A guide to local events and live experiences in Hamilton

By Kristian Borghesan

It’s the Brüha here again to bring you a sample of the many events happening in Hamilton this month. Summer is just around the corner and the need to be outside soaking up the sun and inhaling the fresh air is strong. Thankfully, there are many outdoor activities all month long. Plus, with it being Canada’s 150th Birthday this year, there are tons of extra spectacular events. Here is our top 10 list to help guide you around the city and explore the best of what Hamilton has to offer.


100 in 1 Hamilton

DATE: June 3rd

LOCATION: All across Hamilton

100 changes in 1 day? The goal is simple, people from around the city joining together to see changes made across Hamilton. Lead your way through the city, individually or in groups, creating urban interventions. Work together as a community to inspire each other in small-scale acts to help make Hamilton great. Head to the website 100in1day.ca to see how you can help make a difference.

The Hamilton Vintage Ball

DATE: June 7th

LOCATION: The Scottish Rite Club

*Tickets available through www.bruha.com

Step back in time to the good old days of swing dance. Held at the Scottish Rite Club you will also have the opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the property and learn the history behind this beautiful place. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the three-course dining experience brought to you by Chef Jolene. Be sure to grab your tickets and take part in some Lindy Hop dancing action.

Architecture Crawl 2.0

DATE: June 9th

LOCATION: 5 unusual in Hamilton spaces

*Tickets available through www.bruha.com

It’s well known that Hamilton has some of the most unique old buildings still standing. Is there any better way to enjoy Hamilton spaces than by going on an Architecture Crawl? Enjoy the night by exploring five unusual spots, listening to music provided by Hamiltonian bands, and celebrating all the amazing architecture that Hamilton has to offer.

Concession Street Fest

DATE: June 10th

LOCATION: Concession Street

Join the fun and the summer weather by heading out to the 21st Annual Concession Streetfest. Reaching from Upper Wentworth to E 25th street, the road will be closed for a full day of family enjoyment. Live music, activities for kids, vendors, food and more will be shared by all at this event.

Hamilton Mini Maker Faire

DATE: June 11th

LOCATION: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

This Mini Maker Faire is an all ages event dedicated to those tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, engineers, scientists, artists, and so much more. Here you can come together to share what you’ve made and learn with others who are excited to share in the experience. If you’re curious and fascinated- by almost absolutely everything- bring the whole family for a day of exploring new possibilities and ideas.

A Day On The Bridge

DATE: June 11th

LOCATION: McQuesten High Level Bridge

*Tickets available through www.bruha.com

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday this year, A Day On The Bridge is an event to celebrate our environment around us. The historic McQuesten High Level Bridge, which over looks Cootes Paradise, Hamilton Harbour and the escarpment is the most perfect spot to enjoy a day to take in our surroundings. Food, music, arts, and activities will be enjoyed by all throughout the day. To end the night a gala fundraising dinner were all donations will go towards to purchase and protect land that will become a part of Cootes To Escarpment EcoPark System.

Walk, Run or Ride For Scleroderma

DATE: June 24th

LOCATION: Battlefield House Museum & Park

Join this cross country event to help raise awareness for Scleroderma, a chronic disease that affects 1 in 2500 Canadians. Get up and active to help raise money to research this disease and enjoy Battlefield Park. Don’t miss the chance to make a difference at this fun filled event complete with activities and prizes for everyone. Visit sclerodermawalkrun.ca/hamilton/ for more details on how you can help.

Coast to Coast Community Picnic

DATE: June 15th


A community picnic in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday will be held at Gore Park. Bring along your own dinner to enjoy under a huge tent with neighbours and friends. Performances by Hamilton Ariel Group and Comedy Magician, Graeme Reed will be held to delight all guests. Have no fear, tables, chairs and place setting are near! All you need to bring is the food.

Pop Up Hamilton Presents: Summer of ’84

DATE: June 17th

LOCATION: Secret location will be announced 48 hours before the event.

*Tickets available through www.bruha.com

Get ready to turn back time to 1984. A night of cultural homage and delicious food. Bring it on back 33 years ago and enjoy a multi-course dining experience featuring some of Hamilton’s wicked chefs. Plus, live entertainment. The catch? The location is top secret until 48 hours before hand.

Tall Ships

DATE: June 30th – July 2nd

LOCATION: Hamilton Waterfront, Pier 8

Canada’s 150th Birthday has all sorts of amazing events happening around the city and country. More than 40 Tall Ships will be sailing Canadian waters, and 11 of them will be staying in Hamilton waters. A very rare and beautiful site will be held during Canada Day weekend at the waterfront. Be sure to check out these magnificent ships.