June 5

Attend Child Prodigy Composers at the Halifax Central Library in conjunction with Symphony Nova Scotia and Wilsons Gas Stop from noon -1pm.

Oceans Week Ride – I Heart Bikes 

An easy coastal ride along the Halifax waterfront, this pedal session starts at I Heart Bikes (1507 Lower Water Street) before rolling along to Point Pleasant Park and back again. “Along the way we will make stops to discuss natural and urban coastal areas and issues with our coastal expert,” event organizers add.

Cycling and Geocaching on the Shearwater Flyer Trail (Bike Week)
Tue., June 5, 6-7:30 p.m.

 

Scotia Festival of Music 

Scotia Festival of Music is an annual two-week chamber music festival held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the first two weeks of June, boasting over fifty public events. Featuring international talent of the highest caliber, the festival offers concerts, recitals, open rehearsals, masterclasses, coaching sessions, lectures, and more.

 

June 6

Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival 2018

Now in its 12th year, HIFF provides a unique venue for filmmakers and media artists to share their work in a forum dedicated to the celebration of independent cinema. Since its inception, HIFF has showcased the Atlantic region’s most innovative works alongside the films of acclaimed visiting artists. For more info https://www.hiff.ca/the-festival/

Trivia Nights 

Trivia Night at The Fickle Frog
Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
902-429-9999
Comedy Etc.
Halifax Comedy Fest comedian Andrew Evans acts as quiz master at this new trivia night. free
The Fickle Frog Pub

Trivia Night at Celtic Corner
Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.
902-464-0764
Comedy Etc.
Celtic Corner Public House
69 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth Dartmouth

 

June 7

It’s peak summer vibes as the iconic ship the Harbour Queen cruises around the Halifax harbour with NYC celebrity bartender Gn Chan and Montreal mixologist Sabrina Mailhot serving rum-based cocktails. Part of the Drink Atlantic festival, ticket cost includes a three-hour cruise, four craft cocktails by Gn Chan and Sabrina Mailhot, oysters and music courtesy of DJ Fadzwa, and the fun departs from 1751 Lower Water Street. $65

Chow down on some souvlaki and moussaka while watching traditional Greek dance troupes step at this four-day fest that’s all about saying “opa!” to the good life. Pro tip? Get a tasting plate so you don’t miss a bite of all the delicious, homemade tastes on offer. Held at 7071 Bayers Road.

The Cocktail Bus
Thu., June 7, 5-8 p.m., Fri., June 8, 5-8 p.m. and Sat., June 9, 5-8 p.m.
902-421-1700
Food & Drink
Explore the Halifax cocktail scene with this private bar crawl hosted by Best of Halifax-winning bartender Shane Beehan as he takes you to four secret locations for cocktails and stories of Halifax’s past. Meet at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront for pick up. $60

Weekly Dartmouth Hike
Thursdays, 9:45 a.m.
Outdoors
Join Chebucto Hiking Club every Thursday for a 10km (2-hour) hike through Dartmouth. Meet at the Graham’s Grove Park parking lot on Prince Albert Road in Dartmouth, opposite the Atlantic Superstore on Braemar Drive. Everyone welcome!

June 8

Chow down on some souvlaki and moussaka while watching traditional Greek dance troupes step at this four-day fest that’s all about saying “opa!” to the good life. Pro tip? Get a tasting plate so you don’t miss a bite of all the delicious, homemade tastes on offer. Held at 7071 Bayers Road.

Tasting Room with local spirit producers
Fri., June 8, 3-7 p.m. and Sat., June 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
902-423-8460
Food & Drink
The Drink Atlantic fest continues with this luxe sipping sesh held in the historic Halifax Club with a slew of local distillers. Meet the spirit makers, learn about craft distillation and sample spirits and oysters. $20
The Halifax Club
1682 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown

The Cocktail Bus
Thu., June 7, 5-8 p.m., Fri., June 8, 5-8 p.m. and Sat., June 9, 5-8 p.m.
902-421-1700
Food & Drink
Explore the Halifax cocktail scene with this private bar crawl hosted by Best of Halifax-winning bartender Shane Beehan as he takes you to four secret locations for cocktails and stories of Halifax’s past. Meet at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront for pick up. $60

 North by Night Market

2055 Gottingen St. – North End

Stop by Squiggle Park for the North End’s most popular party and enjoy good eats, vintage finds, local crafts, and more!

Halifax Greek Festival

June 7-10


Chow down on some souvlaki and moussaka while watching traditional Greek dance troupes step at this four-day fest that’s all about saying “opa!” to the good life. Pro tip? Get a tasting plate so you don’t miss a bite of all the delicious, homemade tastes on offer. Held at 7071 Bayers Road.

