225th Event Calendar

September 30, 2016 will mark 225 years since the completion of Fort Hamilton. While not as glamorous as a bicentennial, it provides the opportunity to pause and celebrate our longevity as a community; especially as Hamilton enjoys its biggest upswing in well over a generation!   

This week long event brings together a host of opportunities that celebrate the past, present and future of Hamilton. The entire celebration – running from September 30th to October 6th – is free and open to the public. Additionally, a number of community businesses and organizations will have specials and their own celebratory events!

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Friday, September 30 - Hamilton's 225th Birthday Celebration
    Main Events

  • Birthday Party at Municipal Brew Works - 5 pm to 7 pm 
    Celebrate our big 2-2-5 with cake, door prizes and a new commemorative beer from MBW.
  • ZAPP Band with Moment 44 at RiversEdge - 6 pm to 10 pm
    Hamilton's own contribution to 70's funk scene returns for a birthday concert that will have you on your feet!

     Community Events

  • Heritage Hall and Hamilton Mill Tours
    Heritage Hall and the Hamilton Mill (20 High St) will be open throughout the event for self-guided tours. Heritage Hall is the former Municipal Building and current location of the Hamilton Mill and Municipal Brew Works.

Saturday, October 1 - Pioneer Day
    Main Events

  • Day in the Life of a Pioneer - 10 am to 1 pm 
    Come experience what life was like as a pioneer at the Pioneer Cabin (Monument Ave). See demonstrations of cooking, surveying, music and interpreters.
  • Pioneer's Path Walking Tour - Departs 11, 11:20 & 11:40 am
    Come learn about the history of Hamilton from the pioneers themselves! Tours will depart at the listed times from the Hamilton Welcome Center (1 High St) The tour will last approximately 1 hour. 
  • "American Invasion of the Miami Homeland" - 1:00 pm to 2 pm
    George Ironstrack, of the Miami Tribe, presents "American Invasion of the Miami Homeland" at Miami University Hamilton Downtown (221 High St).
  • Founder's Footsteps Walking Tour - 2:30, 2:50 and 3:10 pm
    Take a tour of the city with the initial movers and shakers! Tours will depart at the listed time from the Hamilton Welcome Center (1 High St) The tour will last approximately 1 hour. 
     

     Community Events

  • Hamilton's Historic Farmer's Market - 8 am to noon 
    Come early and shop local at Hamilton's Historic Farmer's Market located around the Butler County Courthouse (101 High St). For more information check out their website
  • Heritage Hall and Butler County Courthouse
    Heritage Hall (20 High St) and the Butler County Courthouse (101 High St) will be open throughout the event for self-guided tours. Heritage Hall is the former Municipal Building and current location of the Hamilton Mill and Municipal Brew Works.
  • Butler County Historical Society/Benninghoffen House Museum - 1 pm to 5 pm                    
    The Butler County Historical Society and Benninghoffen House Museum (327 N. Second St), including the Native American exhibit, will be open for extended Saturday hours. 
  • Native American Artifact Exhibit - All day
    Local Native American Artifacts, collected by the Whitewater Valley Archaeological Society, will be on display at Ryan's Tavern (241 High St).
  • Food Trucks and other activities - 10:30 am - 4 pm
    Food trucks and other activities will be located on Front Street adjacent to the Courthouse.  

Sunday, October 2 - Geocache Hamilton

  • Geocache Hamilton! - 12 to 5 pm
    Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt where teams will use GPS to find hidden objects. Teams will compete in one of three categories for prizes. For more information and registration visit bit.ly/225geocache.

Monday, October 3 - Historic Hunt

  • Historic Activities and Scavenger Hunt - 4 to 9 pm
    Butler County Historical Society (327 N. Second St) 
    will host extended hours. will have extended hours. Take a tour through the building and participate in a scavenger hunt beginning at 7!
  • Tours of Historic YWCA Building - 9 am - 4:30 pm
    Hamilton's YWCA(244 Dayton St.) will host building tours through the day of the beautiful historic location. 

Tuesday, October 4 - Speaker Series Kickoff

  • '225 Years of Pioneering'  Speaker Series - 6 to 7:30 pm
    Kick off of the '225 Years of Pioneering' speaker series at Miami Hamilton Downtown (221 High St) with Kathy Creighton, Butler County Historical Society Executive Director, speaking about the founding of Fort Hamilton.
  • Tours of Historic YWCA Building - 9 am - 4:30 pm
    Hamilton's YWCA(244 Dayton St.) will host building tours through the day of the beautiful historic location. 

Thursday, October 6 - Alive After 5

  • Alive After 5 Wizards, Warlocks and Witches  - 5 to 9 pm
    Come down to High Street for Hamilton's monthly shop hop, check out their website for more information.  

Friday, October 7 - Sunday, October 9 - Operation Pumpkin

  • Operation Pumpkin  - 11 am to 9 pm
    Hamilton's premier festival is filling the streets with pumpkins again. Come enjoy live bands, food, craft vendors and carnival rides. For more information check out their website.

Additional Events
  • Hidden Cash Drops - Tuesday Sept 27 - 30
    Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce will be announcing Hidden Cash Drops once per day leading up to our Birthday! How it works: Cash is placed in an envelope and given to a local business. The Chamber then sends out three clues to its location. The first person to solve the clues wins the money. Follow the Chamber's Facebook for more details. 
  • Hamilton Public Utilities Energy Week - All week
    Celebrate Hamilton's Public Utilities, a defining attribute of our community, with energy education displays in the lobby of the Government Services Building (345 High Street) all week.