Community Events

Since 1976, community groups across the city have brought Winterfest to life through dozens of events that pop-up in neighbourhood parks, recreation centres and community hubs. They can be anything from a social event sharing hot chocolate in the park, to outdoor light spectacles created by artists and citizen collectives looking to bring a sense of sparkle to the darkness of February nights.

Neighbourhood Navigator Patch - Hopa Ports - Hamilton Winterfest

Earn your HOPA Community Navigator badge by visiting any of the events across the community!

Winter Winefest

Friday through Sunday, every weekend in Winterfest

Sit fireside with a glass of Ridge Road wine and enjoy winter in true Canadian fashion.

Hamilton Civic Museums

Visit one of the City’s amazing museums and explore Hamilton’s history. Be one of the first 500 to visit and earn a limited-edition Museum Explorer Badge!

Waterfront Festival of Lights & Ice-Skating Rink

Come visit the Waterfront Festival of Lights on Pier 8. Walk the lit trail or strap on your ice skates and enjoy the outdoor rink.


February 3-21

Take a soup tour of the city! Annual fundraiser for The Living Rock in partnership with local restaurants.

Toronto Rock Lacrosse Game

March 5

It’s Rivalry Night! Come see the Toronto Rock take on their division rivals the New York Riptide for an action-packed game of lacrosse at First Ontario Centre.

Hamilton Fashion Week

March 5

Winter can be glamorous. Add a little style to you Winter exploration with a runway show by Hamilton Fashion Week at the Music Hall.

Afro Canadian Caribbean Association Pop-Up Griot @ Winterfest Hub

February 18

Come celebrate Black History Month with the Afro Canadian Caribbean Association as they present a burst of poetry, dance and music from Hamilton’s Black Community.

Hot Chocolate in Carter Park

February 19

Warm up with friends and neighbours in Carter Park at the annual Hot Chocolate in the Park event.

Mug of Hot Chocolate