Q: What’s happening Downtown this February?
A: So. Many. Things.
From commemorations surrounding African Heritage Month, to sports events, there's much to do in Downtown Halifax! Don't let the cold and early evenings keep you from missing out.
Photo credit: Discover Halifax
African Heritage Month
February is African Heritage Month, with this year’s theme of “Sea of Struggle: African Peoples from Shore to Shore.” The theme recognizes the struggle people of African Descent face from the shores of Africa to the shores of Nova Scotia.
Here are some ways Downtown Halifax is commemorating African Heritage Month:
- DHBC’s DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN at Grafton Park will be displaying the African Heritage Month light projection show. The light projection highlights four migrations people of African Descent embarked on to arrive on Nova Scotian shores. The show will be projected on the former Halifax Memorial Library nightly all throughout February.
- Halifax City Hall will be lit up in black, green, red, and yellow (Pan-African colours) on the evenings of February 18-21 and February 23-28. For the entire month, the Pan-African flag will also be displayed at Grand Parade, and on the Viola Desmond Ferry.
- The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 are hosting two African Heritage Month events: Calypso Celebration with pianist Eddie Bullen and percussionist Garrett Burgess (February 2) and Black Ice Film Screening, a documentary that examines the role of Black players in Canadian hockey (February 21).
Celebrate the day of love in Downtown Halifax! Visit our Valentine’s Day page for specials and promotions from businesses, and ideas on how you can spend hearts day Downtown.
February Food Festivals
Foodies rejoice! Check out these two food fests:
Savour special Dine Around menus from your favourite Halifax restaurants, priced at $10, $20, $30, $40, or $50. Check out the 50+ participating Downtown Halifax businesses.
Big Poutine Fest
The Big Poutine Fest (organized by Big Brothers Big Sisters), is an annual event where participating restaurants offer special poutines. $2 from each poutine sale supports local youth. 10+ Downtown Halifax restaurants are participating this year.
Dinosaurs in Motion (Ongoing, Discovery Centre) is more than just an exhibition about dinosaurs, it’s a showcase of the power of integrating art, science and innovation.
Enemy Aliens – Internment in Canada (Feb 11 – Apr 23, Canadian Museum of Immigration) explores internment operations and the experiences of interned immigrants (Ukrainian and German immigrants) here in Canada during World War I.
Broken Promises (Feb 11 – Apr 23, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21) exhibit explores the dispossession of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s and illuminates the loss of home and the struggle for justice of one racially marginalized community.
- In Lieu of Flowers February 7-19, 2023
- Fall on Your Knees February 10 - March 5, 2023
Light House Arts Centre
- Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis with Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci - February 3
- Classic Albums Live performs Billy Joel – The Stranger - February 4
- Joel Plaskett Emergency – Snowed in at The Light House Arts Centre - February 11
- Lúnasa - February 12
- Classified – The Retrospected Tour with special guest Reeny Smith – February 17, February 18
- The Beaches – February 24
Live Music at Restaurants and Pubs
Make sure to check out the weekly performances at Bearly’s House of Blues, The Carleton, The Old Triangle and Durty Nelly’s.
Halifax Mooseheads Home Games
- Sunday, February 5, 2023 – Rimouski
- Friday, February 17, 2023 – Acadie-Bathurst
- Monday, February 20, 2023 – Moncton
Buy your tickets here.
Halifax Thunderbirds Lacrosse Home Games
- Saturday, February 4, 2023 - Calgary Roughnecks
- Sunday, February 19 - New York Riptides
Buy your tickets here.
2023 Subway AUS Basketball Championships
- Friday, February 24, 2023 – Sunday, February 26, 2023
See full schedule and buy your tickets here.
Looking for more things to do in Downtown Halifax? Check out our Downtown Halifax Events Calendar.
Make your parking plan before heading Downtown.