What’s happening around our beautiful city? Enjoy this month-at-a-glance listing of ongoing events in February, happening in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Sackville, and beyond!
A new month is upon us and the shortest month of the year has fun events for the whole family! February kicks off with Groundhog Day and Shubie Sam is making his prediction of whether we can expect spring to arrive soon, or if winter will be sticking around for 6 weeks. We also have lots to celebrate in February including African Heritage Month, Valentine’s Day, and Nova Scotia Heritage Day. There are many exciting exhibitions at museums and galleries throughout the city, check out our list of Family-Friendly Exhibitions in HRM to see our favourites.
With the days getting longer and winter in full swing, February is the best month to get out there and enjoy the wintery outdoors. Grab your skates and head to the Oval, or if we ever get any snow, hop on a toboggan and check out the best places to slide the afternoon away!
Here is our month-at-a-glance which highlights some of the family-friendly events in February and if you are looking for upcoming events, the Family Fun Halifax calendar is continually being updated with the latest news. Also, each Wednesday, we publish our ‘Weekend Roundup’ – family-friendly Halifax events for the upcoming weekend. Happy February, everyone!
DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN Halifax Light Show(February 1- March 20): DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN is the Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s series of vivid light shows and installations around Downtown Halifax. It includes colourful light projection shows that help light up our dark winter nights.
African Heritage Month Events (February 1-28): The 2022 theme for African Heritage Month is “Through Our Eyes: The Voices of African Nova Scotians”. This theme recognizes the long-standing history of people of African Descent in the development of Canada.
Dine Around Halifax (February 1-28): During the month of February, you and your family can enjoy some of the city’s best culinary creations with meals starting at only $10! Enjoy new restaurants and try new menus curated by local chefs throughout Halifax!
Wee Wild Ones at the Museum of Natural History ( February 7, 14, 21, 28): If you know a young child or toddler who loves to touch objects, ask questions, and use their imagination, then join in the fun at Wee Wild Ones at the Museum of Natural History – a program where kids under 5 and their caregivers can explore the wonders of nature.
Groundhog Day with Shubenacadie Sam (February 2): We have experienced a pretty gentle winter so far, so let’s hope that means that spring will soon on its way. Shubenacadie Sam’s prediction will happen at 8 am sharp, and you are invited to stick around the park to celebrate World Wetland Day.
February Events at Ross Farm (February 4-26): Want a great way to embrace these Atlantic winter days? This February, Ross Farm has multiple events to help you enjoy winter, including snowshoe making, straw hat braiding, candle dipping, and more.
Family Friendly Valentines Day Events and Date Night Ideas ( Feb 11-14): Whether you decide to celebrate your love for your friends, love for your kids, or love for a special someone, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate LOVE! We have collected some of our favourite events happening in HRM for you and your family, and we threw in a few fun date ideas just in case you have a babysitter and you want to live it up!
P.E.I Canada Winter Games’ Speed Skating at the Oval (February 18-25): The Prince Edward Island (PEI) Canada Winter Games’ long-track speed skating events will be taking place at the Emera Oval. Although closed for public skates, all are welcome to attend these events and cheer on the world-class athletes performing in our region.
Sackville Snow Days Festival (February 18-21): Celebrate winter by building a snow sculpture, colouring an icy scene, and exploring the business district to complete an outdoor scavenger hunt! Grab a bite from a participating restaurant for your chance to win dinner, courtesy of the Sackville Business Association.
Nova Scotia Heritage Day Family Events (February 20): Check back for events going on around HRM in celebration of Nova Scotia Heritage Day!
Don’t forget, in addition to the events above, there are lots of ongoing activities at these great Halifax attractions:
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Discovery Centre, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Museum of Natural History, Africville Museum, Halifax Libraries, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Shearwater Aviation Museum, Ross Farm Museum, and Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
Be sure to visit our calendar for current events happening in your community. Have a fantastic February everyone!