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August 2018

Chester Race Week

August 15 - August 18
Chester

This one’s so popular you’re probably already going. Race Week’s got it all: sailing, food trucks, and live music performances that go on until the wee hours of the morning.

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Elvis Rock and Country

August 16
Casino Nova Scotia

Acclaimed Presley impersonator Thane Dunn takes over the Schooner Showroom for Elvis Rock and Country.

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Dark Sky Weekend

August 17 - August 19
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Search Kejimkujik’s spectacular night skies for planets, galaxies, constellations and much more in Nova Scotia’s only Dark Sky Preserve!  There will be stories and discoveries for all ages.  Plan to camp or stay overnight close by – you don’t want to miss the show. Presented in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).

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Mosaic Festival

August 18
Halifax Waterfront

This brand new, one-day festival bills itself as “a new multicultural festival for Halifax.” Highlights will include a parade, concerts, and a chef’s corner.

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Game On 2.0

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Discovery Centre

Hey Hali-fans, join us for Game On 2.0! This adult-only event could be your last chance to explore our featured exhibit Game Changers before it leaves. Interact with Hal-Con cosplayers, check out our AR and VR experiences, play retro video games, compete in fandom trivia, learn and play Dungeons and Dragons, Pokémon, and Magic, and much more! Plus, wear your favourite cosplay costume for a chance to win! This is a 19+ event

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Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival

August 19
Alderney Landing

100+ artists, cartoonists, and creators exhibit their work, along with vendors of comic books, graphic novels, and more. Admission is FREE!

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Rock the Hub

August 24 - August 26
Truro

If you love rock, you need to go to Truro this summer: I Mother Earth, Big Wreck, Sloan, Adam Baldwin, Jessie Brown, Matt Mays, Christine Campbell. Seriously. Just go.

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WWE Live

August 25
The Halifax Forum

The “Superstars of Smackdown Live” come to the Halifax Forum for an evening of pro wrestling.

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Halifax Urban Folk Festival

August 26 - September 2
Multiple Venues

Intimate musical performances in 10 of Halifax’s best bars and restaurants. What more could you ask for? This year’s festival features 49 artists, including Rose Cousins, The Dave Sampson Band, and The Olympic Symphonium.

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Wharf Rat Rally

August 29 - September 2
Digby

Last year alone, 21,870 visitors rolled into Digby on 8,020 motorcycles. If you ride, you don’t want to miss the biggest Atlantic Canadian motorcycling event of the year.

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Halifax Fringe Festival

August 31 - September 10
Multiple Venues

Returning on August 31, the Halifax Fringe Festival celebrates cutting-edge theatre with shows at venues around the city, featuring local, national, and international talents. It continues through September 10.

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September 2018

Halifax Public Gardens Summer Concert Series

September 1 - September 17
Halifax Public Gardens

Continuing: Every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm, the Victorian bandstand at the heart of the gardens hosts free shows by local bands.

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Spryfield Farmers’ Market

September 2 - October 14
Emmanuel Church

Now located right in the heart of Spryfield (in the community hall of the Emmanuel Church) at 322 Herring Cove Rd, the market welcomes customers from 1pm to 5pm. The Spryfield Farmers' Market brings fresh seasonal produce, meat, eggs, baked goods and an array of local crafters to the adjacent communities. The live music and espresso bar on site are sure to brighten your day no matter the weather! Bus 9 a/b, Parking lot available, Wheelchair accessible.  Schedule: Sept 2, Sept 16, Sept 30, Oct 14

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Shakespeare in Love: The Play

September 4 - October 7
Neptune Theatre

The fall season begins this month with Shakespeare in Love: The Play. Allister MacDonald stars as the eponymous playwright, finding inspiration in the beautiful muse Viola, who is determined to appear in his next play.

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FIN Atlantic International Film Festival

September 13 - September 20
Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane

A celebration of film, media, and music from around the world. For eight days, Halifax becomes an international mecca for the arts, abuzz with filmmakers, industry types and film lovers.

