Get ready for another unforgettable summer in Downtown Halifax, the urban destination of the region. From vibrant events and bustling patios to delightful ice cream treats and the stunning Halifax Waterfront, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With a special vibe and energy that can’t be found anywhere else, Downtown Halifax is the place to be this summer.
From marquee events to smaller family-friendly gatherings, we will see the return of some of the city’s favourite annual events including the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Halifax Mural Festival, the Busker Festival on the Halifax Waterfront, and more. We will also welcome the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG 2023), plus tons of other fun events like ‘Wannabe: The Return of the Spice Girls’ at Neptune Theatre, and free dancing on the Halifax Waterfront. Stay up to date with these events and many more here.
When it’s time to relax and enjoy the summer weather, Downtown Halifax boasts over 80 patios, making it the unofficial patio capital of Nova Scotia. From cozy sidewalk cafes to rooftop terraces and waterfront beer gardens, there’s a patio for every occasion. Stroll along Argyle Street, which is closed to cars during the summer months, and experience the heart of the Entertainment District. And the best part? Many patios are now dog-friendly, so you can bring your furry friend along for the fun. Discover all the patios Downtown has to offer.
Satisfy that sweet tooth at one of the many Downtown Halifax specialty candy shops like Freak Lunchbox, Underground Snax, and the world renowned Peace By Chocolate. If ice cream is more your thing, indulge in the creamy delights of The COWS Cable Wharf, Black Bear Ice Cream or the newest cool kid on the block, The Fog Company– all of which are located on the Halifax Waterfront. But that’s not all, you’ll find many more sweet shops throughout the city that offer unique treats to tantalize your taste buds.
As the most visited attraction in the province, the Halifax Waterfront offers picturesque views of the harbour, an extensive boardwalk, and an array of shops and restaurants. Capture a memorable selfie with The Wave, the waterfront’s most photographed attraction. Venture further by visiting Georges Island, or take a thrilling Harbour Hopper tour.
Downtown Halifax is also home to world-class attractions, including The Discovery Centre, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Shop for unique gifts and keepsakes at charming locations like Bishop’s Landing, Historic Properties, and along Barrington Street. Let the little ones enjoy the Submarine Playground on the waterfront or the Train Station Playground in Peace and Friendship Park.
Don’t let parking deter you from experiencing the wonders of Downtown Halifax this summer. Plan your parking ahead of time on the Downtown Halifax website, where you’ll find thousands of parking spaces conveniently located throughout the area.
There certainly is no shortage of family-friendly things to do and see in Downtown Halifax this summer. Check out the list “100 Things to Do this Summer in Downtown Halifax” for more great ideas for how you can make the most of your summer. No matter where you choose to go, you’ll find people ready to welcome you and unexpected discoveries along the way.