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 though there may be some time limitations or voluntary donation requests.

From June 1st to September 30th the St. Mary’s Boat Club offers free canoe and safety gear rentals on weekends 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 p.m to 3 p.m. from May to 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
On Thursdays, from 5 p.m to 9 p.m, the galleries are free to visit. They have a 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 p.m 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. If the weather permits, classic movies will be shown after dusk in the Public Gardens 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 which are the perfect places to cool down, relax, or take a hike. There are both supervised and unsupervised beaches of various distances from Halifax which open officially on July 1st.


Halifax Busker Festival
The Busker Festival will provide a wide range of experiences, from comedic performances to fire breathing. From July 31st to August 5th enjoy the festival for free, though keep in mind that 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 at the Nova MultiFest!


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. In 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 WWII, war brides and a new generation of immigrants arrive at Pier 21, taking their first steps on Canadian soil.


Pop Up Kids Adventure Playground
​Play Outside NS is an offshoot of Dalhousie University’s Physical Literacy in the Early Years (PLEY) project. The 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. 



Below are activities or events offered across HRM which have some costs attributed to them.


Hands-On Building Classes
Hands-On Halifax is a non-profit offering budget-friendly woodworking classes, though the cost varies depending on the size of the project. They also offer workshop subscriptions!


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


Cycling Events
The Halifax Cycling Coalition offers a variety of bike-based events from Bike in Movies to Cycling Workshops. There is usually a small cost required.


Halifax Makers Space Events
Halifax Maker Space is a non-profit that offers their space and tools  as well as classes 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 a day or $8 for the weekend.


Shakespeare by the Sea
Shakespeare by the Sea offers a variety of live shows in Point Pleasant Park till August 31st.