Festivals & Events / Music & Entertainment May 12, 2019

5 Things To Do in Halifax During the 2019 Memorial Cup (even if you aren’t a hockey fan!)

2019 marks the 101st anniversary of the CHL Memorial Cup Championships, one of the most prestigious and coveted trophies in North American sport. The Memorial Cup has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America, and it’s happening here in the heart of Halifax this spring!

While this is a HUGE deal for hockey fans, you might be surprised that the Memorial Cup brings something to the table for everyone – from live entertainment to amazing shopping, there won’t be a single dull moment during your 2019 Memorial Cup experience!


1 – Celebrate at Street Fest!

WHEN: May 17-26, 2019
WHERE: Argyle Street, Halifax

While there’s plenty of action on the ice, the REAL party is at the Memorial Cup Street Fest. Check out Argyle Street for a full street closure with live music, including local artists such as Joel Plaskett, Gord Bamford, Ria Mae, AND MORE!

No game tickets? No problem! Each game will be streamed outside for anyone to watch! And the best part about it? It’s all FREE! That’s right, free live music in the heart of Downtown Halifax, for 9 days in a row; it’s hard to get better than that!


2 – Experience the Kubota Fan Zone

WHEN: May 17-26, 2019 (find hours of operation here)
WHERE: Argyle Street, Halifax

You don’t have to be a hockey fan to check out the Memorial Cup Fan Zone! Bring your friends and family to play some interactive games and skate on the artificial ice rink.

With daily hot stove guests and a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibition, hockey and non-hockey fans alike can enjoy the spirit of the game while also having a great time all around with SO MANY activities!


3 – Have a Drink at the Beer Garden

WHEN: May 17-26, 2019
WHERE: Argyle Street, Halifax

It doesn’t take a hockey fan to be able to get a beer!

Bring on the warm weather with a cold beer at the Memorial Cup Street Fest Ultimate Beer Garden. With so much spirit and energy in the air, you’ll be wishing the Memorial Cup was just a bit longer!

Note: The Beer Garden is 19+


4 – Explore the Downtown Shopping Scene

Halifax is BLOOMING with shops in the downtown core – just a quick walk from the Scotiabank Centre!

Looking for some trendy outfit pieces? Look no further – Biscuit General Store is just the ticket! From quirky accessories to fashionable outfits, there is something here for everyone! Did we mention that they also have AMAZING gifts? If Biscuit General Store isn’t a one-stop-shop, we don’t know what is!

For super comfy clothes, eclectic jewelry, and cute gifts, stop by The Black Market, just minutes away from the Scotiabank Centre!

Looking for something a little more cutting-edge? Be sure to check out RCHMND to shop through a curated selection of pieces from fine designers and brands around the globe. It’s only a 2 minute walk from the Scotiabank Centre and if you’re a fashion fiend, you won’t want to miss it!


5 – Get a Taste of Halifax

Looking to grab a bite? There’s no better place to get a taste of Halifax than right on Argyle Street, just steps away from the Scotiabank Centre!

For some pub grub and great drink deals, head over to The Pint Public House – with a rooftop patio overlooking Argyle Street and some great bar bites, you’ll be glad you stopped by. Did we mention that they offer 40 different beers on tap and 40 different wing flavours??

Looking for some Nova Scotian Seafood? Look no further – The Five Fisherman is EXACTLY what you’ve been looking for! Whether you’re looking for a lobster dinner or prime rib, The Five Fisherman has something to offer to everyone!

If you want to dine in a stunning atmosphere, check out Lot Six. Lot Six can be summed up in two words: AMAZING COCKTAILS. With an extensive drink list, great happy hour deals, and awesome eats, you’re bound to have a truly tasty experience!

Photo: Lot Six

Whether you’re a hockey fan or not, there’s no question, from May 16-26 Halifax is the place to be!


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