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Halifax Busker Festival

Hot Entertainment

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.

Concierge Q & A


Penny Cameron is the Regional Secretary for Les Clefs d’Or Atlantic Region and was the first female concierge in our region to receive the golden keys. After 30 years with The Prince George, she is now part of the concierge team at Parkland at the Gardens, a luxury retirement residence in Halifax.

Q: What’s your pick for Halifax’s can’t-miss August event?
A: In August, the waterfront is alive with action. From August 1 to 6, the Halifax Busker Festival offers 300 shows at various stages on the waterfront with performers from all over the world. If you are here during the first week in August, you’ll also catch the Halifax Natal Day Festival, celebrating the city’s birthday. There’s great beach weather in August too; check out the Clam Harbour Sandcastle Competition taking place on our Eastern Shore.

Q: What’s a great way for outdoor adventurers to spend the day in the Halifax area?
A: The Halifax Harbour is a stone’s throw from the downtown and a great way to see Halifax from the water is by sea kayak. Kayak Halifax—at Sands at Salter on the waterfront—offers two-hour and full-day tours with professional guides enabling you to explore the second largest natural harbour in the world. Or join Kattuk Expeditions in Fisherman’s Cove for the Sunset Kayak Tour to McNab’s Island.

Q: How can a family make a rainy day fun in Halifax?
A: I always recommend the Discovery Centre to families visiting Halifax, a unique experience offering four floors of interactive exhibits including an immersive dome theatre. It’s open from 10am to 5pm daily in a new beautiful facility on the waterfront.

Q: Where should diners go to experience unique Nova Scotian wines?
A: Visitors are often surprised to learn of Nova Scotia’s thriving wine industry and if you have time, a visit to the wineries in the Gaspereau Valley is well worth the trip. Tour companies such as Grape Escapes Wine Tours offer excellent day trips to the award-winning wineries. Many restaurants support local wineries and offer the best of Nova Scotia wines. Obladee Wine Bar has an extensive wine list along with small plates and charcuterie boards. They also offer private tastings for small groups. Make sure you try our Tidal Bay wines, unique to Nova Scotia and learn more about Nova Scotia wines at Bishop’s Cellar.

Q: Where can travellers find a unique memento of their visit?
A: Head to the Hydrostone Market on Young Street and take home a unique gift from Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique. Lady Luck Boutique nearby is also a great spot to purchase locally made jewellery and art. Downtown, Amos Pewter offers beautiful locally-made pewter crafts, frames, and gift ideas.