A guide to local events and live experiences in Hamilton

By Kristian Borghesan

Brüha here again with a list of the top ten events for you to enjoy this August. Festivals upon festivals and more than enough events for you to check out with family and friends.   

 Festival of Friends 

 Date: August 4th-6th  

 Location: Gage Park 

 Admission: FREE ENTRY! 

 Kick off the August long weekend with this major annual event. This year marks the special return of the Festival of Friends to Gage Park. With many music performances and special vendors, be sure to check it out with your family and friends. Rain or shine, you won’t want to miss this jam packed weekend. 


Generation Z Hamilton Networking Event 

 Date: August 8th  

Location: CoMotion on King  

 Admission: FREE registration through Brüha 

 Calling all young, aspiring, entrepreneurs and small business owners. This event is made especially for you. This night will be dedicated to building connections, learning from experts and listening to amazing success stories from the keynote speakers. Generation Z Hamilton’s Networking Event is here to help you succeed in your future business endeavors. This open forum meeting is a great way for youth to ask questions and find more resources that are available to them. Food and beverages will be provided. 


Hamilton Rib & Craft Beer Fest 

 Date: August 11th-13th  

 Location: Gage Park 

 Admission: FREE ENTRY! 

 Come one, come all, for the best Ribs & BBQ in Canada. A whole weekend filled with food, fun and entertainment. Attractions for kids and also for the adults. Located in Hamilton’s largest city centre park, be sure to get your fill and more of ribs and all the best bbq you can eat.  


City Limits 

 Date: August 12th  

 Location: Hamilton’s City Limits 

 Admission: $120.00  

 *Tickets available through Brüha 

 Join ChezDine hosts Stephanie and Kyle at their country property located in Hamilton’s City Limits. Nestled over 11 acres in mother nature, their home provides nourishment for mind, body and soul. Surrounded by local farms, their love for food, hospitality and country living has inspired the host couple to create ChezDine’s first “Farm to Barn” dinner. Along with Chef Dan Burcher, Stephanie and Kyle invite you to this feast fit for a king. After dinner enjoy a campfire along with live acoustic music, complete with gourmet smores and snacks. With a limit of 50 spots, be sure to head over to Brüha to save you seat at the table.  


Piece by Piece: Stitching Together Canadian Stories (The Quilt of Belonging Exhibit) 

 Date: Present – August 16th  

 Location: The Cotton Factory 

 Admission: *some ticketed components, free-$134, all available through Brüha* 

*Canada 150 signature event* 

 The Cotton Factory is host to the Quilt of Belonging. A 120-foot textile art project made up of 263 blocks, each created to celebrate a different part of Canada. This quilt is made to celebrate humanity, diversity, and compassion within Canada. During this exhibit, daily programming will be included. A range of activities will include different cultural groups within the region of Hamilton, Halton and Brant to help celebrate this nation. Weekly demonstrations, workshops, performances, and concerts are all part the events happening. Don’t forget to check out the concert series, including Iskwe (Aug 5th) and Diamond DJ Collective (Aug 11th).  


Bar Fight at Uno Mas  

 Date: August 17th  

 Location: Uno Mas 

 Admission: $25.00  

 *Tickets available through Brüha 

 STRIKE FIRST, STRIKE HARD, NO MERCY! Bar Fight at Uno Mas is a monthly event that puts two of top chefs in Hamilton, together in a head to head competition. The chefs will dual until the end to create the best cocktail experience. We know they can cook, but what about their bar skills? In the August edition, defending champ Chef Scott Bailey “one taste and you’re hooked” (City Farm Catering) will take on a new challenger. In a 3 round ‘bar-burner’, each chef receives one bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, one secret ingredient, and will be tasked with creating a themed cocktail. Chef Manny Ferreira (Mezcal TNT, Uno Mas), will MC the night and 3 local culinary experts will sit on the judging panel. The audience will sample the final round and help decide the winner. 


Dundas Cactus Festival 2017 

 Date: August 18th – 20th  

 Location: Dundas, Ontario 

 Admission: FREE ENTRY! 

 Back again for its 42nd year, the Cactus Festival is here for a 3 day weekend. An attraction that brings in visitors from across the nation, this festival is the unofficial ‘homecoming’ for all. Constantly growing, it includes 4 entertainment stages, event zones, over 100 street vendors and so much more. Enjoy the annual staple event with family and friends.  


Pop Up Hamiltons: Luau 

 Date: August 19th  

 Location: Top Secret Location (released 48 hours before event) 

 Admission: $125.00  

 *Tickets available through Brüha 

 Pop Up Hamilton is back to transform a local space into an unforgettable dining experience. This month, a multi-course dining experience to celebrate the cuisine and culture of beautiful Hawaii. This meal will be prepared by the phenomenal Salar Madadi (Pokeh, Meat Ventures’ Meat Wagon) which will be paired with Erie North Shore’s Oxley Estate Winery. Don’t miss out on this summer infused pop-up experience.  


Craftadian Presents: Made in Hamilton 

 Date: August 26th  

 Location: McMaster Innovation Park 

 Admission: Starting at $2.25  

 *Tickets available through Brüha 

 Located in the Atrium and Courtyard at Innovation Park, the 2nd annual Craftadian Made in Hamilton will make its appearance. A market to celebrate handmade works that are all local. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity that will feature over 70 plus local makers. Complete with food trucks and entertainment, shopping was never so much fun. 


Community Charity Airshow 

 Date: August 30th  

 Location: Brantford Municipal Airport. 

 Admission: FREE entry *donations are greatly appreciated 

 Join Hamilton’s Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and The Rotary Club of Brantford for their Community Charity Airshow. As a fundraiser for both organizations, this is your chance to witness a breathtaking aerial display by the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron Snowbirds flying their Canadair Tutors. Also flying in the air, a Snowbird will be spotted along with the RCAF CF-18 Demo Team who will be adorning special Canada 150 markings. Be sure to catch the popular CWHM Lancaster bomber making its solo airshow performance. Don’t miss this amazing event to help support the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and The Rotary Club of Brantford.