Looking for some fun things to do this winter in the Halifax area? There's lots of exciting festivals and events happening all over Halifax Regional Municipality in the coming few weeks, so bundle up and get out there to make some winter memories!

Family outside enjoying Winter

1. Downtown Dartmouth Ice Festival

January 27th-29th | Downtown dartmouth

The 2023 Downtown Dartmouth Ice Festival is back again this year for another exciting three days of ice sculptures, live music and Winter fun!

It all starts on Friday, January 27th with an Ice Carving Workshop at 9am. Celebrated ice carver Richard Chaisson will be holding the workshop right outside of Alderney Landing. If you're interested in attending the workshop, the festival asks that you let them know through this Google Form.

If there's one thing Downtown Dartmouth knows, it's how to throw a good street party! The Saturday during the festival (January 28th),  Portland Street between Alderney Drive and Victoria Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11am-6pm for an ice festival street party! There'll be live ice carving all over the Downtown, live music at multiple businesses, and Luminosity Circus will perform 3 exciting fire performances at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm at Alderney Landing.

Make sure to check out the Ice Festival edition of the Light Up Downtown Dartmouth Projection Show on the Old Post Office, showing nightly from 5pm-10pm until January 31st!

Ice carving

2. Dine Around

february 1st-28th | participating restaurants across ns

HRM's month-long foodie adventure is back for another year beginning February 1st! All February long, participating restaurants all over Nova Scotia will be featuring special Dine Around Menus priced at $10, $20, $30, $40, or $50. It's an exciting celebration of our local culinary scene and an opportunity to try a new spot, or something new at your old favourite! View participating restaurants and their Dine Around Menu here.

Restaurant meal

3. Big Poutine Fest

february 1st-15th | participating restaurants in halifax & the annapolis valley

Big Poutine Fest is a 15 day celebration of local poutine, all in support of a great cause!  Indulge yourself in all kinds of poutine-inspired dishes from participating restaurants all over HRM and the Annapolis Valley, $2 from each dish will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters.


4. Sackville Snow Days

february 17th-20th | sackville

There's tons of family fun to be had during Sackville's annual three day winter festival, Sackville Snow Days! This year's schedule of events includes a morning movie screening of Abdominable (2019), cookie decorating and snow sculpture making ate the Fultz House Museum, a free family skate at the Sackville Arena, and lots more!

Children sledding

5. Halifax Black Film Festival

february 24th-28th | online & in-person

Celebrate African Heritage Month and enjoy a collection of stunning, entertaining, and thought-provoking films by Black filmmakers at the Halifax Black Film Festival. This year's festival will screen films both online and in-person, venues will be announced in coming weeks. Keep an eye on HalifaxBlackFilm.com for the 2023 Film Selection and to purchase your tickets!

Movie theatre audience

We hope you enjoy making the most of wintertime in Halifax this year! Follow us on Instagram or Like our Facebook Page for more on Halifax's festivals and events!

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