Our summer guide to Halifax
posted on July 06, 2023
Summer is finally here! If you're ready to soak up the sun and enjoy Halifax, Nova Scotia to the fullest this summer, we hope you'll use this guide to plan your adventures. From cool beaches, to sizzling dining establishments, to refreshing watering holes, to can't miss festivals -- there's something for everyone to enjoy!
Relax on the best patios
There's no shortage of amazing patios to enjoy in Halifax! Grab a friend and head out for food and drinks at one of our favourite patios around the city! Visit The Bicycle Thief for soulful Italian food and robust wines, The BG for East-Coast style food and great beer with a seaside view, Stillwell Beergarden for a classic casual beer garden experience with killer comfort food, The Brown Hound Public House for a classic British pub experience, and Gahan House Nova Centre for freshly-brewed beers and East Coast oysters.
Kick back at fabulous bars and pubs
If you love to imbibe on a warm summer day or night, be sure to pay a visit to these fabulous pubs and bars around town for drinks and more. We love Lot Six Bar and Restaurant for cocktails, oysters and comfort food; The Old Triangle Ale House for their trinity of food for the body, drink for the spirit and music for the soul; Seahorse Tavern for their killer live music and drinks; The Carleton for brunch, dinner, drinks and dessert; Field Guide for their local food and drinks; and Hop Yard for their great selection of craft beer.
Dine at delicious restaurants
You've got to eat, so be sure to eat very well whenever you can this summer at these hot restaurants around town: Visit The Press Gang for a formal dining experience you won’t forget, Black Sheep for their globally-inspired local fare, Talay Thai for its authentic Thai food and big menu, Ristorante a Mano for its classic Italian home style cooking, Le Bistro by Liz for Parisian-cafe favourites in the heart of Halifax, La Frasca Cibi e Vini for North Eastern Italian food from Friuli, Stories Fine Dining for innovative preparations of regional seafood and game, Sea Smoke Restaurant and Bar for fresh and delicious seafood and oysters and Highway Man for Spanish-inspired dishes and cocktails that will make you feel like you're in Spain.
Have a blast at the top festivals
Summer is definitely festival season in Halifax! Be sure to soak up the culture and joie de vivre at these amazing summer festivals. Check out the Halifax Jazz Festival for outstanding performances from musicians that hail from all over the world; Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo for free global entertainment and events along the Halifax Waterfront, the Halifax Public Gardens, and in the Korean Presbyterian Church of Nova Scotia; Halifax Mural Festival to discover community art murals around town, Halifax Pride to show your pride and support across 150 community and Pride organised events celebrating the history, culture, activism, and perseverance of the queer community; Shakespeare by the Sea to enjoy the largest and longest-running outdoor theatre festival in Atlantic Canada, Afrifest to discover the unique cultural heritage and artistic works of people of African descent living in Nova Scotia, Nova Multifest to explore the rich cultural tapestry of Nova Scotia through music, food and art; and Halifax Busker Festival for international busker performances.
Unwind on pristine beaches
There's no shortage of great beaches to visit in Halifax! If you're ready to soak up the sun and take a dip in the ocean, grab a book and a beach towel and head to Black Rock Beach, Kidston Lake Beach, Lions Beach Park and Queensland Beach Provincial Park.
We hope that this summer guide to Halifax helps you enjoy the season to the fullest in this beautiful coastal city we call home.