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A dozen things to do around Hamilton this weekend – Hamilton Spectator

Have a hankering for ribs? Rib season opens up this weekend with the Binbrook Ribfest on Friday to Sunday at the Binbrook County Fairgrounds, 2600 Highway 56.

Gone are the drive-thru events, welcome back in-person concerts, theatre and festivals.

By Jennifer MooreThe Hamilton Spectator

Fri., May 13, 20225 min. read

Embrace your weekend live and in person.

Gone are the drive-thru events, welcome back in-person concerts, theatre and festivals.

The sunny summer weather is expected to stick around Friday, but dial back to more springlike temperatures of 22 C on Saturday with a chance of showers on Sunday, according to Environment Canada.

Here are some of the many things happening in and around Hamilton this weekend.

Hamilton Food and Drink Fest

Hamilton’s festival with taste is on the menu. The Food and Drink Fest is Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m., at FirstOntario Centre, 101 York Blvd. The event is adults only (19+). Sample tickets are $2 each and sold predominantly in packs of 10 and 20. Most food and beverage samples cost between two and seven sample tickets. General admission is $25 at the door or online.

Sew Hungry

Twenty-seven food trucks and restaurants rally Saturday for this one-day food fest. Ottawa Street’s Sew Hungry festival is back for the masses from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Hamilton’s famed Ottawa Street North. Trucks and entertainment will be stationed from Barton to Main.

Pile on the ribs

Rib season opens up this weekend with the Binbrook Ribfest on Friday to Sunday at the Binbrook County Fairgrounds, 2600 Hwy. 56. The event features four award-winning rib teams, live music by local artists, festival food, and a Kids Zone. Presented by Northern Heat Ribseries, hours are Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. If you taste the ribs, don’t forget to vote for your favourite. Click on the form at

HPO Concerts

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is settling into live performance with gusto. Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” is performing on the mainstage at FirstOntario Concert Hall, 1 Summer’s Lane, Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20 for each performance.

Indigenous Market

Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch in Hamilton’s downtown is hosting an Indigenous Market on the second and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until December. This weekend’s featured vendors include: Eleven Eighty Catering, moose hide saddle bag purses, leather and bead work; Bomberry Beads, jewelry made from seed bead, semi-precious stones and porcupine quills; and Cavan’s Creations, handmade jewelry, crafts and custom orders.

No more Garlic Mustard

Get your elbows greased and some weeds out for your chance to win a free Conservation Hamilton Day Pass. In the spirit of good for the environment, HCA is holding Ecosise @Home. Just get out, pull and weed any invasive Garlic Mustard from gardens, lawn or anywhere this stubborn weed gets hold. Submit photos of your weeding by May 15 to for your chance to win the pass.

Kirkendall springs into action

Gear up for garden season. Kirkendall Neighbourhood mushroom farm compost sale and mother goose spring market events are Saturday. The KNA Mushroom Farm Compost Sale at Blessings Church, 115 Stanley Ave., is from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit for details. The Kirkendall Gardening Club will also be in attendance with gardening info, giveaways and activities.

Mother Goose’s Spring Market Fundraiser is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot of Locke Street Automotive (next to Bread Bar). Purchase items for your garden and enjoy family activities.


“Peace By Chocolate” is playing at The Westdale, 1014 King St. W. “After the bombing of his father’s chocolate factory, a charming young Syrian refugee struggles to settle into his new small-town life, caught between following his dream and preserving his family’s legacy.” Show times are Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m.

The Playhouse Cinema has a smorgasbord of shows this weekend which include: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Petite Maman,” “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” “Peace By Chocolate,” “The Innocents” (2021). Visit for showtimes.

  • The Playhouse Cinema will be closed temporarily for a film shoot from May 23 to 26.

Niagara hydrangea show

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse Annual Hydrangea Show features over 300 hydrangeas and runs daily until May 29. Floral Showhouse, 7145 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls.

Celebrate the arrival of the spring season with a visit to our Annual Hydrangea Show at the iconic Floral Showhouse!

Kids ride free

Children can explore the city for free with the Hamilton Public Library and HSR. Children ages six to 12 can travel free on the HSR until April 30, 2023 with a valid PRESTO card. Visit any HPL branch and show them your library card to get a free kids PRESTO card. Visit for more information.

Game day

Your Hamilton Bulldogs are in round two of the 2022 Ontario Hockey League playoffs. Game 4 of the series with Mississauga is Friday at 7 p.m. in Mississauga. If required, Game 5 is Sunday, 2 p.m., at FirstOntario Centre.

Forge FC plays at Tim Hortons Field, in the Canadian Premier League on Saturday at 4 p.m. Tickets for the match vs Atlético Ottawa are available at

Toronto Rock play just down the road in Buffalo on Sunday, 6 p.m., at KeyBank Center for Game 1 of the East Conference Finals. Hamilton lacrosse fans know the second best place to watch a game is in Buffalo. Tickets are available at Game 2 is May 21 at FirstOntario Centre.

Hamilton Honey Badgers Kids Club launches June 1. Kids 14 and under can sign up to receive exclusive Honey Badgers activities, giveaways and more. Sign up before their May 25 season opener for a free signed player photo.

Thinking ahead

Due to popular demand, beginning May 21, Spencer Gorge Conservation Area, including Dundas Peak, Tew Falls and Webster Falls, will have an advanced weekend and public holiday reservation system for a two-hour hike experience.

Admission fees will be $10.50 per car and $5 per passenger, plus a $10 reservation fee. HCA membership pass holders will receive free admission but must pay the reservation fee to book. Reservations start Saturday, May 14.