Alive After 5 tonight in downtown Hamilton

Hamilton’s Alive After 5 is designed to draw people back to the city’s core after the have clocked out from work. In addition to music, food and retail specials, this week’s event will feature The Lane Libraries bookmobile, a story time and other activities for children. STAFF FILE PHOTO
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Hamilton’s Alive After 5 is designed to draw people back to the city’s core after the have clocked out from work. In addition to music, food and retail specials, this week’s event will feature The Lane Libraries bookmobile, a story time and other activities for children. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Downtown Hamilton’s popular Alive After 5 event — where downtown businesses stay open extra late —returns tonight.

Shops along High Street will keep their doors open from 5 to 9 p.m. today, May 4, to welcome shoppers.

The event is meant to kick off the weekend in Hamilton a day early and draw people to the city’s core with live music, food and retail deals after they clock off work for the day.

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The first Alive After 5 was held in 2015 and the crowds have grown ever since, organizers said.

Each month's Alive After 5 features a theme. Today's is "Once Upon A Time."

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There will be a story time and other activities for children, The Lane Libraries bookmobile, a scavenger hunt, costume contest, and lots of specials from downtown Hamilton businesses.

Children’s books to be donated to Highland Elementary School’s #HighlandREADS initiative will also be collected during the event.

So dress as your favorite book character and head downtown — there’s plenty of free parking for Alive After 5.

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