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2018 Hamilton Winterfest Explore the city through winter-inspired celebrations!

HAMILTON, ON – The City of Hamilton invites the public to explore all that the city has to offer at this year’s Hamilton Winterfest. The 2018 program runs Feb. 3 to 19 and includes winter-inspired neighbourhood celebrations, theatre, heritage and recreation programming, and much more.  

The City-facilitated program is celebrating its 40th year with more than 50 participating partners including neighbourhood associations, galleries, libraries, museums and curling clubs presenting events over 17 fun-filled days.

Some program highlights include:

Event Details

Gage Park Winterfest (alumni event)
Friends of Gage Park welcome you to join in our outdoor activities including wagon rides and BBQ for a low cost family event.

Date: Saturday, February 3
Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Gage Park, 1000 Main St. E.
Cost: Free activities

HPO Family Concert Experience: Pinocchio
The young and young-at-heart will enjoy this full-day of symphony-themed fun! Listen to exciting and familiar orchestral music in the comfort of this one-hour concert designed specifically with families in mind. Purchase a family day-pass or single person day pass and take part in pre-concert musical activities, including the create-your-own-instrument station, instrument petting zoo and more.  All day-passes include pre-concert musical activities and the one-hour concert at Mohawk College.

Date: Saturday, February 3
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, Mohawk College, Fennell Campus, 135 Fennell Ave. W.
Cost: $10

Gourley Park’s Winterfest (alumni event)
Gourley Park’s annual ‘Winterfest in the Park’ is run in conjunction with the City. It is open to the entire community but mainly geared to kids under 14 and their families. Come enjoy our winter themed activities such as horse and wagon rides, face painting, lumberjack games, tandem skiing, obstacle course and crafts.

Date: Sunday, February 4
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Gourley Park, Brigadoon Dr. & Duncairn Cres.
Cost: Free

North Central Winterfest (alumni event)
Join us at North Central Park for a day of fun for the whole family including food, games and hopefully snow.

Date: Saturday, February 10
Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: North Central Park, Wentworth St. N & Mars
Cost: Free

deLight 2018 - GArbaGE Forest
Coming this winter, deLight, Hamilton’s Light Fest returns with a whimsical light installation in Gage Park to show that the park belongs to all of us – along with its forest of garbage. 

Date: Saturday, February 10
Time: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Gage Park, 1000 Main St. E.
Cost: Free

French Kiss Night
French Kiss Night @ Artword Artbar promises to have you fall in love with our romantic culture and talented francophones. All ages are welcome to join us in a welcoming venue space, serenaded by three of our favourite Franco-Ontarian artists for one great evening out on the town.

Date: Wednesday, February 14
Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St.
Cost: $10. Age 12 and under - free

Frost Bites presented by the Hamilton Fringe
Frost Bites is a 4-day winter performance festival that will engage six performance companies in creating site-specific work in unconventional spaces.  

Date: Thursday February 15 to Sunday February 18
Time: 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: 541 Eatery Exchange, 541 Barton St E
Cost: $25

Jackie Washington Day
Enjoy an afternoon honouring Jackie Washington through music, videos, historical photographs and materials. Adults 19+

Date: Friday, February 16
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Central Library, 55 York Blvd
Cost: Free

Family Day Fun
All Hamilton Civic Museums, the Hamilton Public Library, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and more are offering free or affordable family-friendly activities on Family Day as part of Winterfest.

Date: Monday, February 19
Various times and locations.

For the full list of Winterfest events and celebrations, visit: