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31 Things To Do in Halifax This July

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As June comes to a close, you’re likely exhausted from the 30 days of activities you enjoyed in the Halifax Region. There’s no time to rest though, because July is even more packed with festivals, events, and TONS of things to do!

Take a deep breath, gather your strength, and start planning; we’ve got 31 Things To Do in Halifax for EVERY DAY in July:

July 1 – Celebrate Canada Day in Halifax!

When: Sunday, July 1, 2018
Where: Throughout the Halifax Region!

Celebrate CANADA DAY 2018 in Halifax with events spanning across the entire Halifax Region! Check out the complete list of Canada Day events in Halifax here.

PLUS learn about this year’s mysterious Canada Day concert headliner, Allan Rayman!

July 2 – See the final performance of  the 2018 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

When: Monday, July 2, 2018 – 2pm-4:30pm
Where: Scotiabank Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax



July 3 – Treat yourself to a Nova Scotian delicacy; the lobster roll

Check out our TOP 5 PLACES TO GET LOBSTER ROLLS IN HALIFAX for some delicious inspo.

The Canteen

July 4 – Catch the opening night of the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – 7pm-9pm
Where: Shining Waters Events and Weddings, 148 Nautical Way, Upper Tantallon

Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts

July 5 – Check out DAY 1 of the 17th Annual Halifax Lebanese Festival

When: Thursday, July 5, 2018 – 4pm-10pm (Opening Ceremonies begin at 7pm)
Where: Olympic Gardens Community Centre, 2304 Hunter Street, Halifax

The 17th Annual Halifax Lebanese Festival takes place in Halifax from Thursday, July 5 until Sunday, July 8, 2018.

See the full schedule of Lebanese Festival 2018 events here.

Lebanese Festival

July 6 – Take in a stand-up show at Halifax’s NEWEST comedy club: Last Laugh Comedy Club

When: Friday, July 6, 2018 – 8pm
Where: Last Laugh Comedy Club at the Atlantica Hotel, 1980 Robie Street, Halifax


Last Laugh Comedy Club

July 7 – East Coast Kite Festival // Hubbards Barn Food Truck Rally

KITE FESTIVAL: Saturday, July 7 – 9am-6pm
FOOD TRUCK RALLY: Saturday, July 7 – 4pm-8pm

KITE FESTIVAL: Halifax Citadel National Historic Site – 5425 Sackville St, Halifax
FOOD TRUCK RALLY: Hubbards Farmers’ Market – #57 Hwy 3, Hubbards

July 8 – Make a new feline friend at Cat Fest 2018

When: Sunday, July 8, 2018 – 10am-4pm
Where: The Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax

July 9 –  Check out the Maud Lewis Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

When: Monday July 9, 2018 – Open 10am-5pm
Where: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax

Discover the life and work of Nova Scotian folk artist, Maud Lewis at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Learn more.

More Maud: Read Top 13 Facts About Local Folk-Artist, Maud Lewis and 10 Little-Known Facts About Maud Lewis’ Art

Maud Lewis’ home on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

July 10 – Hit TD Halifax Jazz Festival‘sFREE Opening Night Waterfront Concert: All-Star Jazz Revue and Molly Johnson

When: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 – 8pm-11pm
Where: Waterfront Stage – Lower Water Street & Salter Street, Halifax

TD Halifax Jazz Festival takes place July 10-15, 2018. See full festival schedule.

July 11 – Head back down to the waterfront for TD Halifax Jazz Festival‘s next main stage performance: The War on Drugs with Alvvays

When: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – 8:30pm-11:30pm
Where: Waterfront Stage – Lower Water Street & Salter Street, Halifax


TD Halifax Jazz Festival takes place July 10-15, 2018. See full festival schedule.

July 12 – Head back to the Jazz Fest main stage AGAIN to see Chaka Khan perform on the Halifax Waterfront at TD Halifax Jazz Festival

When: Thursday, July 12, 2018 – 8:30-10:30
Where: Waterfront Stage – Lower Water Street & Salter Street, Halifax


TD Halifax Jazz Festival takes place July 10-15, 2018. See full festival schedule.

