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Experience the electrifying Tesla's Electric City Festival

Commemorating Hamilton's groundbreaking feat of being the first major Canadian centre to embrace electric power 125 years ago. Fuelled by the visionary ideas of the "Five Johns," enterprising Hamilton entrepreneurs, the city harnessed the hydropower of DeCew Falls near St. Catharines, implementing Nikola Tesla's revolutionary long-distance energy transmission concept.


Hamilton's embrace of affordable and abundant electricity earned it the renowned moniker of "Canada's Electric City," propelling the growth of steel companies, attracting industry giants like Westinghouse, and transforming the city into Canada's industrial powerhouse. This historic milestone fuelled massive immigration, shaping the vibrant and diverse tapestry that defines Hamilton today.


Prepare for an exhilarating celebration at the Tesla Electric City Festival, where Hamilton's electrifying past and innovative spirit come alive, reminding us of the transformative power of progress. Join us as we honour the visionary Tesla and pay tribute to Hamilton's enduring legacy as a hub of innovation and prosperity.

Tesla's Electric City Festival


Sunday September 24, 2023

11:00 - 5:00 pm


900 Woodward Ave, Hamilton, ON


TECF 2023 is dedicated to the 125 years of Hydroelectric Power in Hamilton & Ontario, features include;

  • The History behind the ELECTRIC CITY

  • Nikola Tesla's role and  contribution to the Electric City

  • Historical guided tour through the history and current developments for Hamilton

  • Building of the Decew I Power Generating Station, then and now (125 years of service)

  • Cataract Power Building (Hamilton)

  • Preforming Tesla Coil

  • Build workshop for kids

  • Tesla Wellness & Medicine Centre

  • Talk on Who is Nikola Tesla and what did he contribute to society

  • Live Music

  • Take a ride on the  Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers miniature trains

  • EV auto show by owners, (Organized by the EV Society)

  • Interact with EV owners to truly get owners perspective

  • Performances on the stage from Hamilton Communities 

  • Check out the Fire Truck (1:00-2:30 PM)

  • Hungry, Pizza and drinks will be available for sale

All registered guests will be entered in entrance draws throughout the day. 

Pre-registered guest will be automatically entered even before you arrive, making you eligible for all the draws.

Unclaimed prizes will be redrawn at 4:30 PM  open to guests present.

Tesla Education

Learn about the groundbreaking contributions of Nikola Tesla, the visionary inventor whose genius forever transformed the world of electricity

Cultural Bazaar

Experience a vibrant tapestry of cultures at our mesmerizing multicultural bazaar, where you can indulge in diverse cuisine, browse unique crafts, and immerse yourself in rich traditions

Hands on Children's workshops

Ignite your child's creativity and curiosity at our hands-on children's workshop, proudly sponsored by Home Depot, where young minds can explore the joy of DIY projects and unleash their imagination in a fun and interactive environment.

musical and cultural performances

Immerse yourself in the vibrant musical and cultural performances showcasing the diverse heritage of the cultures that settled the Hamilton ,Ontario region.

Power up the Festival
Volunteer with NTEC

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any successful event, and the Tesla Electric City Festival is no exception. We rely on the dedication and enthusiasm of individuals like you to bring this electrifying celebration to life.

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Day of Volunteers

We're seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join us in creating a spectacular festival experience the day of the event. From booth management to back stage we need your help to make it happen. Help us set up and run this momentous event as we celebrate!

Students this is an excelent opportunity to earn 

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Calling all talented performers! We're looking for cultural dancers, musicians, poets, and artists to showcase the vibrant diversity of our community. Let your talent shine & be a part of this celebration of innovation, & history.

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Cultural Bazaar

Showcase the rich tapestry of your culture through food, jewelry, crafts, or any other creative expression. Whether you want to sell your unique creations or provide informative displays, this is an opportunity to share your culture with a diverse audience.

This is a great opportunity to earn your volunteer hours. 

We need help with the set up on Saturday September 24th (Noon- 5:00 PM)

and on Festival Day September 25th. (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

Students could earn 13-14 hours over the two day.

Register below and enter when you are available.

Student Volunteer 

Tesla Science Fair

Students do you have a Tesla Inspire  Science Project?

Enter it in the Tesla Science Fair

Open to grades 7 - 12 student

Judges will be looking for the  Nikola Tesla connection 

Showcase your project to inspire  and other students

Register to Volunteer, attend, perform, make a donation 

Nikola Tesla Educational  

755 King St E 

Hamilton ON


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Coming Soon - Vendors/Exhibors

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More to come...

Vendors & Exhibitors

TECF of the Past

Things to see & do.

These are pictures taken at prior festival

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