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Looking Ahead: Long Weekend Planning, August Edition

Happy Tuesday, friends!


Although it’s only Tuesday, we at the blog feel it’s never too early to start planning for the upcoming weekend. Because let’s face it, the previous weekend already seems aaaages ago, doesn’t it? So, let the weekend plans commence!


We are gearing up for the second long weekend of Summer 2016, and we couldn’t be more excited. While the Canada Day weekend is exciting in its own right for so many reasons, the August Civic Holiday weekend – or Simcoe Day – really feels like the perfect summer weekend. By this time in the season we are all well into the summer groove, we’ve got our BBQ or picnic or camping or cottaging game down pat; we’ve perfected our sunscreen and/or bug spray application. And, hopefully, we’ve all got our summer hair care and styles worked out, so the rest of the summer is a breeze.


If you have made plans to escape the city this weekend, well, lucky you! And we hope you have a magnificent time, whatever your plans are! If you are a bit late to the “get out of town” party for the long weekend, don’t worry – we’ve got your back! There is a lot to do in the Greater Hamilton area if you can’t get away. And, if you do want to plan a last minute getaway, we can help you with that too. Let our guide to the long weekend guides be your guide! (That’s the last time for the word guide. Promise.)


Magic 8

Kicking things off is this list from the good people at Tourism Hamilton and their 8 things to do over the August long weekend in Hamilton. This is a great list, with a little bit of everything, and, as the saying goes, something for everyone. Whether you’re into dance, film, rollerskating, or live music – or all of the above – it’s happening in The Hammer this weekend!


Everything Festive

If that curated and highlighted list from Tourism Hamilton left you wanting more, well we have more for you. Or, rather, the Tourism Hamilton website has more. Check their ultra comprehensive Festivals & Events page for a highly detailed look at fun things in the city for the long weekend – and beyond!


Geeks Unite!

Maybe by this point in the summer you have had enough of the great outdoors, and you’re looking for something to do that won’t have you sweating in the sunshine. And maybe, just maybe you’re into gaming or YouTube, or maker culture. Then ConBravo! 2016: The Annual Festival of Everything Geek might just be for you! And it’s happening right here in downtown Hamilton, at the Hamilton Convention Centre!

Further Afield…

Perhaps you’re looking to branch out a bit and get out of the #HamOnt area – temporarily, of course! If that’s the case, then take a look at some of these listings for Toronto and other areas of the province. There is no shortage of events and fun things to do!


Considering a visit to the #6ix? Check out the Top Things to do in Toronto.


Hitting up Norfolk County and Lake Erie? Get info here!


Really want to stretch your legs? See what’s happening in Prince Edward County!


And, if you’re feeling super adventurous, the whole province awaits! Check out for what’s going on, well, everywhere!


Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a wonderful, fun, and safe long weekend.


Enjoy the rest of the week, and we’ll see you back here on Friday! Unless you’re away for the weekend, of course. But remember, the Willow Salon blog is available on mobile too, so you can take us with you, wherever you’re headed!


This article was posted in #HamOnt, Events, Seasonal.
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