May Long Weekend Events & Activities in Hamilton
A go-to list of family activities and events taking place during May long weekend in Hamilton: Friday, May 21 – Monday, May 24, 2021
For other weekend activities including adult activities, see Things to do this weekend in Hamilton.
Do note that Ontario is under Stay-at-Home Order.
The province has announced that outdoor recreational amenities like golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate parks can reopen starting May 22nd. Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people.
Youth aged 12 and older can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments across Ontario starting May 23rd.
Shop the local produce and wares from Hamilton Farmer’s Market! Shop flowers, decor, food, produce, and more. Details
Tuesdays & Thursdays – Saturdays | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
35 York Boulevard, Hamilton; 905-546-2096
Free one-hour validated parking is available at the York Boulevard Parkade at 28 York Blvd.
… the Long Weekend! Even if you are stuck indoors or confined to your backyard, you can still enjoy a great time. Freshen up your space with beautiful blooms from your own garden or your local florist. order a snack or dinner from your local bakery or restaurant.
You can cast a line and reel in that big catch at Ontario Provincial Parks. However, please obey any fishing location restrictions in the park as well as all public health guidelines on group sizes and physical distancing.
Enjoy Hiking or Discover Nature Attractions in Hamilton
City parks and green spaces, Provincial parks and conservation reserves, City of Hamilton Trails as well as Hamilton Conservation Authority conservation areas are open for people to enjoy some time with nature.
- 25 Must-Visit Nature Attractions and Parks in Hamilton
- 25 of the Best Hiking Trails in Hamilton
- 100 Adventures in Ontario Provincial Parks
Spring is a great time to go birding and there are many fabulous locations in Ontario. You can also enjoy bird watching at Hamilton Conservation Authority conservation areas.
AGH Art Sale Online
Join online April 22 – May 31 for a month-long celebration presenting contemporary artworks by over 60 regional artists. Purchase works year-round from the convenience of your home through the 2021 Art Sale. Details
Until May 31, 2021
Get creative this weekend with virtual paint nite. Browse through the many pictures, select the one that strikes your fancy, get your supplies and start! Details
A Classical Monday
Music Mondays is a virtual music series presented by the City of Hamilton, in partnership with the Hamilton Music Advisory Team (HMAT). Each Monday in May, a new video will be released on Facebook @HamOntMusic and on the City of Hamilton’s YouTube channel. Each video will feature three Hamilton musicians, all of whom perform in a similar musical genre.
On May 24, tune in to hear All of Her Sound, Emilio Bonito, and Azuline Duo. Details
Monday, May 24, 2021 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Enjoy a Picnic
Order a takeout of your favourite goodies from a local restaurant or bakery. This not only supports local businesses but also saves you the hassle of preparing for the picnic. You don’t have to venture far – have one in your backyard or at a park.
Visit Royal Botanic Garden
Laking Garden is opening to the public on Tuesday, May 18. Discover Royal Botanical Gardens’ hidden gem during Laking Garden Spring Preview! The Arboretum is the go-to place for floral displays and to experience the unforgettable, intoxicating fragrance of lilacs as it gently drifts across the dell. During Spring at the Arboretum (May 13 to June 13), time-ticketed parking per vehicle (not per person) is required to visit the Arboretum. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with last admission at 7 p.m.
Adventure on a Page
Books are great sources of adventure. Although Hamilton Public Library locations are closed, online services are still available open. Get started on your reading adventure. Not sure want to pick? Check outGrab & Go Bags, each of which will contain 10 books of a selected single genre. Details
Pick up at various Library Branches, Hamilton
Free with your HPL card
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Digital Doors Open Hamilton
Explore some traditional Doors Open Hamilton sites without having to leave home. Many attractions in Hamilton offer tours, videos, and activities that will engage people of all ages. Details
May 1 – 31, 2021
Explore from Home
Enjoy Hamilton’s top attractions safely from home.
- AGH at Home – at-home activities, AGH Magazine articles, and behind-the-scenes videos. You can also check out their permanent collection online.
- RBG at Home – virtual programs, activities, and multimedia experiences
- Tour Hamilton Civic Museums virtually – Dundurn Castle & Museum of Steam & Technology
- Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum – see aircraft collection
Go on a virtual tour of drawings from the estate of John Hanson. “City” is a collection of drawings from the 1960s by John Hanson capturing Hamilton’s evolution. Details
Fun with Science
If you are looking to try new things, check out our list of science experiments that are super fun, easy, and educational. Details
Listen to musical performances by HPO musicians in the HPO@Home Series.
Enjoy Musical Concerts
Tune in and listen to live music streamed from all over the world! Details
Watch Theatre Performances
One positive outcome of the pandemic is that you can now access theatre performances from all over the world online. See what’s on this weekend. Details
Support local businesses by ordering a take-out from participating Hamilton restaurants. Choose items from 15 great Hamilton restaurants using the Hamilton Restaurant Bingo card. Share your posts for a chance to win great prizes. Throughout the month of May. Details
Explore the World From Home
With travel being restricted, there are no ways to physically enjoy a trip to distant places. But the good news is you can explore these places virtually. From Canada’s arctic, cities, National Parks to international or outer space destinations like the international space station, Egypt’s Heritage Sites, and scenic train rides, you can now enjoy many travel destinations virtually.