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

Give your­self some time this week­end to en­joy some of the many lo­cal at­trac­tions and events in and around Hamil­ton.

It’s all geek

ConBravo! The an­nual Fes­ti­val of Ev­ery­thing Geek opened Fri­day night 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 con­ven­tion em­braces elec­tronic me­dia in all its on­line good­ness. This is a week­end of fun, with con­certs, games, video games, pan­els, live game shows, ven­dors and artists. Sin­gle-day tick­ets are sold at the door. Week­end passes will be avail­able at the door for as long as sup­plies re­main. conbravo.com

Brott fes­ti­val

The Brott Mu­sic Fes­ti­val presents “Last Night of the Proms” Satur­day, 7:30 p.m. The fes­ti­val re­turns to the FirstOn­tario Con­cert Hall for the per­for­mance, which fea­tures the usual un­ruly au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, El­gar’s “Pomp and Cir­cum­stance,” “Rule Bri­tan­nia” and Parry’s “Jerusalem” (bring your flags and be ready to sing). This con­cert also in­cludes the in­com­pa­ra­ble David Curry and Lau­ren Mar­gi­son. Tick­ets are $44 for reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion. brottmu­sic.com

Women of War

Jump back to the ’40s Satur­day on the decks of the leg­endary war­ship HMCS Haida. “Women of War” marks the 75th an­niver­sary of Women’s Royal Cana­dian Naval Ser­vice, or WRENS. Learn about the tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tions of women to the war ef­fort with spe­cial ex­hibits, films, talks and more. Fea­tured will be three vet­er­ans who will be pre­sented at a cer­e­mony start­ing at 11 a.m. Tea and re­fresh­ments served along with the de­light­ful har­monies of jazz trio, The Ault Sis­ters from 1 to 3 p.m. A spe­cial ad­mis­sion rate of $3.90 for adults, $1.90 for chil­dren, $9.90 for a fam­ily and $3.40 for se­niors will ap­ply. The HMCS Haida is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 658 Catharine St. N.

Dusk dances

This out­door fes­ti­val at Bayfront Park of­fers par­tic­i­pants a chance to dance into dusk by tak­ing part in a work­shop in con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional dance. The fes­ti­val of­fers free work­shops at 6 p.m. from Thurs­day to Sun­day. 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 duskdances.ca

Films in the for­est

Bring your blan­ket, sleep­ing bag or fold­ing chair to watch the show on Satur­day. Films in For­est fea­tures “Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them” at the Dun­das Val­ley Con­ser­va­tion Area, 650 Gov­er­nors Rd., Dun­das. Ar­rive by 7:30 p.m., the film be­gins at dusk. Ad­mis­sion is $15 per car. con­ser­va­tion­hamil­ton.ca


The an­nual Hamil­ton Fringe Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues daily un­til Sun­day with more than 50 com­pa­nies of­fer­ing mu­si­cals, phys­i­cal theatre, dance, come­dies, drama, sci­ence fic­tion and sketch com­edy at 10 down­town venues. Tick­ets are no more than $10 per show, avail­able at the door one hour be­fore show­time. You must also buy a one-time $5 fringe backer but­ton to ac­cess the fes­ti­val. For full show list­ings, times and lo­ca­tions, visit hamil­ton­fringe.ca

Haunted wa­ter­works

Wear a cos­tume if you head to Wild Wa­ter­works on Sun­day. It’s a Hal­loween-themed day with a pump­kin colour­ing con­test, a haunted house and trick-or-treat­ing. Wild Wa­ter­works is lo­cated at 680 Van Wag­ner’s Beach Road. Wild-wa­ter­works.com

Vin­tage Wheels and Wings

Bring your vin­tage ve­hi­cle to be part of our show or just drop by to en­joy the bar­be­cue and view the beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion of vin­tage cars and air­craft. Car own­ers may take pic­tures in front of a vin­tage air­craft for a min­i­mum donation of $5 to the Cana­dian War­plane Her­itage Mu­seum, reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion rates ap­ply. It’s hap­pen­ing Sun­day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the mu­seum, 9280 Air­port Road, Mount Hope.

Safe to swim?

Toxin-pro­duc­ing blue-green al­gae is present in Hamil­ton Har­bour. Con­firmed lo­ca­tions in­clude Pier 4 Park Beach, Bayfront Park Beach and the Bayfront Park boat launch area. You are ad­vised not to en­ter the wa­ter. Open as tested on July 24-25 are Bin­brook Con­ser­va­tion Area Beach, Christie Con­ser­va­tion Area Beach, Valens Con­ser­va­tion Area Beach and Van Wag­ner’s Beach. In Hal­ton, open beaches in­clude Bronte Beach Park and Kelso Con­ser­va­tion Area. For up-to-date in­for­ma­tion, call 905-546-2189 for Hamil­ton and 1-866-442-5866 for Hal­ton or visit hamil­ton.ca/beaches or hal­ton.ca/beaches

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