11th Annual Lebanese Cedar Festival

June 1-4

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When hunger for crispy falafel or gooey mankouche cheese—or for dabke dancing—arises, get yourself to the Lebanese Cedar Festival (3844 Joseph Howe Drive), stat. free

After a Very Long Winter

Through June 7
902-446-4077


A group exhibition by gallery members celebrates the return of warmer weather with still life florals and blue sky scenes.
Art 1274 Hollis1274 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Alycia Putnam

Sun., June 4
902-492-4900

Art

Through June 4
902-429-7070


When Marc realizes his friend’s large. all-white painting isn’t a joke, awkward conversations about what is (and isn’t!) art ensues. Neptune promises this play by Yasmina Reza (writer of God of Carnage) delivers “sophisticated laughs.”
Neptune Theatre1593 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

B-Line Launch Bike Week Challenge

June 2-11


Bike Week 2017 is taking over the B-Line mobile app to get people cycling. Up to 10,000 participants can join the challenge to promote active, sustainable communities and communicate about transportation choices in the city. Sign up and track how much you cycle to win prizes and in-app badges! Free

Bach to Bagpipes

Sun., June 4, 2 p.m.
902-429-9467

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David Greenberg (baroque violin), Chris Norman (flutes, bagpipes), and Dan Trueman (violin) march through era and style at this recital. $35
Music Room6181 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax North End (map)

Barry Colpitts With GUST-O

Through June 4
902-461-4698


Local folk artist Barry Colpitts brings his whimsical, whirligig art to the Craig Gallery to celebrate sunny days and “having art outside, moving with the wind almost like it’s alive.”
Craig GalleryAlderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, DartmouthDartmouth (map)

Beth Biggs: Florilegia

Through July 9
902-492-2522


Bigg’s fine art jewellery weaves signs and symbols with gender politics to explore the tension between the intimate and the public.
Mary E. Black Gallery1061 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront (map)

Bike Week 2017

June 2-11

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Go green, get fit and explore your city with a host of two-wheeling ( or should we say free-wheeling?) bike week events!

Blues Jam

Sundays, 8:30 p.m.
902-423-2526


A show that’s set for your laid-back Sunday attitude.
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective

Through July 9
902-457-6160


Longtime photographer Brenda Francis Pelkey crafted heavily-staged shots of landscapes and architecture across Canada for many decades before retiring from behind the lens. Here, she shows a retrospective of her best snaps.

Brian Bartlett’s Keatonesque

Sun., June 4, 2 p.m.
902-423-8116


Brian Bartlett celebrates the release of his poetry tribute to Buster Keaton, Keatonesque, on the 100th birthday of the comedian’s first films.

Centuries of silence: The discovery of the Salzinnes Antiphonal

Through Oct. 29
902-424-5280


In 1550s Belgium, nuns scrawled hymns and scraps of daily life in choir books—but none as beautifully, perhaps, as the nameless writer who crafted the large-scale, vellum book known as the Salzinnes Antiphonal. Thought to have travelled to Halifax in the luggage of an Archbishop, the then-unidentified piece was discovered at Saint Mary’s University library in 1998. Now, finally cleaned up and ready for its debut, the book arrives at the AGNS to show off it’s curly script and gilded trim.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Coupon Network

Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
902-461-4698


Bring in your unwanted coupons and exchange them for ones you will use. With giveaways and a free draw. free
Alderney Landing2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Cowboy Adventures

Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
902-835-5676


Saddle up on Saturdays and Sundays and join in on the farm life. Enjoy two hours of wagon riding, mini putting, hot dog-eating, animal petting and more. $13.75
Hatfield Farm Cowboy Adventures1840 Hammonds Plains Road, Hammonds Plains Out of Town(map)

DJ Night (DJ Trixxx and DJ Billy G)

Sundays
902-425-1501

Lower Deck, HalifaxHistoric Properties, 1887 Upper Water Street, HalifaxWaterfront(map)

Doors Open Halifax

June 3-4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Doors Open—the yearly celebration that lets Haligonians peek inside some of the city’s most famous structures—turns five this year. Get in on the fun by visiting one of the 30-plus sites around town, from the famous Citadel Hill clock tower to Theadore Tugboat, the waterfront’s friendliest face. See doorsopenhalifax.com for a full list of participating locations.

Eastern Shore Cold Waters Seafood Festival

June 3-4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


Foodies, start the car! This summer, you have a chance to sample some of the world’s top seafood in it’s natural habitat, from clams and mussels to smoked fish. Perfect to hold your cravings until The Coast’s Oysterfest hits in September, this seafood fest is held at 5435 Clam Harbour Road, Lake Charlotte, NS. $5

Eighty – David Sorensen

Through June 7
902-420-1852


Sorensen’s abstract landscapes “gave voice to an inner reality.” See some of his best alternative universes at this show falling on what would have been the late artist’s 80th birthday.
Studio 211273 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

An Expression of Faith: Sacred Art of Centuries Past

Through Oct. 29
902-424-5280


Twenty Northern European works from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries explore an ancient, longstanding tie between artistic movements and religious iconography. Mostly carvings and etchings, the pieces come together to give the gallery the feeling of a small Gothic chapel.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Free Yoga for Cyclists

June 4-11
902-420-0888


If you feel biking uphill earns you some downward dogs, Moksha Halifax would be inclined to agree. Stop in all day long for a free yoga class with proof of helmet. (Doesn’t apply to Karma classes or Yogassage classes).
Moksha Yoga Halifax1512 Dresden Row, Halifax Spring Garden(map)

Funday Sunday

Sundays, 3 p.m.-1 a.m.


Drink deals and guest DJs make this the dance lover’s place to be on Sundays.

Ghost Walk of Historic Halifax

Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
494-0525

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(This tour operates May through October.) Meet Andy Smith at the town clock and have a look at the spookier side of city. Hear about Halifax’s darkest tales, eerie mysteries and town gossip. $15
Old Town ClockCitadel Hill, Halifax Downtown(map)

Ghost walk of historic Halifax

Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.


Andy Smith guides you on a goose bump inducing walk around downtown’s best haunts, all while sharing fun facts and local gossip.
Old Town ClockCitadel Hill, Halifax Downtown(map)

Goofy Moose Comedy

Sundays, 9 p.m.
902-407-3170


Turn your Sunday blues into “bahahas” at the weekly comedy night hosted by Ian Black. PWYC
Toothy Moose Cabaret1661 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Grad Show

June 1-July 2
902-420-0854


A collection of works by NSCC photography grads rendered in sharp black and white.
ViewPoint Gallery1272 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington(map)

Ian Janes Album Release Show

Sat., June 3, 7 p.m. and Sun., June 4, 8 p.m.
902-422-6335


Critically-acclaimed songwriter Ian Janes debuts his latest effort in a special, full-band performance at The Carleton. $20/$25

Jeff Goodspeed and His Ultimate Band of Super Heroes

Sundays, 5 p.m.
902-492-1800


Jeff Goodspeed’s resilience is almost as impressive as his resume–he’s worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Bob Hope, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Aretha Franklin. There’s no place like home, though, so you can catch Goodspeed and his band of “Ultimate Superheroes” every Sunday evening at Stayner’s Wharf. free

Karaoke w/Peter Love

First Sunday of every month, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
902-445-5256, (Delivery Hotline 902-455-7000)

Karaoke with Laurie The Guy

Sundays, 6-10 p.m. and Mondays, Thursdays, 6-10 p.m.
902-835-5212


A local legend, Laurie will guide your good-time sing alongs.
Karaoke with Laurie The Guy

The LAB Ensemble

Sundays, 8-10 p.m.


