Aug 22, 2023

From Pride to the peach festival, here's what's on in Hamilton this weekend, Aug. 25 to 27

From Pride celebrations and the Peach festival to roller skating and a farm fresh family picnic, Hamilton has something for everyone this weekend.

For its final weekend this summer, the Pier 8 Pop-Ups have a packed weekend.

On Friday, a Vintage Market is setting up at the pier with over 15 vendors.

Attendees can expect to find antiques, housewares and records at the market from 4 to 9 p.m.

Alongside the market, the Farm Fresh Family Picnic will run from 5 to 9 p.m.

Those visiting will be able to see food vendors, a farmer's market, crafts for kids, and "DJ Donna Lovejoy spinning and a performance from bluegrass band Chopped Liver," according to the pop-ups website.

The pop-ups continue on Saturday with a BLK Owned Block Party.

Over 20 BIPOC vendors are setting up at the Hamilton Waterfront Trust Patio from 1 to 7 p.m.

The event is in collaboration with BLK Owned Hamilton and will also have all-day DJs, food, kid's activities and even a puppet-making workshop.

To close out the pop-ups for the summer, the Pier 8 Pop-Ups are hosting a free, final-night concert on Sunday.

"We're excited to host Rich Aucoin all the way from Halifax who will be performing his signature inclusive, one-of-a-kind show that's known as being one of the best," read the event's website.

Comedic musician from Hamilton B.A. Johnston will also perform.

The concert will take place at the Gantry Crane of Pier 8 from 8 to 11 p.m.

The Winona Peach Festival is back for its yearly run.

Rides for kids of all ages, arts and crafts section, over 100 vendors and more are all part of the fun at this year's festival.

The festival's admission is free and runs on Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival will also have free entertainment all weekend at the Winona Peach Festival Stage.

Entertainment for kids is also in store at the festival. A fish pond, a magic show, a dance party, and more are some of the activities families attending the event will be able to enjoy.

The festival also has a variety of rides for kids of all ages. Rides are free from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Rib lovers will have a chance to enjoy some good food, music and more at Hamilton's Rib and Beer Fest.

From Friday to Sunday, the rib fest will set up at Hamilton's Gage Park.

Admission to the event is two dollars per person for those 13 and older.

The festival will run Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 7 p.m.

It will have live music for all three days of the event. Attendees will also have a chance to win a $100 gift card by voting for their favourite ribs at the Battle of the Ribs.

Ahead of this Sunday's Hamilton Pride event, those looking for a nice time outdoors can join a hike to celebrate the LGBTQ community.

Those wishing to join the hike will have to head to the Bruce Trail on Friday at 4 p.m.

The hike, described as easy and "mostly flat and usually good footing," will have a medium pace and an approximate distance of eight kilometres. Those attending are also invited for an optional drink at the nearby Steeltown Cider after the hike.

"Whether you are part of the community or a supportive ally, we invite you to show your pride on the Trail by wearing rainbow colours," read the trail's website.

Joining the hike is free, but registration is required.

For a more musical and active Friday night, Hamiltonians can unbox their roller skates and head to Pier 8 for a party on wheels.

Expect the skating rink at Pier 8 to be busier than usual from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday as Hammer City Roller Derby in partnership with Cityzen, Tercot Communities, and Greybrook throw a skate party.

The first 100 people to show up will get free skate-rentals and an ice cream.

Makeup artists and DJs will be in attendance to make everyone shine and to set the mood.

All proceedings from the event will go toward Welcome Inn, a local food bank.

Hamiltonians can also help commemorate Canada's naval history this weekend.

Join the celebration of HMCS Haida's 80th anniversary, as well as the ship's 20th anniversary at the Hamilton Waterfront, on Saturday and Sunday.

Parks Canada is also calling those with old and new pictures of the ship to submit them.

"Whether you have photos of yourself or a family member who served on HMCS Haida, or you have photos from a past visit, we want to see!" read the Parks Canada website.

"The ship will be dressed and ready to greet visitors for two full days of special events and demonstrations."

World War II re-enactors are presenting firing demonstrations and showcasing artifacts from Canada's military history.

Attending the event is included in the admission to the HMCS Haida National Historic Site. For daily fees, adults from 18 to 64 years old pay $4.25, while those 65 and up pay $3.75.

On Saturday evening, guests are also invited to dress up "in their best 1940s era attire" for an evening of live music and swing dancing at the ship.

Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats will perform at the event, which runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Go to the event's website to book tickets.

This year's Pride celebrations are taking place later in the summer than usual.

Kiel Hughes, chair of Pride Hamilton, said in June the event was pushed to later in the summer due to bumps in the planning process.

Pride Hamilton moved its yearly event to Aug. 27 this year at the Pier 4 Park.

But, Hughes said, the later date is a reminder that Pride shouldn't be constricted to one month of the year.

"There's no such thing as Pride is only in June. Prides happens across Canada from May all the way up to September... We live 365 days a year, sometimes 366. And that means you should live with Pride and live with love all the time," Hughes said.

The event will run from 12 to 8 p.m.

"What can you expect at this year's Pride? Sun (we hope), vendors, a beer garden, good eats, family and youth activities, and outdoor performances from Hamilton's top talent!" read a social media post on the event's Instagram page.

Also on Sunday, the Royal Botanical Gardens are hosting JUNO nominated Two Spirit Mohawk artist Shawnee Kish at their garden stage.

"An outspoken advocate for her Indigenous and LGBTQ2+ communities, Shawnee has shared the stage with some of the world's biggest names – Lady Gaga, Madonna and Alicia Keys to name a few," read a statement from the RBG.

The Edmonton-based artist is performing from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday for the RBG's Music in the Garden series.

Tickets are $20.50 and can be purchased online.

The RBG advises those wishing to attend to bring their own lawn chairs, "blankets, and cushions for turf seating."

With files from Cara Nickerson