Hamilton Happenings: September 2011

                                                                                                                     Photo by World of Good

Maybe it's the relief from the heat or a bit of that back-to-school buzz or a desperate attempt to enjoy the weather before the deep freeze; all I know is that there's something about September that makes me want to do stuff and get stuff done. Good thing there's heaps of stuff happening in Hamilton in the next four weeks. And not just stuff, really really amazing stuff! This might be the best lineup of events all year and I'm crazy excited about it all!

Art Crawl: Sept. 9th / James St. North / As long as people keep asking me what this is, I'll keep posting about it. But this time, I'm going to let someone else rave about it for a change: check out this video of last month's crawl by the HAM. (If you watch closely (at 1:53) there is a quick shot of my booth at the craft fair.)

Supercrawl: Sept. 10 / 1-12 / James St. North / Pretty self-explanatory: art crawl on a super-sized scale. Think BIG. Two-story knitted replica of the facade of the Brain big. Giant inflatable installation on the roof of Mixed Media big. Basia Bulat with the Hamilton Philharmonic, Plants and Animals, Junior Boys and Broken Social Scene big. You don't want to miss this, folks. They're expecting 30,000. It's gonna be epic!

Locke Street Festival: Sept. 10 / 10-11 / Locke St. / If attendance is any indicator (15,000 in 2009), this festival has become one of the city's favourites. Featuring over 200 vendors, musicians and entertainers, it's sure to be a fun day out for the whole family.

Want to attend both Supercrawl and Locke St. Fest? Not to worry. There will be a free bus shuttling between the two events all day! How's that for service?

Sew Hungry: Food Truck Rally: Sept. 16 / 11-2 / Ottawa St. Farmer's Market / Some of the best food trucks Ontario has to offer are all meeting for lunch on Ottawa St. and you're invited! From poutine to cupcakes, they're guaranteed to have your cravings covered. An exciting and unique event for the area.

Open Streets: Sept. 18 / 10-5 / James St. North / King Street East at Gore Park (from James to Hughson) and James Street North from York Blvd. to Guise Street will be closed to cars this Sunday, so walk, roll or ride downtown and enjoy street vendors, live music and your favourite local businesses.

AGH World Film Festival: Sept. 23 - Oct. 2 /  This event seems to get bigger and better every year. In fact, the lineup of films has convinced these two movie lovers to ignore TIFF entirely this year and focus on this local event. "Meek's Cutoff," "Terri," "Life, Above All" and "Small Town Murder Songs" are at the top of our list!

Localicious: Sept. 23 - Oct. 16 / Twelve downtown restaurants will feature special lunch dishes and prix fixe dinner menus featuring the best of our local harvest. The "Delicious Baker's Dozen" they've chosen truly are some of my favourite restaurants, so I encourage you to take advantage.

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