July 13 – Experience Halifax’s North End at the North by Night Market

When: Friday, July 13, 2018 – 7pm-10pm
Where: Squiggle Park, 2050 Gottingen St, Halifax

North By Night Market

July 14 – Take in all the Halifax Jazz Fest performances you can, including the can’t-miss Matt Andersen & The Mellotones w/ Whitehorse show

When: Saturday, July 14, 2018 – 8pm-11pm
Where: Waterfront Stage – Lower Water Street & Salter Street, Halifax


TD Halifax Jazz Festival takes place July 10-15, 2018. See full festival schedule.

July 15 – Hit the Stubborn Goat Gastropub for brunch in your sweats, and receive 15% off your meal!

When: Sunday, July 15, 2018 – 10:30am-3pm
Where: Stubborn Goat Gastropub, 1579 Grafton Street, Halifax

If that’s not a great deal, we don’t know what is! Breakfast in bed is out, BRUNCH IN SWEATS is in! Check out the brunch menu here.

Looking for other great bunch spots? Check out these 5 Delicious Halifax Brunches.

July 16 – Hit the links at Glen Arbour Golf Club

Halifax is home to some award winning golf courses, and what better way to start your week than by working on your swing?

When: Monday, July 16, 2018
Where: Glen Arbour Golf Club, 40 Club House Lane, Hammonds Plains

July 17 – Have a time at The Argyle Street Kitchen Party

When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – 7:30pm-9:20pm
Where: Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Halifax

The Argyle Street Kitchen Party, presented by Neptune Theatre, transforms the Scotiabank Stage into a working kitchen and bar.

Enjoy Maritime music and special guests for this authentic East Coast experience. Learn more.


July 18 – Step up your ice cream game with a waffle bubble cone at Portland Street Creperie

When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Where: Portland Street Creperie, 55 Portland St, Dartmouth

Screaming for more ice cream? Check out 7 of Halifax’s Most Drool-Worthy Ice Creameries


July 19 – Halifax Pride Comedy Night

When: Thursday, July 19, 2018 – 7:30pm-10pm
Where: Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, Halifax

The Halifax Pride Comedy Night opens the festival with an incredible line-up of amazing talent! Learn more about the Halifax Pride Comedy Night.

See full Halifax Pride Festival 2018 schedule.


Halifax Pride Festival takes place July 19-29, 2018.

Halifax Pride Comedy Night – July 19, 2018

July 20 – Check out the first day of Afrifest 2018 on the Halifax Waterfront

When: Friday July 20, 2018 – 4pm-10pm
Where: Sackville Landing, Lower Water Street, Downtown Halifax

Join the celebration on the Halifax Waterfront for live music, dance and drumming workshops, traditional fashion, delicious food and much more!

Afrifest is a FREE event open to the public. Learn more.

Africa Festival of Arts and Culture takes place July 20-22, 2018.

Africa Festival of Arts and Culture Society

July 21 – Experience the magic of the Halifax Pride Parade

When: Saturday, July 21, 2018 – beginning at 1pm
Where: Downtown Halifax

The Halifax Pride parade route begins at the DND Dockyard. The parade can be viewed beginning from Upper Water Street and continuing onto Barrington Street, Spring Garden Road, South Park Road, and finally finishing at the Garrison Grounds, on Bell Road.

See the Parade Route

Halifax Pride Festival takes place July 19-29, 2018.

July 22 – Hit the beach!

If you were one of the brave few who took a dip in the Atlantic in June, props to you!

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to feel the sand between their toes (and are mere mortals who couldn’t stand the spring chill of the Atlantic), there are no shortage of beaches in the Halifax region throughout the rest of the summer!

