Re-Open City HFX 2020

Re-Open City HFX 2020
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RE-OPEN CITY HFX 2020 - JUNE 27 to JULY 19

Re-Open City is an annual celebration of all the entrepreneurs and small business that make our community so special, vibrant, exciting, and welcoming.

Start making plans for one, or all four weekends of Re-Open City, kicking off June 27th & 28th, continuing until July 19th. There are over 80 businesses and organizations rolling out their welcome mats and opening their 'back-doors', offering special treats and features.  Keep up to date by following the Facebook Event.


Gritty to Pretty Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of the Gritty to Pretty projects in Downtown Hailfax while you are out enjoying Re-Open City HFX 2020, and you could win 1 of 4 gift baskets made up of gift certificates from Downtown Halifax businesses participating in Re-Open City.


1. Take a photo and/or a selfie with 1 (one) of Downtown Halifax's Gritty to Pretty projects. Check out all the Gritty to Pretty projects here.

2. Post the photo to your Instagram and/or Facebook account using the hashtags #GrittytoPrettyDT and #ReOpenCityHFX (make sure your account(s) is/are public to enter).

3. Each different photo posted will count as an entry. 

We will be giving away 1 (one) gift basket per weekend for a total of 4 (four) gift baskets, each worth approximately $200.00 CAD each. Giveaway starts June 27, 2020, and ends Sunday, July 19, 2020, at 11:59 pm (ADT). Participants are welcome to enter more than once and on more than one platform. Entrants must be 19 and a resident of Nova Scotia, Canada, to be eligible to win. Participants cannot win more than one gift basket. Draw will take place on Monday, July 20, 2020, for all 4 (four) baskets. Winners will be contacted shortly after that time. Images posted as Facebook and/or Instagram Stories will not count as an entry. Rules and Regulations here

Learn more about the Gritty to Pretty program here


Start planning your Re-Open City outing now! Here is a list of the Downtown Halifax businesses and organizations that are participating:

2 Doors Down, 1533 Barrington Street

  • Offering rotating hot meals and ice cream sundae specials:
    • July 4 & 5: Meatloaf diner cheeseburger ($5) , Strawberry rhubarb delight sundae ($5)
    • July 11 & 12: Chonchita Pibil Pork Tacos ($5), Dutch Chocolate Brownie Decadence sundae($5)
    • July 18 & 19: Pork Belly Steamed Bun ($5), Peppermint Oreo Overload ($5)
  • Always available: $2 kids cones and cold beverages

Amos Pewter, Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk

  •  Purchase any one  Animal Sculpture and receive 25% off the 2nd Animal Sculpture.

Antojo Tacos & Tequila

  • Different 'back door takeout' specials each week from 11:30 - 4 pm for $6.00

Argyle Fine Art, 1559 Barrington Street

  • July 4th: Meet local artists in the gallery and participate in their art scavenger hunt.  Pick up your art scavenger sheet at the gallery and fill it in by end of day Sunday to win prizes from artists! Or, sign up for a Virtual Art talk and Bird Fun Adventure with Mark Brennan for $10. 
  • July 11th: Mug of Art event with local beverage sponsors and original ceramic mugs by Julian Covey. Buy a mug or tumbler for $50, including your choice take-out beverage. Also, pick up a Creative Candle to paint and decorate for the Raymond Taavel Park. The candles will be placed in the park during Pride Week. 
  • July 18: In gallery, enter to WIN a COVID-19 Pandemic Poster! All Pandemic Postcards will be on sale. Pick up or Drop off your Creative Candles for the Raymond Taavel Park event later in the week.

Biscuit General Store, 1661 Argyle Street

  • July 4 & 5: @BaillyFragrance (Local Women-Owned Fragrance Co) Pop Up from 12:00pm-3:00pm and All Sale Clothing just $25!! 
  • July 11 & 12: TBD 
  • July 18 & 19: TBD

Boneheads BBQ, 1014 Barrington Street

  • July 4 & 5: TBD

Cafe Taiyaki, 2009 Brunswick Street

  • 10% off on all drinks and taiyaki items 
  • Buy Two & get one FREE Jaw Dropper Taiyaki Ice Cream

East of Grafton Tavern, 1580 Argyle Street

  • Peameal bacon sandwiches $5 (Fried peameal bacon, soft buttered bun, Dijon mustard & cheddar cheese)

Garrison Brewing Co., 1149 Marginal Road, Halifax Seaport

  •  Enjoy a Pucker Up! on ice in our family and pet-friendly taproom and patio.

Harbour Hopper Tours, 1751 Lower Water Street, Halifax Waterfront

  • July 4 & 5: TBD
  • July 11 & 12: TBD
  • July 18 & 19: TBD

HFX e-scooters

  • Jul 4 & 5: First 10 minutes of your ride is free

High Seas Taffy and Tees, 1549 Lower Water Street, Halifax Waterfront

  •  July 4 & 5: Half a pound of free taffy with any purchase over $50
  • July 11 & 12: Free Sand Pail with any taffy purchase over $10
  • July 18 & 19: Half a pound of free taffy with any purchase over $50

Hop Scotch Dinner Club, 1537 Barrington Street

  • July 4 & 5: TBD

Inkwell Modern Handmade, 2011 Brunswick Street

  • July 4-5: Free Rebuild NS screenprint print (value of $40) with purchases over $75 and limited edition mystery bags of 8 cards for $30
  • July 11 & 12: 15% off Nova Scotia made products (indicated with a blue made in NS dot) 
  • July 18 & 19: Spend $60+ Save $10, Spend $100+ Save $20 or Spend $200+ Save $50.

