8 Hamilton Happenings this Spring
I love spring! It is a beautiful time of year when the days are getting longer, the snow is either melting or nowhere to be seen and the flowers are blooming. For all these reasons and more, we can finally stop hibernating indoors and find the energy to actually get out of our house to see and experience things happening in our community.
Another thing I love is Hamilton and the surrounding area. There is so much to do and see and there are many great events happening nearly every weekend. There are all kinds of events coming up in April and May to plan for, so here’s a list of a few to keep you in the know.
Walk the Locke – Locke St.
The Locke Street BIA (super group that made Locke Street one of the best streets in Hamilton!) has re-branded and to celebrate they are inviting people to come out and walk Locke Street on Saturday, April 2 from 10am to 2pm. There will be giveaways, contests, an early opening of the Locke Street farmer’s market and more. Not to mention Locke Street has so many great shops and places to eat and it seems like new places continue to pop up. Make sure you visit Epic Books, stop for a coffee at Democracy and eat at the amazing Brux House. More Details on Walk The Locke.
Antiques and Crafts Events
Makeology – The Cotton Factory
I have three words for you: Spring Craft Fair. Breaking these down into their individual parts you have three of my favourite things. Put together you have an event I wholly support. The concept of the event is bringing together talented ‘makeologists’ or makers of things. As a fellow crafter, I have so much respect for the people who put in the time and sweat to make unique crafted items. It’s great to know that an event like this is happening in Hamilton, where we can support Ontario artists and more. There will be textiles, food, decor and all sorts of things made with love. More details on Makeology.
April 16 & 17
The Vintage Marketplace – Hamilton Convention Centre
Back again the Vintage Marketplace, an event I’ve missed the past couple years. This event covers everything vintage from housewares, clothing, furniture, textiles and collectibles. Just taking everything in alone is worth a visit to this market. The vendors are people who meticulously curate their offerings with that vintage flair, while keeping it local where possible. They include some well-known vendors like Girl on the Wing, La Primavera Farms and some different places like Your Story: Word Art. and I’m looking forward to visitng this event that has grown over the years thanks to all the love form the Hamilton community. More details on The Vintage Marketplace.
May 6 & 7
Spring Handmade Market – 13th Street Winery
I had to sneak this Niagara event into this list, because I love the handmade market. Dana and I have been to the fall one, but they also have an annual spring market (and a Christmas one!). I love this type of event; it’s at a winery and the over 100 local artisans set up outside, rain or shine. You can sip on 13th Street Winery wines while you peruse and if you’re hungry, there will be food trucks and of course the deliciously baked goods at the winery’s own bakery. This is a great event that’s only 30 minutes outside Hamilton and a fun way to be inspired this spring. More details on the Handmade Market.
Closing Performance at Hamilton Philharmonic Symphony – Hamilton Place
It’s a fact that Hamilton has a thriving music scene. It’s even more impressive to see orchestral music being appreciated and supported by the community. You may ahve heard of other productions put on by the HPO recently including Cirque de la Symphonie. If you’re looking for an affordable and cultural Saturday night out, the HPO has one last show for the season and they will be playing Tchaikovsky’s Fourth. I also can’t wait to see what the HPO has lined up for their next season! More details on Tchaikovsky’s Fourth.
Glamour in the Hammer Fashion Show – The Cotton Factory
If you love fashion AND food AND supporting causes that help our community, then this event is for you. This event will feature local designers and restaurants while supporting Good Shepherd centres in Hamilton. Anyone else notice that The Cotton Factory seems to be a popular venue choice for events? More details on Glamour in the Hammer.
April 22, 23 & 24
Food & Drink Fest – Hamilton Convention Centre
I love food and wine type of festivals, because you can sample so many cuisines and many more drinks. I love being able to try local and international wines and beers all in oen spot. The great thing about an event like this is aside from the admission fee, you can spend as little or as much as you want. They even have vendors that sell gourmet foods to take home. And the venue is great, because you can grab a busy home so you can drink responsibly. Mike and I attended last year’s event, and though it was cramped, it was also a lot of fun, so we will heading down again this year. More details on the Food & Drink Fest.
Sew Hungry – Ottawa Street
Like Locke Street, Ottawa Street is a thriving street community in Hamilton. They have incredible businesses and restaurants and build on their well-known identity as the go-to place for people who love to textiles and DIY. Another way to get people out is bringing local food trucks to line the street, which is what they are doing for this event in early May. This will make it easy for people to shop and try amazing food including crêpes from Café du Monde Crêperie and a cappucino at the mobile epsresso bar by Detour Coffee Roasters. What a great way to remind people to head out to east Hamilton. More details on Sew Hungry.