16 Years Young

The Locke Street Festival is a free neighbourhood event that has been happening the second Saturday of September for the past 16 years. The festival is one of Ontario’s largest one-day street festivals, attracting people from all over Hamilton as well as other surrounding areas. The festival provides an opportunity for the community to come together in support of local musicians, artists and artisans. The Locke Street Festival has something for the entire family including a variety of unique vendors, great food and drinks, live entertainment and a children’s area with organized activities. Over the years, the number of festival attendees has grown exponentially and the event continues to be a fun and exciting way for people to get involved in the community and develop neighbourhood connections.

The Festival takes place on Locke Street South, a viable community centered neighbourhood with a bustling and eclectic business area. Event parking is available for visitors travelling from out of town, in both off street parking lots and the many side streets surrounding the event. (Check out the lockefestival.ca website for more details.)

The Locke Street Festival is an exciting, safe and family oriented celebration that showcases the city’s unique local talent and favour on one of Hamilton’s most historic streets. The Locke Street Festival is your destination for fun that the whole family can enjoy and it’s all happening on September 10th 2016.

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First Annual Locke Street Sidewalk Sale

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Walk the New Locke to WIN

We are so excited about our new branding for Locke Street that we want to celebrate with all of you! So on Saturday April 2, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm we’d like to invite you to come “Walk the New Locke” and see our new branding in person. There will be free face painting and a photo booth on the street, special in-store sales and offers throughout the street and the Farmers’ Market will be open for a special early spring market. But that’s not all…

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CONTEST TIME!
We also want to thank all of you for your patronage and support of our amazing street, so we’re going to be giving away 750 canvas shopping totes featuring the new Locke Street logo and filled with goodies from the merchants on the street. Within those 750 bags are 8 WINNING TOTES that have Locke Street Cash Vouchers to be spent at any business on the street.

Prizes
1 Grand Prize Tote of $300
2 Prize Totes of $150
2 Prize Totes of $75
3 Prize Totes of $50

You can pick up a Locke Street shopping tote at the following businesses for your chance to WIN:
• Canoe
• Way Back When
• Brown Dog Coffee Shop
• Locke Street Meats
• Neo
• On a Bun
• Johnny’s Coffee
• Revolution Kids
• Ideal Vapes
• Vogue Models
• Quills
• Olive’s Oddments
• Second Chance
• Ten Thousand Villages
• Forrat’s Chocolate
• Citizen Kid
• Frangipani
• Epic Books
• Lulu & Lavigne
• Solee Shoes
• Textures
• Picks & Sticks
• J Taylor Antiques
• Goodness Me

Contest Rules and Regulations
No Purchase necessary. This contest is open to residents of Canada who have reach the age of majority in their province. This contest is void where prohibited by law. There are 8 prizes to be won. Chances of winning are 1 in 94. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CONTEST DETAILS AND FOR COMPLETE RULES AND REGULATIONS.

Thanks to our community partner:
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Say Hello to the New Locke Street

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Over the last 10 years Locke Street and the surrounding neighbourhood have experienced a revival. We were once a quiet street with a few antique shops and local restaurants, but now we’ve become one of Hamilton’s hottest commercial districts with world-renowned restaurants, local and global shops and thriving businesses. We’re a collection of new and long-time merchants dedicated to the continuing success of the street but also to our customers and this neighbourhood.

As we’ve watched the street transform and expand, we as the Business Improvement Association (BIA) felt it was time for the brand of our street to change too. We enlisted the marketing expertise of our friends at Factor[e] to help us redefine what Locke Street is today. It has been an amazing journey and we are so excited to finally be able to share the new look of Locke Street with you.

It turns out Locke Street is not just about the businesses on the street but it’s very much about the people on the street too. It’s about what the businesses bring to the street but it’s also about you – the residents, local Hamiltonians, our customers. What’s so amazing about Locke Street is the community that we have created here together. So with that in mind, here’s a look at our new logo:

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It was more of an “of course!” moment as opposed to an ”A-ha!” when Factor[e] presented the new logo and brand to us as everyone in the room agreed, our sense of community is what defines us and what is driving business on the street. We are full-service BIA. From coffee shops and restaurants to salons and fitness, from everyday essentials to gifts and special occasion shopping, you can come and enjoy a day on Locke Street or you can live your life here.

And since we are SO excited about our new brand and look, we’ve decided we want to celebrate with all of you. On Saturday April 2, 2016 from 10am to 2pm we’d like to invite you to come “Walk the new Locke” and see our new branding in person. Highlights of the day include (but are not limited to):

● Newly branded Locke Street shopping bags filled with goodies from over 30 street merchants (while quantities last) between 10am and 2pm.

● Bags are available for pickup from participating merchants. There will be “winning bags” given out, which contain vouchers to shop the street for free.

The Locke Street Farmers’ Market will open for a special Early Spring Market from 10am to 2pm.

● Free face painting and photo booth on the street from 11am to 2pm.

● Exclusive sales, in-store draws, sampling, and promotions from merchants

We look forward to seeing everyone on the street and we can’t wait to hear what you think about the new look of Locke Street.