Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reconnect with family. Gather up your friends and family and get out of the house this Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate the harvest season. Have a great time checking out what is going on this Thanksgiving Weekend around Halifax.
1. Thanksgiving Dinner
2. We Were Here
“We Were Here tells the stories of eight forgotten Saint Johners. These persons of colour who came to or were born in Saint John accomplished much under severe circumstances of that time. Circumstances that were more devilish and acrimonious than those persons deserved.
October 8 to 10, 2021
Neptune Theatre Scotiabank Stage, 1593 Argyle St, Halifax
3. Fire & Water Cultural Festival
A celebration of Nova Scotia’s unique cultural diversity featuring music, dance, art, story-telling, and fire performances!
October 8 – 9, 2021
Dartmouth Waterfront – Events Plaza
4. Rock for Mental Health
Rock for Mental Health is back with 4 great bands that will be raising awareness for Mental Health and money for the Grateful Wardrobe, an organization funding therapy for people with Mental Heath concerns without the means otherwise.
Friday, October 8, 2021 | 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Montes Showbar Grill, 245 Waverley Road, Dartmouth
5. Patio Lanterns Festival
Halifax and Nova Scotia’s local businesses are lighting up this summer and fall with live music, food and drink specials, summer décor, fun activities, and more patio magic for the brand new Patio Lanterns Festival!
July 15 – October 11, 2021
Pop-up stages and local businesses across Nova Scotia
6. Beyond Human Limits
Beyond Human Limits immerses visitors in a variety of engaging and exciting sports in their natural environments. They can virtually race the backcountry slopes, balance along a highline, trace in the footsteps of a parkour athlete, or discover what it’s like to pilot a wingsuit. Younger visitors can test their climbing skills, experiment with downhill curves, or imagine themselves suspended on a mountainside snuggled into a portaledge. Visitors of all ages will delight in capturing themselves in an upside-down halfpipe photo and relish the mental challenge of remaining calm and focused under intense pressure.
Wednesday – Sunday | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water Street, Halifax
Regular admission $12 – $15; 2 and under Free
7. See an Exhibition by a Nova Scotia Artist
The Nova Scotia Spotlight series highlights recent acquisitions to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection by artists contributing to the province’s cultural heritage. Currently on view as part of the Nova Scotia Spotlight series is an exhibtiion by artist Matthew Collins. Collins’ main focus is the act of painting itself, while drawing from art history, politics, advertising, and his everyday rural surroundings.
Thursday | 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday – Sunday | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax
Regular admission: $5 – $12
7. HFX Wanderers FC
Catch HFX Wanderers FC in action at the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax! Details
vs. Pacific FC on Monday, October 11, 2021 | 2:00 PM
The Wanderers Grounds, 5819 Sackville Steet, Halifax
8. Halifax Citadel Ghost Tour
The Citadel gate swings open to reveal a tour guide in full period uniform standing on the drawbridge holding a glowing lantern aloft in the deepening twilight. He silently beckons for you to follow him across the drawbridge, through the arched stone gate and into the darkness of the fort that has dominated Halifax Harbour since 1749.
Friday, and Saturday, Until November 6, 2021 | 8:30 PM
Halifax Citadel, 5425 Sackville St, Halifax
Meet at the front entrance kiosk
$17.03 per person
9. Family Round Up Adventure
Round up the family for some farm fun. Take the horse drawn wagon ride to Fort Clayton. Meet animals at the petting farm, enjoy the Rubber Rodeo, the Hillbilly fun lines, playgrounds and mini-golf.
Saturdays & Sundays | 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Hatfield Farm, 1840 Hammonds Plains Road, Hammonds Plains
$19.99 + HST per person
10. RiverBreeze Cornmaze
Take a drive up to Truro this Thanksgiving Weekend to challenge your maze solving skills at their annual corn maze. After exploring the corn maze, spend the day on the farm. Pet some farm animals and even meet kangaroos. Head over to their pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin.
The Fear Farm is open on Fridays and Saturday nights. So if you are looking for something scary, do check it out! Details
Corn Maze | Saturdays, Sundays & Thanksgiving Monday | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fear Farm | Fridays & Saturdays, October 4 – 30, 2021 | 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM
660 Onslow Road, Truro
Corn Maze: $15 plus tax per person, 3 yrs & under free; Fear Farm: $26.09
11. Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market
The Seaport Farmers’ Market is iconic, and fall is one of the best times to visit. You can easily find everything you need to make Thanksgiving dinner under one roof from the world-class vendors.
1209 Marginal Road, Halifax
12. Find a perfect pumpkin
Have you ever wondered where those giant pumpkins in some grocery stores come from? Many of them come from Howard Dill’s Pumpkin Farm. The farm is under an hour drive from Halifax, and you can pick out a pumpkin and see the giant vegetables they grow.
400 Collage Road, Windsor
13. Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum
Explore heritage buildings and meet some farm animals at Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum. This farm is a rural oasis in HRM. During the fall, there is always something to do around the farm.
Wednesday to Sunday | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour
Admission is by donation
14. Fully Committed
Enjoy a plate-flying, tray-crashing, phone-ringing tour de force.
Nobody wants to hear that an award-winning, ridiculously trendy restaurant is fully booked and can’t take a reservation. In a dingy basement office, far from the magic of molecular gastronomy, skillful reservationist Sam has to use his charisma and wits to handle a demanding clientele of entitled, sniveling, wealthy elite. Watch as all of these characters come to life in this one-person romp. Details
Until October 10, 2021
Tuesday to Friday | 7:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday | 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Fountain Hall, Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street, Halifax
15. Day Trip & Parks Canada Perfect Picnic
Book The Parks Canada Perfect Picnic from participating restaurants. Pick up a ready-made lunch and let nature design your dining space. Fort Anne and Port-Royal national historic sites both offer spectacular water views and expansive lawns ideal for laying a picnic blanket – add yourself and bon appétit!
- Fort Anne National Historic Site, 323 St George St, Annapolis Royal (~2.25 hours from Halifax)
- Port-Royal National Historic Site, 53 Historic Ln, Granville Ferry (~2.5 hours from Halifax)