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10 Things To Do in Halifax This March

From food festivals to major music awards and so much more, we've rounded up 10 ways to make the most of March in Halifax.

1. Get a taste of true East Coast music

Experience East Coast entertainment in its truest essence at a concert with performances by some of Atlantic Canada’s most iconic artists.

Ashley MacIsaac & Ben Tucker | March 1 | Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre

Alan Doyle with special guest Adam Baldwin | March 16 | Scotiabank Centre 

2. Explore local flavours at a neighbourhood food festival

Taste your way through a neighbourhood during a themed food festival this March.

From March 2-9, 15 participating Sackville restaurants will be serving up irresistible sandwich options that you won’t want to miss for Sackville Sandwich Week.

If noodles suit your taste better, be sure to try a mouthwatering dish during Oodles of Noodles. From March 6-10, savour specialty noodle dishes along Quinpool Road, from rigatoni to ramen and more. With plenty of alternative noodle dishes created just for kids, there’s no better excuse to dine out with the whole family.

Sackville Sandwich Week | March 2-9 | Multiple locations

Oodles of Noodles | March 6-10 | Multiple locations 

3. Shop all things local at a pop-up market

Halifax is home to an array of incredibly talented artisans of all kinds. Whether you’re looking to shop for festive goods or prefer to browse all kinds of specialty items, there’s a themed pop-up market waiting for you to explore this month.

Easter Maker’s Market | March 10 | Spryfield Lions Rink

South End Vintage and Crafter Market 9.1 | March 16 | Halifax Forum

The Easter Market in Fisherman’s Cove | March 23 | Fisherman’s Cove Heritage Museum

Bunny Hop Market | March 24 | Halifax Brewery Market 

4. Let your taste buds run wild at a foodie event

Sip and savour Nova Scotia’s local flavours at a culinary show this March.

Dreaming of summer weather and cold pints? Escape for a day to the Craft Beer Cottage Party and sample beers from 25+ local and nearby craft breweries while playing washer toss, or chilling out in an Adirondack chair and grooving to live music.

If you’re looking for an experience that dives into the very best of Nova Scotia’s culinary offerings, explore samples of delectable foods, legendary cocktails, and fine wine highlighted from over 70 restaurants, wines, and beverages at Savour Food & Wine Festival.

Craft Beer Cottage Party | March 2 | Seaport Pavilion 22

Savour Food & Wine Show | March 28 | Halifax Convention Centre 

5. Celebrate World Wildlife Day

March 3 marks World Wildlife Day, a day to recognize and celebrate the unique roles and contributions of wildlife to people and the planet.

Make your way to Hope For Wildlife to meet and learn about over 30 animals on an educational tour of the grounds. Warm up with hot chocolate, enjoy sweet treats at a bake sale, decorate cookies, and play fun, family-friendly games to win prizes at this free event.

Hope for Wildlife Day | March 3 | Hope for Wildlife 

6. Get festive at the Halifax St. Patrick's Day Parade

Cue the green beer, Irish trad, and good luck charms – St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and Halifax knows how to host a proper ceilidh. While many pubs will open bright and early on March 17, the annual Halifax St. Patrick’s Day Parade will march through the city on March 10, beginning at Pier 20 and travelling along Lower Water Street, through Irishtown, ending at Historic Properties.

Although many St. Patrick’s Day events in Halifax are better suited for adults, the Halifax St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an event the whole family will enjoy together.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade | March 10 | Downtown Halifax

7. Take March Break to the next level

Looking to make some plans the whole family will love during March Break?

From special family tours to kid-approved staycations, get out and explore the city with Downtown Halifax’s March Break Bucket List, featuring 25 ideas to make the most of your week with the family.

Looking for some extra inspiration? Dive into the brand-new 2024 Halifax Kids’ Guide to discover the best playgrounds, kid-approved restaurants, sensory-accessible experiences, and more ways to make your March Break one to remember.

8. Celebrate Canadian musical excellence during JUNO Week and the 2024 JUNO Awards

The biggest names in Canadian music are coming together for the 2024 JUNO Awards from March 21-24.

JUNO Week kicks off with a free concert on March 21, followed by two more electrifying nights of performances by iconic local musicians and JUNO-nominated artists. Fans will also be able to get up close with some of their favourite artists during a JUNO Songwriter’s Circle, enjoy a night of laughter at the JUNO Comedy Show, and more during this jam-packed week of exciting events.

JUNOfest will also be on from March 22-23, taking over intimate stages and bustling pubs across Halifax, showcasing talent from over 100 artists of all genres from across the country. With one wristband, you’ll have access to all shows across 10 venues for $65.

JUNO Week comes to a close with Canada’s Biggest Night in Music, the 53rd Annual JUNO Awards on March 24. Hosted by legendary singer, songwriter and pop superstar Nelly Furtado, the 53rd celebration will feature show-stopping performances from Canada’s hottest acts, including Toronto rock sensations The Beaches, Montreal-born singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin, and rising country star Josh Ross, to name a few, including a highly anticipated performance by the host herself.

With so many incredible events happening during JUNO Week, this will surely be one of the most exciting weeks of the year in Halifax.

JUNO Week events | March 21-24 | Multiple locations

JUNOfest | March 22-23 | Multiple locations

2024 JUNO Awards | March 24 | Scotiabank Centre

9. Check out a new business

Pazzo Ristorante recently opened its doors, offering fresh handmade pasta, meats and cheeses cured in-house, and authentic Italian dishes from the land and sea.

While KingsPIER Vintage has been in business for over a decade, a second location has opened on Barrington Street, offering a large curated collection of clothing, accessories, footwear, and more.

The Halifax Vintage Co-op is now officially open, offering an expansive collection of vintage clothing, antique home decor, glassware, toys, and more from over 20 vendors.

Bravado Wine Bar will soon be the newest culinary addition to Agricola Street in North End Halifax, offering a thoughtfully curated wine list and gourmet fare. Keep an eye out for an official opening date, expected this month.

Pazzo Ristorante | 1566 Barrington St | Now open

KingsPIER Vintage | 1549 Barrington St | Now open

Halifax Vintage Co-op | 2623 Agricola St | Now open

Bravado Wine Bar | 2405 Agricola St | Opening soon

10. Unleash your inner artist at a creative workshop

From pebble art to soap-making and more, get in touch with your creative side at a DIY workshop this month.

Pebble Art Workshop | March 3 | By the Ocean Art

Soap Making Workshop | March 22 | Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum

Knitting, Painting, Weaving, and More | All throughout March | The Violet Unicorn

Community Craft Workshops at the Trainyard | All throughout March | The Trainyard