The leaves are starting to change color, so it is time to head out and start enjoying the fall sights and cooler weather. There is still a lot of fun activities around HRM to enjoy and even some activities that only take place in the fall. To get the most from fall, here are the best activities to do this fall in Halifax Metro.
1. Halifax Citadel Ghost Tour
Rain or shine, get ready for 70 minutes of bone chilling stories while you explore the prison cells, candlelit tunnels, and restricted areas of historic Citadel Hill. The staff of Halifax Citadel Ghost Tours will tell the story of Canada’s most haunted historic site through true accounts of unexplained events. Tours take place every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until October 27.
2. Enjoy the Harvest at Halifax’s Seaport Farmers Market
Spend a day with the family at Halifax’s Seaport Farmers Market where you can peruse a fabulous showcase of local products from local farmers, food vendors, crafters and artisans. The live music and scenery provides a beautiful atmosphere while you shop. The atmosphere at the market is positive, friendly and accommodating for young and old alike.
3. Get Ready for Some Scares at the Die Happily Ever After Haunted House
Do you think you know everything about fairy tales and nursery rhymes? The Bluenose Ghost Festival’s Die Happily Ever After Haunted House explores the dark origins of these stories to scare you. Make sure to get your tickets early because this popular haunted house is only open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in October.
4. Taste the best of Nova Scotian Wines at the NSLC Festival of Wines
Gather your friends and get ready to enjoy and celebrate North American wine, food, and music at the NSLC Festival of Wines. Symphony Nova Scotia will be playing at this popular event, so it is sure to be an entertaining evening that will be enjoyed by all who attend.– September 27, 2018
5. Harvest Dinner at Cole Harbour Farm Museum
Enjoy a three-course meal in the Rose & Kettle restaurant at the Cole Harbour Farm Museum. Their most popular fall fare will be served, which includes autumn vegetable soup, locally raised free-range turkey and pumpkin pie. Make sure to get your tickets early because it is a popular annual event. – October 7 – 8, 2018
6. Enjoy Oysters at the Halifax Oyster Festival
Celebrate Nova Scotian oysters and local wines on the beautiful Halifax Waterfront at the Halifax Oyster Festival. Over 2,500 people attend the festival every year, and over 20 oyster farmers will be on-site to teach you about oysters. Make sure to stop at Canada’s Biggest Raw Oyster Bar on Friday and Saturday. – September 28 and September 29, 2018
7. Halifax Pop Explosion Music Festival
This popular festival has over 150 artists, speakers, and comedians at more than 15 venues across Halifax to share the best new music from across Canada and the world. The Halifax Pop Explosion is a long-standing annual festival that has something for everyone’s musical taste. October 17 to 20, 2018
Sci-fi and superhero fans join together at Hal-Con to celebrate their fandoms, and to meet the people who play their favorite characters and who have changed the genres. Even if you don’t attend the event, you can spot people in costumes across Halifax during this popular convention.October 26 to 27, 2018
9. The Guy Show Halifax
The Guy Show Halifax has everything that a guy would want and need under one roof. You can find items from sporting goods to hunting and fishing gear to Nova Scotian craft breweries and distilleries. There will be many interactive kinds of entertainment on-site to keep you busy, including virtual reality technology. – Halifax from November 9 to 11, 2018
10. Remembrance Day at the Army Museum and Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Head to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site for the traditional noon gun to see the 21-gun salute to our veterans. The ‘Road to Vimy and Beyond’ exhibit commemorates the Great War and includes a scale replica of the Vimy Memorial. – November 11, 2018
12. Diwali Carnival – Festival of Lights
Bring the family out to light a Diya (oil lamp) at the Diwali, which is a festival of lights. The weekend is packed with many displays of Indian Culture. During this joyous festival, you can enjoy traditional Indian food, art, henna, music, dances, and fashion. You should also plan to watch the fireworks at the Halifax Forum. – November 16 to 18, 2018
13. Hike Rum Runners Trail
Rum Runner Trail is a 119km long multi-use trail that connects Halifax and Lunenburg. The trail runs through forests, which makes it a great option for those who want to see all the gorgeous fall colors. Along the trail are award-winning restaurants and shops that you can stop at.
