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Dragon Boat Festival

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July 12
English rockers Def Leppard burst onto the North American scene in the 1980s, providing the soundtrack for a generation with hits like “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “Let’s Get Rocked.” See them at the Scotiabank Centre on University Avenue

July 13
Already a local favourite in their inaugural season, the HFX Wanderers FC are back on their home pitch, hosting Calgary’s Cavalry FC in Canadian Premier League soccer action. See them at the Wanderers’ Grounds on South Park Street.

Photo: Terra Ciolfe

July 18–28
Halifax Pride Festival is Atlantic Canada’s largest pride festival. The inclusive community celebration includes an array of events: art exhibitions, a family picnic, movie screenings, concerts, parties, and Atlantic Canada’s largest Pride Parade on July 20.

Continuing: Shakespeare by the Sea presents theatre alfresco in Point Pleasant Park throughout the summer. This month: The Wizard of Oz, Henry the Fifth, and Love’s Labour’s Lost.
July 1: Canada Day (page 51) celebrations include ceremonies at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (page EC7) and Halifax Citadel (page EC3), a concert featuring A-Trak at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, and fireworks over the harbour.
July 11–14: Immerse in Halifax’s vibrant and tightknit Lebanese community. The Lebanese Festival (page 51) highlights: art exhibits, live music, dancing, games, and authentic cuisine.
July 15: At the Dragon Boat Festival on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, teams of paddlers compete to raise money for amateur sport. Find vendors and live entertainment shoreside.
July 31: Halifax Busker Festival is Canada’s oldest and largest street-performer event. Through Aug. 5, visit one of the five free waterfront stages to see acts like mime Jenny Jupiter, contortionist Alakazam, and Toronto Raptors’ drummers Rhythm Works.

Photo: Trevor J. Adams

July 3–15
Several communities in the Peggy’s Cove area host the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts, a lively showcase of the region’s artistic talents. Events include Paint Peggy’s Cove (July 13–15), which sees dozens of artists descend on the village, mingling with locals and visitors as they create. There will also be studio tours (July 5–7), art sales, and live entertainment.

Continuing through July 6
The world’s largest annual indoor show of its kind, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo features military and civilian acts from around the world. This year’s highlights include Australia’s Black Diamond Drilldance Team, German Air Force Band Erfurt, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Band, the United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team (above), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipes and Drums.

July 5
Maritime Fiddle Festival
The festival starts with a concert of old-time music: The Sidewinder Band, Roger Lanteigne, Countryside Fiddlers, and Blain Henshaw.

July 7–11
Changing Tides:
Halifax Organ Festival Concerts and workshops celebrating pipe-organ traditions. Plus the premiere of a new work by Halifax composer Peter-Anthony Togni.

July 12
Fin Outdoor
The theme for this year’s free festival of film alfresco is “Summer Sing-Alongs.” Join the chorus at Halifax Public Gardens for Mamma Mia.

July 19–21
Live performances including drumming, jazz, hip hop, gospel, spoken-word, and more. Local blues-rocker Carson Downey tops the bill.

July 24
Neptune Theatre
Samantha Walkes stars as the eponymous heroine in Cinderella. The original musical comedy opens tonight and continues through Aug. 18.

July 27
David Feherty
A TV personality and former golfer, Feherty combines zany comedic sense and madcap storytelling. See him at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

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Continuing through July 2
It’s your last chance to see the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo at Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street. The world’s largest annual indoor show of its type features military and civilian performers from around the world. Highlights include Australia’s Scots College Pipe & Drums, Brazilian circus troupe Cores de Bahia, German Air Force Band Munster, the Jordanian Armed Forces Royal Guard Silent Drill Team, and the American 2d Marine Division Band.


Photo: Trevor J. Adams

July 4 to 16
Several coastal communities join together for the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts, showcasing the region’s artistic talents. From July 14 to 16, you can meet and mingle with artists working around the village of Peggy’s Cove for the Paint Peggy’s Cove event. Throughout the festival, find art sales, studio tours, and live entertainment.



