Blue Nose Marathon
Some 13,000 people will take part in a weekend of running events, including a youth run, 5K, 10K, half marathon, team relay, and more. The full marathon on June 9 is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The full route is a double loop through peninsular Halifax, beginning at the Old Town Clock and heading around Halifax Common, winding through the North End and down Barrington Street to Point Pleasant Park and then back to Sackville Street to repeat the circuit. bluenosemarathon.com
Garrison Backlot Bash
Nova Scotia craft-beer granddaddy Garrison Brewing marks its birthday with a rollicking party. The lineup includes performances by Broken Social Scene, Dave Sampson, and Natalie Lynn. Enjoy beer from Garrison plus special releases, seasonal brews, and ciders. Food from the Gecko Bus, Cheese Curds, and Asado.
June 16 (rain date June 23)
Antique Car Show
The annual Antique Car Show is a Father’s Day tradition at Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte. The living-history museum, which re-creates life in a 1940s-era Nova Scotian village, hosts dozens of restored antique vehicles, live entertainment, and Kub Kar races for the kids.
The American country legends Lonestar, still going strong after 25 years atop the music charts, make a rare visit to Halifax. See them at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue as they perform a selection of greatest hits and new material. artscentre.dal.ca
June 19, 26
HFX Wanderers FC
Halifax’s new pro-soccer team competes in the Canadian Premier League. See them in action at their pop-up stadium at the Wanderers Grounds on Sackville Street as they take on Cavalry FC (June 19) from Calgary and Winnipeg’s Valour FC (June 26).
Return to the Dalhousie Arts Centre to see one of the East Coast’s hottest blues talents. Andersen is a blazingly good guitarist who never disappoints.