Popular 3-day cultural fest returns to Hamilton for Canada Day
Published June 26, 2023 at 4:45 pm
Gage park will be ‘lit’ this Canada day long weekend, as the annual ‘It’s Your Festival’ makes a comeback.
Taking place from Saturday, July 1- 3, this outdoor fest promises a lineup of entertainment and family-friendly activities that will engage visitors of all ages.
Organized by Hamilton Folk Arts Heritage Council, ‘It’s Your Festival’ aims to commemorate Canada’s rich cultural heritage and bring communities together through the power of music, art, and shared experiences.
With four stages showcasing a diverse range of talent this year, festival-goers can look forward to programs featuring both well-established headliners and emerging artists.
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The Community Stage will witness the official Canadian Citizenship ceremony on July 1, a deeply significant event where new Canadians (immigrants) will be granted citizenship, symbolizing the country’s inclusive spirit.
The highlight of the day will be the 6th annual Parade of Cultures, a walk that celebrates diverse backgrounds and traditions of Hamilton’s residents.
The procession will wind its way through Gage Park, leading up to the grand Canada Day Opening Ceremony on the Bandshell Main Stage at 1:30 p.m. This symbolic gathering will mark the official start of the festival.
Beyond the Canada Day celebrations, It’s Your Festival offers a plethora of activities to visitors throughout the entire weekend.
Families are encouraged to explore the Children’s Stage, where children can immerse themselves in performances and interactive experiences.
“The Community Stage will be a hub of excitement, hosting the It’s Your Festival Summer Spelling Bee, Canada Day Baby Contest, Hub of the Hammer, Delusional Hot Sauce Trivia Competition, and various other engaging community initiatives,” according to ‘It’s Your Festival’s press release.
Adults can look forward to some culturally diverse performances, including a full Gospel choir and an array of 20 food booths serving ‘Foods of the World.’
The organizers have also introduced VIP tickets, with limited availability.
“These tickets offer access to the VIP Beer Garden section, complete with enhanced seating, table service, sampling opportunities, and other premium amenities,” the festival’s press release stated.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising