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10 Things To Do in Halifax This September


Looking for things to do in Halifax this September? Look no further! Here are 10 great ways to make the most of this month.

1. Get your performing arts fix

Live music, local theatre, and everything in between, September in Halifax is a month-long celebration of the performing arts.

Mosaic Music Festival | September 3 | Halifax Harbour Waterfront
Halifax Fringe Festival | September 1-11 | Multiple venues
FIN Atlantic International Film Festival | September 15-22 | Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane
Prismatic Arts Festival | September 26-October 9 | Multiple venues

2. Spread joy and colour at the Halifax Colour Festival


Head to Alderney Landing for the Halifax Colour Festival to dance, sing, and play in full colour. The event will include food trucks, craft stations, games with prizes, and of course, tons of colour.

Saturday, September 17 | Alderney Landing

3. Say hi to Pearl at the Halifax Oyster Festival

Canada's largest oyster festival is back for its 6th year! Cruise around to different oyster farm booths to meet the farmers and their families and sample their freshly-shucked oysters. And make sure to say hi to Pearl, the festival's famed salty mascot.

Expect shucking demos, contests, live music, and more - all on the beautiful Halifax waterfront.

September 23-24 | Halifax Harbour Waterfront

4. Celebrate the art of local brewing at the Nova Scotia Craft Beer Festival

Celebrate and sample the creativity of over 40 Nova Scotia craft breweries at the Nova Scotia Craft Beer Festival.

Meet local brewmasters, enjoy live music or test your skills with HaliMAC Axe Throwing while exploring Nova Scotia’s craft beer scene on the Halifax waterfront.

September 16-17 | Halifax Harbour Waterfront

5. Get to know Halifax's North End


Halifax’s North End has long been known for its award-winning restaurants, local shopping, and thriving arts scene, but the real magic of the area comes from a community in constant evolution, where there’s always something new to experience.

Get a taste of what the North End has to offer at Open Streets Halifax (with events happening across the city) and the Gottingen Uptown FestivalExpect plenty of local food, pop-up shops, live music, and family-friendly activities.

Gottingen Uptown Festival | September 10 | Gottingen St
Open Streets Halifax | September 18 | Agricola St, Argyle St, Spring Garden Rd

6. Pack (or pick up) a picnic


Warm September days were made for picnics. We suggest picking up a curated picnic box from Lemonade General Store or Rudy's Catering, or shop local and pack your own.

Here are a few of our favourite local places to find great picnic fare:
Arthur's Urban Market (Downtown Halifax)
Local Source Market (North End Halifax)
Luke's Small Goods (North End Halifax)
Uprooted Market & Cafe (Musquodoboit Harbour)

Try taking your local feast to one of these Downtown Dartmouth picnic spots.

7. Go on a sea kayak adventure

Explore protected bays, secluded beaches, and granite islands along the coast of Lower Prospect on a guided sea kayak tour with East Coast Outfitters.

Add a lobster feast on the wharf to your tour as the most perfect way to cap off your day on the water.

8. Learn to surf on the Eastern Shore


September in Nova Scotia is known for some of the warmest waters of the year.

Paddle out with a surf lesson on the Eastern Shore at Martinique Beach with Halifax Surf School or at Lawrencetown Beach with East Coast Surf School.

9. Take a food tour

It's no secret that Halifax's food scene is bursting with vibrant flavours.

Whether you're looking to sample the best dishes of the city or escape to a winery, take a tour to experience the finest flavours around the Halifax region.

Here are some tours to check out:
Curated Food Tours
Grape Escapes Nova Scotia Wine Tours
Taste Halifax Food & Beer Tours

10. Discover the murals of Quinpool Road


Quinpool Road is now home to nine new murals and six painted power boxes that have been transformed into works of art by established and emerging artists.

If you haven't visited this borough in a while, consider this your sign to take a stroll, browse the shops, grab a bite, and enjoy the works of art adorning the walls of Quinpool Road.

Note: While we have made every effort to ensure that the information listed here is accurate and up-to-date, dates and times of events are subject to change. Make sure to check the relevant event websites or social media channels before attending.