The LAB is a weekly improvisation workshop that focuses on strengthening fundamentals through collective improvisation. Leading every session are local improvising educators Jerry Granelli and Tim Crofts. The LAB is for anyone no matter what age, medium, or skill level; the only prerequisite is that you come willing to learn and participate. $10
1313 Hollis1313 Hollis Street, Halifax Waterfront(map)

Last Chants

Through June 4
902-403-0030


Nine artists who work in a shared space form the loose collective behind this group show. The thread tying them together? The space above the Army Navy Surplus Store on Agricola Street, where they have splattered paint for almost a decade. Here, the relation to art and the space it is made in is explored: “What does it mean to ‘have space’? And how does that inflect a sense of ‘having place’?” the joint statement asks.
Hermes5682 North Street, Halifax North End(map)

Live Video Mix Show w/DJ Savory

Tuesdays, Sundays
902-421-1655

Cheers Bar & Grill1741 Grafton Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

The Long Time: 21st Century Art of Steele + Tomczak

Through July 16
902-494-2403


For over a decade, artists Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak have studied the subjectivity of self, examining their identities as individuals. The result? Documented bits form a multi-screen art piece that also chronicles the digital revolution of video.
Catch the show, including their 12-years-in-the-making trilogy …before I wake and get lost in deep questions about the human experience. Free
Dalhousie Art Gallery6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End(map)

The Muppet Movie screening

Sun., June 4, 8:30 p.m.


Every Sunday after sunset, all spring long, Good Robot will be screening a classic flick of the feel-good variety on their outdoor GastroTurf. This week it’s the 1979 musical-comedy that sees Miss Piggy flex her star power while the other muppets try to keep up. Who, moi?
Good Robot Brewing Company2736 Robie Street, Halifax North End(map)

Music for a Great Space

Sun., June 4, 4 p.m.
902-423-6002


The Choir of the Cathedral Church of All Saints returns with ther second annual end-of-term concert! A variety of pieces for all times of the church year will be on offer, from the Renaissance to the 20th century. $23

Buy Tickets

All Saints Cathedral1330 Cathedral Lane, Halifax South End(map)

100% Real Humdinger by James Kirkpatrick

Through June 7
902-420-1852


Kirkpatrick showcases his latest sci-fi, bad graffiti and cult inspired pieces, splattered and sewn on old sails.
Studio 211273 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Open Mic

Tuesdays, Sundays, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
902-407-8797


Enjoy drink specials, and friendly staff. Players, prepare three or four tunes to share with the audience. free
The Loose Cannon1556 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Open meditation sessions

Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
902-420-1118


Finding peace every week. free
Shambhala Centre1084 Tower Road, Halifax South End(map)

Open Mic

Sundays, 8-11 p.m.
902-406-7640

Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub5221 Sackville Street (at Argyle), Halifax Downtown(map)

Open Mic w/Carl

Sundays, 7-11 p.m.
902-445-5256, (Delivery Hotline 902-455-7000)

Open Mic and Jam

Sundays, 4-8 p.m.
902-455-5824

Jenny’s Place6211 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax North End(map)

Open Session & Irish Set Dancing

Sundays, 2 p.m.
902-492-4900

PACO Ride

Sun., June 4, 4-5 p.m.
902-461-4698


A leisurely five kilometre ride, this Halifax Cycling Coalition and MEC event offers a scenic tour of Dartmouth. The icing on top, so to speak, is actually cheese: After wrapping the ride at the Park Avenue Community Oven, there will be a pizza party. BYOT (bring your own toppings) to dress up the provided dough and chow down! RSVP for the fun at events.mec.ca. free
Alderney Landing2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth(map)

Plein Air Paintings

June 3-30
902-490-5738


Catch these canvases created by 15 artists who painted on-site scenes of Blue Mountain Birch Cove.
Plein Air Paintings

Rachel Ryan: Holding Patterns

Through July 19
902-492-2522


Rachel Ryan’s fabric works blend painting and stitching, blurring the line between quilts and canvases. With a strong use of colour and mostly up cycled materials, the artist tackles conceptual issues like “the transient military population and the farm culture of Annapolis River.”
Mary E. Black Gallery1061 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront(map)

Rick Gautreau

Sundays, 4-7 p.m.
902-406-3661


Acoustic sounds to end your weekend on the right note.
Staggers Pub & Grub26 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth(map)

Running and yoga club

Sundays, 8:30 a.m.
902-421-2667


A 5km run with new friends followed by a yoga class. One catch – you must attend the run to participate in the yoga class!
Mountain Equipment Co-op1550 Granville Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Ruth Marsh: Ideal Bounds

