listed below and a number of venues hosting performers and DJs. Check out The Casbah and Absinthe and don’t forget Supercrawl’s Bridgeworks Livestream Series is on again this Saturday and features Bad Waitress.

Also, at the Bayfront Park Pavilion, on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. is Something Else! Festival Series. There’s music and a movie in a beautiful setting. Learn more about it here.

Here are 5 things to do in Hamilton this Labour Day weekend.

5. Open Streets on Barton

This Saturday is the final Open Streets event of the summer on Barton. The street, between Wentworth and Victoria, closes down to motorized traffic from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to allow full pedestrian access on the road. The event features live music at two different stages, an art zone, a kids zone, a vendor village and plenty of options for food and drink. For a schedule of events and to learn more about vendors and participating Barton Street businesses, visit the Barton Village BIA website.

4. Saturdays UnLocked


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Locke Street from Hunter to Herkimer is closed to motorized traffic and fully open to pedestrians this Saturday. This is a second to last weekend for the event and this week will feature performances by Mr. Ben, one of Hamilton’s favourite musicians and children’s entertainer. Residents are encouraged to turn out to walk the street and dine outside, shop outside and be outside. More information can be found on the Locke Street Shops Instagram page.

3. Bull Dogs Exhibition Game


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For the first time in 18 months, the Hamilton Bulldogs will host a game in front of fans inside FirstOntario Centre when the Oshawa Generals come to town to open the 2021 pre-season on Saturday, September 4th. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now but quantities are limited. For more information, visit the Bulldogs’ website.

2. CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend


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Country Music Association of Ontario is hosting its annual CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend at Ancaster Fairgrounds from Sept. 3 to 5. The weekend will feature three drive-in concerts, showcasing the talents of some of Ontario’s brightest, newest and classic country music acts, including several from Hamilton. For more information on CMAOntario and the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend visit their website.

1. Tiger-Cats Labour Day Classic


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For Hamilton Ticats fans, Labour Day is one special day as the team faces the Toronto Argonauts in their homecoming game at Tim Hortons Field. The kick-off is at 1 p.m. and the HSR is offering its usual free Tiger-Cats shuttle service that operates from Lime Ridge Mall, Eastgate Square and University Plaza for those who wish to attend but don’t want to deal with parking near the stadium. More information about the shuttles can be found on the City of Hamilton website. Ticketing and Tiger-Cats information can be found on the team’s website.

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