Local Tips September 30, 2018

31 Things To Do in Halifax This October

Photo: Historic Properties

From city-wide nighttime art shows, to apple-picking and pumpkin patches, and everything in between, Halifax is packed with things to do throughout October!

To help you plan an amazing month filled with craft beer, fall festivals, haunted houses and plenty more, we’ve listed 31 things to do in Halifax – one for every day in October.

October 1 – Kick off October by appreciating the stunning fall colours in the Halifax region

When: Monday, October 1, 2018
Where: Various locations

October might just be Halifax’s most beautiful month. Take in the beauty of the fall colours today and every day this month!

Not quite colourful enough for you yet? Take some pictures when you first head out to check out those leaves, then go out again in a few weeks – it’ll be great to see the difference that even a few weeks can make!

» Want more fall activities in Halifax? Check out our guide to Fall in Halifax.

Photo: @amystackhouse

October 2 – Find your zen at Halifax’s very first meditation studio

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Where: Suite 14 – 1574 Argyle St., North End Halifax

Start off the month with some inner peace at Halifax’s first and only meditation studio, Flo Meditation.

Mindfulness newbies will love their month-long intro passes.

» How about a little vegan food to go with that zen mindset? Check out 6 Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants in Halifax.

October 3 – Get a taste of Nova Scotia AND Newfoundland at Mallard at Barrington

When: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – 6pm-9pm
Where: The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, 1662 Barrington St, Downtown Halifax

Foodies won’t want to miss this culinary experience, which features champagne, Nova Scotia oysters, and a 5 course Newfoundland and Nova Scotia inspired meal.

» 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

October 4 – Test your bravery at Bluenose Ghosts Festival/Fear the Darkness

When: Various dates throughout the month
Where: Alderney Landing – 2 Ochterloney Street, Downtown Dartmouth

Not for the faint of heart!! The theme of this year’s annual Fear the Darkness event is ‘nursery rhymes and fairy tales’ – just thinking about it gives us the creeps!

» Discover MORE Halloween Events in Halifax

October 5 – Celebrate Alexander Keith’s 223rd Birthday

When: Friday, October 5, 2018 – 5pm-9pm
Where: Alexander Keith’s Brewery, 1496 Lower Water St., Downtown Halifax

Celebrate Halifax’s most famous brewer for an evening of beer, food, music, games, and more.

» Discover Halifax’s Top Attractions: Everything You Need To Know (and more)!

October 6 – Take advantage of the harvest season at Halifax’s local farmers’ markets

When: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Where: Various locations

Stock up on delicious local produce and products at one of the farmer’s markets located in and around the city.

» If you really want to enjoy the harvest, check out some nearby corn mazes or u-pick apple orchards!

October 7 – Enjoy A Civilized Conversation with Chelsea Handler

When: Sunday, October 7, 2018 – 8pm-10pm
Where: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium – 6101 University Ave., Halifax

Chelsea Handler’s nation-wide tour is coming to Halifax! Join her for a night of Civilized Conversation on our country’s current hot topics.

» Chelsea Handler, Ken Jeong and more – See Some of the BIGGEST Names in Comedy Perform in Halifax!

October 8 – Grab a PSL at a local coffee shop

When: Monday, October 8, 2018
Where: Various locations

Fall just isn’t fall without at least a few pumpkin spiced lattes! Satisfy your cravings AND support local at one of the many amazing coffee shops around the city.

» Get more Fall in Halifax.

Photo: @thenookhfx

October 9 – Enjoy a little retail therapy on Spring Garden Road

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Where: Spring Garden Road Area

Restock your fall wardrobe with a trip to some of the new shops that have recently opened up along Spring Garden, MINISO, Judith & Charles, and Lululemon’s new location.

» Looking for more shopping in Halifax? We’ve got you covered.

October 10 – Have a toast to fall with a locally-crafted beverage 

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Where: Various locations

Don’t let the chillier weather keep you in! Instead, celebrate the season with a Nova Scotian cider or a locally-crafted beer from one of the many local cideries and breweries.

» Not a fan of beer or cider? Halifax has plenty of delicious cocktails too!

Photo: Brightwood Brewery

October 11 – Show off your Halifax knowledge at Fax Facts: Halifax’s Biggest Trivia Night

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 7:30pm
Where: Spatz Theatre – 1885 Trollope St., Halifax

Show off your factoid expertise at Halifax’s biggest trivia night!

October 12 – See Neon Dreams perform at The Seahorse

When: Friday, October 12, 2018 – 9pm-11pm
Where: The Seahorse Tavern – 2037 Gottingen St., North End Halifax

Neon Dreams takes to the stage at the Seahorse Tavern, with special guests Jodi Guthro and Mitchell Bailey.

Photo: Neon Dreams

October 13 – Experience a city-wide nighttime art show at Nocturne

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 6pm-12am
Where: Downtown Halifax & Downtown Dartmouth

Celebrate Halifax’s visual arts scene at the annual outdoor festival. Displays, performances, and expos will be on display throughout downtown Halifax and Dartmouth.

» Learn more about Nocturne Halifax.

October 14 – Pick the perfect pumpkin

When: Sunday, October 14, 2018
Where: Various locations

Spend the day selecting the perfect pumpkin at one of these pumpkin patches in the Halifax region.

» Discover more things to do this Fall in Halifax.

October 15 – Need a more fall vibes? Head out for some apple picking

When: Monday, October 15, 2018
Various locations

Enjoy everyone’s favourite fall activity with a visit to one of the beautiful apple orchards located within an hour from Halifax!

