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July 2019

Halifax Busker Festival

July 31 - August 5
Free

Over six days and 300 shows, fire breathers, acrobatics, comedians, magicians, and contortionists from around the world strut their stuff on the waterfront. This year’s roster includes mime Jenny Jupiter, contortionist Alakazam, and Toronto Raptors’ drummers Rhythm Works. buskers.ca

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August 2019

Encampment Days on Natal Day weekend at Fort Anne

August 2 - August 4
Fort Anne National Historic Site, 323 St. George Street
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia B0S 1A0 Canada
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Stroll around the encampment of the 84th Regiment of Foot 2nd Battalion (Royal Highland Emigrants) and enjoy the sights, the smells, and the sounds of black-powder musketry, outdoor cooking and life in an 18th century military camp. The 84th Regiment creates a vivid picture of the conditions of centuries-old military life. Saturday afternoon (weather permitting) features a tactical battle features 18th century military techniques.

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Last Night of the Proms!

August 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

For over 100 years, London’s annual summer Proms festival has been a British national triumph – and biggest of all is the boisterous final hurrah, the Last Night of the Proms. Now, here’s your chance to experience our own summer Proms concert right here in Halifax, just in time for Natal Day! Hear Symphony Nova Scotia perform all the glorious traditional Proms staples, like Pomp and Circumstance, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, highlights from Gilbert & Sullivan, and, of course, a rousing,…

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Kejimkujik’s 50th Birthday

August 3
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Join us in Jeremy’s Bay Campground to celebrate this momentous occasion with an array of fun activities including a Bicycle Poker Rally, the Kejimkujik Birthday Noise Parade, complimentary cupcakes and lemonade, a group campfire, star-gazing and more! Campers and day visitors are invited to participate. More details to follow online.

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Traditional Music on Thursdays

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Port-Royal National Historic Site, 53 Historic Lane
Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia B0S 1K0
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If you enjoy traditional music, mark these four special Thursdays on your calendar this summer: July 11, July 25, August 8 and August 22
. Enjoy talented entertainers in a special series of traditional music featuring local musicians. Clap your hands, tap your feet and listen to the fine singers and musicians.

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Millbrook Annual Competition Powwow

August 9 - August 11

The 20th annual powwow offers three days of dance and regalia. This is a great opportunity to experience Mi’kmaw culture and tradition. This year’s host drum will be The Boyz–TBZ from St. Paul, Minn.

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Spring Garden Children’s Festival

August 11
Victoria Park, South Park St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2K8 Canada
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Visit Victoria Park for a day of face-painting, a petting zoo, bouncy castles, live entertainment, and more.

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A Rendez-vous with Samuel de Champlain

August 14
Port-Royal National Historic Site, 53 Historic Lane
Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia B0S 1K0
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Join Samuel de Champlain as he shares stories of his many adventures in Acadia. From his voyages of exploration to his experiences at Saint Croix Island and Port-Royal, you’ll hear first-hand why he founded the “Order of Good Cheer” and how friendship and alliances played an integral part in the relationships between the French and Mi’kmaq. English program offered at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and French program offered: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day.

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Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival

August 17
Alderney Landing
Free

This free festival celebrates comics and cartooning. Stop by Alderney Landing to meet artists, watch drawing demos and Q & A sessions, plus discover art and books vendors. Alderney Landing in downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on Sunday Aug 18, 2019, 11AM – 5PM Presentations and Q&A are at the Alderney Library on Saturday, Aug 17.

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A Rendez-vous with Samuel de Champlain

August 18
Port-Royal National Historic Site, 53 Historic Lane
Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia B0S 1K0
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Join Samuel de Champlain as he shares stories of his many adventures in Acadia. From his voyages of exploration to his experiences at Saint Croix Island and Port-Royal, you’ll hear first-hand why he founded the “Order of Good Cheer” and how friendship and alliances played an integral part in the relationships between the French and Mi’kmaq. English program offered at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and French program offered: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day.

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Traditional Music on Thursdays

August 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Port-Royal National Historic Site, 53 Historic Lane
Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia B0S 1K0
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If you enjoy traditional music, mark these four special Thursdays on your calendar this summer: July 11, July 25, August 8 and August 22
. Enjoy talented entertainers in a special series of traditional music featuring local musicians. Clap your hands, tap your feet and listen to the fine singers and musicians.

