Things to See and Do in and around Halifax -- for Free!

By peggymac, on Tue, 22 Feb 2011 | 0 Comments

Whether you're visiting from out of town or you've lived here all your life, it's good to know there's plenty to do around Halifax that won't cost you a penny.

Let's start with the art galleries. Just a few blocks from Celebration Square, the Anna Leonowens Gallery is named after the famous heroine of The King and I who went on to establish the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. There and at NSCAD's new Port Loggia Gallery, you can view exhibitions featuring art by NSCAD University students and faculty. And be sure to check out our other university art galleries too. Dalhousie, Saint Mary's and Mount Saint Vincent all have excellent public art programming, and admission is always free.

And let's not forget the museums! At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic there's no charge every Tuesday night after 5 pm. On Wednesdays between 5 and 8 pm it's "admission by donation" night at the Museum of Natural History, where you'll be greeted by Gus the Tortoise.

Halifax Public Libraries all offer free internet, wi-fi and comfy reading areas where you can relax with a book. Several branches are located conveniently close to Canada Games venues and have free city maps and tourist information available.

Fresh air fanatics can always enjoy a stroll through Point Pleasant Park, where Shakespeare by the Sea is a popular "pay what you can" summer attraction. The Halifax and Bedford waterfronts are also great places to walk or jog, and Hemlock Ravine -- where you can visit the historical heart-shaped pond -- is a great spot for hiking and bird watching.  

Open from May to November, the Halifax Public Gardens host free Sunday concerts in the Victoria Jubilee Bandstand. July brings the Halifax Jazz Festival, which offers a daily program of free afternoon performances in the mainstage tent. And the Halifax International Buskers Festival is a must-see in August, with an eclectic array of performers working hard for whatever you choose to pay.  

Skating on the Canada Games Oval is our newest free attraction, and public skating events have been wildly popular since the day the facility opened. There's a warming hut and even a selection of skates to borrow if you don't have your own.

The Canada Games also brings us Celebration Square, where free lunch-hour performances and nightly concerts have been wowing audiences throughout the games.

Tonight, Old Man Luedecke takes the stage, with special guest The Stanfields who took the time to send you a special shout-out. Don't miss this show!