The last long weekend before fall arrives is coming fast, but there is a lot of summer fun still to be had. Take advantage of the warm weather and the day off. So, gather your family and friends, go on a day trip or spend some time in Halifax. Here are just some interesting and fun things you can do in and around Halifax this Labour Day Weekend – August 31 to September 3, 2018.
I. Family & Kids’ Events
1. Alice in Wonderland
The creative team behind 2012’s smash hit musical adaptation returns to Wonderland, with audience favourites The Mad Hatter (Kathryn McCormack), White Rabbit (Simon Rainville), and of course, The Queen of Hearts, played by SBTS comedy powerhouse Tom Gordon Smith. Directed by Jesse MacLean, with an award nominated score created by Jeremy Hutton, this all-ages family musical will have you tumbling down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass for a crazy adventure… just watch out for the Jabberwocky!! Details
August 30 & September 1, 2018 | 7:00 PM @ The Cambridge Battery, Cambridge Drive
September 1 | 1:00 PM @ The Park Place Theatre, 5480 Point Pleasant Drive
The Cambridge Battery/The Park Place Theatre
Wild About Owls
This weekend we are going wild about Owls. Join us at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park to explore these amazing predators. Learn about their incredible adaptations of silent flight, binaural hearing and night vision. Make a fun craft to take home for $1 or dissect an owl pellet for $3. Details
September 1 & 2, 2018 | 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, Colchester County
Park Admission/ fees apply.
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Become a cowboy at the Hatfield Farm Cowboy Adventure. There are horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting pen, mini golf, zip lines, and inflatable games for kids of all ages to enjoy. For lunch, there are all you can eat beef jumbo hot dogs or veggie hot dogs available with unlimited pop, juice, tea and coffee. Details
Every Saturdays & Sundays | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Hatfield Farm Cowboy Adventures, 1840 Hammonds Plains Road, Hammonds Plains
$14.99 +HST per person. Kids 2 and under go for free
Labour Day Weekend Halloween
Celebrate Halloween early at Webber’s Lakeside Resort over the Labour Day Weekend. The weekend starts on Friday evening with a movie. Saturday is packed with fun events, including a free BBQ, trick or treating, and a costume dance. Details
August 31 – September 3, 2018
Webber’s Lakeside Resort, 738 Upper Lakeville Road, Lake Charlotte
Camping fees/ Cottage Stay applies
Cineplex Family Favourites
See a cineplex family favourite on Saturday @ 11:00 AM for $2.99
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Dub Kartel is bringing Reggae and Dancehall music to Halifax for the seventh year, and is having one last performance before their drummer Teddy leaves for Toronto. Details
Saturday, September 1 | 10 PM – 2 AM
The Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax
HUFF – Halifax Urban Folk Festival
Celebrate songwriters and songs they create and sing at the HUFF. Halifax Urban Folk Festival takes place at seven venues across downtown Halifax. This year’s lineup includes Tim Baker, Lilly Hiatt, Steve Poltz, Paper Beat Scissors, and many more. Details
August 26 to September 2, 2018
Various Venues, Halifax
Varies with event
III. Theatre & Performing Arts
Halifax Fringe Festival
The Halifax Fringe Festival is fun for all ages. Catch a show or take part in one of the many workshops. Details
August 30 -September 9, 2018
Various locations, Halifax
Varies with event
Sound A Music B’ye
If you love a good laugh, then spend an evening of the Labour Day Weekend at the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre watching an amazing cast perform the hilarious ‘Sound A Music B’ye’. You are sure to enjoy this Cape Breton twist on a classic film! Details
Through September 8, 2018
Grafton Street Dinner Theatre, 1741 Grafton St, Halifax
Adult $49.02 (plus hst)
Child under 12 $30.61 (plus hst)
Seniors (65 and above) & Students $44.12 (plus hst)
Military Personnel $41.67 (plus hst)
Shakespeare by the Sea
Take the family to see an afternoon or evening play performed by the fantastic cast of Shakespeare By The Sea. Details
Friday, August 31, 2018 | 07:00 PM — Twelfth Night
Sunday, September 2,2018 | 7:00 PM — The Unrehearsed Dream
Cambridge Battery, Point Pleasant Park, Cambridge Dr, Halifax
