Festivals & Events / Local Tips / Seasonal July 31, 2018

31 Things To Do in Halifax This August

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.

Taste the lobster rolls, surf the swells and enjoy all that August in Halifax has to offer; here are 31 things to do for every day in August.

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

Halifax Busker Festival takes place on the Halifax Waterfront August 1-6, 2018.
See the Daily Buskers Schedules

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 Club10am-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

See all 2018 Natal Day events.

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

1pm – 2:30pm – Christine Campbell and Blake Johnston
3:30pm – 5pm – Reeny Smith
See the full Marquee Stage schedule.

See all Nova Scotia Marquee Stage performers.

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

See the Natal Day Parade route here.

August 7 – Get a head start on some back to school shopping while the summer deals are still on!

When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Where: Participating stores in Dartmouth Crossing, Halifax Shopping Centre and Mic Mac Mall

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
WhereEastern 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


Learn more.

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

Learn more about the 15th Annual Northern Lights Lantern Festival.

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

Learn more.

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

Get more tour info: Halifax’s BEST Tours for Kids & TOP Walking Tours In Halifax

Find more Halifax tours here.

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

Photo: @aimeebourque /Instagram

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

Check out more events happening at Good Robot Brewing Co.

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.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

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!
WhereThere 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

@agedadventure via Instagram

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.

I Heart Bikes

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.

When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – see the Halifax-Alderney Ferry Schedule
Where: Halifax Ferry Terminal

August 30 – Wrap up the summer with a classic Halifax lobster feast at one of these 9 local restaurants!

When: Thursday, August 30, 2018
WhereCheck out these restaurants for a classic lobster dinner.

@mjbonanno via Instagram

August 31 – Learn to surf while the Atlantic waters are at their warmest!

When: Friday, August 31, 2018
WhereLawrencetown Beach Provincial Park – 4348 Lawrencetown Road, Eastern Shore, NS

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