Hosting Events

Service at a Glance

I would like to host an event outdoors on city property. What do I need to do?

You need to submit a S.E.A.T. application if you want to host an outdoor event on city property.

Some examples of outdoors spaces and the types of events that require a S.E.A.T. application include:

  • roads or road allowances such as street festivals, parades or races
  • parks or parkettes
  • parking lots
  • alleyways
  • walkways, pathways or trails
  • water lots
  • open spaces
  • City Hall forecourt
When do I need a Special Occasion Permit?

Special Occasion Permits are issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) through a local LCBO retail store. 

However, you must also complete a City application form. This form must be included with the package you submit to the LCBO store as proof that the City has been notified of your event.

The City requires a minimum of 30 days notice for all events.  

I’m getting married! What City properties are available to host my wedding?

The City of Hamilton owns and operates nationally renowned cultural sites, providing unique settings for your wedding receptions and ceremonies.

Popular venues for ceremonies and receptions include:

  • Dundurn National Historic Site
  • Whitehern Historic House & Garden
  • Battlefield House Museum & Park
  • The Ancaster Old Town Hall
  • Fieldcote Memorial Park
I would like to host a corporate event at a City location. What options are available?

The City of Hamilton offers historic site locations perfect for your social meeting or event that feeds creative juices and motivates employees and clients.

Options include:

  • Room & ground rentals at most of our Civic Museums
  • Company picnics & outdoor activities
  • Historic cooking programs
  • Break-Out Time Guided Tours are a great way to break up a long agenda by engaging guests in a guided tour
  • Lunch Time Fun - Identify the Artifact is a free event at both The Stable at Whitehern and The Cellar at Grandview
What birthday party options are available at the City of Hamilton?

The City’s a variety of different themed parties at a Hamilton Civic Museum to celebrate your child’s birthday.

  • Is your child obsessed with trains? The All Aboard! Train-themed party at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology lets children ride on a miniature train throughout the property.
  • Does your child love to make crafts? The Creative Me party held at Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum is perfect for the young artist in your family.
  • Does your child love teddy bears? The Teddy Bears’ party held at Whitehern Historic House & Garden is overrun with hidden teddy bears.
  • Does your child love history? The Life in the Army party held at the Hamilton Military Museum let’s kids experience life as a soldier.