Hamilton has plenty of options if you’re looking for things to do on a Friday night. You can go out for drinks and dinner, catch a show, or take in some culture at one of the city’s museums or to casinos and nightclubs. No matter your interests, there’s something for everyone in Hamilton. So get out there and have some fun!
#1. Visit the Art Crawl in Hamilton’s vibrant downtown.
Visitors can explore galleries and pop-up exhibits, with dozens of venues to explore within walking distance of each other. On Fridays, participating venues are open until 9 pm, with extended evening hours on some occasions. If you’re coming from out of town, I’d recommend checking out a hotel room in downtown Hamilton.
#2. See a show at The Zoetic – Canada’s first permanent theatre for living art.
The Zoetic is an innovative space that uniquely presents theatre, dance, and music. The venue features a flexible seating area to create numerous configurations of the performance space. It’s also home to an LED screen with full surround sound capabilities, which can be used for film, video projection mapping, and other forms of multimedia experiences. The Zoetic, located at 25 King William Street in Hamilton’s downtown core, is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday and offers a range of entertainment experiences (and even has a licensed bar on-site).
#3. Head downtown to catch a game or two at Hamilton Place
Hamilton Place offers excellent stage views for all your favorite concerts, plays, and sporting events. They also have an upscale lounge where you can order dinner drinks and enjoy live music before or after the show. And if you’re hungry, Hamilton Place has their very own restaurant called Fionn MacCool’s – an Irish pub serving up hearty meals and drinks all year round.
#4. Check out some new exhibits at Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
The museum is home to more than just steam engines – it also features an extensive collection of vintage vehicles, Victorian fashion, and military uniforms. You can also get up close to some big iron – the museum’s main attraction is a working steam locomotive (don’t worry, regular diesel trains are used in the winter months). You can visit Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm.
#5. Take a trip to Toronto.
Though it’s not technically in Hamilton, it’s only a 40-minute train ride away! From the theatre district to the CN Tower, there are plenty of exciting attractions in Toronto that are sure to keep you busy on your Friday night.
#6. Check out live music at Club 77
Famous Club 77 is a Hamilton music venue to catch various bands and musicians. The space holds regular dance nights, comedy shows, open mic contests, and karaoke nights. You’ll find Club 77 located at 77 King William Street in downtown Hamilton.
#7. Go to a casino – many options nearby!
Casino Niagara is the closest option to Hamilton, located roughly 50 kilometers away. You can also check out Casino Rama (approximately 2 hours away) or visit one of the several slots parlors in the GTA/Southern Ontario area if you’re looking for something closer to home.
#8. Hit up a local pub or brewery
There are endless options in the Hamilton area, but here are some of my favorites:
Lakeport Brewing Company, located at 369 Bay Street North in Hamilton, is home to Lakeport’s all-natural, preservative-free beers. The brewery hosts tours on Saturdays from 12 until 5 pm.
#9. Check out a burlesque show
The Pearl Company is Hamilton’s newest burlesque show, offering two performances every month in September and October (check The Pearl Company’s Facebook page for updates). Keep an eye out for the award-winning troupe at their next event or visit them on Facebook to stay up to date.
#10. Take a stroll at Gage Park
Gage Park is home to the Dundurn Castle, which is decorated with manicured gardens and spectacular views of Burlington Bay. The park also has a conservatory, greenhouse, duck pond, playground, and stage for public events (such as their summer music series). You can find Gage Park at York Boulevard and Kilbourne Road.
#11. Watch a soccer game – Canada’s most popular sport
Hamilton is home to several semi-professional and professional soccer teams, including the Hamilton Steelers, who play in the CSL. You can also watch a match at Tim Hortons Field, hosting several games during the 2015 Pan American Games. The stadium is located at 777 Sanatorium Road South.
Hamilton has something for everyone when it comes to having a good time on a Friday night. Whether you’re looking for someplace to dance, grab a drink, or take in some live music, you can find it here. Have a great time!