Through June 4
902-461-4698


Multi-disciplinary artist Ruth Marsh chronicles the bee population crisis through bee sculptures and animations.
Craig GalleryAlderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, DartmouthDartmouth(map)

Saint George’s Annual Plants Sale

Sat., June 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sun., June 4, 12-2 p.m.
902-423-1059


Get your green thumb to this annual sale to stock up on plants, supplies and more. Please note sales are cash only.
St. George’s Round Church2222 Brunswick Street, Halifax North End(map)

SALT WATER by Katharine Burns & Yachts by Luke Naylor

Through June 15
902-425-9456


The works of Burns and Naylor are both related to the sea. Burns, the ocean itself, and Naylor, the extravagant yachts and people that sail upon them.
Argyle Fine Art1559 Barrington Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Scotia Festival of Music – Highlight Concert #6

Sun., June 4, 7 p.m.
902-494-3820

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Mocean Dance teams up with the Scotia Festival of Music for a one-night showing of this award-winning piece that features 12 dancers paired with 12 percussionists. $35
James Dunn Theatre6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End(map)

Scotia Festival of Music 2017

Through June 11

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The two-week, 50-event chamber music festival returns for its 38th year with a roster of international talent.

Sickboy Live

Sun., June 4, 6:30 p.m.
902-496-0022


The Best of Halifax winning podcast shedding light on life with an illnesses launches their latest live taping! A cocktail hour proceeds a frank, funny discussion on life with a brain injury with episode guest Chloe Luckett. After the recording wraps, hit the dance floor with beats by Bosby. $25

Buy Tickets

Lion & Bright Cafe Wine Bar2534 Agricola Street, Halifax North End(map)

Signal Hill

Sundays, 9:30 p.m.
902-425-1501


Fun times in the maritimes. $6-$10
Lower Deck, HalifaxHistoric Properties, 1887 Upper Water Street, HalifaxWaterfront(map)

Spring is in the Air, Soil and Streams

Through June 23


Sarah Jane Conklin seamlessly blends soft colours in her ethereal landscapes.
Gallery Nineteen Nineteen6025 Stanley Street, Halifax North End(map)

Steel Magnolias

June 1-3, 8 p.m., Sun., June 4, 2 p.m., June 8-10, 8 p.m., Sun., June 11, 2 p.m. and June 15-17, 8 p.m.


A beauty salon in the deep south hosts the verbal sparring and secret sharing of its’ patrons, including an eccentric millionaire and the prettiest girl in town.

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Sunday Blues with Buck Tingley & the Galaxy 500’s

Sundays, 3-7 p.m.


Chicago-style blues with a special blue plate menu. free
The Local2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End(map)

Switch Dartmouth

Sun., June 4, 12-4 p.m.

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Switch Open Street Sundays returns to downtown Dartmouth, with two kilometres between Portland Street and Price Albert Road forgoing cars and buses for bikes, music and fun.

SWITCH Dartmouth feat. The Action Figures, Hiltz

Sun., June 4, 12-4 p.m.


The Action Figures and Hiltz take part in SWITCH Dartmouth’s open streets celebration by playing pop hits that skew from The Doors to The Kinks at the Sullivan’s Pond band stand. free
Sullivans Pond66 Crichton Avenue, Dartmouth Dartmouth(map)
SWITCH Dartmouth feat. The Action Figures, Hiltz

tell me where to go

Through June 4
902-420-5445


A curated collection of works from the SMU gallery’s vaults, this show features works that “interrogate and interrupt implicit cultural codes that inform and dictate the way gendered, diasporic and queer bodies move through the world.”
Saint Mary’s University Art GalleryLoyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

Tomi Allen Band’s live music video filming show

Sun., June 4
902-423-0856


The ’70s groove-tinged, global sounds of the Tomi Allen Band will make you move while you take in this live recording session for their latest music video.

Walk to Fight Arthritis

Sun., June 4


With one in four Nova Scotians living with arthritis, this walk takes aim at the degenerative illness. $25
The Emera Oval5775 Cogswell Street, Halifax Downtown (map)
Walk to Fight Arthritis