October brings with it a wealth of magical experiences to Halifax, a month painted with hues of bright fall foliage and cool autumnal air. This coastal treasure offers a variety of interesting activities and events that are sure to enthrall both locals and visitors as Nova Scotia’s capital and a bustling cultural centre on Canada’s east coast. The lovely city of Halifax calls with a tapestry of history, culture, nature, and magic, whether you’re a local looking for new experiences or a traveler seeking an amazing holiday. So, gather your warm clothing and come along as we discover the fantastic things Halifax has in store for you this October.
Catch an explosive NHL game at the Scotiabank Centre
Sidney Crosby, a Cole Harbour native and three-time Stanley Cup winner, will play for the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Ottawa Senators in the Nova Scotia Showdown at the Scotiabank Centre.
Want to eat something before the game? If you’re looking for family-friendly restaurants or a romantic spot, enjoy a dinner at a nearby local eatery, just steps from the Scotiabank Centre. Halifax’s central core is teeming with eateries of every variety.
Fill up on local goods at a festive fall market
This month, Halifax is awash in fall markets. For the ideal autumn outing, stock up on farm-fresh fruit and peruse one of these festive markets’ unique wares from nearby artists.
• Fall Vintage Show | October 7-8 at the Light House Arts Centre
• Halloween Town Market | October 14 at the Halifax Brewery Market
• Ooky Spooky Spryfield Market | October 15 at the Spryfield Lions Rink
• Pumpkin Fest Market | October 15 at the Fisherman’s Cove
• Witches Market | October 21 at the Halifax Forum
Bluenose Ghosts Festival
Beware! With 22 nights of fright in October, the Bluenose Ghosts Festival at Alderney Landing is back and better than ever. This festival is not for the faint of heart; there are many opportunities to be frightened, including a haunted home, an escape room, spiritual readings, a crypt ride, and a haunted selfie park.
By collaborating with experienced artists, the Bluenose Ghosts Festival was founded with the goal of showcasing our local history via the writings of Dr. Helen Creighton, one of Canada’s most renowned historians.
Fall Colours Cruise
Halifax will soon be painted in a vivid pallet of reds, yellows, oranges, and golds by Mother Nature’s artistic brush as autumn approaches. Join the Fall Colors Cruise with your family to experience this great time of year. Beginning in Halifax Harbour, the two-hour cruise travels past Point Pleasant Park and into the Northwest Arm, where the fall foliage is at its most spectacular at this time of year. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and feel free to bring a warm blanket of your own or make use of one of theirs.
Experience awe at a multi-sensory candlelit concert
In October at The Spatz Theatre, settle in for an evening of great Halloween films in the soft light of candlelight for a spooky, enchanting experience. Grab yours before it’s too late, as tickets are selling swiftly.
The Nocturne: Art at Night Society, established in 2008, hosts the independent, free, contemporary art event Nocturne in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. The event showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia while bringing art and vitality to the streets of our city. The group also manages a variety of arts programming that shares the belief that art can be found wherever.
Nocturne is an opportunity for everyone to discover the art of Kjipuktuk/Halifax in a brand-new way. It was created and prepared entirely by volunteers.
More activities for the family this month at https://discoverhalifaxns.com/local-tips/10-things-to-do-in-halifax-this-october-2/