Ontarians are pressing play in a big way on live arts experiences this fall. From concerts and performances to immersive exhibits and exhibitions, Hamilton Halton Brant has a loaded autumn arts calendar. Here are just a few of the events we can’t wait to enjoy.

Live Music

The Supercrawl fun keeps on going well after the main event on September 9th, 10th and 11th. The Supercrawl Presents series welcomes Elliott Brood to Hamilton’s Bridgeworks on September 17th and Canadian crooner Ron Sexsmith on October 15th.

Another beloved Canadian crooner, Michael Buble, will also be hitting Hamilton on his 11-city Canadian tour on October 15th.

Fans of blue-collared soul singer, Johnny Reid, will have a number of opportunities to catch one of his shows in Hamilton Halton Brant this fall, including Burlington on September 29th and 30, Milton on October 15th, and  Brantford on October 16th.

Johnny Reid

Canadian rocker, Tom Cochrane, will also be making the rounds in our region this fall, with shows in Burlington on September 20th, Oakville on September 21st and  Milton on October 2nd.

Visual Arts

Visual arts will be just one component of the creativity equation during the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s all-new AGH Festival, which runs from October 14th through 23rd. The festival’s concerts, films, parties, pop-ups and workshops will offer unforgettable connective experiences showcasing genres including visual art, film, performance, craft and more.

While at the AGH Festival, be sure to check out RBC Artist In Residence Nathan Eugene Carson’s work, which visualizes difference, acknowledging how the people that are present have an impact on how they are seen and understood in the world.

Art Gallery Hamilton
Nathan Eugene Carson Exhibit, Art Gallery of Hamilton

The Dundas Studio Tour celebrates its 25th anniversary on October 1st and 2nd with the treasures of over 25 different artists showcased at seven studios sprinkled throughout this stunning valley town.

Urban Moorings Two is a public art project on exhibit through November 1st at Royal Botanical Gardens bringing together five local artists to create installations in dialogue with floating garden flats on the lower Chedoke Creek watershed. The five original artworks, which will encompass art techniques including sculpture, architectural techniques, intervention, performance art, video and sound art, will be available to view day and night from access points at Princess Point and the Desjardins Trail.

James Street North Art Crawls are a monthly celebration of community and the arts in Hamilton that happen organically on the second Friday of every month. Join the fun of a bustling street lined with local artists, vendors, and musicians, and be sure to pop into the stores and restaurants that stay open late to help celebrate.

James Street North Art Crawl, Hamilton

Fire Over Water is an immersive exhibit at Crawford Lake Conservation Area by Catherine Tàmmaro featuring original paintings, multi-media works, music, and video, that honours the Wendat/Wyandot diaspora represented in Dr. Kathryn Magee Labelle’s recently released book, Daughter’s of Aataentsic: Life Stories From Seven Generations.

Performing Arts

Theatre Aquarius has two spectacular plays this fall in its all-Canadian season. Salt Baby, which runs from September 14th through October 22nd, is about a young girl who never quite fit in growing up on the Six Nations Native Reserve who begins to explore her identity. Serving Elizabeth, on from October 19th through November 5th, is set in Kenya in 1952 and keeps the audience guessing as it explores issues of colonialism, nationalism, and the question of who gets to have a voice.

Watch as Lucy Maude Montgomery’s words dance off the pages in Anne of Green Gables – The Ballet at Brantford’s Sanderson Centre For The Performing Arts on October 12th.

Anne of Green Gables, The Ballet, Sanderson Centre

The Mush Hole is a theatrical dance performance performed by an all-Indigenous cast about the truths of The Mohawk Institute, Canada’s first Indian residential school. Catch it at Brantford’s Sanderson Centre For The Performing Arts on October 19th or in Milton on November 3rd.

Literature and Film

The next chapter in the Telling Tales Festival story unfolds this September when the two-day festival brings together authors, illustrators and storytellers to Royal Botanical Gardens’ Hendrie Park on September 24th and 25th.

Telling Tales Festival, Hamilton

Catch the excitement of the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival without the flight at the Oakville Centre on September 24th.

With over 900 Canadian films screened to date, Hamilton Film Festival is recognized as a catalyst for Hamilton’s growing film scene. The Hamilton Film Festival runs from November 5th through 13th, so be sure to pick your flicks.

Hamilton Film Festival

Looking for more autumn art inspiration? Check out these suggestions for artsy adventures, top performing arts venues and outdoor art experiences.

This fall is the perfect time to stretch your artsy day away into an overnight stay. In addition to scoring savings with the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit, stays booked that take advantage of our StayTripping accommodations offers reward you with the added perk of a bonus $50 or $100 VISA gift card!

