WEEK­END PLAN­NER

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - Win­ter­fest fun

Hamilton’s Win­ter­fest is here with many events run­ning daily through to Feb. 20. Here are five fun fes­ti­val events. For a com­plete list of fes­ti­val events and de­tails, go to thes­pec.com/hamilton-events

Blan­ket Fort Build­ing at Hamilton Artists Inc., 165 James St. N., Satur­day from noon to 5 p.m.

Hamilton In­ter­na­tional Vil­lage at Fer­gu­son Sta­tion, Fer­gu­son Street be­tween Main and King, Satur­day from noon to 10 p.m. #TryHamil­ton

Water­front Fes­ti­val of Lights daz­zles at Pier 8, 47 Dis­cov­ery Dr., start­ing at 5 p.m. each evening.

Cen­tremount Win­ter­fest event, a fam­ily fun af­ter­noon of ac­tiv­ity at Bruce Park, 145 Brucedale Ave. E., Sun­day from noon to 4 p.m.

Beasley Park Win­ter­fest event beck­ons young and old to­gether at Beasley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 145 Wil­son St., Sun­day from 2 to 5 p.m.

Cheers

The Hamilton I Love Beer Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues Satur­day from noon to 4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $25 at the door, and beer to­kens are $2 each. Hit the ATM on the way. This is a cash-only event. The fes­ti­val is on at The Hamilton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, 1 Sum­mers Lane.

Drop a line

Valens Con­ser­va­tion Area is open daily for ice fish­ing. Only catch-and-re­lease fish­ing is per­mit­ted, and bait and rental huts are not avail­able. For up­dated ice con­di­tions, call Valens at 905-525-2183 or 519-621-6029. Valens Con­ser­va­tion Area is lo­cated at 1691 Re­gional Rd. 97, (RR 6), Flam­bor­ough. valens@con­ser­va­tion­hamil­ton.ca

Regis­ter now for Valens an­nual ice fish­ing derby on Feb. 11, from sun­rise to 2 p.m. This is a catch-and-re­lease bluegill, crap­pie and perch derby. Tick­ets are avail­able in ad­vance or day-of for $25 per adult and $15 per child (12 and un­der).

Also at Valens, skat­ing on the lake is open, but if you’re hop­ing to skate the trail you will need to check the ice con­di­tions be­fore you go.

It’s hot

Take a break from win­ter’s chill. Don’t want to pay for a warm-weather va­ca­tion but need the warmth? Head down to the trop­i­cal green­house in Gage Park off Lawrence Road. The green­house fea­tures a flag­stone path that leads you to fish-filled ponds and a spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter­fall. Lush, ex­otic plants, wa­ter lilies and lo­tus flow­ers add to the beauty of the green­house. There are four red-eared slider tur­tles that live in a cus­tom-built pond ad­ja­cent to the wa­ter­fall. Through a part­ner­ship with Friends of the Aviary, sev­eral species of birds are also on dis­play. The green­house is open Satur­day and Sun­day from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It’s wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble and free.

Burling­ton Con­cert Band

It’s a celebration of love on Sun­day, 7 p.m., at St. Christo­pher’s Church, 662 Guelph Line. En­joy the Burling­ton Con­cert Band’s Gift of Love Valen­tine’s Con­cert. Tick­ets are $15 at the door.

Hamilton The­atre Inc.

Mem­o­ries — A Celebration of 60 Years on stage per­forms daily to Feb. 25, at Hamilton The­atre Inc., 140 Mac­Nab St. N. The per­for­mance cel­e­brates the clas­sic Broad­way num­bers that have been part of HTI’s legacy and makes it Hamilton’s old­est mu­si­cal the­atre com­pany. Show Satur­day, 2 p.m. Tick­ets are $22-$27. Call 905-522-3032.

Com­piled by Jen­nifer Moore, The Hamilton Spectator

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