Believe it or not, summer is here! The weather may not always convince us of that, but this list of activities will keep summer a state of mind.
Outdoor Farmers’ Markets!
Even though many farmers’ markets are open year round, shopping in the fresh, warm air makes for a memorable experience that’s linked with summer. Each market provides a unique shopping experience and are typically situated in areas with interesting streets around them so be sure to explore your surroundings when you go! Some markets worth checking out are Ottawa Street Farmers’ Market, Locke Street Farmers’ Market, Ancaster Farmers’ Market, and while it’s indoors, the Hamilton Farmers’ Market is a must especially if you’ve never been before.
Watch a game at Tim Hortons Field
Nothing brings out summer like a game at the field with friends, family, and classic stadium food which now includes some new additions like Salt Lick’s stadium stands. Luckily there are several games you can attend this summer including cheering on the Tiger-Cats and watching Hamilton’s new soccer team Forge FC!
Downtown Hamilton Crawl
Summer is meant for exploring! What better way to get into summer mode than by exploring your own city? Grab some friends, make a list of the places you want to check out, and pick a day to go. Maybe start with coffee at one of the many cafes in Hamilton, head to a beautiful patio for lunch, followed by a local brewery, and end your day with a walk around a park. The possibilities are truly endless with all the cool shops and stops in Hamilton, and you may just want to do this every week!
A sample itinerary: Durand Coffee to start, a restaurant on King William for lunch, Willard’s Ice Cream for dessert, Bayfront Park for an afternoon stroll, Locke Street for dinner, Grain & Grit Brewery for drinks.
Gore Park Promenade
Head to Gore Park Tuesdays to Fridays all summer long between 11 am to 4 pm for games, live music, and food trucks. It’s always an enjoyable time with fun for the whole family and it’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors! Follow @dwntwnhambia on Instagram to check out the full music line up and for any updates throughout the summer.
Grab your swimsuit and head to Wild Waterworks as the weather starts to warm up. The water park officially opened this year on June 8th but if it’s still not warm enough for you, they’re having a summer kick-off beach festival on June 29th. Be sure to wear your Hawaiian shirt to save $3 off admission!