Hamilton’s favourite frosty festival is back for 2022


Published February 4, 2022 at 12:31 pm

Parts of Hamilton will turn into a winter wonderland later this month as a favourite frosty festival returns for 2022.

Winterfest is returning this month for in-person and virtual programming and experiences that promise to brighten even the dreariest winter days.

This year, the event will run from Feb. 17 to March 6th and will feature a full schedule of live theatre, dance and more than 30 musical acts.

“This year, as restrictions lift and vaccination rates climb, we’re excited to back presenting you with amazing experience to explore our city,” a notice on the festival’s website from organizers said.

“From community partners like the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Public Library, SoupFest and Neighbourhood Associations – Winterfest gives you every excuse to get out of the house or hop online to connect with your community.”

Hamilton’s Auchmar Estate, a city-owned heritage site perched on the edge of the escarpment, will serve as the Winterfest hub this year.

In addition to the live performances taking place there, the festival site will feature massive inflatable sculptures, a new mural celebrating the Black community, four custom-made geodesic domes and much more.

While a full schedule of events is yet to be posted, Winterfest organizers have teased some of the sights and sounds that await festival goers in the weeks to come.

Performances by Paula Leon (Feb. 19), Ellevator (Feb. 26) and Le Ren (March 5) will be featured in the Winterfest Signature Concert series.

Visitors to the Auchmar hub will be dazzled by art installations and light displays.

More details, including a full schedule of events will be posted on the festival’s website in the days to come.

Winterfest is a co-production put on by The City of Hamilton, in partnership with local arts non-profit Cobalt Connects and many other community partners.

Winterfest has been warming up the community for more than four decades and in recent years, it’s attracted tens of thousands of people to its many events.

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