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11 Must-Attend October Events in Hamilton

City of Hamilton Ontario


With the Fall season upon us and Halloween just around the corner, it should come as no surprise that there are a ton of great events happening in and around the Hamilton area.


In fact, this October we’ll see something for everyone across the event spectrum. From food and drink events to theatre performances and the annual Steel City Jazz festival, here are 11 must-attend events happening this month in Hamilton.

1 | Bar Fight Champions

Event Date(s): October 11th

Location: Liquid Kitty

Admission: $30.00 online


Uno Mas in collaboration with Liquid Kitty present BAR FIGHT CHAMPIONS. Chef Scott Bailey (City Farm Catering) and Chef Dmitry Perov (Brux House) go head to head in a 3 round bar-burner to see who can create the best cocktail experiences! The night will be MC’d by Chef Manny Ferreira (Mezcal TNTUno Mas BarChopped Canada) and three local culinary experts will sit on the judging panel. The audience will get to sample the final round’s cocktails and help decide the WINNER!

Bar Fight Uno Mas - October Events in HamiltonPhoto Credit: Uno Mas 


2 | Here’s Johnny

Event Date(s): Oct 11th – Oct 28th

Location: The Pearl Company

Admission: $20.00 – $25.00 online


A gritty tale drawn from the streets of an inner city neighbourhood, where questions are answered by more questions and choices often end badly. Inspired by true events, we follow the exploits and interactions of the five principal characters. The audience is directly immersed in the action. *Adult Subject Matter* – Written & Directed by Gary Santucci.


3 | Strange & Unusual

Event Date(s): October 11th – October 21st

Location: The Staircase Theatre

Admission: $25.00 online at


Produced by Hamilton based company Flat Earth Global. In this 90 minute show, Nick Wallace uses story telling and illusions to explore the world of conspiracy theories, superstitions, psychics and all things STRANGE AND UNUSUAL. Nick Wallace has been described as a Master of subtle illusion and manipulation. He can best be described as a minimalist – who has forgone fancy props and special effects and prefers to conjure with an audiences imagination by presenting magic and mind reading in a way that is both entertaining and thought provoking.


4 | Absolute AWE

Event Date(s): October 15th

Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch

Admission: $15.00 – $20.00 online


For all of you [indie] wrestling fans out there, this one’s for you. On October 15th, Hamilton-based Indie wrestling promotion, Absolute Wrestling Entertainment, host their inaugural event! The event features 7 scheduled matches including an appearance from Hamilton talent RIP Impact of Hamilton Pro Wrestling.


5 | HamOnt for Hanley – A Tribute for Dave Hanley

Event Date(s): October 15th

Location: King William Street

Admission: $50.00 online


HamOnt for Hanley is a jazz festival, memorial, & fundraiser for Hamilton’s Pop Up King, Dave Hanley. Join the areas top chefs, craft breweries, wineries, mixologists, pastry chefs and jazz musicians who have all come together donating their time and energy to help raise funds and pay tribute to Dave and his family. There will also be a Silent Auction will a number of fantastic prizes donated by a number of business and individuals who all knew and loved Dave! Tickets include admission, all your food and one drink ticket. All funds raised will be donated to Dave’s family.


Pop Up Event - ExperiencePhoto was taken from one of Pop Up Hamilton’s past event – Mad Love


6 | NOSH Chef Wars presented by The Kraken® Black Spiced Rum

Event Date(s): October 19th

Location: Carmen’s Banquet Hall

Admission: $20.00 online


The wait is over #HamOnt! NOSH is officially back, and with it comes Chef Wars presented by The Kraken® Black Spiced Rum. Head out for a sizzling night of flames, food, and fierce competition as 10 of the city’s best culinary ninjas battle it out for this year’s title. Who will claim this year’s NOSH title? There’s only one way to find out, Hamilton.


Chef Battle - October Events in HamiltonPhoto was taken at a previous Chef Battle hosted at Nique Restaurant


7 | Hamilton Fashion Week

Event Date(s): October 21st – 22nd

Location: Digital Canaries

Admission: $40.00 for all week access pass


The 4th annual Hamilton Fashion Week is a fashion celebration featuring runway shows from numerous top Hamilton and Canadian fashion designers. As with previous years, HFW 2017 will be hosted at Digital Canaries on 520 Burlington East and will include a Fashion Matinee, Gala, Brunch and a Soiree.


Hamilton Fashion Week 2017 - October Events in HamiltonPhoto from Hamilton Fashion Week


8 | gritLIT Fall Festival

Event Date(s): October 22nd

Location: The Staircase Theatre

Admission: $7.00 – $25.00 depending on event


Now officially in its 14th year, gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers & Writers Festival is looking to build on its foundation by offering a new Fall Program. This new program includes partnered events with the HPO and the Hamilton Film Festival, putting a unique spin on their events and really fostering community collaboration. October 22 is a full day of Hamilton-centric readings, featuring local authors, themes and indigenous content, with Zoe Whittall, Sally Cooper, John Terpstra, Shannon Bramer, Daniel Coleman, Cherie Dimaline and Lee Maracle.


9 | Steel City Jazz Festival

Event Date(s): October 24th – 29th

Location: Artword Artbar

Admission: $10.00 – $15.00 online


This year, the 5th annual Steel City Jazz Festival returns to Hamilton and brings back the one-weekend format with some incredible programming. The festival is known for attracting and bringing well-known, talented jazz musicians and this year will be nothing short of that. Notable performances include: Colleen Allen QuartetAlex Pangman & Her Alleycats, and the Barry Livingston Group.

Steel City Jazz Festival - October events in HamiltonPhoto taken from Steel City Jazz Festival’s website


10 | Venus in Fur 

Event Date(s): Oct 26th – Nov 4th

Location: The Staircase Theatre

Admission: $20.00 online


Hamilton independent theatre company presents Venus In Fur by David Ives. This production contains mature themes and language and is recommended for audience members 18+!


11 | SERVE up some FEAR @ CARNEVIL

Event Date(s): October 28th

Location: Serve Ping Pong

Admission: $5.00 – $10.00 online


Haunted Halloween experience at Serve Ping Pong, one of the scariest events in the area during the Halloween weekend! Serve Ping Pong will be hosting a full two-room experience, with acrobatic performers, a guest DJ experience, hourly prizes and more! VIP packages includes pick up and drop off at Hess Village, McMaster and Mohawk campuses, double entries into the prize giveaways and complimentary ‘Witches Brew’ up entry!



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