Wellness on the Waterfront

June 8-9, 9 a.m.


Fitness instructors from north end gem Rio & Rogue host this outdoor yoga sesh that’ll limber you up for a day of cocktail-sipping as part of the Drink Atlantic fest.

June 9

Drink Atlantic Croquet and Cocktails presented by Hendrick’s Gin

1682 Hollis St. – Downtown Halifax

Celebrate the city’s cocktail movement with a night of amazing drinks! Guests will receive 2 signature Hendricks cocktails and have their choice of Hendrick’s-and-tonic creations while enjoying a round of croquet.

Croquet dress code is absolutely encouraged!

Learn more about Drink Atlantic cocktail festival, on in Halifax June 7-9, 2018.

Bike Week 2018 bike auction

Sat., June 9, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Halifax Forum2901 Windsor Street, Halifax West End

Bring cash and a photo ID to snap up a new set of wheels at this auction famous for its deals
Sat., June 9, 7 p.m.

The Marquee Ballroom2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End

Buy Tickets$25


Adam Baldwin and Christine Campbell headline this rockin’ show raising funds and awareness for mental health.

June 10

Enjoy the views from Citadel Hill

5424 Sackville St. – Downtown Halifax

For the best views in Downtown Halifax, hike up to the top of Citadel Hill. Choose between ocean view or city view and take it all in!

ALS Walk Strong

Sun., June 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


The ALS Society’s biggest annual fundraiser returns. Register or donate at www.alswalkstrong.ca.

Songwriter’s Showcase

Sun., June 10, 7 p.m.

Gus’ Pub & Grill2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End

A chill way to wrap your weekend, this show sees a host of songwriters share their latest bops. 902-423-7786

June 11

Join Paddle Night at St. Mary’s Boat Club

1641 Fairfield Rd. – South End

Every Monday and Wednesday from June 1–September 30, St. Mary’s Boat Club hosts a paddle night on the Halifax Arm. Get out of your regular routine and join a paddle around the Northwest Arm for just $15.

Local Tip: Canoe rentals are FREE on weekends during these months!

MegaComedyMondays

Mondays, 8 p.m.

Gus’ Pub & Grill2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End

A stellar lineup of comedians that explode on stage each week, spinning tales of magic and adventure. 902-423-7786

Trivia Night at Durty Nelly’s

Mondays, 8 p.m.

Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub1645 Argyle Street (at Sackville), Halifax Downtown

Halifax Comedy Fest comedian Andrew Evans serves as trivia night quiz-master with 60 questions, and an “adult” themed bonus round. Lots of prizes, nine video clues, nine picture clues, lots of fun. 902-406-7640

June 12

Enjoy some of the city’s best culinary spots with a local food tour from Taste Halifax Food Tours and Local Tasting Tours.

MORE TOURS: Check out our list of the Top 10 Guided Tours of Halifax, and our FULL listing of Tours!

Garrett Mason

Tuesdays, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Continues through June 26

Bearly’s House of Blues & Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington

A Bearly’s favourite returns. 902-423-2526
Garrett Mason

June 13

June 13 – Visit the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

1209 Marginal Rd. – Downtown Halifax

Grab a snack from one of the market’s many local vendors and enjoy it up on the rooftop terrace.

Saturdays are the most popular days to visit, but visit the market during the week for the Saturday vendors’ most popular items sold all week long at The Shelf.

Can’t get enough farmers’ markets? Check out The Halifax Farmers’ Market Bucket List: 7 Can’t-Miss Markets

 

Acoustic Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

Gahan House1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax Waterfront

Chill out to these singer-songwriter sets. 902-444-3060
Acoustic Wednesdays

Ghost Walk of Historic Halifax

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 29

Old Town ClockCitadel Hill, Halifax Downtown

Andy Smith hosts this downtown stroll filled with intriguing stories, little-known facts and local gossip.
Ghost Walk of Historic Halifax

June 14

June 14 – Rollerblade at the Emera Oval

5775 Cogswell St. – Downtown Halifax

Skating season may be over, but that doesn’t mean the Oval is closed! Rent rollerblades or bring your bikes, skateboard, or scooter, and enjoy the Oval all summer long.

For the Record—a vinyl journey with DJ Douvet

Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 p.m.

Obladee, A Wine Bar1600 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington

Groove to classic jams and deep cuts as DJ Douvet spins hot wax. 902-405-4505
For the Record—a vinyl journey with DJ Douvet

McGinty

June 14-16, 8:30 p.m.

