Our two favorite things are summer weather and saving money, so it seemed intuitive that we put together a list of events, date ideas and outdoor activities that all Haligonians can try once the weather starts to get a little warmer.
Get the most bang for your buck this summer by trying some new things all over the city.
Eat your ice cream from DeeDee’s at the top of Citadel Hill
Try one of the many flavours offered by DeeDee’s ice cream, and climb nearby Citadel Hill to enjoy your cone with an awesome view of the city.
Take a day trip over to McNab's Island
Get a group of three friends together and split a water taxi with Harbour Water Taxi that will take you directly to the beaches and ruins of nearby McNab's for $15 each.
See a live show at the Halifax Jazz Festival
From July 12th to the 16th catch a show as part of the Halifax Jazz Festival at The Company House, where almost every performance all fetival long is $15 for entry.
Enjoy a pitcher of sangria on The Argyle rooftop patio
Split a $30 pitcher of Sangria with a friend and bask in some rays on The Argyle’s massive rooftop patio.
Watch a free outdoor movie screening with the AFF
Last year the Atlantic Film Festival presented a series of eight free outdoor movie screenings on the Halifax waterfront between July and August – stay tuned to see if they make the same offer this year!
Catch an outdoor concert at The Grand Parade
All summer long bands will be touring through Halifax, sometimes performing community shows at the Grand Parade – keep an eye out for free shows and groups you’re a fan of!
Grab snacks and a drink at the Stillwell Beer Garden
Located at the corner of Spring Garden and South Park Street, Haligonians are eagerly awaiting the opening of the Stillwell Beer Garden. Take a date here for some craft beer and delicious food this summer!
Rent a bike for an hour with I Heart Bikes
At $12 per hour for a bike rental, swing by I Heart Bikes on the Halifax waterfront and explore Point Pleasant Park or bike through the North End on your new wheels.
Play some outdoor tennis in Gorsebrook Park
There are some great public tennis courts located right in the middle of downtown Halifax that anyone can play on for free! Be sure to check them out with some friends when the weather warms up.
Go for a swim in Long Lake or at Chocolate Beach
Bike or drive out to these local bodies of water and go for a dip to beat the heat this August.
Take the ferry over to Dartmouth and see the Halifax Harbour
Explore the HRM and take in some incredible views of the Halifax waterfront by taking a ferry ride to Dartmouth and back this summer for only $2.50 each way.
Start a garden in your yard with the help of Halifax Seed Company
Visit the Halifax Seed Company in Halifax’s north end and pick up some flower seeds and veggies to start a luscious garden this summer.
Find one of the many outdoor yoga pop-ups on Facebook
Lunar Lotus Yoga has been known to organize free, nature inspired yoga events for practised Haligonian yogis or newcomers to try – keep a look out for summer updates on their page here, and try their first gathering of the year on May 16th in The Common.
Visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for free every Thursday night
From 5pm to 9pm admission at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is free of charge, thanks to BMO financial group who graciously sponsor the weekly event. On a regular day student admission to the gallery is only $7 anyways!
Try a lobster roll from Dave’s Lobster and walk along the waterfront
Get a taste of Halifax with one of Dave’s many creative takes on the traditional lobster roll, of which are under $10.