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6 Reasons You Have To Visit Halifax This October

Haven’t been to Halifax? It is time to cut the excuses and visit the beautiful city. Not only are the people incredibly friendly but the restaurant scene rivals most other major Canadian cities. Thinking about planning a trip? Why not plan one around these awesome events happening in Halifax this October.

Fall Colours in Halifax – All Of October

Not all of Canada gets epic fall colours. Thankfully, Halifax does. Unlike most major cities, Halifax’s urban core isn’t surrounded by suburbs, but forests of red maple, oak, and birch trees. As a result, the autumn colours in the woods of Halifax rival that of any city in the country. For some of the best views, we recommend the 16-hectare Shubie Park in Dartmouth, the frog pond at Fleming Park, or the 14.5 km Chain of Lakes bike trail.

Halifax Oyster Festival – Oct. 1


Nova Scotia knows seafood. Indulge in some oysters, local wine, and craft beer on the Halifax Waterfront and you’ll see the light. The provinces oysters are consistently ranked among the best in the world, and at this event, they’re all you can eat. Last year’s capacity crowd of 1,300 guests shucked a mellow 40,000 oysters. It’s no joke.
When: October 1

Nocturne: Art At Night –  October 13-15


If you’re familiar with Nuit Blanche, you already know the format of Nocturne. The streets of Halifax and Dartmouth come alive with a festival of art from 6 pm to midnight. This free event is a chance for everyone to immerse themselves in the visual art scene in the city of Halifax in some unique visual spaces and galleries.
When: October 13-15
Cost: Free

Halifax Pop Explosion Music Festival – October 19-22



The Halifax Pop Explosion has been going down every year since 1993 and has now grown to celebrate music spanning all genres within the independent music community. With over 180 hip hop, electronica, folk, punk, country, and hardcore musicians taking the state at 20 venues across Halifax, this festival is one of the better opportunities in Canada to discover new music. 2016’s lineup includes Hey Rosetta, Charles Bradley, Basia Bulat, Keys N’ Krates, Daniel Caesar and more.

When: October 19-22
Cost: $109  Festival Pass, $89 Weekend Pass

Harvest Celebration Dinner – Oct. 22nd


There’s no simpler way to experience authentic East Coast cuisine than a Harvest Dinner. Chef, Holly Gould, is preparing a three-course meal to be served by lamplight.
When: October 22
Cost: $30

26th Annual Wearable Art & Performance Night – Oct. 28


The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design hosts a night of mystery and art. A variety of artists from all mediums and disciplines are welcomed to create something unique to wear to the event. This vibrant masquerade welcomes everyone to display their creativity. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and show will start at 7:00 pm. After 10:30 pm, the event is open to the public.
When: October 28
Cost: $10

Have you heard of anything else going on this October in Halifax? Let us know in the comments below.

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