July 6 to 9
The Maritime Fiddle Festival is the East Coast’s longest-running music festival, drawing loyal fans year after year. The celebration of old-time fiddling and traditional music includes master classes, dances, competitions, and concerts aplenty. The East Dartmouth Community Centre on Caledonia Road hosts.



PLAY OUTSIDE *Editor’s Pick*
Shakespeare by the Sea showcases the works of the Bard (plus other classics) in the seaside splendour of Point Pleasant Park at the tip of the South End. This month’s lineup includes Othello, Twelfth Night, and Alice in Wonderland. Performances Tuesday to Sunday at 7pm, with 1pm weekend matinees.




Continuing through July 2: Bedford Days is a family favourite with live entertainment, fireworks, and more.

• July 5 to 8: The Lebanese Festival takes over the Olympic Community Centre on Hunter Street with art, music, games, and great food aplenty.

• July 7: The Dragon Boat Festival on Lake Banook in Dartmouth is an annual amateur-sport fundraiser, with colourful boats racing in good-natured competition.

• Continuing through July: FIN Outdoor hosts free film screenings in the Halifax Public Gardens. This year’s theme: “The Summer of Henson”—The Dark Crystal (July 6), The Muppets (July 13), and Labyrinth (July 20).


Photo: Terra Ciolfe

July 19 to 29
Atlantic Canada’s largest annual Pride celebration returns. The Halifax Pride Festival includes all-welcome community celebrations throughout the month: art exhibitions, a family picnic, film screenings, concerts, and parties. The huge Pride Parade returns on July 21.


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1st: Canada Day
Halifax celebrates our national holiday with a community breakfast, parades, concerts, fireworks, citizenship ceremonies, and more.

4th: Casino Nova Scotia
Best known as the front man of the Canadian ‘80s metal stars Skid Row, Sebastian Bach continues his lively solo career. See him in the Schooner Showroom.

6th, 7th: Last Laugh Comedy Club
The pop-up comedy club returns to the Atlantica Hotel, as comic Pete Zedlacher headlines the show.

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17th to 19th: Neptune Theatre
The Argyle Street Kitchen Party is a rollicking immersion into East Coast story and song. For these shows, Mo Kenney shares the stage.

20th to 22nd: Africa Festival of Arts and Culture
Sharing and encouraging young artists, Afrifest celebrates African heritage with music, art, and dance.

28th, 29th: Atlantic Motorsport Park
A lively month of racing action wraps up with weekend competition at the Mill Village track. 

Weekly Planner: June 11 to 17

The West Parry Sound District Museum hosts a documentary screening this week

Be entertained while enhancing your knowledge of the world around you. This Tuesday evening, the West Parry Sound District Museum‘s “Films That Make You Think” screening series continues with the documentary Vanishing of the Bees, which examines the possible causes and consequences of Colony Collapse Disorder.

A convention for all things canine awaits you in Huntsville from Friday to Sunday. The Cottage Dog Show features all kinds of vendors offering pooch paraphernalia, plus dog activities and contests, and a performance by YouTube Jesse, a Jack Russell Terrier that’s alleged to know 1,000 tricks.

Cheer on the paddlers as they stroke through the waters of Georgian Bay at Parry Sound’s Dragon Boat Festival. The day-long event takes place this Saturday at Waubuno Beach. In addition to high-energy boating heats, the event promises children’s activities, live music, food and more.

Get up close and personal with veteran Canadian comedian Scott Thompson—the Kids in the Hall member brings his cerebral, off-beat brand of humour to the Peter’s Players stage on Saturday night, as part of the popular Cottage Country Comedy Festival.

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with your “old man” and a herd of classic and specialty cars, as the Muskoka region plays host to a pair of automotive events. The Gravenhurst Antique and Classic Car Show rolls into Gull Lake Park on Saturday; the Bracebridge Father’s Day Car Show is sure to get your motor running on Sunday.