100 Things to Do this Summer in Downtown Halifax

The Summer of 2022 is jam-packed with exciting things to do! From festivals and events to can't miss food experiences, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Downtown Halifax

To help you get started, we've compiled a list of 100 Things to Do this Summer in Downtown Halifax. Take a look and see how many you can cross off the list this summer!


1. Get a cookie the size of your head at Grounded Coffee Bar in Historic Properties or at Cabin Coffee, 1554 Hollis Street.

2. Grab a slice of pizza at the famous Pizza Corner, intersection of Grafton and Blowers Streets.

3. Enjoy a beverage and dine al fresco on one of Downtown Halifax's many patios.

4. Visit Flynn's Dairy Bar & Convenience at the corner of Hollis and Bishop Streets and try one of their sweet Insta-worthy creations.

5. Visit the Split Crow Pub, the oldest pub in Nova Scotia,1855 Granville Street.

6. Treat yourself to some ice cream at COWS or Black Bear Ice Cream in the Salt Yard on the Halifax Waterfront, 1601 Lower Water Street.

7. Grill your own Korean BBQ at Gangnam KBBQ, 1261 Barrington Street..

8. Shop fresh and local at the Halifax Brewery Farmers Market, open Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm, 1496 Lower Water Street; and the Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market, open Saturdays 8 am - 2 pm, 1209 Marginal Road.

9. Dig into a donair, Halifax’s official food, at Mezza Lebanese Kitchen, 1558 Barrington Street.

10. Enjoy Margarita Mondays and Taco Tuesdays at Antojo Tacos + Tequila on Argyle Street, 1667 Argyle Street.

11. Find your sweet spot at one of Downtown Halifax’s specialty candy shops including Freak Lunchbox, 1729 Barrington Street; Underground Snax, 1549 Barrington Street; or Sugah! Confectionary & Ice Cream Emporium, 1479 Lower Water Street.

12. Get a full slab of Boneheads BBQ’s award-winning ribs and enjoy them at one of the colourful picnic tables in Raymond Taavel Park, 1004 Barrington Street..

13. Treat yourself to some homemade macarons at Le French Fix Patisserie, 5233 Prince Street.

14. Eat some authentic Chinese dumplings at Qiu Brothers, 1335 Barrington Street.

15. Treat yourself to a gourmet soft serve ice cream cone at Rousseau Chocolatier, 5151 South Street.

16. Purchase award-winning J.D. Shore Rum from Halifax Distilling Co., an independent distillery, 1668 Lower Water Street.

17. Grab an espresso to go from Weird Harbour, 1656 Barrington Street.

18. Taste the tongue-tingling flavours of Jamaican cuisine at Brawta Jamaican Jerk Joint, 1567 Grafton Street.

19. Treat yourself to one of the Bird’s Nest Cafe’s famous chocolate chip muffins, only available on Fridays while supplies last, 1547 Barrington Street.

20. Grab some chocolate Peace by Chocolate in Queen’s Marque, 1741 Lower Water Street.

21. Indulge in a seafood feast at the newly renovated Cable Wharf Kitchen & Patio, 1751 Lower Water Street.

22. Dig into a lazy weekend brunch at Elle’s Bistro, with an extensive brunch menu featuring over 20 different kinds of Eggs Benny, 1678 Barrington Street.

23. Watch the sunset over the harbour while enjoying a three-course, locally sourced menu, on a Harbour Queen dinner cruise. Departs from the Cable Wharf, 1751 Lower Water Street.

24. Grab some sushi from Tokyo Roll, 1598 Argyle Street, and have a picnic lunch in Grafton Park, corner of Grafton Street & Spring Garden Road.

25. Take your pup to a patio! Many patios in Downtown Halifax are dog-friendly, (make sure to ask if your dog is allowed first).

26. Find out if beer really does taste better by the ocean at The BG, Downtown Halifax’s waterfront beer garden, 1599 Lower Street. .

27. Step into brewing history with a tour of the Alexander Keith’s Brewery, 1496 Lower Water Street.

28. Grab some friends and enjoy a walking food tour with Curated’s Best of Downtown Halifax Food Tour, with stops at 6 restaurants in Downtown Halifax. 

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29. Discover the historic tunnels and admire the scenic views of Downtown Halifax from Georges Island. Tours run from Cable Wharf, 1751 Lower Water Street, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until early October. Book tickets here.

30. Visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street. Enjoy free admission on Thursday from 5:00 - 9:00 pm as part of BMO Free Access Thursdays.

