Celebrate the Season with Halifax Festivals & Events this Fall

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Feel the season come alive as the leaves change colour and signature Halifax events provide days and nights of unforgettable culinary and cultural experiences.

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Those looking to taste the award-winning wines that inspire the shining Halifax culinary scene will enjoy the festival’s tours, tastings, trivia, grape stomps and iron chef competitions which take place primarily at Nova Scotia’s many fine wineries.

You can always count on Halifax, Nova Scotia to provide a stellar line up of festivals throughout the fall. Taking in annual events such as the Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival, Word on the Street, Nocturne: Art at Night, and the Halifax Pop Explosion are a must for any Halifax vacation plans.

This week marks the launch of not one, but three standout events rich with genuine maritime culture and flavor. Starting today, the Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival kicks off a month of wine and food events to savour. Those looking to taste the award-winning wines that inspire the shining Halifax culinary scene will enjoy the festival’s tours, tastings, trivia, grape stomps and iron chef competitions which take place primarily at Nova Scotia’s many fine wineries. This month long celebration of wine and Halifax cuisine is not to be missed. Also, from today until Sept. 20, the Atlantic Film Festival packs a staggeringly large lineup of incredible film screenings, gala parties, and industry events into 8 days. One of Canada’s premiere film festivals, the Atlantic Film Festival features special guests from far and wide as well as homegrown talent. Meanwhile, Prismatic, which runs from tomorrow until Sept. 29, is a biennial multi-disciplinary arts festival that brings new works by Canada’s leading culturally diverse artists into the spotlight. A combination of compelling film screenings, visual art exhibits, spoken word, live theatre, musical and dance performances are scheduled for various venues around the city.

On Sept. 23, Word on the Street will be back for another year of literary love and celebration on the Halifax waterfront. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. over 60 authors will share their stories along with the largest gathering of book and magazine publishers, booksellers, literacy organizations and independent publishers in the Maritimes. Experience the unique thrill of attending a reading aboard one of Halifax’s popular vessels – HMCS Sackville, CSS Acadia, and Theodore Tugboat; or build up an appetite at the Cooks and Books stage, which will host some of the region’s best chefs and food writers.

2012 is a milestone year for both Nocturne: Art at Night and Halifax Pop Explosion, October’s biggest Halifax arts and entertainment festivals. Nocturne: Art at Night turns 5 this year and will light up the night of Oct. 13 from 6 p.m. to midnight with a vast collection of captivating temporary art installations, performances, and interactive experiences that celebrate the Halifax arts community. Spread out across dozens of galleries and alternative indoor and outdoor art spaces, all events are free and open to the public and guided walking tours are available to help festival-goers navigate their night. Halifax Pop Explosion is celebrating its 20th year and is showing no signs of slowing down with age. From Oct. 22-26 HPX will showcase 150 bands across 20 venues in the city, presenting not only concerts but a zine fair, record fair, special guest speakers from the music industry and a new digital technology conference called HPX Digital.

With such a wide array of festivals and events happening this fall, Halifax brings together the best maritime culture, culinary and arts experiences Atlantic Canada has to offer. For more information on Halifax events and to find vacation packages suitable for any festival fanatic, visit http://www.destinationhalifax.com.

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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