A guide to local events and live experiences in Hamilton

By Kristian Borghesan

Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Instagram and wondering why everyone else seems to be having more fun than you? Fear no more, Brüha is here! Hamilton is crawling with local events and live experiences and we are here to provide you with your monthly rundown.

As the weather starts to heat up, events start to spring into action (pardon the pun) and the city of Hamilton prepares to bloom. From literary festivals, to culinary experiences, to fashion launches, here are 10 of the best events happening in Hamilton this April.


Photo provided by RADIUS


 Radius After Dark

DATE: Every Friday & Saturday (April 7th-29th)


Kick off your weekend with food, friends and live music. Radius After Dark will feature DJ Adrien King with live percussion and sax. Let the snapchats and weekend vibes roll.

Harlem Globetrotters

DATE: April 12th

LOCATION: FirstOntario Centre

This legendary group makes their return to Hamilton, showcasing their iconic talents and incredible basketball skills. The Globetrotters are known worldwide, having toured in more than 120 countries. Best known for providing one-of-a-kind family entertainment, it’s destined to be a slam dunk!


True Hamiltonian Spring Launch party

DATE: April 13th

LOCATION: Art Gallery of Hamilton

True Hamiltonian is launching their new #Unity150 Spring Collection. The collection is set to celebrate the diverse community of Hamilton and Canada’s 150th birthday. Head out and enjoy an evening filled with compelling art, music, food and of course fashion.

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James St. North Art Crawl

DATE: April 14th

LOCATION: James St. North

If you haven’t attended Art Crawl, are you even from the Hammer? Hit the streets and celebrate art, culture and entertainment. Explore everything along James St. North including galleries, shops, studios, restaurants and local artists showcasing their talent. Art Crawl never fails to unite the city and showcase its endless potential.

Makeology Spring Craft Fair

DATE: April 15th

LOCATION: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

Explore the creativity and prepare your Instagram feeds! Makeology has returned for its 2nd annual craft fair and will feature some of the best handmade artisans in Ontario. It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some local shopping and tasty treats. This is a fair all about enjoying the little things in life.

Hamilton Film Festival

DATE: April 19th

LOCATION: Staircase Theatre

*Tickets available at Brüha

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Hamilton Film Festival has partnered up with National Film Day Canada and will be screening two featured movies: Lucky 7 and Bed of the Dead. The best part? Both of these movies were filmed in Hamilton.


The Vintage Marketplace

DATE: April 22nd-23rd

LOCATION: Hamilton Convention Centre

*Tickets available at Brüha

Back for its 5th year, the annual Vintage Marketplace (VMP) includes 2-days of vintage lifestyle shopping, music and sights. VMP features some of the best vintage vendors with everything from wedding inspirations, to vintage cars, to local eats, to home décor and so much more!

Art at the Annex – Painting Uncorked

DATE: April 28th

LOCATION: AGH Design Annex

Drinks, snacks, painting and good company. Painting Uncorked is the perfect opportunity to express yourself and discover a love of art. Enjoy the night’s atmosphere, learn the creation process and leave with your own piece to hang on the wall.