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July 2017

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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September 2017

K.D. Lang

September 9
Scotiabank Centre

See the grammy-award-winning pop and country singer/songwriter live at Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street. Lang has recorded hits like "Constant Craving" and "Ms. Chatelaine" while continuing her passionate work for human rights.

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Halifax Celtic Festival

September 13 - September 17
Halifax Forum Multipurpose Centre

With music, dance, games, art, and more, this annual festival celebrates Celtic heritage, culture, and language. Free admission. Halifax Forum Multipurpose Centre.

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FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival

September 14 - September 21
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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Canada, It’s Complicated

September 15
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Canada, It’s Complicated is a satirical revue examining Canadian identity & history on the heels of Canada 150. This new production from Mary Walsh was written by some of the country’s leading comedians and musicians and features a diverse cast of up-and-coming performers with a truly unique multimedia experience. Friday, September 15, 2017 Spatz Theatre @ 8pm Tickets: http://bit.ly/Comedy150Halifax Website: http://bit.ly/Comedy150

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Bruce Cockburn

September 16
Dalhousie Arts Centre

The acclaimed folk/rock singer/songwriter, still going strong at age 72, returns to Halifax at the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Terra Lightfoot opens.

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Brian Wilson

September 16
Scotiabank Centre

Working as a musician, singer, songwriter, and producer since 1961, the Beach Boys founder shaped the American music scene for a generation.

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The Word on the Street

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Halifax Central Library

Returning to the Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road, this one-day festival is heaven for bibliophiles. Vendors offer dozens of titles, while authors discuss their works, do Q&A sessions, meet fans, and sign autographs. This year’s highlights include political cartoonist Michael deAdder (You Might Be From Canada If...) and acclaimed poet and author Shauntay Grant (The Walking Bathroom).

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Chris de Burgh

September 20 - September 21
Dalhousie Arts Centre

The Irish singer/songwriter, best known for his 1986 hit "Lady in Red", has sold some 45 million albums worldwide and performs at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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Re-Quickening

September 21 - September 23
Dalhousie Arts Centre

As beautiful as it is arresting, Santee Smith’s ground breaking piece Re-Quickening explores the intersection of indigenous and new dance performance. Created through a process unique to her culture, Re-Quickening is a spiritual resurgence — a piecing together of shards of knowledge that tip colonialism on its head. Provoking, conceptual and visceral, this work is a timely call for reawakening. Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies, renowned for its artistry and creative excellence.

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