This civic hol­i­day week­end brings the best of sum­mer fun. Find out what’s on in the Week­end Plan­ner

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It’s the long week­end and you might say it’s the best sum­mer has to of­fer. The civic hol­i­day week­end is packed full of sum­mer fun, from our own Fes­ti­val of Friends at Gage Park, a fam­ily ob­sta­cle course race at Valens, to churn­ing ice cream at West­field.

Fes­ti­val of Friends

This sum­mer tra­di­tion has gone back to its roots. En­joy Hamil­ton’s Fes­ti­val of Friends this week­end in Gage Park. The fes­ti­val is an out­door mu­sic, art and crafts fes­ti­val hap­pen­ing an­nu­ally since 1976. The week­end fea­tures a chil­dren’s stage, arts and crafts, foods of the world and three stages of mu­sic and so much more. The fes­ti­val gets un­der­way at 2 p.m. Fri­day, and noon on Satur­day and Sun­day, end­ing at 11 p.m. all nights. Ad­mis­sion to the fes­ti­val is free, on-site park­ing is $10 per day but space is very lim­ited. fes­ti­val­of­friends.ca See The Spec­ta­tor’s run­down of the week­end

Hell in the Har­bour

It’s a chal­leng­ing 6.5-km ob­sta­cle course hap­pen­ing at Bayfront Park on Satur­day in sup­port of Spe­cial Olympics On­tario. If you’re not a par­tic­i­pant, the event is open to spec­ta­tors and sup­port­ers from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reg­is­tra­tions start at 9:30 and race be­gins at 11 a.m. To­gether with the race, Hell in the Har­bour also fea­tures live en­ter­tain­ment, beer gar­den, food ven­dors, mer­chan­dise ven­dors and more. Par­tic­i­pants have pre­reg­is­tered. Ad­mis­sion is free to come cheer your favourite par­tic­i­pant.

Eman­ci­pa­tion Day

Ste­wart Me­mo­rial Church will hold an Eman­ci­pa­tion Day Cel­e­bra­tion Sun­day, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event will in­clude mu­sic, dance, spo­ken word and spe­cial guest speaker Jus­tice Dr. Irv­ing An­dre. The church is lo­cated at 114 John St. N.

Race day

The Around the Reser­voir Fam­ily Race is a fam­ily friendly chal­lenge filled with puz­zles and clues that par­tic­i­pants must com­plete to win. You can run, hike, bike or boat your way through the chal­lenge. It’s hap­pen­ing Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Valens Lake Con­ser­va­tion Area. Fam­i­lies who don’t take the chal­lenge can still par­tic­i­pate in the sand sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion on­go­ing through­out the day. Call 905-525-2183 or email valens@con­ser­va­tion­hamil­ton.ca

Out­door movie

Bring your blan­ket, sleep­ing bag or fold­ing chair and watch a show on Sun­day. Films in For­est fea­tures “Trolls” at the Fifty Point Con­ser­va­tion Area, 1497 Base­line Rd., Grimsby. Ar­rive by 7:30 p.m., the film be­gins at dusk. Ad­mis­sion is $15 per car. con­ser­va­tion­hamil­ton.ca Movie Nights in Me­mo­rial Park fea­tures “The Lego Bat­man Movie.” Dress as your favourite su­per hero, play in the “build­ing” area, and en­joy pre-movie en­ter­tain­ment, re­fresh­ments and Bat­man-themed kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties. This free event runs 7 to 10 p.m., 266 Main St. N., Wa­ter­down.

Free con­cert

A free con­cert takes place on Ge­orge Hamil­ton Day (Mon­day), hon­our­ing Hamil­ton’s Lin­coln Alexan­der at The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor au­di­to­rium from 7 to 9 p.m. The day’s name has been at­tached to the Civic Hol­i­day in Hamil­ton since 2010. Mu­sic: Jude John­son Quar­tet, Cot­ton­wood Brass, Ste­wart Me­mo­rial Church choir and more. Free tick­ets at the Spec, 44 Frid St., Mon. to Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Scream for ice cream

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. West­field is lo­cated at 1049 Kirk­wall Road, Rock­ton. west­field­her­itage.ca

Also at West­field this week­end is an all new Ed­war­dian car­ni­val for adults. En­joy an evening fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional foods, mu­sic, danc­ing and car­ni­val games on Satur­day from 7 to 10 p.m. Ad­vance tick­ets only, call 519-621-8851.

Cel­e­brat­ing Joseph Brant

Burling­ton’s Joseph Brant Day Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the le­gacy of the city’s orig­i­nal set­tler, Joseph Brant, whose Mo­hawk name was Thayen­da­negea. The fes­ti­val is cel­e­brat­ing all things Cana­dian this year and fea­tures a food truck rally, artists, ven­dors and a va­ri­ety of in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences. 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 and Alder­shot school. mu­se­um­sof­burling­ton.ca

Canal Days

It’s a four-day cel­e­bra­tion of his­tory and her­itage along the canal. This hol­i­day week­end, ex­plore the decks, try your hand at the wheel, or feel the spray as you cruise the Em­pire Sandy Tall Ship on Lake Erie or the E.M. Cot­ter Fire Boat along the Canal wall. Canal Days Ma­rine Her­itage Fes­ti­val runs through to Mon­day. See port­col­borne.ca/page/canal_­days

En­chanted gar­den

Call­ing all gnomes, fairies, pix­ies, and sprites! Make your way to Royal Botan­i­cal Gar­dens where a touch of magic awaits you. Meet mys­ti­cal crea­tures, par­tic­i­pate in de­light­ful ac­tiv­i­ties, and learn the se­crets of our En­chanted Gar­den. This event runs Satur­day through to Mon­day at the Rock Gar­den. Tick­ets for non-mem­bers are $19.16 for adults, $6.50 for youth/stu­dent/se­nior, and $12.76 for chil­dren ages four to 12. Visit rbg.ca to pur­chase tick­ets on­line.

Open and closed Mon­day

Mon­day’s Civic Hol­i­day is not a statu­tory hol­i­day, but it’s still a sum­mer long week­end. You will find some re­tail stores open and op­er­at­ing on hol­i­day hours Mon­day.

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 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.

Hamil­ton and Burling­ton pub­lic li­braries are closed Mon­day.

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.

JOSH ROSS AT THE FES­TI­VAL OF FRIENDS

BARRY GRAY, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Left: Tanya McCoy and Sadie Sav­age set up Fishy Fishy, one of the games in Mag­i­cal Mid­ways for this week­end’s Fes­ti­val of Friends.

GARY YOKOYAMA, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Above: Singer Josh Ross opened coun­try mu­sic night at the Fes­ti­val of Friends in Gage Park on Fri­day.

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