Despite the on and off rain we have been having in The Hammer, this weekend promises to be loads of fun rain or shine! No matter your mood, there is a full weekend of great events that remind us why we <3 this city of ours.
I love the great outdoors
The Grand Durand Garden Tour
The Durand Region presents a really unique event, one like I have never seen before. For $20, participants are toured through the “historic gardens of Hamilton’s Southwest” (in other words, an area near the downtown core bordered by Queen St, Main St, James Street South, and the Escarpment). The tour is a self-guided walk through the gardens of some historically beautiful homes. Included in the tour is tea as well as live music to enjoy afterwards at Whitehern Historic House and Garden.
The tour is on Saturday June 15th beginning at 10:00 am. Tickets are sold at locations across Hamilton. You can also call to reserve tickets: 289 396-5288 (Telephone reservations can be picked up day-of at Whitehern).
For more general information about the tour including photos of some of the gardens, as well as a list of the ticket locations, visit:
The Ancaster Fairgrounds recently hosted a delicious Ribfest this past weekend. On Saturday, they will host a festival celebrating all things vegetarian, vegan, and raw. Look forward to special guest speakers like Clayton Smith, founder of The Naked Sprout (a vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Burlington) and topics ranging from juicing to vegan baking to heart-healthy foods. It is very much a convention-style event, so expect booths, food, and activities for children.
The festival runs from 11am-7pm so make it a day event or drop in for a few hours. Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE?
I am an artsy
Of course, we hope many already know that it is the second Friday of the month and (therefore) the James Street North Art Crawl is on. The art crawl’s blog (http://www.jamesstreetnorth.ca/blog/) usually posts any special events happening on the day of (outside the regular scope of galleries and shops being open for the evening).
What could be a new way for you to experience the art crawl and Hamilton’s art scene in general is the Art Bus. Like the Art Crawl, the bus is a monthly excursion, happening on the first and second Friday of each month. Hop on the bus for $15 (or $10 if you are a student or artist) and enjoy meeting new people and fellow arts enthusiasts. Because today is the second Friday, expect the tour to include the James Street North Crawl as well as either a trip to art complex 270 Sherman or a stroll along Ottawa Street.
The bus leaves from The Pearl Company (16 Steven St. at King William) at 6:30pm. Parking is available near the site.
The Pearl Company website has all you need to know about the Art Bus tours:
I <3 Music
Though the Hamilton music scene is hopping every weekend (just think of venues like The Casbah, Homegrown Hamilton, or This Ain’t Hollywood). You can see live music almost every night. However, the best free music festival in Canada is happening this weekend in Burlington.
The Sound of Music Festival is a three-day music festival that features Canadian artists and is hosted in Downtown Burlington. The commute from the majority of regions in Hamilton is very short as Burlington is a neighbouring city. Artists performing include Lights, Jully Black, April Wine, Stereokid, Sharon & Bram, The Human Orchestra, and illScarlett (just to name a FEW!)
Conclusion? Get out and enjoy!