Heritage Day is the newest holiday in Nova Scotia and it is on February 18th this year. While many popular locations are closed due to the holiday, it does not mean that there is nothing for you to do in Halifax during this long weekend: February 15 to 18, 2019.
Here is a list of 20+ things that you can do in HRM during this Heritage Day Weekend.
Sackville Snow Days
If you are looking for a weekend full of family fun, head to Lower Sackville for the annual Snow Day Festival.
Start the long weekend on Thursday with free skating at the Sackville Sports Stadium. The weekend is full of fun all ages across Sackville. Make sure to watch the Snow Day Parade on Monday at 2pm.
Various Venues, Lower Sackville
February 14 to 17, 2019
Varies depending on the event
Alice The Ballet
The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts is putting on Alice the Ballet, which combines elements of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The 1 pm show has a pre-show called Alice the Ballet craft event at 12:30 pm in the lobby.
Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope St, Halifax, NS
February 17, 2019 at 1 pm & 4 pm
Adult Ticket – $20 ($24.59 w/fees), Student/Senior Ticket – $15 ($19.23 w/fees)
Emera Oval Character Skate
Head to the Emera Oval dressed as your favorite character for the Annual Emera Oval Character Skate on Heritage Day. There will be face painting and chances to take photos with visiting mascots. It is going to be a fun afternoon for the whole family.
5775 Cogswell St, Halifax
February 18, 2019 at 1 pm
Crafting at North Memorial Public Library
Crafting at North Memorial Public Library is a free workshop that is open to all ages, no matter their crafting experience. Help make the kind of crafts that are sold around HRM to help local charities. You will learn how to make kind karma bracelets, wire wrapped sea glass and crystals, handmade cards, knitting headbands and more.
Halifax North Memorial Public Library
February 15, 2019 at 3:30pm
BYOBB – Bring Your Own Baby/Kids to Our Bar
On Sunday, February 17, 2019, Chain Yard Cider and Unchained Kitchen welcome parents to bring your babies and kids to the tap room. Enjoy brunch/lunch along with cider, beer, and wine. For kids, there will be a special kids menu, movies they can enjoy with headphones and coloring packs. There will be prizes from Nurtured Product for Parenting.
Chain Yard Cider
February 17, 2019 at 11am
Opening Day at The Ville Caffeine Bar
A new café on Sackville Street is opening on Friday, February 15th. Along with serving up great coffee, The Ville Caffeine Bar will be offering a healthy food menu, which will make it easy for people to eat healthy while on the go.
The Ville Caffeine Bar
February 15, 2019 from 7:30 am to 6 pm
Every Saturday and Sunday, you can go to the Family Round Up Adventure at Hatfield Farm. This is one of their most popular events, so you may want to show up early, especially on a long weekend. The event includes a horse wagon ride, petting pen, zip lines, all-you-can-eat hot dogs and much more. Just be sure to sign up for the Family Round Up Adventure that starts at 10:30 am.
1840 Hammonds Plains Road, Hammonds Plains
$15.99 + HST per person. Kids 2 and under go for free!
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
On February 16th, 2019 the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is hosting Contra Dancing as a part of their ‘Spring Into the Art Series’. Dance the night away with folk music and dance and kick off the Heritage Day weekend. The museum will be open the rest of the weekend with their regular hours.
1675 Lower Water St, Halifax
$10 per person or by donation
FREE ADMISSION ON FEB 18 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Museum of Natural History
Explore Nova Scotia’s and the world’s history at the Museum of Natural History. Until April 28, 2019, the museum is hosting the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit. This exhibit is a ‘must see’ as it features life size, life-like animatronic dinosaurs alongside fossils from around the globe.
1747 Summer St, Halifax
Adult – $6.30, Child – $4.05, Senior – $5.70. Student – $5.25, Family A – $17.95 (2 adults and children under 17), Family B – $12.50 (1 adults and children under 17)
FREE ADMISSION ON FEB 18 | 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Pier 21 has played a huge role in Nova Scotia’s and Canada’s history. The museum is usually closed on Mondays. However, they will be open Heritage Day, February 18, 2019. On Heritage Day, there will be a special free event at 7 pm, Pier 21 Reads: Sandra Semchuk ‘The Stories Were Not Told.’
1055 Marginal Road, Halifax
Basic Soap Class: Level 1
Learn how to make soap and take home your own 2lb of 100% natural soap at the Basic Soap Class at Sea Suds Soap. The workshop comes with all materials that are needed to make the 8 x 4oz bars of soap.
Sea Suds Soaps, 16 Balsam Street, Halifax
February 16 and 17, 2019 at 1 pm
Zatzman Sportsplex Heritage Day Open House
Come see what has been taking place in the Dartmouth Sportsplex since it changed into the Zatzman Sportsplex. You can choose to swim, skate, play, or workout while you are there. The Staff will be on-site to show you how things work and tell you about the upcoming programs that will be available there.