Freddy’s high-energy performance, combined with an array of celebrity impressions, has made him an audience favourite. He continues to delight fans by drawing his humour from life experiences and his Italian heritage. Details
Friday – Saturday, August 31 & September 1 | 8:00 PM
Yuk Yuk Comedy Club, Halifax
V. Exhibitions/ Other Events
The Jam is an all-inclusive dance party that plays everything from house music to bass, electronic, and much more. If it can be danced to, it will be played at the Jam. Make sure to bring good dancing shoes and an open mind to the Jam. Details
Saturday, September 1, 2018 | 10:00 PM to 02:00 AM
The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen St, Halifax
$7 after 11
Labour Day March
Join the Halifax Dartmouth and District Labour Council, Union members and Social Justice allies to celebrate Labour Day 2018. Speeches at Victoria Park start at 10:30am followed by a march to the South Commons Triangle for a barbecue (hamburgers, hot dogs, including veggie options and soft drinks/juice), entertainment by Joe Murphy and the Water Street Blues Band, face painting, bouncy castle and more!! Details
Monday, September 3, 2018 | 10:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Victoria Park, Halifax
Halifax Forum Farmer Market
Farmers and vendors from across Nova Scotia head to this huge market to showcase their work and offer some of the freshest produce and amazing handcrafted goods. . Details
Saturday, September 1, 2018 | 8 AM to 3 PM
6205 Almon St, Halifax
Labour Day Goodwill Bot in Support of Family SOS
Head to Good Robot Brewing Company to enjoy craft beer, while helping a great local charity. When you buy a beer at the Labour Day Goodwill Bot, a $1 will go to the Family SOS’s Emergency Fund to support local families with groceries, clothing, school supplies and much more. Details
Monday, September 3 | 11 AM – 8 PM
Good Robot Brewing Company, 2736 Robie Street, Halifax
More Fun Things to Do this Weekend
Visiting Halifax? Here are few more fun things to do this labour day weekend.
- Go on the Halifax Citadel Ghost Tour: Halifax has a long history that is full of unexplained happenings and ghost sightings. The Halifax Citadel Ghost Tour takes you to the areas of the Citadel that are claimed to be the most haunted. The tours take place every Thursday. Friday and Saturday until the end of October, tours start at 8:30pm.
- Explore Halifax by with Secret Tours Halifax: Pick your challenge and your phone becomes a tour guide that will take you around Halifax. Once you are at your starting point, you will receive clues that will lead you around the city. You can start and stop at any point of the tour, so you can take in the local sites. Each Secret Tour Halifax tour takes 2 to 3 hours to complete.
- Ride the Harbour Hopper: The Harbour Hopper is an iconic vehicle that travels to historical points around downtown Halifax before driving in the Harbour. It provides a unique view of the naval fleet, the harbour and the Halifax and Dartmouth skyline. The tour is an hour along and is adventure that you will never forget.
- McNab’s Island Ferry & Nature Tours: Meet Mike Tilley a.k.a. Captain Red Beard on the McNab’s Island Ferry & Nature Tours. These tours are customizable and will take you around Halifax Harbour and to McNab’s Island. Explore the island or watch the local marine mammals and seabirds. Each tour will entertain and education.
- Gahan House Harbourfront: Gahan House Harbourfront makes beer on-site using the freshest ingredients without preservatives or additives. Along with seeing the beer being made, you can sample the beer and enjoy delicious pub food on one of the best patios in Halifax.
- Taste the best of Halifax on the Eat Halifax Tour: Halifax has an exploding food scene that is inspired by both the locally grown produce and by the people from across the world. The Eat Halifax Tour will take you to six stops serving everything from amazing local seafood to the famous Halifax Donair.
- Go Glamping: Instead of roughing it in the woods camping, you can spend the Labour Day Weekend enjoying some time in nature glamping. East Coast Glamping offers upscale camping experiences and partners with campgrounds in Nova Scotia to create amazing camping experiences.
- Go surfing at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park: Lawrencetown Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in Nova Scotia, which is mainly due to its world-class surfing conditions. Lawrencetown is a must-visit destination for any beach lover who wants the ultimate surfing experience.
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