The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - Com­piled by Jen­nifer Moore, The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor

Be a geek

ConBravo! the an­nual Fes­ti­val of Ev­ery­thing Geek con­tin­ues at the Hamil­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre and runs through Sun­day at 6 p.m. This fes­ti­val is about pas­sion, fierce fan­dom, hot top­ics, tech­nol­ogy, cre­ativ­ity and shar­ing in the voices of a gen­er­a­tion. This is a weekend of fun, with con­certs, games, pan­els, live game shows, ven­dors and artists. Pur­chase tick­ets on­line; sin­gle-day tick­ets are sold at the door. Weekend passes will be avail­able at the door for as long as sup­plies re­main.

Dusk dances

This out­door fes­ti­val at Bayfront Park of­fers par­tic­i­pants a chance to dance into dusk by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a work­shop in con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional dance. The fes­ti­val of­fers free work­shops at 6 p.m. each Fri­day and Saturday. The work­shops will be fol­lowed by a band per­for­mance at 7 p.m. and chore­ographed dance per­for­mances at 7:30 p.m. Sug­gested dona­tion: $10. 905-528-4020

Canal Days

The tall ships are gath­er­ing in Port Col­borne this weekend for a cel­e­bra­tion of his­tory and her­itage. Canal Days Ma­rine Her­itage Fes­ti­val runs through to Mon­day. See port­col­­days

Seven Sun­days

Seven Sun­days in Gage Park is in its fourth sea­son with seven con­certs at the Ge­orge R. Robinson band shell. Food trucks ar­rive on scene at 6 p.m. with the con­certs start­ing at 7. This Sun­day, en­joy the clas­si­cal academy en­sem­ble Spleit Strings Or­ches­tra. hamil­­trac­tions/fes­ti­vals-events/ seven-sun­days-in-gage-park

Eman­ci­pa­tion Day cel­e­bra­tion

Grif­fin House presents guest speaker Eve­lyn Auch­in­v­ole to rec­og­nize Eman­ci­pa­tion Day. Eman­ci­pa­tion Day cel­e­brates the abo­li­tion of slav­ery in the Bri­tish Em­pire in Au­gust 1834. Auch­in­v­ole will speak on the im­por­tant place Stewart Me­mo­rial Church holds in Hamil­ton his­tory. Grif­fin House is open 1 to 4 p.m. on Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion to this event is free. hamil­­trac­tions/hamil­ton-civic­mu­se­ums/grif­fin-house-national-his­toric-site

We all scream for ice cream

West­field Her­itage Vil­lage’s Ice Cream Car­ni­val takes place Sun­day and Mon­day. Ex­pe­ri­ence the nos­tal­gia of ice-cream mak­ing as you crank out hand-churned de­li­cious­ness. Test your skill with Ed­war­dian car­ni­val games. Ad­mis­sion is $11, $10 for se­niors and $6.50 for chil­dren 6 to 12. Chil­dren five and un­der get in free. Fes­ti­val hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. west­field­her­­linewest­field-her­itage-vil­lage-tick­ets/

Cel­e­brat­ing Joseph Brant

Burling­ton’s Joseph Brant Day Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the legacy of the city’s orig­i­nal set­tler, Joseph Brant Thayen­da­negea. The fes­ti­val fea­tures a lineup of entertainment, at­trac­tions, ar­ti­sans and ven­dors, com­mu­nity ex­hibitors and in­flat­a­bles. Plus, par­tic­i­pants can en­joy the food truck rally planned on site be­tween 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The fes­ti­val runs Mon­day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LaSalle Park, 50 North Shore Blvd. Ad­mis­sion is free and shut­tle buses are avail­able from the park­ing lot of the Alder­shot GO Sta­tion. mu­se­um­sof­burling­­mu­ni­tyfes­ti­val — au­gust-01-2016

Ge­orge Hamil­ton Day

Hamil­ton’s an­nual Ge­orge Hamil­ton Day cel­e­bra­tions at The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor au­di­to­rium are Mon­day and Tues­day at 7 p.m. This cel­e­bra­tion of the mu­sic and legacy of Stan Rogers fea­tures Paul Mills, Paul Langille, Ariel Rogers, Poor Angus, Jude John­son and Mark Mc­Neil. Mon­day is sold out and lim­ited tick­ets re­main for the added Tues­day show. Tick­ets are $15 plus HST, on­line se­­ton_Spec­ta­tor_Au­di­to­rium/eDirect

Open and closed Mon­day

Mon­day’s Civic Hol­i­day is not a statu­tory hol­i­day, but it is the hol­i­day fall­ing on the first Mon­day of Au­gust. You will find some re­tail stores open and op­er­at­ing on hol­i­day hours. Hamil­ton and Burling­ton do not have green bin, blue box or garbage pickup Mon­day. Pick­ups will be one day later than usual. Ni­a­gara picks up on Mon­day and runs col­lec­tion as usual. Com­mu­nity re­cy­cling cen­tres and trans­fer sta­tions are closed Mon­day. All City of Hamil­ton re­cre­ation cen­tres, se­nior cen­tres, are­nas, camps and Supie play lot pro­grams will be closed. Hamil­ton out­door pools of­fer special pro­gram­ming on Mon­day. Be sure to check your lo­cal out­door pool for hours. Wad­ing pools are closed with the ex­cep­tion of Dun­das Driv­ing Park wad­ing pool, which is open 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Gage Park wad­ing pool, which is open noon to 4 p.m. The Art Gallery of Hamil­ton is open from noon to 5 p.m. Hamil­ton civic mu­se­ums are closed on Mon­day. The War­plane Her­itage Mu­seum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The HSR, Burling­ton Tran­sit and GO Tran­sit are op­er­at­ing on a Sun­day sched­ule. DARTS will op­er­ate on a hol­i­day sched­ule. LCBO and beer stores across On­tario are open on Mon­day, as are most gro­cery stores and malls. Keep in mind that the Hamil­ton Farm­ers’ Mar­ket is closed.

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