There are a ton of free and inexpensive things to do across the HRM. Here is our list of things to do!


Free Events and Activities

These activities are free for patrons to visit and use with some having date limitation or voluntary donation requests.

Paddling with the St Mary’s Boat Club
On weekends between June 1st and September 30th the St. Mary’s Boat Club offers free canoe rentals including safety gear from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The Dartmouth Open Oven
On Saturdays in Leighton Dillman Park volunteers run a free pizza oven from 12 to 3 p.m. running May through November. Students also run the oven in June through August during the same time on Thursdays.


The Maritime Museum
Every Tuesday evening the Maritime Museum opens its doors for free. The public is invited to explore and see their collection of over 24,000 artifacts, exhibits, and photographs.


The Natural History Museum
Every Wednesday evening the Natural History Museum opens their doors for free. With exhibits ranging from Mi’kmaq artifacts to Gus the 70-year-old tortoise, there is something for everyone.


The Nova Scotia Art Gallery Halifax
Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. the galleries are free to visit. Their collection of over 17,000 works with both permanent pieces and rotating offerings.


Tunes at Noon
Starting July 3rd there will be musical performances at the Grand Parade in Downtown Halifax on select dates. These concerts will be from 12 to 1 p.m. offering a variety of genres and act types.


The Emera Oval
The Emera Oval offers free skate and rollerblade rentals year round! All you need is a piece of government issued I.D. and they will rent you all the gear you need.


FIN Outdoor movies
FIN Outdoor offers free outdoor movies every weekend from June to August. Weather permitting after dusk in the Public Gardens will show select classic movies on a large inflatable screen.


Lebanese Festival
Lasting from July 11th to July 14th at the Olympic Community Centre the Lebanese Festival offers a variety of events ranging from live music and dance to cooking classes and movies.


Halifax Public Libraries
The Public Libraries have a large variety of events ranging from movie screenings and book festivals to Board Game nights and Dance workshops.


Halifax Beaches and Splash Pads
All across Halifax, there are splash pads and beaches places perfect to cool down, relax, or hike around. There are both supervised and unsupervised beaches you can go to any of various distances from the city opening officially July 1st.


Halifax Busker Festival
Busker Fest will provide a range of experiences from Fire Breathers to Comedians they will be providing the best of street performances. From July 3st1 to August 5th for free but you are encouraged to tip the performers.


Nova MultiFest
Experience performances, demonstrations, and exhibits from the multicultural fabric that makes Nova Scotia unique. From July 19th to July 21st experience the diversity of Nova Scotia!


Feast: A Multicultural Food Adventure
​Come to the Halifax Brewery Market on June 22nd for a FEAST of the senses! Join us in celebrating cultural diversity in the Maritimes with food, music and dance from around the globe.


Pier 21: The Musical
​​Connect with Canada’s immigration history in the very gateway that inspired the production Pier 21: The Musical. Refugees and immigrants flee Europe as war breaks out in 1939. After half a million soldiers depart from Pier 21 to fight in the Second World War, War Brides and a new generation of immigrants arrive to take their first steps on Canadian soil through the Pier.


Pop Up Kids Adventure Playground
​Play Outside NS is an offshoot of the Dalhousie University’s Physical Literacy in the Early Years (PLEY) project research team is hosting a free loose parts pop-up playground event. Loose parts are open-ended materials that can be used in various ways allowing children to experiment and explore through play. 



These activities or the events offered by the group across the HRM have some costs to them.


Hands-On Building Classes
Hands-On Halifax is a non-profit offering woodwork classes/events at a low cost that varies depending on the size of the project offering everything from classes to workshop subscription.


Taco Week
Taco week is a spin-off on Burger Week where tacos are sold to the public at a discount so you can get a taste of the best Halifax has to offer.


Cycling Events
The Halifax Cycling Coalition offers a variety of bike-based events that vary in offering from Bike in Movies and Cycling Workshops with variable costs from free to at a small cost.


Halifax Makers Space Events
Halifax Maker Space is a non-profit offering everything from just using their space and tool to classes to learn for all ages. They offer a variety of events that can be found on their Facebook page.


Greek Fest
​A yearly 4-day festival celebrating Greek culture and food in the HRM! Tickets are $5 day or $8 for the weekend.


Shakespeare by the Sea
Offering a variety of shows Shakespeare by the Sea offers live shows in point pleasant park till August 31st.