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Kejimkujik Dark Sky Weekend 

August 23 - August 25
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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Freedom of the City with the 78th Highlanders

August 23 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3Y3 Canada
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Freedom of the City is an honour granted to military or paramilitary groups in recognition of their service to a municipality. Since 1998, the 78th Highlanders has exercised this privilege by marching through the streets of Halifax with bayonets fixed, drums beating, and Colours flying. Take in the special squad inspection inside the Halifax Citadel starting at 11:00 a.m. and then after the noon gun, follow the Highlanders to Grand Parade and onto Government House. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to…

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Fort to Fort Run is back

August 24
Fort Anne National Historic Site, 323 St. George Street
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia B0S 1A0 Canada
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Tie on your sneakers and walk, run or cycle between Fort Anne and Port-Royal National Historic Sites! Starting from Fort Anne in beautiful Annapolis Royal this is a truly unique, historic and fun event for the whole family! Join Parks Canada’s mascot, Parka, and an honorary British soldier, for a special warm up at Fort Anne before embarking on the 24 km round trip course.  The fun begins at 9:00 am with staggered departures for walkers (9:00), runners (10:00) and…

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Race to Bridge the Gap

August 24

Teams of two will race across Dartmouth and Halifax completing mental and physical challenges. This inaugural event raises funds for the We Are Young Association, a non-profit granting wishes to Nova Scotian elders.

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A Rendez-vous with Samuel de Champlain

August 28
Port-Royal National Historic Site, 53 Historic Lane
Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia B0S 1K0
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Join Samuel de Champlain as he shares stories of his many adventures in Acadia. From his voyages of exploration to his experiences at Saint Croix Island and Port-Royal, you’ll hear first-hand why he founded the “Order of Good Cheer” and how friendship and alliances played an integral part in the relationships between the French and Mi’kmaq. English program offered at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and French program offered: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day.

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Halifax Fringe

August 29 - September 8

The city’s uncensored performing-arts festivals celebrates 29 years. See cutting-edge shows at venues across the city, featuring local, national, and international talent.

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September 2019

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

September 6 - September 8
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

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

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Prismatic Arts Festival: DIOMIRA – feat. Dinuk Wijeratne, Nick Halley, Joseph Petric

September 10 @ 6:30 pm
Halifax Central Library
$20

DIOMIRA featuring the music of Dinuk Wijeratne Joseph Petric, accordion Nick Halley, percussion Dinuk Wijeratne, piano Performing works composed by their JUNO-award winning founder Dinuk Wijeratne, Diomira‘s music explores Dinuk’s hugely diverse cultural influences: from the Persian poetry of Omar Khayyam and the fantastical prose of Jorge Luis Borges, to the sensuality of Flamenco and the intricate rhythms of the Indian Classical tradition. September 10th 2019 | 6:30pm | Halifax Central Library - Paul O'Regan Hall

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Birch Bark Canoe Launch and Flotilla

September 14
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Free

Witness Master Craftsman, Todd Labrador and his apprentices launch two authentic Mi’kmaw-style birch bark canoes that were constructed at Kejimkujik this summer starting at 10:00 am at Jake’s Landing.  The flotilla of canoes and kayaks will depart at 10:30 am and travel to Kedge Beach. Join park guides in the BIG Canoe for the paddle or rent/bring your own canoe or kayak (sign up at the Visitor Centre for the BIG Canoe). Welcome the flotilla’s arrival at Kedge Beach at…

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Prismatic Arts Festival: Focus Cia de Dança from Brazil

September 20 @ 8:00 pm - September 21 @ 8:00 pm
Sir James Dunn Theatre (Dalhousie Arts Centre)

Live Art is excited to bring Brazil’s Focus Cia de Dança with their mesmerizing piece Ímpar. This company has toured Brazil, Europe, and the US extensively, and now brings its magic to Halifax as a part of their first Canadian tour. Founded in 1997, this brilliant contemporary dance company embodies a movement that builds art and meaning around the daily lives of the people in its home city of Rio de Janeiro. Ímpar – which loosely translates as “odd” –…

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18th-century Revolutionary War Encampment, The Second Citadel in the age of Revolution

September 21 - September 22
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3Y3 Canada
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Don’t miss the spectacle as members of various Maritime Living History groups join forces to create an 18th century military camp inside the historic walls of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. This period during the American Revolution saw thousands of Loyalists immigrate to Nova Scotia making a significant contribution to a new nation, what would eventually become Canada. The finer details of camp life will be on display including camp cooking, washing, everyday tasks, blacksmithing and children’s games. The Encampment…

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Prismatic Arts Festival: NAMU

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Halifax Central Library
$20

NAMU is a Korean traditional music ensemble that made its official debut in 2015. Before this, NAMU members, each an outstanding soloist, collaborated with various artists and crossed over many genres with a wide range of projects such as jazz, classical, and electronic music. NAMU’s leader Aram Lee, a multi-award winning Daegeum/Yanggeum player, is rooted in traditional music. Ajaen and Janggu player, Mingwang Hwang and acoustic/electric bass player, Inhwan Choi balance the traditional base with their hypnotical sounds. Put them…

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October 2019

Savour the Trail at Kejimkujik

October 5
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Discover a unique way to savour the fall at Kejimkujik. 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 Kingstec 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. Tickets will be available through a lottery system…

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Thanksgiving Weekend

October 12
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 and the last big weekend of the season!

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