October 16 – Still haven’t had enough? Get lost in one of Nova Scotia’s corn mazes

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Where: Various locations

Check out The Best Corn Mazes Within a 1-Hour Drive From Halifax.

October 17 – Discover your new favourite band at Halifax Pop Explosion

When: Wednesday, October 17 – Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Various locations

Enjoy four days of performances from some of the best local, national international musical talent plus a variety of concerts and events designed to support and connect artists.

October 18 – Check out up-and-coming designers and killer new looks during Atlantic Fashion Week

When: Thursday, October 18 – Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: 350 Horseshoe Lake Dr., Bayers Lake, Halifax

Come discover this season’s hottest trends and celebrate Atlantic Canada’s talented fashion designers at the 12th annual Atlantic Fashion Week.

October 19 – Vote for your favourite gourde at the Harvest Moon Festival Great Pumpkin Art Contest

When: Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21, 2018
Where: Historic Properties – 1869 Upper Water St.Downtown Halifax

From October 19-21, elaborately decorated pumpkins, crafted by NSCAD and NSCC Culinary Arts students will be on display at the Historic Properties Mall. Come marvel at the pieces and vote for your favourite!

» Discover MORE Halloween Events in Halifax

October 20 – Take the whole family over to the Downtown Dartmouth Halloween Spooktacular

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 11am-1pm
Where: Downtown Dartmouth

Head down to the family friendly event for an afternoon filled with costume parades, free treats, cake, live music, and more!

» Plan your trip: Getting to Dartmouth from Downtown Halifax

October 21 – Say goodbye to restful nights after scaring yourself silly at Night of Horror at Splash Adventure

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018
: Atlantic Splash Adventure – 1200 Lucasville Road, Hammonds Plains

Our yearly Carnival of Terror presents Nights of Horror with not one, but TWO haunted houses! Visit us for the best scares in the HRM! The Awakening will be paranormal themed and the Horror Castle will have a scary carnival theme. Ticket prices are $12 for one haunt or $20 for both!

If you bring a non-perishable food item to support Feed Nova Scotia you’ll get $2 off the double haunt price. Buy your tickets at the gate when you arrive!

» 5 Haunted Places in Halifax That You HAVE to Experience

October 22 – Explore the unique regions within the Halifax Regional Municipality

When: Monday, October 22, 2018
Where: Halifax’s 9 unique Regions

Get out of neighbourhood bubble and explore the beautiful regions of Halifax!

» Don’t miss these 5 Places to Experience Stunning Fall Colours in Halifax

October 23 – Pay What You Can at Opening Night of KAMP

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – 7:30pm
Where: Neptune Theatre – 1593 Argyle Street, Halifax

According to Neptune Theatre, KAMP is, “A darkly comedic new musical about a group of homosexual prisoners interred in a WWII Nazi concentration camp in 1943.”

» See more shows at Neptune Theatre.

October 24 – Hear a few local ghost stories at Deep Stories Halifax: Nightmare on Gottingen Street

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – 7pm-9:30pm
Where: The Seahorse Tavern – 2037 Gottingen St, North End Halifax

Get ready for a night of thrills and chills with true live storytelling from local Haligonians.

» Whether you want to be scared silly or only slightly started, there are Halloween Events in Halifax to suit everyone!

October 25 – Catch Jazz Night at Compass Distillers

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Where: Compass Distillers2533 Agricola Street, North End Halifax

Every Thursday, Compass Distillers hosts live jazz in their cool North End tasting room. Head over for great music paired with handcrafted spirits and cocktails.

October 26 – Start your holiday shopping extra early at the Dartmouth Handcrafters Christmas Craft Show

When: Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28, 2018
Where: 110 Wyse RdDartmouth

Halloween hasn’t even hit yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to start thinking about Christmas! Shop for gifts, decorations, and treats at the Dartmouth Handcrafters Christmas Craft Show.

» Discover more: 10 Places to Find Locally-Crafted Gifts in Halifax

October 27 – Bring the family down to Historic Properties for the Harvest Moon Festival Safe Halloween

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 12pm-3pm
Where: Historic Properties – 1869 Upper Water St., Downtown Halifax

Head down to the Historic Properties for an afternoon of family fun and enjoy free activities including a digital photo booth, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin checkers, face painting, popcorn and more!

» Keep the fun going! 5 Activities in Halifax That Will Keep the Whole Family Entertained

October 28 – Get your geek on at Hal-Con

When: Friday October 26 – Sunday, October 28, 2018
Where: Halifax Convention Center, 1650 Argyle St.Downtown Halifax

Dress up in your finest and come enjoy the self-proclaimed “biggest, geekiest sci-fi convention in Atlantic Canada.”

» Discover more events happening this fall in Halifax.

October 29 – Start the celebration of goblins and ghouls a few nights early at Alderney Landing’s Halloween movie night

When: Monday, October 29, 2018 – 6:30pm-7:45pm
Where: Alderney Gate Library, 60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth

Grab your popcorn and favourite Halloween treats and head over to the Alderney Gate Library for a screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas.


October 30 – Get even more spooky stories at the Ghosts and Maritime Folklore Tour

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 7-8pm
Where: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – 1675 Lower Water St., Downtown Halifax

Discover Halifax’s haunted past and present with stories from some of the city’s spookiest spots.

» 5 Haunted Places in Halifax That You HAVE to Experience

October 31 – All month long, enjoy Halloween Events in Halifax!

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Where: Various locations

From haunting to harmless, discover Halloween events coming up in Halifax!

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