Experience Halifax in 2019.
From culinary events and professional sports, to local art, comedy and live music, there’s no shortage of things to see and do this year in Halifax.
Throw in a cool craft beverage scene, 100 Wild Islands, and some waterfront buzz to discover the Top 10 Reasons to Visit Halifax in 2019!
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1 – Dine Around
February 1-28, 2019
Every year, restaurants in Halifax showcase the best of Nova Scotian cuisine at an attractive price during Dine Around.
Throughout the month of February, diners can select from $20, $30, $40 and $50 menus, specially curated by local chefs!
2 – The Color Purple at Neptune Theatre
April 9 – June 2, 2019
Opening this spring at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, the Tony award-winning musical The Colour Purple.
3 – 2019 Memorial Cup
May 16-26, 2019
The 101st Memorial Cup will take place May 16-26 at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre, featuring the host Mooseheads along with the champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League, competing in the traditional round-robin format.
The tournament will feature free live outdoor concerts, a family fun zone, plenty of spaces around the city to watch the games, and more!
4 – HFX Wanderers FC Inaugural Season
May – October, 2019
Halifax’s brand new premier league soccer team, the Halifax Wanderers are launching their inaugural season this spring!
Expect 15 home matches, all of which will take place at the Halifax Wanderers Grounds.
5 – Explore Halifax’s Eastern Shore
The Eastern Shore region of Nova Scotia is a stunning paradise of beaches, wildlife, outdoor adventure and more.
This rural section of the Halifax region is home to popular local attractions such as Fisherman’s Cove and Memory Lane Heritage Village.
With countless pristine beaches, including Martinique Beach Provincial Park and Lawerencetown Beach Provincial Park, it’s the perfect destination for surfing, swimming, strolling and soaking up the summer sun.
6 – Discover the Halifax Waterfront
Surrounded by sparkling ocean, a working port, plenty of local artisans, seasonal vendors and year-round businesses, the Halifax waterfront boardwalk is a can’t-miss item on your visit to Halifax!
It’s one of the world’s longest downtown boardwalks, and there is always something happening, including the annual Halifax Busker Festival and the Halifax Jazz Festival mainstage.
7- Halifax’s Craft Beverage Scene
There’s no denying it, a craft beverage trend is happening in Halifax and there is no better way to taste those local brews than directly from their sources!
Experience this local trend in the places where locally-crafted beer, ciders and spirits vary from intense IPAs and full-bodied stouts, to ciders made with Nova Scotian apples, to spirits created with local grain and wild plants, crafted right in the heart of Halifax.
8 – Halifax Oyster Festival
October 4-5, 2019
Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Halifax waterfront, Halifax Oyster Festival brings together oyster farmers from throughout the Maritimes and around the world for what is truly one SHELL of an event!
With Nova Scotia’s best brewers, wine makers, and distillers in attendance, an all-you-can-slurp oyster raw bar, and the annual Oyster Shucking Championships, the 5th annual Halifax Oyster Festival is sure to be a truly unforgettable, farm-to-table, food and drink experience!
9 – Nocturne: Art at Night
October 19, 2019
Nocturne is a fall festival that brings art and energy to the streets of Halifax. From 6 p.m. to midnight, this annual evening of art and wonder transforms the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth into a free, city-wide nighttime art show.
Nocturne showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax, guiding residents and visitors alike throughout the city to a variety of exhibitions in galleries, local businesses and public spaces.
10 – Halifax’s New National Lacrosse League team: The Halifax Thunderbirds
Halifax has a BRAND NEW National Lacrosse League team, making it the league’s fifth Canadian franchise.
The Thunderbirds will begin their first season this winter, playing indoor box lacrosse.
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