Local Tips / Seasonal October 1, 2017

Fall for Halifax: 7 Things to Do in Halifax This October

Everyone knows winter can be long, spring is a fling and summer is all about the endless chase, but fall… fall in Halifax is easy to fall in love with.

So, say hello to October and get a load of this month’s hottest happenings from new bars opening, museum shows and exciting new attractions, to city wide art crawls, explosive music festivals and haunted houses.

Here are seven things you won’t want to miss this October: 

1. Halifax Citadel Ghost Tour, Downtown Halifax
It was this large hill overlooking the harbour that originally led the British military to found the city of Halifax in 1749. Today, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site welcomes thousands of visitors annually to walk within its walls.

While the Citadel, one of the city’s best known landmarks, is a top attraction year-round, it’s during October when the Hill is best explored in the shadows of the night.

Every Friday and Saturday evening from May until the end of October, Halifax Citadel Ghost Tours are offered for a truly haunting experience. Discover the Citadel’s many bizarre legends of ghost sightings and terrifying tales—if you dare.

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2. SeaDome, Halifax Waterfront Another not-so-terrifying, experience for your senses is A Whale Story at the Sea Dome, a new 3D movie theater, delivered inside a 50-foot geodesic dome located on the Halifax Waterfront. Just outside the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, this immersive experience allows you to be transported into the underwater world of the Bay of Fundy. Learn more about this movie experience.  Shows run until October 31, 2017. SeaDome-Outside-web (1)

3. Halifax Pop Explosion The Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX) is an annual five-day music, digital and cultural festival featuring 200 bands and was attended by over 20,000 fans last year. Find out more about HPX, including ticketing options, venue locations, show times and the full list of performers here. HPX runs from October 18 to October 21, 2017.Halifax pop Explosion@Halifax Pop Explosion

4. Fear the Darkness Haunted House, Dartmouth Waterfront
If you’re a thrill seeker, you’re going to LOVE this one.  On a Friday or Saturday night this October, hop on the Halifax Transit Harbour Ferry and head to Alderney Landing Community Cultural Centre on the Dartmouth Waterfront. Fear the Darkness Haunted House will be sure to test your nerves! Bluenose Ghost Festival at Alderney Landing

5. Halifax Waterfront Catch-A-Break! Hammock Park, Halifax Waterfront
Sometimes you just need to hang out, and the new Halifax Waterfront Catch-A-Break! Hammock Park is the perfect place to sit back and relax by the water.

The bright orange hammocks are suspended between posts resembling east coast fishing buoys bobbing along the Halifax Waterfront boardwalk. The hammock park is a place for passersby to rest and take in the east coast lifestyle while people watching on the waterfront.

These hammocks are out on the boardwalk until late fall.

Halifax waterfront hammocks

6. Pong Social Club, Downtown Halifax
In the heart of Downtown Halifax, the Pong Social Club is 5,000 square feet of ping pong fun. It’s the city’s newest nightclub where you can enjoy craft beers and creative cocktails while enjoying a few matches of ping pong with friends.

Ping pong isn’t your thing? Try axe throwing at the Timber Lounge on Agricola Street instead!

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If you know of something fun going on this fall in Halifax tweet us your suggestion and help spread the word!