What's On This May in Downtown Halifax

It's May in Downtown Halifax! 

From spring flowers and breezy, sunny days, to Mother's Day and Asian Heritage Month, there's no shortage of things to do and experience in May in Downtown Halifax. 

Here's a quick rundown of all the notable days and exciting events to look forward to this month. 

For a full list of events happening this month, visit our online Events Calendar

Special Days in May

There's no shortage of special days in May. Here are a few to mark in your calendar:

May 4: Star Wars Day ("May the 4th" be with you!)

May 5: Cinco de Mayo

May 12: Mother's Day

May 20: Victoria Day

Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, and there are many events taking place throughout the month to commemorate and learn more about Asian heritage in Canada:

May 4: Celebrate! Asia, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 10 am-4 pm

May 17-20: Taste Asia - Halifax Asian Food & Culture Festival 2024, Foundation Wharf, Halifax Waterfront

May 27: Riturang: Dancing through India's Six Seasons, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 7-11 pm

May 31: Canada's Storytellers: Dr. Melissa Karmen Lee, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 2 pm

Open City

Open City, the annual event that celebrates entrepreneurs and small, local businesses, is taking place on Saturday, May 11 all across the Halifax peninsula and Downtown Dartmouth. 

Get out and visit your favourite local businesses and maybe discover a few new ones too. 

See all the participating Downtown Halifax businesses here.

Live Music, Theatre & Sports

If you love live music, theatre, and sports, then you're in luck because May is jam-packed with exciting live events. Highlights include: 

To May 19: The Full Monty The Broadway MusicalNeptune Theatre

May 2: Harlem Globetrotters, Scotiabank Centre

May 3: Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Casino Nova Scotia

May 8: Ha!ifax Comedy Festival starts, Opening Gala at Light House Arts Centre

May 19: STYX, Scotiabank Centre

May 25: Death from Above 1979, Light House Arts Centre

Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

Looking to try a new experience this month? Then check out these events:

May 17-18: Atlantic Burlesque Festival, Neptune Theatre's Scotiabank Theatre

May 28: Magic Men Australia, Light House Arts Centre

May 29: Queer-prov, Grafton Street

Specialty Beverage Events

Taking place in May are two specialty beverage events for those with discriminating tastes:

May 3: Rare & Fine Wines, Casino Nova Scotia

May 18: East Coast Cider Festival, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Other Notable Days and Events

May 1: May Day

May 5: African World Heritage Day

May 6: Halifax Citadel National Historic Site officially opens for the season 

May 10-12: Curio Collective's Spring Vintage Show, Light House Arts Centre

May 11: Artist for a Day, NSCAD Halifax Seaport Campus

May 17-19: Emera Blue Nose Marathon

May 18: International Museum Day

See a full list of events happening in Downtown Halifax here.


Coming Downtown and wondering where to park? Make your parking plan before heading out.