October 10
Pink Martini

With 10–12 musicians on stage at one time, is not an easy band to pigeonhole. The multilingual ensemble (lead singer China Forbes performs in 15 different languages) offers a high-energy hybrid of pop, classical, and rock influences: they call it an “urban music travelogue.” See them at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

October 19
NOCTURNE

Discover unique art in a variety of media, with exhibitions and performances at venues around the city. Running from 6 p.m. to midnight, this festival takes over galleries and public spaces where you wouldn’t normally expect to discover cutting-edge art. Free bike-valet and shuttle-bus service make it easy to get out and explore.

Oct. 23–26
Halifax Pop Explosion

Showcasing new and innovative music from around the world, this indie festival features some 150 artists, comedians, and speakers at 15 venues. The lineup includes Arkells, Beauts, Doomsquad, Haviah Mighty, Japanese Breakfast, Kaia Kater, Mother Mother, Jeremy Dutcher (with Symphony Nova Scotia), and many others.

October 25–27
Hal-Con

The East Coast’s biggest sci-fi, gaming, and fantasy festival features an all-star guest list. This year’s lineup includes actors John Barrowman (Doctor Who), Tracy Lynn Cruz (Power Rangers Turbo), Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride), and D.B. Woodside (Lucifer), plus comic publisher Hope Nicolson, author Thea Atkinson, artist Doug Savage, and others. See it all at the Halifax Convention Centre on Argyle Street. hal-con.com

October 26
Nova Scotia Forestry Festival

This daylong event at Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte celebrates Nova Scotians’ connections to the forest for their livelihood, housing, recreation, food, and heritage. The day includes lumberjack events, canoeing, educational sessions on wilderness survival and forest ecology, maple syrup tasting, campfires, stories, and songs.

October 30
NEPTUNE THEATRE

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, a “Klezmer-folk music-theatre hybrid” starring acclaimed singer/songwriter Ben Caplan, opens today at Neptune Theatre.

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