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TD Halifax Jazz Festival

Tuesday July 12, 2016 – Sunday July 17, 2016

The most popular summer festival in Atlantic Canada turns 30 this year. Celebrate with Ms. Lauryn Hill, Metric, and City and Colour on the waterfront main stage, and hundreds of local and international talent throughout the city. Free day-time concerts, too.

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Halifax Pride Festival

Thursday July 14, 2016 – Sunday July 24, 2016

Beginning in 1987 with Halifax’s very first Pride March, members of the city’s gay and lesbian community organized Pride Week without the benefit of legal protections. Amidst growing unrest about rampant prejudice and discrimination, that first Pride March was primarily a protest over the lack of legal protection from discrimination, and the all-too-common threat of homophobic violence.

About 75 people marched through Halifax’s North End that first year. A handful wore paper bags over their heads, not out of shame, but out of the very real fear for their livelihoods and their safety. Since that time, the Halifax Pride Festival has grown into a celebration that includes numerous events that highlight the unique character of our diverse community, welcoming upwards of 150,000 participants every summer.

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The Cask Beer Throwdown 2016

Saturday September 24, 2016

Halifax's first-ever cask beer festival! Two sessions will be available, where guests will get to try cask beers from many of Nova Scotia's best craft breweries. Tickets include access to the event, 12 sample beer tickets (equal to 4 glasses), and a Beligian-style take-home glass.

Session One (12-3pm) breweries include: Garrison Brewing Co., Big Spruce Brewing, Schoolhouse Brewery, Tatamagouche Brewing Co., Propeller Brewing Company, Sober Island Brewing Company, and Boxing Rock Brewing Company, and more TBA

Session Two (5-8pm) breweries include: North Brewing Company, Spindrift Brewing Company, Gahan House - Halifax, Hell Bay Brewing Company, Garrison Brewing Co., Big Spruce Brewing, Sober Island Brewing Company, and more TBA

We'll also have a super special menu created by our friends at T DOGS. More TBA

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Devour! The Food Film Fest

Wednesday November 2, 2016 – Sunday November 6, 2016

Five packed days of food films and good eats in Wolfville, a town in the heart of Nova Scotia’s wine country. Eat up over a hundred screenings, post-show tastings, wine tours, workshops, gala dinners, and talks from visiting filmmakers and top chefs.

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The Fourth Annual Craft Beer & Local Food Celebration

Thursday January 12, 2017 at 7:00pm

Okay, it's still early goings, but we are able to confirm the following.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS LIST: Ratinaud French Cuisine, Primal Kitchen, Le Bistro by Liz, Elle's Bistro, STUDIO EAST Food+Drink

PARTICIPATING BREWERIES LIST: Sober Island Brewing Company, Boxing Rock Brewing Company, Bulwark Ciders, Gahan House - Halifax, Spindrift Brewing Company, North Brewing Company, Tatamagouche Brewing Co., Schoolhouse Brewery, Breton Brewing Co., Good Robot Brewing Company, Big Spruce Brewing, Stutz Cider, Garrison Brewing Co.

We have also confirmed the Mike Cowie Quartet.

And once again, our friends at Downtown Halifax will be sponsoring the glassware.