The summer months are always jam-packed with things to do, including festivals & events, beach days, coastal hikes and happy hours spent on sunny patios. We’re happy to report that this August is no different, so get ready for a full month of summertime bliss here in Halifax.
August 1 – Head down to the waterfront boardwalk for the 2018 Halifax Busker Festival
When: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 5pm-7pm
Where: Along the Halifax Waterfront
August 2 – Catch an east coast sunrise at one of the TOP 10 Places to Watch the Sunrise in Halifax
When: Thursday, August 2, 2018 – the sun will rise at approximately 6am – be ready!
August 3 – Start your weekend off on a hilarious note at the Natal Day Comedy Gala
When: Friday, August 3, 2018 – 8pm-9:30pm
Where: Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia – 1983 Upper Water Street, Halifax
August 4 – Celebrate the Natal Day weekend in Halifax & Dartmouth
When: Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10am-10:15pm
Where: Halifax & Dartmouth
Natal Day Events on August 4th include:
– Mother Goose Festival presented by the Dartmouth Kiwanis Club – 10am-1pm @ Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park
– Mayor & Council Garden Party at the Public Gardens presented by Southwest Properties – 1pm-5pm @ Halifax Public Gardens
– ESSO Natal Day Youth & Family Concert – 7:30pm-10pm @ Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park
– Natal Day Harbour Fireworks – 10pm-10:15pm @ Halifax Harbour
August 5 – Enjoy FREE live music on the Halifax Waterfront at the Nova Scotia Marquee Stage during Halifax Busker Festival
When: Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 1:30pm-5pm
Where: The Rotary Stage at Bishop’s Landing – 1477 Lower Water St, Halifax
August 6 – Watch the 123rd Pepsi Natal Day Parade as it crosses the Macdonald Bridge
When: Monday, August 6, 2018 – 10am-11:30pm
Where: Beginning near the Hydrostone in Halifax’s North End, crossing over the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge and finishing in Dartmouth
August 7 – Get a head start on some back to school shopping while the summer deals are still on!
August 8 – Watch the fireworks show at the Eastern Passage/Cow Bay Summer Carnival
When: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – 9:45pm
Where: Fisherman’s Cove, 4 Government Wharf Rd., Eastern Passage
August 9 – Keep the celebrations going on the Carnival Midway at the Eastern Passage/Cow Bay Summer Carnival
When: Thursday, August 9, 2018 – 5pm-11pm
Where: Eastern Passage Carnival Grounds – Tallahassee Community School, 168 Redoubt Way, Eastern Passage
August 10 – Sip craft beer on the pier at Halifax Seaport Beerfest 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018 – 6pm-9:30pm
Saturday, August 11, 2018 – 1pm-4:30pm
Saturday, August 11, 2018 – 6pm-9:30pm
Where: Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax
August 11 – Witness the magical Northern Lights Lantern Festival in Halifax’s North End
When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 – 5pm-10:15pm
Where: Merv Sullivan Park, North End Halifax
August 12 – Try your hand at sandcastle architecture at the 2018 Clam Harbour Sandcastle Competition
When: Sunday, August 12, 2018 – 9am-6pm
Where: Clam Harbour Beach, 158 Beach Road, Clam Harbour, NS
August 13 – Let the experts show you the best parts of Halifax as you sit back and enjoy one of our Top 10 Guided Tours of Halifax
When: Monday, August 13, 2018
August 14 – Fill up on delicious, freshly caught, battered and fried Nova Scotia fish n’ chips
When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Where: Any of these 5 Fantastic Halifax Fish n’ Chip Shops
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August 15 – Celebrate #WineWednesday with a Wines on the Water harbour cruise aboard the Tall Ship Silva
When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – 7pm-9pm
Where: Aboard the Tall Ship Silva
No sea legs? Drink your wine on firm, dry land at one of the Top 5 Wine Bars in the Halifax Region
August 16 – Feel like a kid again as you explore the fascinating world of video games at the Discovery Centre‘s latest featured exhibit, Game Changers
When: Thursday, August 16, 2018 – open 10am-5pm
Where: Discovery Centre – 1215 Lower Water Street, Halifax
August 17 – Celebrate the end of the week with a well-deserved cocktail or a cold craft beer on one of Halifax’s dreamy patios
When: Friday, August 17, 2018 – HAPPY HOUR
Where: Any one of these 15 Halifax Patios You HAVE to Visit This Summer
August 18 – Spend Saturday morning at any one of Halifax’s local farmers’ markets
When: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Where: Start with one of these 7 Can’t-Miss Halifax Farmers’ Markets
August 19 – Try something new – like, really new – and head to Good Robot Brewing Company for Dungeons & Flagons
When: Sunday, August 19, 2018 – 1pm-4pm
Where: Good Robot Brewing Company – 2736 Robie Street, Halifax
August 20 – Hop aboard the Harbour Hopper and learn something new about Halifax!
