Summer days are getting shorter but your weekends don’t have to. It’s festival season. The Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto opens and with it comes a host of outdoor festivals and fairs. Make the most of your dog days, here are some ideas to boost your weekend in the Hamilton area.
Dundas Cactus Festival
The 44rd annual Dundas Cactus Festival is three days of entertainment and activities. Live music, vendors, family fun zone, street sale, and a baby contest await those who visit the main streets of Dundas this Friday to Sunday. dundascactusfestival.ca
Canada’s national summer sport is here in the Hammer. Premier Lacrosse League is at Tim Hortons Field for three games this Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s doubleheader matchups include Chaos LC and Archers LC at 12:30 p.m., and Chrome LC vs. Atlas LC at 3:30 p.m.; Sunday’s matchup has Whipsnakes LC vs. Redwoods LC at 6 p.m. All games are at Tim Hortons Field, 75 Balsam Ave. N. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.ca or visit the box office. premierlacrosseleague.com
It’s all Greek
Celebrate Greek culture and food at Hamilton Greek Fest this weekend. Come for live Greek music, authentic food, dance performances, bubble soccer and a kids zone. The festival is held at Inch Park, 400 Queensdale Ave., on Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. hamiltongreekfest.com
Come together and create something beautiful this Saturday at Gage Park for A Midsummer’s Dream Colour Festival. Inspired by the ancient Hindu Festival Holi, this festival of colours has been celebrated in Hamilton since 2012. The day runs at 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a colour throw every 30 minutes in the centre of Gage Park. There is also live music, vendors, crafts and food trucks. Donations to food drive accepted. midsummersdream.ca
Jerry’s Berries, Lotsa Hostas, Heart’s Content Organic Farm, Chickabee Farm, Manorun, Alpacas, MiKeils Lavender Oasis and so many more will open their doors to the public Saturday at 10 a.m. Learn about anything farm-related. Tickets, $15, can be purchased on the day from any participating farm. A family pack is $35 which includes two adults and two children. farmcrawlhamilton.ca. For groups larger than 10, call 905-627-9208.
The 28th annual Burlington Children’s Festival is Sunday. Celebrate being a kid with activities, live entertainment, interactive games, bouncers and face painting and more. Come play at Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Taste of Burlington
The 11th annual Taste of Burlington events continues to Sept. 2. With 31 restaurants participating across Burlington, it’s the biggest program the event has held. Residents and visitor can enjoy a variety of culinary experiences at an exceptional value. Visit tasteofbulrington.ca for more information.
Fall for the fair
Let’s go to the Ex! It’s a sure sign of the season and no matter what, no one can resist the blue ribbons, Ferris wheels or cotton candy. Local fall fairs continue through to Thanksgiving and this weekend is the start of the Canadian National Exhibition. Click here to enjoy thespec.com full listing of local fall fairs.
The CNE runs Aug. 16 to Sept. 2. Exhibition Place grounds in Toronto are open 10 a.m. to midnight except on Labour Day, when they are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the gates closing 5 p.m. theex.com