The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse5136 Prince Street, Halifax Downtown

Good tunes, good times. 902-492-4900
McGinty

June 15

Celebrate the start of the weekend with a cold beer in the summer sunshine at Stillwell Beergarden at Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, or at the Stubborn Goat Beer Garden on the Halifax waterfront.

Discover 6 of the BEST Craft Breweries in Halifax

DJ Tony Haze

Fridays, 10 p.m. and Mondays, 10 p.m.

The Bitter End1572 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown

The legendary martini spot makes Monday the hottest night of the week with drink deals and dope beats. 902-425-3039
DJ Tony Haze

The Mellotones

Fri., June 15, 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Bearly’s House of Blues & Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington

The party-bringing funk band returns to Bearly’s, where it played a longtime Thursday night stint, so you can cut a rug. 902-423-2526
The Mellotones
June 21, 2018

June 21 – Make Music Day 2018

Halifax Public Gardens – Downtown Halifax

Celebrate your passion for music at Make Music Day, where everyone is invited to join in and share their musical talents with the public.

Comic book launch party

Thu., June 21, 7-10 p.m.

Good Robot Brewing Company2736 Robie Street, Halifax North End

Nicola R. White celebrates her latest, a historical adventure comic titled Wild Rose, with this reading-and-signing sesh.

For the Record—a vinyl journey with DJ Douvet

Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 p.m.

Obladee, A Wine Bar1600 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington

Groove to classic jams and deep cuts as DJ Douvet spins hot wax. 902-405-4505

Halifax Trombone Summit

Thu., June 21, 8 p.m.

Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill5075 George Street, Halifax Waterfront

Jazzy jams. 902-492-1800

June 22

June 22 – Route Halifax St. Pierre

Halifax Waterfront – Downtown Halifax

Come down to the waterfront to celebrate the 350-mile ocean race from Halifax to Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

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Ghost Walk of Historic Halifax

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 29

Old Town ClockCitadel Hill, Halifax Downtown

Andy Smith hosts this downtown stroll filled with intriguing stories, little-known facts and local gossip.

Open meditation sessions

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

Shambhala Centre1084 Tower Road, Halifax South End

Finding peace every week. 902-420-1118

Pieces of Sable Island

Through July 4

Argyle Fine Art1559 Barrington Street, Halifax Downtown

Briana Corr Scott debuts a slew of new works inspired by her visit to the legendary Sable Island at this Argyle Fine Art show. 902-425-9456

June 23

June 23 – Canada vs. USA Men’s Rugby International Test Match

Wanderer Grounds – Downtown Halifax

Join in the excitement as Canada takes on the US for the Men’s Rugby International Test Match, taking place on the Wanderers Grounds in Downtown Halifax.

See more Summer Events in Halifax

 

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum’s family fun day

Sat., June 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Now that summer’s arrived (it HAS arrived, hasn’t it?), family day trips are on order for all—so start the car and head to the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum (20 Sky Boulevard, Goffs—across the highway from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport) for this day of face painting, games and interactive displays of over 20 aircrafts and two simulators.

Bruce and Jay

Saturdays, 4-7 p.m.

Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub1645 Argyle Street (at Sackville), Halifax Downtown

902-406-7640

Harbour Cities family fun day

Sat., June 23, 2-5 p.m.


Head to 194 Wyse Road, Dartmouth, for this fun-for-the-whole-fam afternoon featuring a teddy bear clinic, barbecue, games and more as animal-focused charities Hope For Wildlife, Elderdog and Metro Animal Emergency Clinic discuss their work.

June 24

DJ Rock Night w/DJ IV and friends

Sundays


All your favourite rock tunes. 902-444-1616

Growing Up Gerwig: The House of the Devil

Sun., June 24

Halifax Central Library5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden

The monthlong tribute to everyone’s girl crush Greta Gerwig wraps with a screening of the 1983-set flick following a college student’s realization her babysitting gig isn’t as harmless as it first appeared. 902-490-5700

Refuge Canada

Through Nov. 11


“Refugees face fear, shattered lives and often dangerous voyages in search of refuge,” The Canadian Museum of Immigration says of its latest exhibit, a sprawling session of refugee contributions and success stories that also acknowledges Canada’s sometimes-spotty record of welcoming those in need to our shores. 902-425-7770

June 25

June 25 – Hit the beach!

It may not quite be warm enough to swim yet (though kudos if you’re brave enough!), but it’s still beach season!