14. Visit the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum is a rural oasis in HRM. There are heritage buildings for your family to explore and fun farm animals to meet. In the fall, it is harvest season, so there is always work taking place on the farm using traditional farming tools. – Until October 15, 2018
15. Grape Escapes Nova Scotia Wine Tours
Enjoy a day exploring the sights of Nova Scotia’s wine country. Sit back, relax, and leave the driving to them, while you sip and savour your way through wineries and vineyards that show off Nova Scotia’s wonderful cool climate “terroir”. The Grape Escapes Nova Scotia Wine Tours offer a variety of tours that take place each week. – Until October 31, 2018
16. Local Tasting Tours
17. Tattle Tours
You can choose if you want to go on a ghost walk or a walking tour around historic Halifax. Tattle Tours also offers guide services to many popular locations across Nova Scotia. The tours take place on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. – Until October 31, 2018
18. Check out Uniacke Estate Museum Park
Uniacke Estate Museum Park is known for its eight walking trails that take you around the 930 hectare property. The trails vary in length and will take you through the forest, to a lakeshore, near marshlands, and atop a drumlin. Along with the gorgeous fall colors, the park features beautiful 18th century English landscaping.
19. Belchers Marsh Park Trails
Take a hike with the family and see how the changing of the season’s affect the marshlands at the Belchers Marsh Park Trail. The trail is 2.5km long and will take you past the marsh and a pond in Clayton Park. There are interpretive panels at the look-off that can tell you more about the marsh and the animals who call it their home.
20. Shubie Park
Shubie Park is the only fully equipped campground in Dartmouth, which makes it a great place to spend time in nature without having to leave the Halifax Metro area. There are also off-leash dog trails that you can explore with your furry friend. – Until October 14, 2018
21. Sir Sandford Fleming Park
Also known as The Dingle, Sir Sandford Fleming Park is off Purcell’s Cove Road and is one of the best places to see all the amazing colors of leaves in the fall. You can also climb the Dingle Tower to get a great view of the beautiful forests around the park. The park also has a playground for children, plenty of picnic areas, hiking trails, beaches, and wharves that everyone can enjoy.
22. Chain of Lakes Trail
The Chain of Lakes Trail is a part of the Rum Runners Trail. This scenic trail starts at Joseph Howe Drive and will take you across the city to the Bayers Lake Business Park and past several lakes. The trail is a great way to see the absolutely beautiful fall colors in the Halifax Metro area. There are also a number of places where you can stop and leave the trail if you need a rest.
23. Nocturne: Art of Night
From 6 pm to midnight, Halifax and Dartmouth come alive with Nocturne: Art of Night. This free annual event celebrates the visual arts scene and is an opportunity for everyone to experience seeing the city in a new light. – October 13, 2018
24. City Harvest
During harvest time, downtown Halifax and Dartmouth are filled with family fun fall activities. Many cafés and restaurant will be offering unique takeout opportunities. There will be seasonal competitions and freebies to enjoy. Make sure to check out the events early as many City Harvest events are ‘while supplies last’. – October 20, 2018
25. Halloween Hay Ride & BBQ at Hatfield Farm
Spend the evening with the family at the Hatfield Farm for the Halloween Hay Ride & BBQ. You can enjoy the Horse Drawn wagon rides, or hit the dance floor and enjoy the music played by the DJ. Test your skills on the mechanical bull and in the rubber rodeo. You should also be sure to ride the zip lines. – October 27, 2018The leaves are starting to change color, so it is time to head out and start enjoying the fall sights and cooler weather. There is still a lot of fun activities around HRM to enjoy and even some activities that only take place in the fall. To get the most from fall, here are the best activities to do this fall in Halifax Metro.
26. Visit Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches
Check out this list of corn mazes and pumpkin patches near Halifax.