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Pan American Canoe Sprint Championships

September 13 - September 16
Lake Banook

Some 250 paddlers from 20 countries compete in this Pan American Games qualifier on Lake Banook in Dartmouth. The international competition features a mix of paddling's top talents and rising stars.

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Cecilia Concert Series: Measha Brueggergosman

September 14
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts

Back for its 30th season, Cecilia gets things started at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts with Classica Vocem, showcasing the considerable talents of soprano Measha Brueggergosman. She'll perform works by Claude Debussy, George Frideric Handel, and Johan Halvorsen. Accompanying her are pianist Philip Chiu, violinists Jinjoo Cho and Roman Fraser, violist Remi Pelletier, and cellist Arnold Choi.

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Ben Caplan

September 14
Dalhousie Arts Centre

The folk/roots musician always puts on a memorable show for his hometown fans. See him at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue, performing material from Old Stock.

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Last Laugh Comedy Club

September 14 - September 15
Atlantica Hotel

Comic Sophie Buddle has moved across the country to take a writing gig with This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which is excellent news for local stand-up fans. This weekend, she takes the stage at the Atlantica Hotel on Robie Street, along with Trent McClellan, Kevin Shustack, Heidi Brander, Lachlan Patterson, and Kabir Singh.

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The Word on the Street

September 15
Halifax Central Library

This one-day celebration of the printed word (part of a nationwide network of festivals), returns to the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road. See readings, author Q&As, a sale of Atlantic Canadian books, and much more. This year's lineup includes poet Brian Bartlett, environmental crusader Joan Baxter, photographer Len Wagg, and poet/children's author Shantay Grant.

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Gourmet Fall Night Hike to Peter Point

September 22
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Take a hike out to Peter Point to reveal a beautiful sunset and watch as the moon and stars take the stage in one of the darkest spots in Keji. The perfect place to enjoy beer tasting and food pairing offered by Boxing Rock Brewing Co. (19 and over only). To enhance the experience knowledgeable RASC (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada) volunteers and Keji guides will be on hand to entertain and educate. Tickets available May 18th, $22 per person…

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Keji Multisport Festival: Women’s Triathlon and Mixed Team Relay

September 22 - September 23
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Capture the magic of endurance sport in lush forests, meandering rivers and a rich cultural landscape. Athletes of all abilities are encouraged to embrace the challenge with a sense of adventure and fun. Events will include a day of triathlon racing in 2 distances, and skills workshops in other complimentary outdoor pursuits open to female participants, friends and family. Camp or stay close by and participate in evening activities. Sunday will be dedicated to Keji Mixed Triathlon Relays & Skills…

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#ForestsProvide Days

September 28 - September 30
various locations

Youre invited to #ForestsProvide Days to celebrate National Forest Week! Get into the woods and learn all about the Forest Sector in Nova Scotia! Numerous open houses across the province from September 28-30, all activities are free and open to the whole family. Activities to include: mill tours, live harvests, lumber jack games, BBQ's, woodlot tours and more. For full details and addresses see www.facebook.com/forestnovascotia

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Savour the Trail

September 29
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Discover a unique way to savour the fall at Keji. Take to the trails and experience stunning colours and sample delicious flavours – served up by Mother Nature, NS Community College’s culinary arts students of Lunenburg Campus and participating local suppliers. Enjoy a variety of nature-inspired and locally sourced dishes and beverages while hiking among the beautiful fall scenery of Kejimkujik. It will satisfy your soul, and your palate. Mark your calendar now - more details to come.

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October 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend

October 5 - October 7
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Soak up the brilliant colours of fall and enjoy what has become one of Kejimkujik’s most popular weekends of the year! Participate in the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, the Haunted Jaunt, and take the plunge at the annual Cold Turkey swim. It’s the perfect weekend to spend with friends and family.

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