31. Discover Canadian immigration history at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road.

32. Test your sleuthing skills at Captured Escape Rooms, 1684 Barrington Street, or at Trapped Halifax, 1313 Barrington Street.

33. Climb the steps and admire the view of Downtown from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville Street. Free admission for youths 17 and under.

34. Splash into the Halifax Harbour during a Harbour Hopper Tour, 5050 Salter Street. Tours run daily until late October. Book your tickets here.

35. Immerse yourself in Halifax's rich maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street. Free admission for children 5 and under. And make sure to say hi to Merlin, their 20-year-old Rainbow Macaw!

36. Play your favorite board game or discover a new one at The Board Room Game Cafe, 1256 Barrington Street.

37. Experience all the fun exhibits and hands-on science experiences at The Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water Street.

38. Pedal around Downtown Halifax by renting a bike from I Heart Bikes on the Halifax Waterfront, 1549 Lower Water Street.

39. Explore the harbour with JFarwell Sailing Co. on the Halifax Waterfront, June to October. Book tickets here.

40. Rent a Sea-Doo or Sea Kayak and enjoy a guided tour of  the Halifax Harbour with Halifax Watercraft Tours and Adventures, 1597 Lower Water Street.

41. Walk on the cobblestones in Granville Mall, 1895 Granville Street.

42. Enjoy a family staycation at one of the many family and dog-friendly hotels in Downtown Halifax. 

43. Enjoy live music with local musicians at a number of Downtown Halifax pubs and restaurants including The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street; Bearly's House of Blues & Ribs, 1269 Barrington Street; and The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse, 5136 Prince Street.

44. Take a guided art tour of Downtown Halifax with Argyle Fine Art’sArt is All Around Us’ Halifax Art Walking Tour.

45. Dare to be scared and take a Ghost Tour at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Available all year.

46. Learn something new by taking an art workshop at Sparkles n' Sawdust Studio, 1574 Argyle Street. 

47. Discover HMCS Sackville, Canada’s oldest warship, on the Halifax Waterfront on its berth just outside the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

48. Dance through the Bishop’s Landing water fountain, Halifax Waterfront, 1475 Lower Water Street.

 49. Bar hop along Argyle and Grafton Streets in the heart of Halifax’s Entertainment District and home to some of the city’s best nightlife.

50. Explore the city on a HFX e-Scooter. Rent one on the Halifax Waterfront, 1549 Lower Water Street.

51. Unleash the kids’ energy at the Submarine PlaygroundHalifax Waterfront; and the 'Train Station' Playground, Peace and Friendship ParkBarrington and South streets. 

52. Visit the four churches in Downtown Halifax: Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, St. David’s Church, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, and St. Matthew’s United Church.

53. Relax on the Waterfront Hammocks on the Halifax Waterfront, all year.

54. Visit the Old Burying Ground, a historic cemetery located at 1541 Barrington Street.

55. Take the ferry across the Halifax Harbour (and back!) from the Halifax Ferry Terminal, Halifax Waterfront. The ferry is free on Fridays and Saturdays between July 1, 2022 and August 31, 2022.

56. Look for the Celtic Cross on George Street,  near the corner of George and Lower Water Streets.

57. Pamper your tired feet with a pedicure at one of Downtown Halifax's spas/beauty salons including Life SalonSpa, Interlude Spa, The TEN SPOT, Spirit Urban Spa, Spice Nails & Spa, and more.

58. Stroll through Peace and Friendship Park & see the seasonal lights at night (Barrington and South streets). 

59. Say "hello" or ask a question to one of the Downtown Halifax Crew members with blue shirts, to the end of August.

60. March to a Wanderers Match! Meet up with other HFX Wanderers FC fans and March to the Match from Rogers Square on game days. See their schedule here.

61. Sail around the Halifax Harbour on an Ambassatour's Tall Ship Silva Cruise, Halifax Waterfront, 1655 Lower Water Street, June to October.

62. Get your steps in by walking the Halifax Harbourwalk, the 4.4 km long boardwalk along the Halifax Waterfront.

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63. Climb the steps from Brunswick Street and take a selfie with The Town Clock on Citadel Hill.

