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Weekend events in Hamilton November 17-18, 2018

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Look no further. We’ve found a wide range of events in Hamilton for all ages and interests to enjoy.

Here’s what’s happening in the city this weekend.

Stuff the Bus Food Drive

When: Saturday November 17, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Sobeys Ancaster
Admission: Free

Hamilton’s food banks are continuing to face an unfortunate shortage. To keep up with the city’s on-going demand for goods, let’s give back by participating in Neighbour to Neighbour’s Stuff the Bus food drive.

Taking place at Sobeys in the Meadowlands, help completely fill a school bus with donated non-perishable food items. In previous years, this campaign has brought in over 33,000 pounds in food donations. If we work together, we can surely top that number before the holiday season starts. When donating, please make sure your goods are non-perishable.

Woolcott Team 4th Annual Coat Drive

When: Saturday November 17, 2018 from 10 am to 12 pm
Where:  Waterdown Shopping Centre
Admission: Free

As the temperature begins to drop it’s our duty to make sure our fellow Hamiltonians stay warm.

The Woolcott Team will be on hand this weekend to accept donations of new or gently used coats, hats, mittens and kitchen supplies – all items in which The Good Shepherd Centre needs.

All supporters will be treated to coffee, hot chocolate and treats.

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade

When: Saturday November 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Where:  Downtown Hamilton
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family out for an evening of fun and excitement at this year’s Santa Claus Parade. Not only will Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be joining the parade, but Mrs. Claus will also be collecting letters for Santa.

This year’s parade route starts at the corner of Bay St North and Barton St West. It will head south on Bay St North, then east of York Blvd, then proceed north of James St North and will end at the corner of James St N and Barton St East.

Rockstar Energy Supercross

When: Saturday November 17, 2018 at 7 pm
Where:  FirstOntario Centre
Admission: Tickets are available online

If you’re a big fan of motorsports you can’t miss this weekend’s Supercross event.

The 2018 Rockstar Energy Tripe Crown, the largest professional race series to ever offer a $100,000 grand prize, finishes off its run in Hamilton. You can expect great stunts, loud bikes and a show that’ll put you on the edge of your seat!

Dessert: Cherry Pop Edition

When: Saturday November 17, 2018 at 10 pm
Where: Absinthe
Admission: $10 at the door

Looking to venture into Hamilton’s drag scene? #AdamAndSteve are putting on an unforgettable show this weekend that’s sure to leave you begging for more.

There’ll be performances by incredibly talented local queens, dancers, a runway contest and plenty of other surprises. #AdamAndSteve will even be providing their famous cake pops to satisfy your sweet tooth while you enjoy the show.

Picture Your Pet with Santa

When: Saturday & Sunday November 17 & 18 from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Ren’s Pets Waterdown
Admission: $20 per photo

Santa Paws is coming to town! Bring your pet to have their photo taken with jolly Santa Paws and create lasting memories this holiday season. All pets are welcome!

This year Santa Paws has teamed up with the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA – every picture purchased supports the animals at the SPCA as well as in our communities.

The Artisan Bazaar

When: Sunday November 18, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Royal Botanical Gardens Centre
Admission: $5 at the door

Looking for the perfect gift? Try your hand at shopping local and handmade at this year’s Artisan Bazaar.

Enjoy access to the beautifully decorated Royal Botanical Gardens Centre and meet over 50 unique local artisans showcasing their heart-felt creations.

Makeology Holiday Craft Market

When: Sunday November 18, 2018 from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Hamilton
Admission: $5 at the door

Makeology is a growing community built around supporting local artisans and crafts-peple through high-end curated craft shows around the GTA. This weekend we’re happy to announce Makeology is coming to Hamilton!

Not only will you be able to get some holiday shopping done early, but your admission also includes entrance to the Art Gallery. If you’re looking for an afternoon of shopping and art, this is the perfect opportunity for you.


There’s plenty to do and see this weekend, Hamilton. Get on out there and experience something new!

What will you be going to this weekend? Are you attending any of these events? Let us know in the comments.

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