Zatzman Sportsplex, 110 Wyse Rd, Dartmouth
February 18, 2019, from 10 am to 3 pm
MAUD LEWIS HERITAGE DAY
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in is celebrating Maud Lewis and her work this Heritage Day. There will be special programs and events that celebrate Maud’s remarkable artistic accomplishments throughout the day.
1723 Hollis Street, Halifax
Monday, February 18, 2019 | 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Dartmouth Whalers are hosting a Family Skate and Food Drive on Heritage Day. They are asking for cash donations and/or non-perishable food items to help replenish the Metro Food Bank. You will need skates and a CSA standard helmet for each person in your family in order for them to go on the ice to skate.
RBC Centre, 259 Commodore Dr., Dartmouth
February 18th, 2019 at 1 pm to 3 pm
Cash Donations and/or non-perishable food items
More Family Skates
- FREE Skate: Eastern Shore Arena, 67 Park Road, Halifax on Monday, February 18th, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. There will be free hot dogs and hot chocolate for all.
- FREE Skate:St. Margaret’s Bay Centre, 12 Westwood Blvd, Upper Tantallon on Monday, February 18th, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: There will be free hot dogs and hot chocolate available.
- FREE Skate: Sackville Arena, 91 First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville on Monday, February 18th, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm — Features introductory figure skating routine by Alyssa Cross of the 2019 Nova Scotia Canada Winter Games Team.
Princess & Superhero Ice Cream Party
Meet your favorite Disney Princesses and Superheros at the Princess & Superhero Ice Cream Party. The party ticket allows you to make your own DIY Sundae while spending time with the special guests. The seating’s are a half-an-hour long and all proceeds are going to ‘Dreams Take Flight”.
The Chickenburger, 1531 Bedford Highway, Bedford
February 18, 2019
$5 per ticket.
Cheer Halifax Hurricanes as they take on Saint John Riptide.
Scotiabank Centre, Halifax
Sunday, February 17, 2019 | 2pm
$10.75 to $70.75
Be part of the celebration as Halifax Mooseheads battle it out on the their 25th anniversary season.
Scotiabank Centre, Halifax
vs Gatineau on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 | 7:00 pm
vs Charlottetown on Sat, Feb 16, 2019 | 4:30 pm
$9.75 to $20.75
LO (OR DEAR MR. WELLS)
Attend the play by Rose Napoli that explores the topic of consent in this gripping two-hander about sex, power and control between a high-school teacher and his protégé-turned-lover. Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) puts consent, sex, power and control centre stage by shining a light on areas people might consider grey.
Ten years have passed since Laura was in a relationship with her high school English teacher. She is now a published author. As she waits at his doorstep with the novel she wrote about them in hand, we are invited into Laura’s private memories of her underage romance with Mr. Wells.
Neptune Theatre, Halifax
February 5 – 24, 2019; No show on Mondays
$30 to $46
Concerts to attend this Weekend
- quiet hill + Jessie Brown + Arsoniste on February 15, 2019 | 10:00 pm – 1:30 am @ The Carleton | $8 at the door
- JP Cormier in Concert on February 15 & 16, 2019 | 8:00 pm @ The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse
- Tristan Legg and the Mad Dogs on February 15 & 16, 2019 | 9:30 pm @ Split Crow Pub
- The Royal Canadian Navy’s Brass Ensemble Stadacona Band on February 16, 2019 | 2:00 pm @ Maritime Conservatory
- Harvi Millar & JAzz Ain’t Nuttin” But Soul featuring Divas, Linda Carvery and Muzzy Howe on February 16, 2019 | 8:00 pm @ Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill
- NSYO: Black is Beautiful on February 17, 2019 | 2:00 pm @ Nelson Whynder Elementary School, North Preston
- New Songs/Old Souls II – Ronok Sarkar + Cassie Josephine + Ted Simmons + Carmel Mikol + Leona Burkey + Bill Travis on February 17, 2019 | 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm | $10 at the door.
- Dave MacIsaac & Louis Benoit on February 18, 2019 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. @ The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse
- Jordan Leblanc on February 18, 2019 | 8:00 pm @ Split Crow Pub
Grand Bridal Show
With up to 135 exhibitors, including photographers, bridal salons, DJs, decorators, wedding planners, cakes, caterers, hair & makeup, wineries, free samples, door prizes and MORE!
Cunard Centre, Halifax
Sunday February 17, 2019 | 11:3am – 4:30pm
$14 & up
Take the whole family out to eat during the Dine Around — a celebration of Halifax’s growing culinary scene, and with dozens of restaurants throughout the city rolling out special prix-fixe menus for a limited time.
Various Restaurants, Halifax
February 1 to 28, 2019
$20, $30, $40 and $50 menus.
Dot in Halifax
Learn how to make your own mandalas at the Dot in Halifax workshop. A Winsh for 2019 pattern is inspired by the Pantone’s colour of the year, which is Living Coral. All materials are supplied and you can take home your disc at the end of the workshop.
Common Good Solutions,
February 16, 2019 at 6pm
$30 per person
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