Top 27 FREE events & things to do in Halifax - whether you are cheap or just frugal, there is much to enjoy in our Coastal city

Published 08 December 14 02:46 PM | Merv Edinger 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Whether you are on a budget, frugal or just cheap, there are many FREE things to enjoy in Halifax

Whether you are a student on a tight budget, you are trying to save up money to purchase a new home, or you just enjoy living by a frugal means, or are perhaps just known for being cheap, there are many ways to enjoy Halifax for free.

Horticultual Hall and Uncommon Grounds Cafe (# 9 on Map) 

  1. Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
  2. Stroll through the beautiful Public Gardens. Not only is it a gorgeous garden offering many photo ops but they also offer a variety of events to the public including movie night, music, yoga classes, storytime, historic tours of the garden, & concert series.  For a full list of the events, visit
  3. With several communities comprising Halifax, there are many fireworks displays throughout the year including Canada Day, Natal Day, Christmas tree lighting & more.
  4. Visit one of the local Farmer's Market - okay, yes you may be tempted to actually spend some money but checking out the sights & smells, hustle & bustle are all free. The Halifax Seaport Market is a vibrant arts & cultural district found at the south end of the Halifax Waterfront. You will find retailers, artisans, great food & products, a museum, cruise terminals, galleries, & more.  The market was designed to showcase local talent.  It has even been the location of a flash mob. About the Halifax Seaport Market
  5. If you are a sports fan then you must check out the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame where you can even see the laundry machine that suffered Sidney Crosby's slap shots.
  6. Pack a picnic to enjoy at Point Pleasant Park or check out a performance by Shakespeare By The Sea ( performances are free but donations are accepted ). For nineteen magical seasons the troupe has been performing the Bard's tales in the forest, against the backdrop of our historic forts and batteries. They also perform family friendly matinees.
  7. Halifax's Award Winning design for the new Public Library, so when it opens make sure you drop in for a visit.
  8. Take in one of the free concerts held at Grand Parade Square or at Alderney Landing.
  9. Halifax is the Maritimes' center for Cultural events including Nocturne, The Greek Festival, & the Multicultural Festival. Many of the activities are free.
  10. There are many art galleries throughout the city & beyond. Most are free. NS Tourism sites & often the galleries themselves often provide maps of art galleries based on areas.
  11. Enjoy all the free events of Canada Day celebrations.
  12. Take in the free outdoor performances put on by some of the performers of the Royal NS International Tatoo.
  13. Visit Fisherman's Cove & if you don't mind spending a little money for the world's best fish & chips, then drop into Wharf Wraps rustic restaurant.
  14. Cycle along one of the many trail systems located in HRM
  15. Go bird watching along the Salt Water Marsh Trail
  16. In Summer, everyone strolls along the Halifax Waterfront.  When the Tall Ships are in town, tens of thousands visit to check out the vessels.
  17. Sun, swim, or play volleyball on one of Halifax's terrific beaches.  There are several nearby including Crystal Crescent, Rainbow Haven, Conrad's, & Lawrencetown.
  18. Create a historical landmark treasure hunt for yourself. For example create a list of historical sites/items affiliated with either the sinking of the titanic or perhaps the Halifax Explosion ( did you know that the 1,140 lb anchor from the Mont Blanc flew 2.35 miles landing in what is now a Halifax Park & that a canon flew in the opposite direction landing in the North end of Dartmouth.
  19. Why watch Judge Judy? It can be amusing to watch & listen as average people try to represent themselves in court. So for something different, visit the Court House. It is Reality TV without the tv.
  20. Play board games in the sun at the Dingle in Flemming Park
  21. Visit the many fortress remnants around Halifax
  22. Everyone has to visit Peggy's Cove at least once.
  23. Open Doors Halifax - The mandate is to make available to the general public, free access to buildings of historical, contemporary or architectural significance & to generate interest in our built environment. 
  24. Check out all the facilities of the Halifax Commons: skate board park, play ground, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer & baseball fields, ultimate Frisbee & come Winter, there is the Emera Oval ( don't fret if you don't own a pair of skates, you can rent them).
  25. Parade of Lights welcomes Santa in an evening of bright lights & festivities for all ages to enjoy.  So grab a thermos full of hot chocolate & enjoy.
  26. Bring your own ingredients & use Dartmouth's Park Avenue Wood Oven to make a deliscious pizza for you & your date.
  27. In August, the city gets to enjoy the Annual International Buskers Festival. 
Conrad's Beach

Bird watching along the Salt Water Marsh Trail


Shakespeare By The Sea
PACO - Park Ave Wood Oven

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