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Must see event planner: Events & festivals

Summer festivals are mostly about eating, which is fine. But they’re also about days off, music, silly hats and simply enjoying summer in Nova Scotia. Eat your heart out, everywhere else.

June 29

Wolfville Farmers' Market grand opening

After many years in a temporary location, the market will enter into its 20th year with a permanent home at Acadia University. The celebration will happen at the new Wednesday market, 4-7pm, with cake, product samples, flowers and commemorative wine glass for sampling for sale. The Saturday market tradition continues in the new digs as well, 8:30am-1pm.

24 Elm Ave, DeWolfe Building, Acadia University, Wolfville,

June 30-July 3

Multicultural Festival

What's new about this year's Multicultural Festival? Well, it starts on a Thursday instead of Friday. Head on down to the Seaport Market and a $6 pass will get you a glimpse of exhibitors and performances from over 40 cultures. Like many other cultural festivals, the food tends to be a major draw and this is no different. That pass is going to give you full access to the event including the amazing food court. There will also be a singer-songwriter competition for up-and-coming musicians ----to apply check out the website.

Halifax Waterfront near Pier 21, 423-6534,

July 1

Canada Day

Fireworks that'll probably disappoint, huge crowds, nowhere to park, annoying drunk people butchering our national anthem ---what more could you possibly want? Luckily, the deal has been sweetened with some free acts including The Trews, Hey Ocean and The Stanfields, who will all be playing at Alderney Landing. There's going to be lots of stuff for families as well, especially at the Citadel, where people can enjoy free live music, bouncy castles, Canada Day cake and other free things too. Be sure to wear red and white and have at least one floppy Canada hat. 

Alderney Landing, Citadel Hill and other locations,

July 1-3


"Mawio'mi" is Mi'kmaq for gathering, and that's exactly what will be happening on the Halifax Common this Canada Day weekend. Last year's Mawio'mi was a commemoration of Grand Chief Membertou's baptism 400 years ago, but this time it's more focused on Mi'kmaq culture, with less emphasis on religion. This free event will allow visitors to walk through a small community of teepees (which light up at night!), taste Mi'kmaq cuisine and take in the splendour of traditional dance and storytelling. Vendors will be selling their wares and conducting workshops, as native groups from all over Canada come to participate in dance and drum competitions.

Halifax Common, corner of Cogswell and Robie Streets, 772-5155

July 7-10

Saint Antonio's Lebanese Festival

This is the 10th anniversary of the festival where people can partake in Lebanese culture, cuisine and, of course, fun. Not much information was available for this year's festival as of press time but if things stay relatively the same you can expect free admission, music and more shawarma than you can shake a stick at.

Olympic Community Centre, 2304 Hunter Street,

July 17-24

Halifax Pride

A whole week of things to do to celebrate and support Halifax's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. People of all orientations are welcome to join and there will be lots to do. Dykes vs. Divas, a softball game between Halifax's most fabulous in drag and the dykes (who are hoping to break their losing streak) will start the week off at the Canada Games Diamond at the Common. The week hits its peak at the 24th Annual Pride Parade on Saturday, July 23, where Canada's fourth-largest pride parade marches from Lower Water Street to Barrington, then up Spring Garden to turn for the finish at South Park Street. There are lots of other things to do through the entire week, including seeing Serena Ryder, playing at Casino Nova Scotia.

various locations,

July 28-August 1

Natal Day festival

It's the weekend that the whole world makes up an excuse to have a long weekend, and for us it's to celebrate the founding of Halifax and Dartmouth. Nothing has been set in stone for this year in terms of performers, but you can definitely expect some fireworks, a talent show, parade, family-focused events and, of course, beer tents! It promises to be the most impressive bridge fireworks display yet, so be prepared for them to last longer than two minutes. We can expect to hear more about performers as we get closer to the actual date, and you can check out for updates.

various locations, 490-6773, 

August 5-6

Seaport Beerfest

Beer, and lots of it, in the open air! Over 200 brews will be available to sample at the Beerfest, 70 of which are not available at the NSLC---it's a perfect opportunity to finally sample some beer from that microbrewery you've been hearing so much about. The good stuff will be flowing in from all over the region including Quebec, Maine, New Brunswick and, of course, the best that Nova Scotia has to offer. Tickets start at $40 if you buy in advance, and $45 at the entrance. Festival organizers are promising more bathrooms this time and advising people to come early as this events fills up pretty quick.

Marginal Road by Seaport Market,

August 14

Clam Harbour Sandcastle Contest

Remember when you were a kid, and you built this amazing sandcastle with a moat and everything, but then some mean big kids came along and stomped on it? Me neither, but if you want to see some amazing sand creations head down to Clam Harbour Beach and be prepared. If you're a sandcastle-building enthusiast, it's $20 fee to apply solo and $30 for a group--- but don't take this lightly, some people craft unbelievable shapes. Don't even think about stomping out the competition.

Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park,

August 21

The Incredible Picnic

The fourth annual Incredible Picnic will give people an opportunity to meet, chat with and buy food from local farmers from Nova Scotia, all arranged by the fine folks at Select Nova Scotia. Expect a little bit of a fancier event, to go with the new location on the water, and some star chefs who haven't been at the Incredible Picnic before, as well as games and live music. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available on the Select Nova Scotia website.

Halifax waterfront,

September 2-5

Labour Day weekend

Ah...Labour Day weekend, the final hurrah before the kiddies are back to school and everyone else is back to looking for jobs and writing manuscripts at Starbucks. Take some time to play tourist in your own town, go explore the Citadel, walk along the boardwalk, stroll through the Public Gardens and you'll see why so many people come to our fair city. Have a cold one at a patio, go to a museum, take a ride on the Harbour Hopper and see if all of their fun facts are true or not. Take a ferry over to Dartmouth and explore the parks, restaurants and shops. Enjoy it---after this weekend, it's back to the grind.

various locations

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