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July 2019

The Argyle Street Kitchen Party

July 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - August 25, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
Neptune Theatre

Celebrate a Nova Scotian tradition on Argyle! Back by popular demand, The Argyle Street Kitchen Party offers an authentically Nova Scotian experience. Hosted by a stunning cast of East Coasters: Celia Koughan, Karen Lizotte, Malia Rogers, and award-winning musician Ian Sherwood, featuring special guests from the local music scene, this ceilidh is an all-around good time. Full of singing, dancing, and fun, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab your friends, bring your family, raise a glass and share a laugh or two! Conceived and created by…

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Cinderella

July 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - August 18, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
Neptune Theatre

If the shoe fits… Don’t miss the play audiences are calling “Absolutely amazing” and “Pee your pants funny!” Our artistic director Jeremy Webb’s original musical comedy that’s fun for the whole family brought laughter to over 24,000 patrons on the mainstage; wowing theatre-goers with its toe-tapping songs, belly-laughs and audience participation. This show is one that leaves you with a magical feeling of love and joy, and it’s back. Oh, no it isn’t! Oh, yes it is! Featuring Samantha Walkes…

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Thorgy and the Thorchestra: Back and Better Than Ever!

July 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
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She’s baaaaack! After last summer’s groundbreaking “Thorgy and the Thorchestra” show – a sold-out smash hit that sparked a social media sensation – the fabulous Thorgy Thor returns to Symphony Nova Scotia! Fresh from encore performances with orchestras across North America, the reigning “Queen of Classical Music” wields her outrageous fashion sense, razor-sharp wit, and virtuoso classical chops to create a thrilling, theatrical, all-new show. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and your heart will throb as Thorgy slays with song, dance,…

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Summer Symphony

July 25, 2019 - July 31, 2019

Experience your Symphony this summer! The festivities will feature Symphony Nova Scotia musicians giving free, live performances for the whole family in public spaces throughout the city in our third annual Summer Symphony. July 25, 2019 at Public Spaces across Halifax July 30, 2019 at Public Spaces across Halifax July 31, 2019 at Public Spaces across Halifax Visit Symphony Nova Scotia's website for concert locations and times

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Traditional Music on Thursdays

July 25, 2019 @ 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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FIN Outdoor–Bohemian Rhapsody

July 26, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Halifax Public Gardens
Free

Bring snacks and a lawn chair or blanket to the Public Gardens to watch a movie en plein air on an inflatable screen. “The Summer of Sing-Alongs” is this year’s theme: Grease (July 5), Mamma Mia! (July 12), The Rocky Horror Picture Show ( July 19), and Bohemian Rhapsody (July 26).

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Construction Traditions

July 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Port-Royal National Historic Site, 53 Historic Lane
Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia B0S 1K0
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Join local craftspeople from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. as they share their skills and knowledge of traditional techniques that were used to reconstruct the Port-Royal Habitation during the 1930’s. Take in demonstrations in hewing timbers, making shingles, turning wood, crafting handles for tools and blacksmithing. You will truly appreciate the architecture of this very unique structure

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A Rendez-vous with Samuel de Champlain

July 31, 2019
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 Busker Festival

July 31, 2019 - August 5, 2019
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, 2019 - August 4, 2019
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, 2019 @ 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, 2019
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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 - August 11, 2019

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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 - August 25, 2019
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, 2019 @ 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, 2019
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, 2019

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, 2019
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, 2019 - September 8, 2019

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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