Even though the holidays have come to an end , there's still lots of exciting festivals and events happening in and around Halifax. From live music to delicious local eats to intricate ice sculptures, there's always something fun to do this season! Keep reading for the top events happening in Halifax Regional Municipality this in winter.

Downtown Dartmouth Ice Festival

Open Waters Festival

January 8-14, 2024 | Multiple Venues in Halifax

Open Waters Festival is a celebration of new music here in Halifax. The festival is comprised of 21 events showcasing music from Symphony Nova Scotia, Orbit Duo, Dr. Jordan Institute, the Halifax Regional Arts Orchestra and more! View the festival schedule here.

Downtown Dartmouth Ice Festival

January 26-28, 2024 | Downtown…

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! From Christmas parades to charming markets to stunning holiday light displays, there's tons of festive fun to be had all over Halifax Regional Municipality. We've rounded up Halifax's most exciting holiday events so you don't miss a second of seasonal cheer!

Use the following links to skip to the holiday activity you're looking for:

  • Christmas Tree Lightings
  • Holiday Parades
  • Holiday Light Displays
  • Festive Events
  • Holiday Markets
  • Santa Visits

Christmas Tree Lightings

Gathering around your community's Christmas tree for its first lighting of the season makes such a magical night. There's often cheerful music, warm hot chocolate and maybe even a visit from Santa himself. It's a a…

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Holiday Market and Craft Show season is well underway here in Halifax Regional Municipality! There's nothing like finding that perfect, unique gift made with love by a local artisan. With everything from homewares to baked goods to clothing to bath and beauty products, craft markets are such a great opportunity to enjoy some warm holiday cheer while supporting small businesses. Keep reading to see where you can find a market near you!

Two women shopping at holiday craft market

Christmas At the Forum

November 10-12 & 17-19 | Halifax Forum

Don't worry if you missed out on Christmas at the Forum's "The Big Show", there's two "Boutique Shows" also happening this month! The Boutique Shows are described as a more intimate shopping experience, with less crowds and smaller selection of…

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The spookiest night of the year is fast approaching but there's still plenty of time for thrills and chills. From haunted houses to ghost encounters to scary movie screenings, there's tons of spine-tingling events happening in and around Halifax Regional Municipality this October.

Line Divider

Bluenose Ghosts Festival

october 11th-15th & 18th-31st | Alderney landing

Alderney Landing's Bluenose Ghosts Festival is famously home to the scariest haunted house in Halifax Regional Municipality, and this year, it's gotten even scarier! Parental discretion is advised.  The festival has plenty more scares in store, including a family-friendly escape room, a simulated casket ride and more! Tickets can be purchased on site from October 11th-15th & 18th-31st,…

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There's so many fun things to do this September in Halifax! From exciting new events like Halifax's first International Fleet Week to long awaited traditions like the Halifax Urban Folk Festival, there's tons of events happening this month that you won't want to miss.

Halifax International Fleet Week

International Halifax Fleet Week

September 7th-10th | Halifax

Ready Aye Ready, Halifax is hosting its first International Fleet Week this month! Join the Royal Canadian Navy and more than 1,200 sailors from the U.S, U.K., France and Germany in this exciting celebration of service at sea. There’s lots of exciting events happening, including public ship tours, live musical performances from the Stadacona Band, CAF booths, a rugby match and a Fleet Week Ceilidh. Topping it all…

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Summer is finally here and Halifax knows how to do it right. Lots of exciting festivals and events that can be enjoyed by all ages are happening this month. Take in some tunes at the Halifax Jazz Festival, celebrate the 2SLGBTQ+ Community at Halifax Pride and connect with the diverse cultures of Nova Scotia at Nova Multifest; there's something for everyone! Keep reading so you don't miss a thing.

Halifax Mural Festival

July 3rd-9th, 2023 | halifax

Last summer, the first ever Halifax Mural Festival brought 22 artists from across the country to Halifax to beautify our city. Tons of unique new murals were painted along Quinpool Road and on the Halifax Waterfront and are now enjoyed by passerby all year long. It's all happening again this year…

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April Showers are (hopefully) gone and it's finally time for May flowers! May in Halifax is marked by blooming cherry trees, restaurants opening their patios and the excitement of summer being right around the corner! There's lots of fun things to do and exciting events coming up this month all over Halifax Regional Municipality, so keep reading so you don't miss a thing!

Halifax Commons Spring Flowers


East Coast Music Awards

may 3rd-7th | halifax

The East Coast Music Awards are coming back to Halifax during the first week of May. This year marks the 35th anniversary of this exciting festival showcasing East Coast artists in both FREE and ticketed shows all around Halifax. There'll also be tons of free, family friendly activities going on throughout the week to…

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March Break is almost here in Halifax! It's one of the best times of the school year for kids, and one of the most stressful for parents! A week is a long time to keep the kids occupied, but luckily there's lots of great options (that won't break the bank!) all around Halifax Regional Municipality! Keep reading for fun activities and things to do in HRM that'll keep the kids entertained all week long!

Halifax Central Library

Free Halifax-Alderney Ferry Service

Explore both Downtown Halifax and Downtown Dartmouth this March Break! From March 13th to 18th, the Alderney-Halifax ferry will be free between 11am and 2pm.

Craft at the Lou Duggan Creative Studio

Spend an afternoon crafting with free state-of-the art equipment at Halifax Central Library's Lou Duggan…

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Not much else brings a community together like public art. Something for all to enjoy, carefully crafted by the community itself.

This has been a big year for art in Halifax and surrounding areas. With initiatives like Downtown Halifax's Gritty to Pretty Placemaking Program, Sackville Business Association's Mural program, and the Halifax Mural Festival, murals have popped up all over Halifax Regional Municipality! Keep reading for a list of Halifax's newest murals, the stories behind them and where to see them for yourself.

Sound of Time

1326 Barrington Street, downtown halifax | ABSEN | August 2022

ABSEN's red toned mural on the side of Barrington Consulting Group's brick heritage building is one of Downtown Halifax's newest additions,…

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Fall is such a wonderful time to live in Halifax. Pumpkins adorn doorsteps in every neighbourhood, changing leaves make for stunning Fall scenery at every turn, the cool temperature is a welcome break from the heat of August, and there's plenty of fun seasonal activities going on to get you in the Fall mood.

Keep reading for all the Fall events and things to do in and around Halifax this year.

Halifax Waterfront Fall decor

Meet Your Farmer During Atlantic Open Farm Day

September 18th | Online & participating farms in nova scotia, pei & new brunswick

Where does our food come from? Atlantic Open Farm Day is our chance to get an in-depth look at how our local farmers get food to our tables. Farms and ranches all over Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick will welcome us in…

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