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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Now thru October 26

Youth Arts Collective: Art-Making

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Now thru December 20

Virtual Guided Hike: Fall Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

October 8 - January 28

Special Exhibition | A Taste of Science

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Joseph Brant Museum is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday. The special exhibition is included...

Now thru December 14

GOODBODYFEEL Moves

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru October 29

Oaks & Acorns Nature Play

Royal Botanical Gardens

16 Old Guelph Rd, Hamilton, ON L0R 2H9

October 14 - 23

Camper Halloween

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville, ON, L6M 4J7

Now thru June 1

FREE Hamilton Waterfront Tour

Tour Guys

47 Discovery Dr, Hamilton, ON L8L 8K4

Now thru October 30

Spey Casting Lessons

Fly Water Guiding

17 Alexander Avenue, Paris, ON N3L 2V6

Now thru January 18

Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

Now thru January 8

Gatherings: Roger Ferreira and Kareem-Anthony Ferreira

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru October 30

Chairlift Rides at Kelso Conservation

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

Now thru October 24

Experience the Grand – 2-Day / 1-Night Package

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Dec 2, 2021 and Oct 24, 2022

November 12 - December 17

Art of Bonsai

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Every week on Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm from November 12, 2022 until...

Now thru November 19

Bruce Trail Iroquoia Day Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 16, 2022 and Nov 19, 2023

Now thru December 7

Virtual Adult Studio Class: Mindful Drawing with Tyler VanHolst

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm From September: First Wednesday of Every Month Registration Required

Now thru October 31

Rentals – Canoe, Kayak, Bikes, River Tubes

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily; Between: Apr 10, 2022 and Oct 31, 2022

Now thru November 27

Cambridge to Paris Grand River Day Trip – Self-Guided

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Sat Sun Between: Oct 30, 2021 and Nov 27, 2022

Now thru October 29

5 Day Bruce Trail Waterfall Walking Tour

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Everyday Between: Nov 14, 2021 and Oct 29, 2022

Now thru October 15

Grand Overnight Camping Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: May 1, 2022 and Oct 15, 2022

October 28 - 29

Steam Museum After Dark – Adult Flashlight Tour

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

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

Now thru December 14

Artful Moments: Memory Care

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm September 28, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 2,...

Now thru June 1

Downtown Hamilton Walking Tour

Tour Guys

36 Hunter St. E., Hamilton, ON L8N 3W8

Now thru December 14

Artful Moments: Seniors Art by Phone

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm September 28, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 2,...

Now thru November 30

Fly Casting Lessons

Fly Water Guiding

17 Alexander Avenue, Paris, ON N3L 2V6

Now thru January 31

Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

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

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...

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 October 24

Weekend In Paris

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 15, 2022 and Oct 24, 2022

Now thru October 2, 2022

Paddle the Beast!

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

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 October 24

Overnight Grand River Canoe Camping Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 30, 2022 and Oct 24, 2022

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

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

Now thru June 1

FREE Downtown Hamilton Walking Tour

Tour Guys

36 Hunter St. E., Hamilton, ON L8N 3W8

October 29 - 30

Basket Making Workshop

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Oct. 29 @ 9am and Oct. 30 @ 3pm

November 3 - December 11

FUNHOUSE

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru December 31

The Bigger Picture: Art in Hamilton 1950-2000

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru December 31

AGH Youth Community Art Gallery Presents: Phobia

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Online only. FREE.

Now thru December 31

Explore Paris Like a Local Tour

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Visit our website for dates and availability

October 6 - December 15

Artful Moments: Creative Expressions, Brantford

Art Gallery of Hamilton

25 Bell Ln, Brantford, ON N3T 1E1

Thursdays, 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15

Now thru October 30

Grand River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 16, 2021 and Oct 30, 2022

Now thru October 30

Harvest Weekends at Springridge Farms

Springridge Farm

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

Now thru December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

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 November 30

Home of #99: A Brantford & Paris Tasting Adventure

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Visit our website to check availability.

Now thru November 28

Grand River Valley Hiking

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Everyday, Saturdays by request Between: May 1, 2022 and Nov...

Now thru November 15

Grand River Rafting Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: May 15, 2022 and Nov 15, 2022

Now thru October 15

The Grand Canoe Camping Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 30, 2021 and Oct 15, 2022

Now thru October 31

Apple Picking At Chudleigh’s Farm 2022

Chudleigh’s Entertainment Farm

9528 HWY 25, Halton Hills, ON, L9T 2X7

Now thru November 30

Flight, Bite & Nature Walk

Visit our website for current availability.

Now thru January 8

The Living Vault: The Collection and Performance

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

Now thru October 29

To Market, to Market, to Market, We Go Day-Trip

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Visit our website for dates and availability.

Now thru October 31

Voyage of the Iroquios

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: May 1, 2022 and Oct 31, 2022

Now thru October 28

Pedal & Paddle – Canadian Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 10, 2022 and Oct 28, 2022

Now thru December 22

Nith River Forest Hiking Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered daily.

Now thru November 6

Self-Guided Paddling the Grand River – Paris to Brantford

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 9, 2021 and Nov 6, 2022

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru October 31

Fresh Market Farms U-Pick

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

Now thru October 31

2-Day Bruce Trail Hiking Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 14, 2021 and Oct 31, 2022

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 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 November 19

Children’s Gardening: Junior Gardeners (Ages 8 to 12)

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

*RBG Members receive 10% off most RBG Experiences programming when using the member discount code....

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

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

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

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 October 15

Canoeing Basic Skills Certification

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Sun Between: May 5, 2022 and Oct 15, 2022

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

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

October 24

Youth Group Night: Pumpkins in the Park

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Now thru October 15

Tours of Auchmar

88 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 1E7

September 17, September 24, October 1, and October 15 at 12 pm, 1:30 pm and...

October 11 - 31

Taste of Burlington – Fall 2022

Tourism Burlington

414 LocuStreet Street, Burlington, ON, L7S 1T7

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