Top 6: Our favourite events

The Halifax Pride Parade returns on July 16. Photo: Terra Ciolfe

Music, sports, festivals, and more — discover the summer’s can’t-miss events 

Halifax Jazz Festival
July 13 to 17, Waterfront Stage on Lower Water Street
Nova Scotia’s biggest musical festival is back, spotlighting local acts, and international all-stars. Highlights include Prism Prize-winning rapper and composer Aquaculture on July 13 and vocalist extraordinaire Molly Johnson with the funktastic Alex Cuba on July 16.  

Halifax Pride
July 14 to 24
The East Coast’s largest 2SLGBTQ+ festival returns with a full slate of events, including drag shows, live music, a youth dance, and a candlelight vigil. The marquee parade returns on July 16, with a new route, (beginning at Citadel High to avoid construction on Upper Water Street).  

Shakespeare by the Sea 
July 15 to Sept. 4, Cambridge Batter at Point Pleasant Park
Another season of theatre al fresco kicks off with the family friendly musical Cinderelly. The Bard’s classic Hamlet opens on Aug. 5, starring Deivan Steele as the eponymous king. And on Monday nights throughout the season, look for Hello City (by the sea), a series showcasing local improv performers.

Little Women: The Broadway Musical
July 19 to 24, Neptune Theatre  
The rising talents of Neptune’s Youth Performance Company share soaring musical numbers and scenes about relationships and sisterhood — the classic adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March.

Plus: Newcomer Zachary Fernandez is enjoying a breakout soccer season in Halifax. Photo: Trevor MacMillan

Hfx Wanderers FC
Continuing through Oct. 1, Wanderers Grounds
Halifax’s pro soccer heroes host opponents from across the country throughout the summer, battling for the Canadian Premier League crown and a slot in the CONCACAF League, where they would battle teams from Central America and the Caribbean. Read more about the team in this recent web-exclusive by Ameeta Vohra.

Halifax Seaport Cider & Beerfest 
Aug. 4 to 6 
If you’re a craft-drink aficionado, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Sample the best local brews, plus offerings from across the country and around the world that typically aren’t available in Halifax.


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