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Children’s Gardening: Sow and Grow (Ages 5 to 7)

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru August 19

Summer Day Camp with Museums Burlington

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

Please email museumeducation@burlington.ca for more information or if you have any questions.

Now thru September 25

Wake Up the Wild

African Lion Safari

1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton, ON, N1R 5S2

Available on select dates from June – September, 2022. Tour subject to availability. Advanced reservations...

Now thru June 1

Hamilton Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

All patrons must be 19yrs of age or older. By booking you are accepting our...

Now thru December 2

We Are Made of Stardust

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

Now thru August 28

Garden Tour

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

10 to 20 Minutes. 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

August 24

Sunset Photography

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

6pm - 9pm.

August 20

Heirloom Tomatoes Cooking Workshop

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 14 years and older Cost: $55 per person....

Now thru September 5

Fun Farmyard at Springridge Farm

Springridge Farm

7256 Bell School Line, Milton, ON, L9T 2Y1

$12 +HST weekends and holidays $9 +HST weekdays Admission to Fun Farm Yard is per...

Now thru October 2

Paddle the Beast!

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

Now thru December 31

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

August 20

Large Pack Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $325 (Half must...

Now thru August 26

Yoga and Chair Yoga with Hamilton Recreation

Whitehern Historic House & Garden – National Historic Site

41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1L3

11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Now thru September 25

Fit in the Core

450 Nelson Ave, Burlington, ON L7S 1N3

August 18

McMaster Museum of Art: Central Campus Sculpture Tour

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

Now thru December 31

Fire Over Water Exhibit at Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X3

9am - 7pm.

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

Now thru October 31

Fresh Market Farms U-Pick

521 Concession Road 6 East, Hamilton, Millgrove, ON L0R 1V0, Canada

Now thru August 26

Summer Camps at the Art Gallery of Burlington

Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

Now thru January 31

Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

251 Main Street East, Milton, ON, L9T 1P1

Now thru June 1

Brant County Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

All patrons must be 19yrs of age or older. By booking you are accepting our...

Now thru September 30

On The Water Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cost: $110.00 per person

Now thru August 17

Growing Your Own Food: Workshops

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Fee: $20 per session or $50 for all three sessions + Service Fee (Members 10%...

Now thru December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

Now thru September 18

Turbo Tubing For Beginners: Five Oaks Trip

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Road, Brantford, Ontario

$33 per person plus HST Includes turbo tube, paddle, pfd jacket, upstream shuttle ride, map...

December 9 - 30

Christmas Evening Tours

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $35 per person. Pre-registration required.

Now thru December 31

Where Cultures Meet

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

$70.00/person for a group of less than 20; $60.00/person for a group of 20 people...

Now thru September 15

Virtual Guided Hike: Summer Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Fee: $10 + Service Fee. (Members 10% off*) Please pre-register by September 15**

Now thru August 17

Paddling in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

September 10 - 11

Corn Wash Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $200 (Half must...

Now thru September 4

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

FREE outdoor event Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 to 3:00pm. Regular admission rates apply to the...

Now thru September 18

Seeing the Invisible at RBG

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Adult: $19.50 Senior: $16.50 Youth/Student: $16.50 Child age 4 to 12: $11.50 Child under 4:...

Now thru August 19

AGH Summer Camp

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

September 17

Bake, Find, Feast! A Family Friendly Historic Cooking Workshop

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 AM Ages: All Cost: $55 for 1 adult and 1...

September 24

Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru August 26

Aspire Climbing Summer Camp

104 Bronte St N, Milton, ON L9T 2N5, Canada

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

Now thru December 31

A Day of Play Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Price: $70.00/person for a group of less than 20; $60.00/person for a group of 20...

Now thru October 18

Walk Through the Seasons

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

No need to pre-register for this FREE event, sign in when you arrive. Wear proper...

Now thru December 31

Art For Victory

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope, ON, L0R 1W0

Wednesday to Sunday - 9 am to 5 pm. Exhibit is FREE with admission. Regular...

Now thru August 16

Intro to Urban Gardening

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 9 p.m.

Now thru August 28

Sketchbook Sundays

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru September 24

Special Exhibition | Beyond Human Limits

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Joseph Brant Museum Tuesday - Saturday - 10:00AM to 4:00PM Special exhibition is included with...

December 27 - January 8

Winter Break Drop-In Activity Centre: Victorian Toy Makers

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ages: 3+ years Cost: FREE event. Regular museum admission...

Now thru August 23

Kelso Mountain Bike Series 2022

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

October 28

Steam Museum After Dark – Adult Flashlight Tour 2022

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Ages: 14+ years Cost: $15.00 per person. Pre-registration required....

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