J Farwell Sailing, Halifax Waterfront

  • July 4 & 5:  Save 15% off of our hands-on sailing tours in the Halifax Harbour 
  • July 11 & 12: Save 15% off of our J Farwell Sunset Wine & Cheese Cruise. Departing daily at 6:30PM
  • July 18 & 19: Save 15% off of our J Farwell Sunset Wine & Cheese Cruise. Departing daily at 6:30PM

KingsPier Curated Collection, Argyle Street at Blowers

  • July 1-30, in support of Pride, KingsPier is giving away a FREE IKEA limited edition rainbow shopping bags to purchases over $100.

Lot Six Bar & Restaurant, 1685 Argyle Street

  • Savoury features served up each weekend.

Mary's African Cuisine, 1701 Barrington Street

  • Suya Night -- grilled meats and fried plantain

Murphy's Company Store, 1751 Lower Water Street, Waterfront Boardwalk

  • Opening July 1st
  •  15% off store wide, and free postcard with any purchase! Lots of great local products in store.

Murphy's on the Water Restaurant & Patio

  • Opening July 1st
  • Order any pint from our 12 tap selection and receive a side of our house cut frittes and roast garlic aioli all for only $9

Ristorante a Mano, 1477 Lower Water Street, Bishop's Landing

  • 11am – 3pm: Choose from a wide variety of handmade gelato flavours. $3 per scoop. 

Salt Yard, Halifax Waterfront

  • Sip, savour & stroll The Salt Yard with more than a dozen shops to surprise & delight the entire family.

Shuck Seafood & Raw Bar, 5120 Salter Street

  • Poke Bowl $10. (Soy glazed yellowfin tuna, toasted sesame seeds & marinated cucumber)

Sore Spots Massage Therapy, 1990 Barrington Street

  • Weather Permitting, visit the massage demonstration station with a tent to showcase one of our unique massage offerings - barefoot massage

Sparkles n' Sawdust Studio, 1574 Argyle Street

  • Studio remains closed, but customers can drop by to see a fun sidewalk display, receive workshop information, and purchase Sparkle Swag (by donation). 
  • Selling greeting cards on behalf of the Canadian Mental Health Fourndation (Mosaics for Mental Health)

Stubborn Goat Gastropub, 1579 Grafton Street

  • Breakfast special for $5.00

Subway, 1560 Argyle Street

  • Drop by 1560 Argyle Street for a free cookie (1 per person)

Tall Ship Silva, Halifax Waterfront 

  • 10 % off a 1.5 hour sail departing from Sackville Wharf between 1pm and 3pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Book online and save 10% using  OPENCITYSILVA10 at 

Tangonova, Halifax Waterfront

  • On Saturdays only between 6:30 - 9:00pm, experience Argentine Tango dancing. 
  • Only 5 couples on the dance floor at a time

Thanos Kitchen, Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market

  • July 4 & 5: Our famous Mc & Cheese choise of bacon or chicken Gyro Bowls/Fresh salads
  • July 11 & 12 Gyro pita wraps and Fresh salads
  • July 18 & 19 Greek Chicken Stewed Mini feta cheese snack

The Cake Lady, Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market and Saltyard 

  • Buttertarts are $3 for one or $5 for two

The Haliburton Hotel, 5184 Morris Street

  • July - August: Summer in the Garden Package (Queen accommodations Wine & Cheese for two in our colourful garden courtyard Breakfast and Parking. From $239 plus taxes. Valid July 1 – Aug 31, 2020 

The Harbour Watercraft Tours & Adventures, Halifax Waterfront

  • July 4 & 5: Come in for a Kayak Sunset Tour and save 20%
  • July 11 & 12: Rent a Seadoo on and bring a friend! Tandem rider free with Seadoo rental.
  • July 17 & 18: Come in for a Seadoo Sunset Tour and save 20%

The Old Apothecary Bakery and Cafe, 1496 Lower Street

  • July 4 & 5: Bag o'cronut holes.
  • July 11 & 12: Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies. 
  • July 18 & 19: Jos Louis

The Press Gang Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 5128 Prince Street

  • July 4th (2-4pm): Mini Fish & Chips: Tempura battered cod loin with hand cut fries and house made tartar sauce ($10 each)

Waterfront Warehouse, 1549 Lower Water Street

  • Dozen Local Oysters for $18 all day
  • Drink sampling

World Tea House, 1592 Argyle Street

  • $2 Tea Specials
  • 10 Speed Tarot Readings (10 mins)

For a full list of #ReOpenCityHFX participants, click here

Wondering what's open in Downtown Halifax? And what to expect when you do get out and about? Visit

Event Date: 27/06/20 to 19/07/20