Things to do around Hamilton this Father’s Day weekend

You have a perfect Father’s Day weekend in Hamilton ahead of you.

Environment Canada says sunny and around 19C. Watch out for the UV Index though, it’s expected to be around 9 or very high and extra precautions are needed. Unprotected skin is damaged and can burn quickly, says the weather service.

It’s been a while. Beat it to the Sound of Music Festival in Burlington, say hello to Hamilton’s new Copps Pier Park and maybe take dad on an adventure. Here are more than a dozen things to do in the Hamilton area.

Sound of Music Festival

Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival rocks the waterfront along Lakeshore Road and Brant Street. Street Festival, Midway, Parade, Stages, Food and Lots of Fun Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free. soundofmusic.ca

Copps Pier Park

Enjoy the celebrations during Hamilton’s grand opening of Copps Pier Park honoring the Copps family on Saturday at Pier 8 – West Harbor Waterfront from 10am-2pm. The new park features a 30-meter-wide walkway, several art installations, a playground and beach and board game areas, and a performance stage. Family activities, local food vendors, interactive art exhibits and live music begin at 10am with the 11am ceremony.

kindergarten

While the Hamilton Children’s Museum remains closed, don’t miss the free pop-up event celebrating the opening of the Children’s Garden at Gage Park on Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Tours, programs, activities and special guests are featured. The Children’s Garden is located between the two pedestrian entrances of Montclair Avenue and Sherbrooke Street and near the baseball diamond.

Treetop trekking

Looking for an outdoor adventure with dad or just want to walk on the wild side? Who wouldn’t love to take a trip to treetop trek in the Binbrook Conservation Area this weekend? There is a zip line as well as air trekking, discovery kids, a treewalk village and more. treetop trekking.com.

go kart

Hamilton has a few tracks to shoot. Take dad with you or race someone else this weekend.

  • Hamilton Indoor Go Karts, 193 Cavell Ave. Open on Saturdays from 11am to 11pm and on Sundays from 11am to 9pm. All drivers must be at least seven years old and at least 48 inches tall. hamiltonindoorgokarts.com
  • Of course there’s more than go-karts at Cameron Speedway & Amusements, 2633 Upper James St. You can try paintball, bungee trampoline and more. Visit cameronspeedway.com and book online, no walk-ins on weekends or holidays.

Historical Garden of Dundurn

Free tours of the Historic Kitchen Garden at Dundurn Castle start on Saturday. Over 200 varieties of old flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruit. The guided tours begin every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the carriage house and are possible from now until September 4th. Advance booking is required at hamilton.ca. Regular admission applies to the museum.

woodworking

Saturday or Sunday is Father’s Day in the steam museum’s “dismantling workshop”. Look closer and see what’s inside – items like toasters, radios, computers and electronic toys – and learn how they were made. All items, tools and safety equipment are provided. Workshop tickets are $5 per person and museum admission is sold separately. Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site, 900 Woodward Ave. Book your tickets at rec.hamilton.ca.

Strawberry Fair

The Strawberry Folk Fest in downtown Stoney Creek takes place on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm on King Street East between Lake and New Mountain streets. Live music, artisans, entertainment and more.

Westdale Live

Live music on patios in Westdale Village from 5pm to 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October. westdalevillage.approx

Crawford Lake exhibit

Indigenous artist Catherine Tàmmaro’s Fire Over Water art exhibition opens Saturday at the Crawford Lake Conservation Area. Exhibition opening is at 7pm at the Deer Clan Longhouse on Crawford Lake. Meet artist and author Professor Labelle and learn about the history of the Wendat/Wyandot/Wyandotte. Light refreshments are also served. Interested parties can make reservations at www.parkvisit.ca. The exhibition runs until December. conservationhalton.ca

hiking tours

Take a free walking tour of downtown Hamilton with Bill King on Sunday. “Housing the Rich – How the Better Half Lived in 19th Century Hamilton” will be featured this weekend. Meet at 10am on King Street and John Street

Hamilton’s Tales in the Stones, a free two-hour walking tour of Hamilton Cemetery at 777 York Blvd., takes place on Saturday. Join Robin McKee at the gatehouse at 11am. This week is the Disaster Tour. hamiltonhistory.ca

It’s Pride Month Hamilton

Want to know what’s happening in Hamilton this weekend for Pride Month?

  • Pride Picnic in Bayfront Park, around the pavilion on Saturday from 5pm to 9pm. This community-driven event is free and open to anyone and everyone who wants to gather outdoors and have fun. Bring a blanket and a picnic.
  • Martello’s Back Terrace on James Street North serves drinks after 9pm on Saturday nights. Admission is free, but you will need some cash for alcohol. Note that the kitchen is closed.
  • Chiefswood Park Paddle for Pride takes place on Saturdays from 1.30pm to 10pm

It’s a day of paddling and entertainment, ending with food, entertainment and activities starting at 5pm and a film showing in the park at 9am. Six Nations Pride Committee paired with Chiefswood Park Heritage Site, 1037 Brant County Highway 54, Caledonia. Canoes depart from Front Street and Highway 54 in Onondaga at 2:00 PM

  • Jam n’ Drag Brunch is Sundays at Hamilton’s That’s My Jam, 51 King William St. from 11:00am to 1:30pm

One of the few events scheduled to celebrate the House of Adam and Steve Pride, it features Karma and Kamilla Kameleon. Tickets are $20, food is not included. Brunch available, $24. Doors open at 10 a.m., show starts at 11 a.m.

  • Divas to the Dance Floor, a series of drag shows hosted by The Well Hamilton, takes place on Sundays from 7pm through June. There are TroyBoy Parks this weekend.

Gameday

Your house opener is on Saturday. Ticats host Calgary at 6:30 p.m. at Tim Hortons Field ticats.ca

The next big thing in Bulldogs hockey begins Monday. Hamilton meets hosts Saint John Sea Dogs in the Memorial Tournament opener in New Brunswick on Monday night.

Hamilton Honey Badgers aren’t back home until June 30th at 7pm at the FirstOntario Centre.

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