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Nocturne: the how-to guide 

Saturday, October 18, 6pm-midnight, free. nocturnehalifax.ca

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Grab a Nocturne program, which contains maps, locations and descriptions of the galleries and public art installations. Programs are available around the city, including all the galleries, or download a copy at nocturnehalifax.ca.
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Plan a route. With 28 galleries and 24 special projects, there's no way you're going to take in everything, so make a wishlist.

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That said, allow for the unexpected. If something catches your eye, stop and take it in. Enjoy the city at night.

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Ask questions. Artists will be more than happy to talk about their work. Or join a guided walking tour, which leaves Grand Parade at 6pm, 8pm and 10pm.

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Leave the stilettos at home. But if you have weary feet or are crushed for time, there are two free Metro Transit buses running through the city all night, every 30-40 minutes. Check the Nocturne program for routes, stops and times. If you do take the bus, expect some musical and theatrical company, plus Hannah Minzloff's Undergroundphoto exhibition and black-and-white-inspired art by Damian Lidgard, Kyle MacDonald and Chris Lockerbie. If you take a ferry over to Dartmouth, hold onto your transfer---the $2 fare is valid for both directions.

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If you have a cellphone with a camera, pay special attention to the Nocturne posters outside the galleries. Notice the QR (or 2D) barcode on them. Take a picture of the barcode and send it to the phone number provided. In return, you'll receive a text message containing a hidden secret, courtesy of Halifax's Stitch Media.
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Large volumes of booze and art generally don't mix, so keep the Jagermeister shots for the after party.

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