It’s starting to feel a bit summery and the list of activities available this weekend reflects that. There’s plenty to do around Hamilton all weekend – just remember to visit places like the library, City Hall or the LCBO before Monday if that’s on your to-do list this weekend.

Get ready for the CFL season

Now that the Canadian Football League has come to one preliminary collective agreement With its players, it looks like the show for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will go ahead as planned this summer. The team invites keen fans to McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Stadium to watch the training camp on the following days:

  • Saturday, May 21, 8:30 a.m
  • Sunday, May 22, 11 a.m
  • Monday, May 23, 8:30 a.m

Fans coming to watch should enter through the East Side Grandstands and be seated in Sections C or D and arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time. Photos, videos or requests for autographs are not permitted.

Go, dogs, go!

That Hamilton Bulldogs face the Mississauga Steelheads in the Ontario Hockey League’s Eastern Conference Finals Friday night, with game two on Sunday. Both games will take place at 7 p.m. at the First Ontario Centre.

Queer prom

Queer women and non-binary people are invited to reprise their prom on Sunday as their “out” selves in a glittering affair at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. The event, organized by Fruit Salad, starts at 8 p.m. From Friday afternoon tickets were sold out. However, for a last minute ticket opportunity, you can always try Fruit Salad Instagram Side.

Artistic your Hamilton

Artists Exhibition “Industry” by Aleda O’Connor will be hosting their opening reception at Earls Court Gallery on Saturday from 12pm to 3pm. The exhibition features oil pastel works “dealing with the cityscapes of Hamilton, with colour, and with a rich visual experience of mills and chimneys”. The gallery is located at 215 Ottawa St. N.

Another Hamilton-focused art exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton closes on Monday, so this weekend is your last chance. “For everything that has been sold melts into thin air” by local artist Ingrid Mayrhofer features digital photomontages, video collages and collages, all with a Hamilton focus.

Ingrid Mayrhofer’s exhibition “After all that was sells into air” ends on Monday at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

Indigenous market in the library

The second installation in a monthly series, the Indigenous Market, returns to the central branch of the Hamilton Public Library on Saturday from 10am to 4pm pearls in the trap (beadwork, earrings, bracelets and more), Ojistoh Publishing (Books, indigenous slogans and language keys) and Sheri Berry Designs (Ribbon skirts, dresses, shirts and embroideries).

Reserve your waterfall adventure

Reservations are required for visits to Hamilton hotspots of Tew Falls, Dundas Peak and Webster Falls from this weekend and all summer weekends and bank holidays. Visitors can reserve their spot up to seven days in advance of their visit at

Visitors wishing to visit Tew Falls, Dundas Peak and Webster Falls must register in advance starting this weekend. (Cory Ruf/CBC)

Preparing for the June 2nd election

With Ontario’s election campaigning in full swing, several candidate debates are taking place this weekend.

The Hamilton Center for Civic Inclusion (HCCI), the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Center and the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic are hosting five virtual citizen meetings on the topics of systemic racism, hatred, poverty and disability.

  • Friday, May 20: Hamilton Center
  • Saturday 21 May: Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas
  • Sunday, May 22: Hamilton Mountain
  • Monday, May 23: Hamilton East-Stoney Creek
  • Tuesday 24 May: Flamborough-Glanbrook

All begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be streamed to Facebook, Twitter and HCCI youtube accounts.

cable 14 will also air a debate focused on driving Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas on Friday night at 7pm.

Fireworks go off

The annual Victoria Day fireworks display at Dundas Driving Park has been canceled this year. “The Rotary Club of Dundas Valley Sunrise, in partnership with the city, hopes for a return of the celebration in 2023,” the city’s website said.

For folks who want to shoot out some Roman candles at home, city ordinance dictates that private fireworks be restricted to private property — no parks — and only depart between dusk and 11 p.m on Victoria Day.

Drag race stars take the stage

Kylie Sonique LoveWinner of Rupaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 6, will be in Hamilton on Saturday for a show hosted by Adam and Steve, organizers of the event, which is “Homos from the hometown of #HamOnt.”

The event takes place on Saturday at Absinthe and starts with a meet and greet at 7pm and the show at 8:30pm. Ivory Towers, Miss Fiercalicious, Makayla Walker, Karma Kameleon and Horror.

Planning ahead for the Hamilton Black Film Festival

The Hamilton Black Film Festival starts next Wednesday but tickets are on sale now. Running virtually and in person, the event aims to showcase “cultural and traditional films by African/Caribbean, indigenous, Asian, Middle Eastern filmmakers and other ethnic inclusion films”. More information about the schedule can be found here:

What is open and closed Monday

With the bank holiday Monday, some shops and services will be closed.

Malls like Lime Ridge and Eastgate Square will close.

Selected beer shops are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. See the list of locations below Beer shop website. LCBO stores and most grocery stores will be closed.

HSR buses operate on a Sunday schedule on Mondays, no myRide service is offered on Victoria Day. The GO service operates on Mondays according to a Saturday schedule. (Also note that starting this weekend, GO is expanding its service to places like Niagara Falls.)

The city administrations and libraries remain closed. The holiday affects garbage collection throughout the week: “The collection for the week is a day later than regularly scheduled,” says the city.

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