Canada 150 is happening across the city. As soon as school is over, the summer starts with a big birthday bash for the Country! Kids won’t be able to use the “I’m bored” excuse just yet. There are events and activities planned all weekend long to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial.
June 30 – July 3, 2017
Waterdown Oh Canada Ribfest
Oh Canada Ribfest takes place on Canada Day weekend every year, in Waterdown’s Memorial Park. Come out for the ribs and stay for the live music, vendors in the Rotary Marketplace and family activities. All proceeds go to projects sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Flamborough AM and Waterdown.
Friday: 3 – 11:30pm
Saturday: 11am – 11:30pm
Sunday: 11am – 11:30pm
Monday: 11am – 8pm
Ottawa Street BIA Canada Day
Celebrate Canada Day with us on Ottawa St. N! Dress in red & white, take part in activities for the whole family, live music, free hot dogs & cake for the first 150 people!
10am – 2pm
Ottawa Street, Hamilton
June 30 – July 1
Tall Ships @ Pier 8
The majestic Tall Ships are returning to Pier 8 – following their hugely successful visit back in the summer of 2013. The Tall Ships Parade of Sail is a must-see spectacle as the 11 vessels navigate around the Harbour in single file formation before docking at Pier 8. Prominent vantage points to watch the parade include Pier 8, Bayfront & Pier 4 Parks, York Boulevard Bridge, Burlington Canal and Fisherman’s Pier, Eastport Drive, and LaSalle and Bayshore Parks in Burlington. In addition to deck tours, visitors will enjoy family-friendly and nautical-themed activities, music on the Waterfront Stage featuring great musicians from Hamilton’s thriving music scene, and lots of food vendors.
Schedule of events
June 30, 2 to 4 pm: Parade of Sail
July 1, 11 am to 2:30 pm: The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster will conduct multiple fly-overs of the Waterfront.
July 1, 11 am to 5 pm: Free deck tours
Pier 8, 47 Discovery Drive, Hamilton
June 30 – July 2
It’s Your Festival
Huge lineup of entertainment, activities, vendors, foods of the world and more. Lots of fun all weekend long!
Gage Park, 1000 Main St., E., Hamilton
Hamilton’s Canada Day 150
Enjoy food trucks, family-friendly fun, and a spectacular live music line-up presented by RBC featuring Canadian artists. Featured artists: Jully Black, Steve Strongman and Sarah Slean. The celebration will conclude with a dazzling fireworks finale, set to an orchestral arrangement performed live by Maestro Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.
Schedule of events
3 pm: Opening Ceremony on the RBC Stage
3 to 9 pm: Family friendly programming
4 to 10:15 pm: Live music on the RBC Stage
10 pm: Fireworks accompanied live by Maestro Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada
3 – 11pm
Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Drive
Canada Day Military Tattoo
Come and enjoy a spectacular evening of military musical celebration and experience a tradition that extends back over a century! Feel the thrill as the Regimental Band of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Band and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Pipes and Drums perform out in front of Dundurn Castle. Catch a glimpse of the red coated defenders of Canada West at Ridgeway during the Fenian Raid of 1866, as the 13th Battalion Ceremonial Guard takes the field.
7 – 9pm
Dundurn National Historic Site, 610 York Blvd., Hamilton
Music at Fieldcote – Canada 150 Event – A Place To Belong
Enjoy a memorable outdoor performance at the band shell on the grounds of Fieldcote Museum. Celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday with special guest MICHAEL DUNSTON. Juno-winning Canadian jazz stalwarts, bassist Paul Novotny and Robi Botos welcome the award winning jazz-soul vocalist Michael Dunston, celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with music and stories that treasure Canadian culture and community. Joining them will be internationally recognized Ethio-Jazz drummer, Daniel Barnes and the astonishing saxophonist and vocalist, Alison Young. Bring your own lawn chair or a blanket.
7 – 9pm
Fieldcote Museum, 64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster
Canada 150 Celebration: Carnival at Whitehern
A 1930’s style Carnival is planned on the manicured gardens around the house. The whole family can enjoy games with prizes and refreshments. Discover one of the finest examples of an intact historic home in Canada. Three generations of the McQuesten family lived at Whitehern from 1852 until 1968. Among the last generation was the Honourable Thomas McQuesten, Minister of Highways and builder of the QEW.
12 – 5pm
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, 41 Jackson St. W., Hamilton, L8P 1L3
A Place to Belong
Come out and enjoy 50 recreational, cultural, historical and conservation sites across the city — all for FREE! Have a swim, go for a picnic or enjoy museums and world class gardens.