What a great weekend to be in Hamilton.
Anyone looking for entertainment last weekend, either for the whole family, the youngsters, or even the young at heart, needn’t have bothered looking beyond Hamilton’s borders.
The weekend featured not one, but three major events — the re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek, Dundas Buskerfest, and Concession Streetfest on the Mountain — that attracted thousands of spectators.
The re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek has been held since 1981 and is the longest running War of 1812 re-enactment in North America. While this year’s event marked the bicentennial of the start of the War of 1812, next year’s re-enactment is expected to be bigger and better as it celebrates the bicentennial of the battle itself in 1813.
Over in Dundas, the local downtown BIA hosted the area’s 15th annual Buskerfest, featuring some of the world’s top street performers.
And on Hamilton Mountain, the Concession Streetfest returned last Saturday after a three-year absence.
Hosted by the Concession Street BIA, the event featured a variety of food, crafts, children’s activities and music and dancing on three stages.
The highlight of the event was an attempt to break the Guinness record for the largest kazoo ensemble. While the record-breaking attempt may have attracted enough kazoo players, a mixup in registration requirements cost them the record.
Major events such as these three festivals don’t happen by accident. They are the result of hours upon hours of planning and preparation by dedicated volunteers. They should all be congratulated for their tireless efforts to provide area residents with a wide range of entertainment last weekend.
But these three events only marked the beginning of a remarkable lineup of entertainment throughout this summer in Hamilton.
Next up is the annual Heritage Days in Ancaster, this Saturday, featuring a special 1812 theme this year and, of course, a spectacular fireworks show at night.
Following that is the John C. Munro-Hamilton International Air Show on Father’s Day weekend, June 16-17, at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
Those fan favourites are followed by a summer-long list of events and festivals including: the 21st annual Canadian International Military Tattoo, June 23-24; It’s Your Festival at Gage Park, June 29-July 2; Canada Day at Westfield Heritage Village, July 1, the Hamilton Fringe Festival, July 19-29; the RBC Canadian Open at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, July 23-29; Festival of Friends at the Ancaster Fairgrounds, Aug. 10-12; the Dundas Cactus Festival in downtown Dundas, Aug. 17-19; and the 45th annual Winona Peach Festival, Aug. 24-26.
And we didn’t even mention the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
There is no need to travel far afield in search of entertainment when there is plenty available in Hamilton, so why not discover some fun in your own backyard this summer.