64. Take a selfie with the Drunken Lamp Posts,‘Fountain’, ‘Get Drunk, Fall Down’, on the Halifax Waterfront.

65. Take a selfie with The Wave, the most photographed attraction on the Halifax Waterfront.

66. Snap a selfie with the waterfront Canada sign by the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.

67. Take a selfie under the light canopy on Argyle Street, open to pedestrians only during the summer months.

68. Take a selfie in the Peace and Friendship Park with a view of the historic The Westin Nova Scotian in the background.

69. Take a selfie sitting in one of the colourful adirondack chairs lining the Halifax Waterfront.

70. Take a selfie with the cow in front of COWS Ice Cream on the Halifax Waterfront (by the Lower Deck)

71. Shoot a selfie on the granite stairs that lead into the Halifax Harbour in the middle of the Queen’s Marque District, 1709 Lower Water Street (just watch your step as you do!).

72. Snap a selfie with Joseph Howe’s statue in Province House Park, 1726 Hollis Street.

73. Grab a selfie with friends in the Ondaatje Courtyard at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

74. Get a  selfie on the anchor in Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water Street.

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75. Purchase a comic book or two at Strange Adventures, 5110 Prince Street. 

76. Stock up on some summer reading at local bookstores including Carrefour Atlantic Emporium in Historic Properties and Venus Envy,1727 Barrington Street.

77. Spend an afternoon wandering the shops in Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water Street, including URBN-ish, MXM Fashion Studio, Frida Custom Fine Jewellery, and more.

78. Shop the latest fashions at one of the Brewery Market’s boutique fashion stores like Ruffles & Tassels and Suit Yourself, 1496 Lower Water Street.

79. Visit Northern Watters Knitwear & Tartan Shop, Historic Properties & Halifax Seaport, and check out their signature knit sweaters, perfect for chilly days at the beach. 

80. Discover the world through maps, globes, atlases, travel books, and more at Maps & More: A Travel Store, 1601 Lower Water Street.

81. Design a custom piece of jewellery for yourself or a loved one at FireWorks Gallery, located at 1569 Barrington Street.

82. Brighten up your day with a designer floral bouquet from The Flower Shop,1705 Barrington Street.

83. Discover some new to you vintage finds at KingsPIER Vintage Clothing Store, Historic Properties. 

84. Shop for some ‘haute cowture’ at the new COWS Cable Wharf store, 1751 Lower Water Street.

85. Buy unique local art at Argyle Fine Art, 1559 Barrington Street; Art 1274 Hollis, 1274 Hollis Street; Karl Penton Gallery Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water Street; or the Prow Gallery, 1479 Lower Water Street.

86. Browse local markets like the Curio Collective’s Summer Vintage Show, July 9 in the Light House Arts Centre, 1800 Argyle Street; or the Takin’ BLK Summer Market, July 30 in the Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water Street.

87. Upgrade your meditation routine with some incense from Drala Books & Gifts, 1567 Grafton Street.

88. Browse for boho-chic jewelry, clothing, crafts, and gifts sourced from around the world at The Black Market Boutique, 1545 Grafton Street. 

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89. Check out the Grand Oasis Festival Series, a free festival to celebrate music, art, and culture at Grand Parade in Downtown Halifax. Events run from June 21 to October 1.

90. Enjoy live music on the waterfront with the Halifax Jazz Festival, July 12 - 17.

91. Watch the city come alive with colour and dancing during the Halifax Pride Parade, July 16. See the parade route here.

92. Take in the dancing, singing, acrobatics, and more at the Halifax Busker Fest,  July 27 - August 1, Halifax Waterfront.

93. Celebrate Halifax’s culture and diversity at the Mosaic Festival, September 3, Halifax Waterfront.

94. Learn how to salsa at Haliente Dance Studio’s Halifax Salsa & Bachata Festival, August 18 - 20, Halifax Waterfront, Rogers Square and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Courtyard.

95. Take in the military splendor at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, June 25 - July 2, Scotiabank Centre.

96. Celebrate the arts, crafts, and culture of people of African descent in Nova Scotia at the 2022 Afrifest, July 21-24, Halifax Waterfront. 

97. Catch the excitement of live music at the Ultimate Live Kitchen Party Series at the Light House Arts Centre, July 21, August 18, and September 15.

98. Take a break from the heat and enjoy some live music with Summer Sounds@Barrington, St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington Street, Tuesdays at noon during July and August.

99. Support local and national songwriters at the Halifax Urban Folk Festival (HUFF), The Carleton, August 28 - September 4.

100. Experience the thrill of a live concert at the Scotiabank Centre, including Canada’s own Bryan Adams on September 3.

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