From pop-ups to parties and everything in between, we’ve rounded up 10 ways to make the most of March in Halifax.
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1. Take March Break to the next level
GREAT FOR FAMILIES
Looking to make March Break plans? From action-packed camps to fun family activities, plan the ultimate March Break family adventure in Halifax.
Looking for some extra inspiration? Dive into the brand-new Halifax Kids’ Guide to discover the best playgrounds, kid-approved restaurants, sensory-accessible experiences, and more ways to make your March Break one to remember.
March Break in Halifax | March 13-17
2. Get festive at a local St. Patrick’s Day event
Cue the green beer, Irish trad, and good luck charms – St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and Halifax knows how to host a proper ceilidh. From parades to parties, we’ve rounded up a few ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Halifax in addition to the numerous pubs opening bright and early for the day.
Halifax St. Patrick’s Day Parade | March 12 | Lower Water St
A Cape Breton St. Patrick’s Day Party | March 17 | The Marquee Ballroom
St. Patrick’s Day with The Irish Descendants | March 17 | Light House Arts Centre
St. Paddy’s Day at The Seahorse Tavern | March 17 | The Seahorse Tavern
St. Paddy’s at The Pint | March 17-19 | The Pint Public House
3. Raise a glass to local brewing at the Craft Beer Cottage Party
Dreaming of summer weather and cold pints? Escape for a day to the Craft Beer Cottage Party and sample beers from 25+ local and nearby craft breweries while playing washer toss, or chilling out in an Adirondack chair and grooving to live music. Enjoy cottage games, dancing, and delicious beer-friendly food. Admission includes a special beer glass to take home, plus 16 3oz craft beer samples.
Craft Beer Cottage Party | March 4 | Halifax Seaport Pavilion 22
4. Unleash your inner artist at The Hive Studio & Espresso Bar
GREAT FOR FAMILIES
Looking for a relaxing way to get artsy? Unplug at The Hive, a paint-your-own pottery studio and espresso bar, perfect for all ages. Sip on a toasty drink while you paint just about any ceramic piece you can imagine. This spot is great for getting creative with friends and family, or as a perfect date destination.
The Hive Studio & Espresso Bar | 100 Main St, Dartmouth
5. Check out a new restaurant
Salt + Ash, the newest addition to the Queen’s Marque district, opened its doors earlier this month, offering an expansive menu of woodfired pizza, steak, seafood, shareable snacks, and nostalgic, decadent desserts. If you’re looking for your next happy hour hotspot, you’ve found it here.
A new cheese-obsessed restaurant, Meltwich, will soon be opening its doors to serve up ooey-gooey comfort foods on Spring Garden Road. Meltwich also offers an extensive plant-based menu, perfect for satisfying any vegan diet.
Salt + Ash Beach House | 170-1741 Lower Water St
Meltwich | 5525 Spring Garden Rd
6. Find one-of-a-kind goods at the Spring Vintage Show
Halifax’s largest vintage show is returning to Halifax this month, gathering 35 of the region’s top vintage and antiques sellers under one roof to offer the best collections of housewares, jewelry, clothing, furniture, toys and so much more. With so many eclectic treasures to sift through, it’s no surprise why this pop-up market is a favourite among Haligonians.
Spring Vintage Show | March 25-26 | Light House Arts Centre
7. Embark on an exclusive culinary journey at a pop-up dinner
Calling all foodies! Savour the flavours of Nova Scotia through an unforgettable pop-up dinner this month.
Renée Lavallée, co-owner and chef of The Canteen is teaming up with guest chef Martin Ruiz Salvador for a special 5-course tasting menu paired with local wines from Lightfoot & Wolfville. Expect flavour-packed dishes with a focus on seasonal local ingredients.
Prelude: A Pop-up Restaurant is back and has taken over a unique space at the Atlantic School of Theology overlooking the Northwest Arm. Dinners are happening every weekend this month and it’s the perfect excuse to get out and try something new in a charming, exclusive atmosphere.
Guest Chef Dinner | March 5 | The Canteen on Portland
Prelude Pop-up Dinners | March 2-4, 9-10, 16-18, 23-25 | Atlantic School of Theology
8. Get creative at a free art studio
GREAT FOR FAMILIES
The sky’s the limit when it comes to getting crafty at the Lou Duggan Creative Studio. Nestled in the Halifax Central Library, this studio is equipped with a variety of state-of-the-art technology and other creative equipment, including 3D printers, cricut cutters, sewing machines, fibre art and jewelry mending supplies, and so much more. If you’re interested in trying a new piece of equipment, onsite staff can guide you through the basics while providing some materials to experiment with until you’re ready to start your own project.
There are tons of drop-in sessions to check out throughout the month of March, perfect for anyone age 12 and over to attend. The best part? It’s all free.
Creative Studio DIY: Makers Drop-in | March 3-4, 6, 9-10, 13, 16-18, 20, 23-25, 27, 30-31 | Lou Duggan Creative Studio
9. Eat your weight in burgers during Burger Bash
GREAT FOR FAMILIES
Burger Bash, the famed city-wide burger-eating phenomenon returns to Halifax this month and there’s no better time to indulge. With over 130 burgers of all kinds, the hardest part will be sampling every one you want to try in just 10 days.
Halifax Burger Bash | March 23-April 1
10. Escape to the Eastern Shore
Salty ocean breezes, endless sunshine, and unspoiled views await at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park. Set out on a hike along the Atlantic View Trail, a breathtaking 10-kilometre coastal greenway with salt marshes, headland bluffs, beaches, and woodland. Head back to the beach for a stroll along the sand-and-cobble shore before stopping in at the MacDonald House overlooking the ocean from high above to browse local art, peruse vintage goods at Fancy Lucky Vintage, and enjoy a bite to eat at Lawrencetown Beach Café as you watch surfers ride the frigid swells below.
MacDonald House | 4144 Lawrencetown Rd, Lawrencetown
Note: While we have made every effort to ensure that the information listed here is accurate and up-to-date, dates and times of events are subject to change. Make sure to check the relevant event websites or social media channels before attending.