When: Monday, August 20, 2018 – Harbour Hopper tours run daily starting at 10:15 am
Where: Departs from the Harbour Hopper Booth on the Halifax Waterfront – 5050 Salter St, Halifax
August 21 – Spend the day exploring Fisherman’s Cove, a 200 year old working fishing village.
When: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Where: Fisherman’s Cove – 4 Government Wharf Rd, Eastern Passage, NS
Fisherman’s Cove is located in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia at the entrance to the Halifax Harbour, just 20 minutes from downtown Halifax.
August 22 – Enjoy the sounds of fiddle music in Downtown Halifax, as Alycia Putnam performs a FREE outdoor concert in Grand Parade.
When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 – 12pm-1pm
Where: Grand Parade – 1770 Barrington Street, Downtown Halifax
Tunes at Noon is a FREE summer concert series with shows taking place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm to 1pm in Halifax Grand Parade.
August 23 – Head to the famous Shore Club for an epic Matt Mays w/ Dustin Bentall concert
When: Thursday, August 23, 2018 – 10pm
Where: The Shore Club – 250 Shore Club Road, Hubbards, NS
August 24 – Carve out some time to watch and listen to the annual Freedom of the City with the 78th Highlanders parade and performance – they’ll have bayonets, drums and a whole lot of tartan!
When: Friday, August 24, 2018 – 11am
Where: Beginning inside the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site at 11am, marching down to Grand Parade following the noon gun, and on to Government House to finish.
August 25 – Explore beyond the city streets and discover the 9 BEST Routes for Canoeing and Kayaking in Halifax!
When: Saturday, August 25, 2018 – Any time!
Where: There are over 1,000 lakes, 20 rivers, countless streams and 23 major coastal areas to choose from! Check out our maps & regions to help you decide where to explore.
August 26 – Enjoy another FREE outdoor concert, performed by Nadia Moore in the stunning Halifax Public Gardens
When: Sunday, August 26, 2018 – 2pm-4pm
Where: Halifax Public Gardens – 5665 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
August 27 – See MORE of Halifax when you see it by bike! Take a guided tour with I Heart Bikes, or just rent your own two wheels and explore the city yourself!
When: Monday, August 27, 2018 – I Heart Bikes is open 9am-8pm
Where: I Heart Bikes – 1507 Lower Water St, Halifax Waterfront
Not a cyclist? No problem! Check out some of the TOP Walking Tours In Halifax.
August 28 – See the latest featured exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21; Refuge Canada
When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 – The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is open 9:30am – 5:30pm
Where: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 – 1055 Marginal Road at the Halifax Seaport
Refuge Canada wraps up in November, so make sure you check out the exhibit before it’s gone!
Learn more about the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
August 29 – Hop on the 15-minute ferry ride to Dartmouth – just $2.50 ferry fare for million-dollar harbour views.
August 30 – Wrap up the summer with a classic Halifax lobster feast at one of these 9 local restaurants!
When: Thursday, August 30, 2018
Where: Check out these restaurants for a classic lobster dinner.
August 31 – Learn to surf while the Atlantic waters are at their warmest!
When: Friday, August 31, 2018
Where: Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park – 4348 Lawrencetown Road, Eastern Shore, NS
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