Destination Halifax Welcomes Visitors to Experience Halifax Events & Festivals

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Festivals, fall foliage tours & culinary adventures using local products are just some of the things to do in Halifax

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There are twelve multi-cruise ship days taking place this month, the busiest of which, on October 6th, saw five vessels and close to 10,000 passengers in port.

An abundance of Halifax events reinforces the tourism season in Halifax is still going strong states Destination Halifax, long after the summer months keeping the excitement rolling right into winter.

There are more ways than ever to embrace fall in the Halifax region, some of which are unique to this time of year. The “second summer” weather conditions often enjoyed during October make it easy for people to enjoy Halifax outdoor activities, breathe the fresh fall air and explore the highlights of the region.

The many parks, tree-lined city streets, and wooded trails in Halifax, also known as the City of Trees, offer picture-perfect displays of the fall foliage. Popular things to do in Halifax in fall are hiking and golfing where the changes in the landscape and the crisp fall breezes often add to a Halifax outdoor experience.

The Nova Scotia harvest comes with many culinary delights to be savoured in top Halifax restaurants such as Elements, Fid, Chives, and Brooklyn Warehouse. The growing local food movement has resulted in more and more chefs incorporating the season’s best local products into their menus. For those who enjoy dining outdoors, many of Halifax’s beloved patios, some of which are equipped with outdoor heaters for those cooler nights, stay open until the end of October, enhancing the Halifax culinary scene.

Visitors to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market will experience it at its prime, thanks to the fresh fruits and vegetables that are only available during harvest time. The more adventurous traveler can harvest their own fresh apples and pumpkins just outside of Halifax at the various U-pick farms, or get lost and found in a corn maze.

A stellar line up of Halifax festivals this fall and events showcase the Halifax arts and culture scene. The success of annual events such as Nocturne: Art at Night, the Halifax Pop Explosion and Fall for Flamenco (Oct. 22-30) put local artists, musicians and dancers in the spotlight. Theatre goers will be delighted by Shakespeare by the Sea’s fall production of Dracula (Oct. 15 - Nov. 6) and Neptune Theatre’s take on The Jungle Book (Nov. 22 - Jan. 8). The Bluenose Ghosts Festival (Oct. 14-31), a celebration of the book and characters from Bluenose Ghosts written by Dr. Helen Creighton in 1957, is sure to invoke the Halloween spirit. And for something completely different, Hal-Con, Halifax’s Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Comic Convention (Nov. 12-13) is the largest event of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

Fall is also a popular season for cruise travelers with one-third of the cruise ship season’s calls to the port of Halifax taking place in October. There are twelve multi-cruise ship days taking place this month, the busiest of which, on October 6th, saw five vessels and close to 10,000 passengers in port.

With so much to see and do this fall, Halifax Nova Scotia continues to be a destination for all seasons. To explore all the great Halifax travel deals and vacation packages available this autumn, download the Visit Halifax Mobile App at    

About Destination Halifax
Destination Halifax is a partnership of the Province of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia, the World Trade and Convention Centre, and participating industry members. Since its inception in 2002, Destination Halifax has operated with a goal of promoting the Halifax Regional Municipality as a year-round destination of choice for business and leisure travelers.

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