Discover the Top 10 Beaches in Halifax You NEED to Visit, plus check out this Long Weekend Halifax Beach Itinerary

 

FIFA World Cup: Portugal vs Iran

Mon., June 25, 3-5 p.m.


As the World Cup rolls on, there’s no shortage of spots to watch (Durty Nelly’s is screening a ton of games and Niche’s epic patio viewings feature a huge screen so you see every bit of action), but for those looking for an atypical experience, the family-friendly Portuguese Social Club gets lit with impassioned fans of all ages chanting and hollering at each goal. Bifanas and Chouriço round out the experience.

Live Music Monday W/Paul Lamb

Mondays, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.

The Auction House1726 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown

Got the Monday blues? Paul Lamb’s guitar stylings will help you come around. 902-431-1726

June 26

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

1800 Argyle St. – Downtown Halifax

Join visitors and participants from around the world for the Royal NS International Tattoo. The 2.5 hour show incorporates drummers, acrobats, cyclists, military bands, choirs, and so much more.

Doomtown Reloaded Bi-Weekly Ranked Tournament

Every other Tuesday, Wednesday


Play Doomtown Reloaded every Tuesday night at The Last Game Store at 278 Lacewood Drive. The evening is a ranked battle for players with prizes awarded after monthly totals.

Fist City Cinema screens Chuck Norris: Invasion USA

Tue., June 26

Gus’ Pub & Grill2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End

Fist City Cinema is all about exploring the best-worst action flick cheese of the VHS era. Here, the group screens the flick where Chuck Norris saves freedom, democracy and the US of A from a would-be spy. 902-423-7786

June 27 – Find the perfect summer read at the Halifax Public Library

5440 Spring Garden Rd. – Downtown Halifax

Browse through five floors of options for the perfect summer read at the Halifax Central Library. Then enjoy your book on their rooftop terrace.

Acoustic Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

Gahan House1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax Waterfront

Chill out to these singer-songwriter sets. 902-444-3060

Karaoke

Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

Bearly’s House of Blues & Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington

The giant stage, the ever-growing list of tunes and the sweetheart host who will help you out on a song when you’re too tipsy—or nervous—to stay on key: That’s why this is the best karaoke night in the city. 902-423-2526

June 28 – Relax in a waterfront hammock

Halifax waterfront – Downtown Halifax

Relax in one of the waterfront hammocks while enjoying the sea breeze and ocean views. Total bliss.

Tall Sips

Through June 30


A city-wide celebration of Halifax’s cocktail scene, The Coast’s Tall Sips festival sees you slurping back beautifully-crafted bevvies at a host of bars, restaurants and cafes around town. Try somewhere new and snag an $8 cocktail as part of the good times, and peep the full list of participants at tallsips.com.

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

June 26-28, 7 p.m., June 29-July 2, 2 p.m. and Sun., July 1, 7 p.m.

Scotiabank Centre5284 Duke Street, Halifax Downtown

Buy Tickets


With performances ranging from highland dancers to acrobats to military reenactments, the Tattoo is two and a half jam-packed hours of culturally-rich entertainment. A blend of Canadian and international acts, this festival aims to combine traditional Maritime standbys (like bagpipes) with more eclectic, global offerings (like trapeze shows). 902-451-1221

June 29 – EPIC Canadian

Graham’s Grove – Dartmouth

Grab your sneakers and your bathing suit and head over to the largest multi-sports event in Eastern Canada.

Check out 6 Spring & Summer Fun Runs in the Halifax Region

 

Bedford Days 2018

June 28-July 2


The community celebration featuring lots of free, outdoor programming—and usually at least one fireworks show—returns. Stay tuned for event details!

Halifax Ribfest 2018

June 29-July 2

Halifax waterfrontHalifax waterfront, Halifax Downtown

Meat-eaters, rejoice: The annual celebration of world-class barbecue returns to the Halifax waterfront for four days of feasting. Get in on the saucy good times—and maybe even earmark your must-visit barbecuers—at ribfesthalifax.ca.

June 30

Halifax Ribfest 2018

June 29-July 2

Halifax waterfrontHalifax waterfront, Halifax Downtown

Meat-eaters, rejoice: The annual celebration of world-class barbecue returns to the Halifax waterfront for four days of feasting. Get in on the saucy good times—and maybe even earmark your must-visit barbecuers—at ribfesthalifax.ca.

Tall Sips

Through June 30


A city-wide celebration of Halifax’s cocktail scene, The Coast’s Tall Sips festival sees you slurping back beautifully-crafted bevvies at a host of bars, restaurants and cafes around town. Try somewhere new and snag an $8 cocktail as part of the good times, and peep the full list of participants at tallsips.com.