Discover the Top 10 Beaches in Halifax You NEED to Visit, plus check out this Long Weekend Halifax Beach Itinerary


July 23 – Satisfy your sweet tooth (and Instagram feed) at Vandals Doughnuts

Where: Vandal Doughnuts, 2605 Agricola St, Halifax

If you’re looking to up your insta game, Check out 14 Locations to Take Insta-Worthy Photos in Halifax5 Instagrammable Places to Stay in Halifax, and 5 Halifax Restaurants That Will ELEVATE Your Insta-Game.


July 24 – Take a summertime stroll on the Halifax Waterfront

Where: Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk

Every Haligonian knows that the Halifax Waterfront boardwalk comes alive in the summer and there is always plenty to see and do.

For an up-to-date list of events happening on the waterfront and beyond, check out our Festivals & Events calendar.

July 25 – Take in an open-air performance of Alice in Wonderland, presented by Shakespeare by the Sea

When: Wednesday July 25, 2018  – 7pm
WhereCambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park, Halifax

GET TICKETS or pay by donation. See details.

Shakespeare by the Sea

July 26 – Cruise the Halifax Harbour Craft Beer Cruise aboard the Tall Ship Silva 

When: Thursday July 26, 2018 – 7pm-9pm
Where: Departs from Murphy’s on the Water, 1751 Lower Water Street, Halifax


Can’t get enough local brews? Check out 6 of the BEST Craft Breweries in Halifax.

Or are you looking for more unique nightlife? Get inspired by Unique Nightlife In Halifax.


July 27 – Attend the biggest, most diverse drag competition to ever hit the East Coast: Atlantic DRAG STAR ft. Ginger Minj

When: Friday, July 27, 2018 – 6pm-9pm
Where: Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, Halifax

As part of Halifax Pride Festival 2018, Atlantic DRAG STAR is hitting Halifax for, “A night full of talent, excitement, and glitter!”

NOTE: This is an all-ages event!


July 28 – Attend Nova Multifest at Alderney Landing

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10am-8pm
Where: Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth

Come celebrate Nova Scotia’s rich diversity at Alderney Landing for Nova Multifest 2018!

Experience performances, demonstrations, and exhibits from the multicultural fabric that makes Nova Scotia unique. Learn more.

Alderney Landing

July 29 – Cool off with a visit to Nova Scotia’s brand new waterslides

When: Sunday, July 29, 2018 – Open 10am-6pm
Where: Atlantic Splash Adventure, 1200 Lucasville Rd, Hammonds Plains

Beat the summer heat just 20 minutes from downtown Halifax! Learn more.

July 30 – Hike your heart out in Halifax!

Take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and explore all the amazing trails Halifax has to offer.

If you need a little inspiration we’ve got your back with our Top 5 Hikes In The Halifax Region – Part 1, and Top 5 Hikes in the Halifax Region – Part 2.

Discover more outdoor adventure in Halifax.

July 31 – Enjoy a FREE Performance by Symphony Nova Scotia at the Halifax Central Library

When: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 4pm
Where: Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax

Finish your month on a high note – enjoy a free Symphony Nova Scotia in a relaxed, family friendly concert at the Halifax Central Library. Learn more about FREE Summer Symphony performances.

Want to know more about Halifax’s stunning Central Library? Reach 5 Reasons to Visit the Halifax Central Library.

Symphony Nova Scotia

BONUS: Watch the sunset at Ferguson’s Cove (or another stunning looking in the Halifax Region!)

When: Monday, July 30, 2018 @ dusk
Where: Ferguson’s Cove, NS

A 20 minute drive from Downtown Halifax, the York Redoubt Historic Site offers breathtaking views of the Halifax Harbour and McNabs Island.

Craving more breathtaking sunsets? Discover the Top 10 Places to Watch the Sunset in Halifax 

@acorn_art_photography via @a.foradventure

Need a little more summer inspiration? Check out our Halifax Summer Bucket List and the 2018 Halifax Summer Guide. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for our list of 31 Things to Do in Halifax in August – coming soon!


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