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Ten Ways to rock this weekend 

From the ultimate summer dessert to new Nova Scotian art to energetic pop-punk, we've got a wild few days ahead.

Sackville, NB punk rockers Partner bring the party to Gridlock (see number 1). - COLIN MEDLEY
  • Sackville, NB punk rockers Partner bring the party to Gridlock (see number 1).
  • Colin Medley

10. Food & Drink › Dock and Dine. Sun Jul 10, 4-9pm. An annual series that pairs an evening paddle with East Coast Outfitters in Prospect with a local-inspired meal—prepared right on the dock—from Dennis Johnston, former chef at acclaimed Halifax restaurant, Fid. Here's a link to the menu—read it and drool.

9. Summer Festival › Lebanese Festival. Jul 7-10. This cultural festival proves to be a true sensory experience. Taste authentic Lebanese favourites like falafel, hummus and tabouli, listen to traditional music and even learn to play Lebanese drums. See examples of rich traditions, like religious artwork and architecture. Leave with a full belly, and greater understanding of this dynamic region.

8. Live Music › TJ King w/ Lynnea Rose. Fri Jul 8, 9pm. TJ King brings his acoustic guitar and big country sound to the waterfront for this free concert after an emotive set by singer-songwriter Lynnea Rose. What's more summery than live music on the waterfront? Have some ice cream for us while you're there!

7. Visual Arts › Terroir. To Jan 1, 2017. “A Nova Scotia Survey” might suggest a lot of Maud Lewis and 18th-century engravings of Halifax Harbour, but Terroir skips the tourist fare and celebrates the artists who are living and working in our province today. Curated from an open submission process, the exhibition shows the work of 29 contemporary Nova Scotian artists working in all media, including works by Wayne Boucher, Melanie Colosimo, Ursula Johnson, Susan Tooke and others. Curator Sarah Fillmore calls it “the first of its kind in the province.” Taking up three floors of the gallery and including painting, sculpture, video, drawings and mixed media, this new exhibition is one not to be missed on any local or tourist’s itinerary this summer. —Laura Kenins

6. Food & Drink › Victorian Afternoon Tea. Every Fri to Aug 26. Party like its 1867 with the folks from Dartmouth Heritage Museum at one of their Victorian tea parties. Complete with sweets, sandwiches and a tour of the heritage house, it's the perfect excuse to play royalty for the day!

5. Lecture › Journey to the Centre of Our Galaxy. Thurs, Jul 7, 7:15pm. Learn about our galaxy, the Milky Way, and the incredible sights we can see along the way to its core! This guided lecture by Tony Schellinck has you exploring the night sky, teaching you about the stars you wish upon at night. Registration is required on the Astronomy Nova Scotia website.

4. Food & Drink › Strawberry Social. Sat Jul 9, 2-4pm. An entire event that centres on the summer’s biggest sweetie, strawberry shortcake. Biscuits, berries and cream are the dream team behind this urban farm event, but there’ll be live music, lemonade and socializing too. Pre-buy a ticket to guarantee your dessert.

3. On Stage › The Colour of Courage. To Jul 10, 3 and 7:30pm. A new stage play written and directed by Anthony Sherwood, The Colour of Courage is meant to be an educational tool commemorating the 100 year anniversary of World War One. Inspired by the diary of Rev. Captain William Andrew White, the only Black Chaplin serving in the British Military at the time, it offers a more diverse retelling of a familiar slice of history.

2. Meeting › Death Café. Every fourth Thursday, 12-1pm. Looking to increase understanding of death in an effort to help people live their best “finite life,” this unusual event asks you to bring your thoughts and questions. Those needing greif councelling can find resources here, while others can explore what it means to be alive.

1. Live Music › Gridlock Festival. Jul 8-10. DIIV, American Football, TR/ST, Wintersleep, Baths, Lower Dens, Lowell, Beach Slang, Peach Kelli Pop, Sean Nicholas Savage, Southern Shores, Partner, Vogue Dots, beauts and Dance Movie are among the acts already announced for Gridlock, Halifax's newest music festival.

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