Friday, October 30-Sunday, November 1, World Trade & Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, day pass $30 (bracelets sold out)
Proudly billed as the “biggest” and “geekiest” sci-fi, fantasy and gaming convention in all of Atlantic Canada, HalCon pulls out all the stops and brings super-fans the most legendary figures (this year, John Rhys-Davies from Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings is only one of the many guests), top-notch cosplayers, graphic/comic artists and an amazing program of events.
Flash Mob. NATHAN BENJAMIN
Halifax Celtic Festival
Thursday, September 17-Sunday, September 20, various times & locations, free
Now in its third year, the Halifax Celtic Festival is going strong. The cultural celebration will include a performance of the play The Year of the Burning, a flag-raising ceremony, pipes and drums, activities for kids, hurling and Gaelic football. There’s also a sport called “Celtic stick fighting,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Slainte!
The Word on the Street
Saturday, September 19, 11am-4pm, Halifax Central Library, free
As if you needed another reason to head to the glorious new Central Library, now the 20th-anniversary edition of Halifax’s celebration of books, magazines and all things wordy will be there. This is a match made in literacy heaven, where the angels—not angles—hang out on wordclouds, reading all of the books they never got around to back on earth.
Etsy: Made in Canada
Saturday, September 26, 10am-7pm, Garrison Grounds, 5425 Sackville Street, free
Etsy, everybody’s fave online marketplace for crafts and crafters, is organizing a day of offline pop-up markets all across the county for the second annual Made in Canada. Halifax, naturally, is among the 33 cities with a market, and more than 70 makers/artisans/collectors will have their wares on offer at the Garrison Grounds. Make plans to attend, and you’ll have it Made.
Halifax Oyster Festival
Saturday, October 3, 2-5pm and 7-10pm, Salter Street parking lot, Halifax Waterfront, $65
Oyster shucking? Totally an art form. Harvesting the fruits of our salty ocean waters? Also incredibly artsy. The first-ever Halifax Oyster Festival—a Coast-produced shindig—is the food-meets-fun event of the sea(son), celebrating nature’s briney candy, the oyster. Local wine, craft beer, food trucks, music, shucking competitions and all-you-can-eat oysters will be packed into two three-hour sessions happening in one big-ass tent on the Halifax waterfront, for one day only. Wanna slurp to your heart’s content? It’s easy: All you have to do is shell out for a ticket through oysterfest.ca.
Atlantic Film Festival
Thursday, September 17-Thursday, September 24
The 35th AFF is a welcome chance to say “Hoorah for Haliwood!” again, after the long summer of reeling from the notorious cuts Stephen McNeil’s government made to provincial film funding incentives. Movie fans have an abundance of local, Canadian and worldly offerings to watch. Filmmakers can plot how to recover those lost Liberal #NSFilmJobs. And we suggest everyone get out for North Mountain and/or a tour of local film landmarks—find out more in the accompanying film fest stories.
North Mountain – Justin Rain and Glen Gould keep warm in the woods.
Atlantic Flamenco Festival
Saturday, October 3-Friday, October 9, various locations
Gala, Thursday, October 8, 8pm, Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, $27-$50
The passion of a dance that originated in southern Spain returns to Halifax as hot as fire, with internationally renowned flamenco dancers like Joaquin Grilo, Maria Osende and Compania Azul, who all perform at the festival’s Gala on October 8. There are also workshops and free events to enjoy the spirit and sensuality of Spanish dance.
Sculpture Nova Scotia Arts Festival
Saturday, September 19-Saturday, October 17, Halifax Waterfront, free
For almost a month, the Salter Street block of the waterfront will feature experienced stone artists working in the open air as part of the Sculpture Nova Scotia Arts Festival, which also includes a mentorship program and other events. Made from granite, the sculptures will be permanent fixtures once complete. Rock on.
Carbon Arc Cinema
Sunday, September 25-Wednesday, October 28, Carbon Arc Cinema, 1747 Summer Street, $7
Halifax’s indie art house cinema is back with a full fall season of films that will challenge and inspire, especially the 2015 VICE-produced film The Wolfpack, about a clan of DIY-filmmaking boys held captive in their NYC apartment, and When Marnie Was There, a Japanese adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s 1967 book.
Saturday, October 20, 6pm to midnight, various locations in Halifax and Dartmouth, free
Explore dozens of visual art installations, performances, projects and screenings for one night only in downtown Halifax and Dartmouth. The challenge is to try to experience everything.