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Keith Urban

August Hot Dates in Halifax

Halifax Seaport Beerfest

August 10 & 11: If you’re a beer aficionado, you ought to clear your schedule this weekend. The Halifax Seaport BeerFest on Marginal Road gives you the chance to sample 200 beers from around the world, including craft and nanobrews not available locally. There are three tastings over the weekend, also featuring Nova Scotian cuisine and live music.

August 13 & 14: Top junior-hockey players meet in the Canada-Russia Challenge, a two-game series at the Halifax Metro Centre honouring the historic 1972 Summit Series.

August 18: It’s a blast of the ‘80s at Weir Rockin’ 12, an annual concert at Weir Field in Lower Sackville. This year, Platinum Blonde, Prism and Kim Mitchell headline.

August 19: Keith Urban, country music’s Australian star returns to Halifax, playing the Halifax Metro Centre on his Get Closer tour.

August 25: Bring your own chair or blanket for this free afternoon of concerts, as musicians converge on the park at The Hydrostone on Young Street for Music in the Park.

August 29–September 2: Last year, Halifax hosted the Beach Volleyball Junior World Championships. How successful was the event? For the first time in its history, it’s returning to the same city in
back-to-back years (its only North American event this season). Head to The Sands at Salter to see 64 teams from around the world (featuring the world’s best under-21 players) battle for the championship.

Weekend Roundup, September 9 to 11

Friday: The Vegetarian Food Festival offers up a huge harvest (photo by Michael Cannon)

Friday, September 9
Discover new recipes and products at the 27th annual Vegetarian Food Festival at Harbourfront Centre. Dedicated salad-heads and cooks simply looking for new ideas are invited to view demonstrations and visit exhibitors and vendors during this weekend-long festival.

Catch American Idol winner Scotty McCreary and the rest of the season 10 cast as their American Idols Live! tour rolls into Air Canada Centre. The show includes individual performances and energetic group numbers like Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You” and a Journey mash-up.

Get ready for your dream wedding at Canada’s Bridal Show held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The country’s premiere bridal event features hundreds of vendors, a fashion show, and amazing door prizes.

Saturday: Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, is one of the many films screening today at TIFF

Saturday, September 10
Get excited for the opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival! From September 8 to 18 over 300 films are screened from all over the world. See this year’s highly anticipated films and maybe catch a glimpse of celebrities like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling who are all set to attend.

Enjoy the Fall spirit with the 35th annual Cabbagetown Festival. In celebration of the community, the streets are filled with a variety of entertainers, food vendors, and a lively parade.

See country music super star Keith Urban on his 2011 Get Closer world tour. Accompanied by The Perry Band, Urban is sure to please the crowd at the Air Canada Centre with his memorable hits.

Sunday: Rock out with Pearl Jam (photo by Karen Loria, Pearl Jam Ten Club)

Sunday, September 11
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of iconic rock band Pearl Jam at their Air Canada Centre concert. The band just kicked off the Canadian leg of its tour with plans to rock the arena for two nights. (The new Cameron Crowe-directed documentary Pearl Jam Twenty is also screening at TIFF.)

Kick up your heels as Kew Gardens hosts The Beach Celtic Festival. The east-end event embraces Irish and Celtic culture through traditional dances, music, and food.

Support emerging and established artists at the Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show and Sale. Within the historic  Sunnyside Pavillion—along the shore of Lake Ontario—you be privy to a variety of visual arts, installations, and live music during the final day of the event.