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June 2017

SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut

June 17 - September 10

See the first major exhibition on the art of the Labrador Inuit, curated by Heather Igloliorte, assistant professor of aboriginal art history at Concordia University. artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/exhibitions/sakkijajuk

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Atlantic Film Festival Outdoor Film Experience

June 30 @ 9:00 pm - August 12 @ 9:00 pm

Outdoor screenings at venues around the city on Fridays and Saturdays. Films include Strange Brew, The Grand Seduction, Meatballs, Moana, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Lego Batman. In support of Feed Nova Scotia. atlanticfilm.com/outdoor-film-experience

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July 2017

Shakespeare By The Sea

July 1 - September 2

Shakespeare by the Sea is a rite of summer for local theatre fans. This year, the Park Place Theatre reopens for rainy-day shows. The lineup: All’s Well That Ends Well, Julius Caesar, and Peter Pan. shakespearebythesea.ca

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Paint Halifax Public Gardens

July 11 - September 16

Whether you’re a pro or an amateur, grab your easel or a sketchbook, choose a spot in the gardens and get painting.

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Halifax Summer Opera Festival

July 15 - August 13

This year’s Opera Festival features three main stage shows: L’Egisto by Francesco Cavalli, Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, and Carmen by Georges Bizet. halifaxsummeroperafestival.com

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Stan Rogers: A matter of the heart

July 18 - September 3
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Neptune Theatre presents a musical tribute to the folk singer/songwriter features timeless music that has captured the hearts of generations of Canadians, including “Barrett’s Privateers,” “Northwest Passage,” and “The Mary Ellen Carter.” neptunetheatre.com

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Halifax Pride Festival

July 20 - July 30

This 10-day festival celebrates Nova Scotia’s pride community. Highlights include: a speaker’s series, live entertainment, art and the East Coast’s largest annual Pride Parade on July 22. halifaxpride.com  

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Folk/Funk Art Exhibit at AGNS

July 22, 2017 - July 15, 2018

This exhibit focuses on the work of professional and folk ceramists who use clay as a form of storytelling. This one’s sticking around for awhile, so if you can’t fit it in over the summer, there will still be plenty of time later. https://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/exhibitions/folkfunk

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Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

July 29 - August 1
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Tall ships from around the world visit Halifax as they compete in a race around the Atlantic. Ships will be open to visitors while docked on the Halifax waterfront. Scheduled visitors include the Oosterschelde (a Dutch schooner), Galeón Andalucía (a replica of a historic Spanish galleon), Esmeralda (a Chilean naval sail-training ship), and Jolie Brise (an English cutter built in 1913). tallshipsevents.com

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Randy King Live—Dirty Boxing Seminar

July 29 - July 30

Do your self-defence skills need a little (or a lot) of work? Learn how to kick butt (legally, should the need arise; hopefully it doesn’t) in this street-fighting seminar.

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Bastid’s BBQ

July 30

If you missed the first six years of annual Bastid’s BBQs, you’ve got another chance to check out the entertainment, served up with a whole lot of good food in the parking lot of the Olympic Hall Community Centre.

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August 2017

Halifax Busker Festival

August 2 - August 7
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Street performers from all over the world descend on downtown Halifax, with free daily shows on five stages: the roster includes street magician and illusionist Diogo Alvares, contortionist Bendy Em, interactive character artist Jenny Jupiter, and much more. buskers.ca

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Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival

August 4 - August 7

Celebrate Nova Scotia’s birthday with live entertainment, parades, a garden party, a road race, pancake breakfasts, fireworks, and more. natalday.org

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Big Bike Ride Day

August 10

Join or start a team to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Bonus perk: you get to ride the Big Bike on Aug. 10. support.heartandstroke.ca

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India Fest

August 11 - August 13

Treat your senses at the Halifax Forum with music, dance, food, henna, and all things Indian.  

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Nine at Night Golf Tournament

August 11

Love golf? Bet you haven’t played it in the dark. Play glow-in-the dark golf at Indian Lake Golf Course for a good cause—the event is hosted by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

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Halifax Seaport Beerfest

August 11 - August 12

Sample some 300 different craft beer, imported beer, and ciders from 110 different producers. You’ll find the finest local brews, alongside offerings from Quebec, British Columbia, Maine, and Ireland. seaportbeerfest.com

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DCAF Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival

August 13

Alderney Landing hosts 100+ artists, cartoonists, and creators (including Michael DeAdder, author of the best-seller You Might Be From Canada If...). dcaf.strangeadventures.com

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Naughty By Nature at Casino Nova Scotia

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Still trying to get “O.P.P.,” “Hip-Hop Hooray,” and “Feel Me Flow” out of your head? Then it might be time to stop trying and just give in. Return to your musical roots in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia.

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Sean Mccann at The Carelton

August 17 @ 8:00 pm
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Séan McCann shares songs from his latest solo album You Know I Love You to The Carleton. Find out what he’s been up to since his days with Great Big Sea.

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They Will Surf Again

August 19

Volunteer or participate in an all-day adaptive surf event at Martinique Beach, with adaptive surf and skate organization Life Rolls On. liferollson.org/novascotia

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Scotia Speedworld Driving Experience

August 19

If you’ve always dreamed of driving a racecar, now’s your chance. Get the full Ride-Along or Driving Experience at Scotia Speedworld.

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Coastal Classic Beach Volleyball Tournament

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Get in on the action or watch from the bleachers, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Volleyball Nova Scotia Beach Facility.

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Matt Mays in concert (x4)

August 24 - August 27
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This year, you’ve got four chances to catch rocker Matt Mays at the Hubbards Shore Club. Don’t miss this one—it’s always packed to the rafters. sonicconcerts.com/matt-mays

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