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6 FREE Halifax Cultural Activities You Can’t Miss

In Atlantic Canada, Maritime culture is celebrated in plays, movies, music, and art—and Halifax is no exception. And the best part is that you can experience the best of the city’s culture without spending a penny.


1 – Poetry in the Gardens

Calling all poetry lovers! To mark the 150th anniversary of the Public Gardens, visitors can enjoy free monthly poetry readings at sites throughout the gardens. Talk about a wonderful setting for beautiful prose!

Details: Selected dates between June and October.

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2 – Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Visitors to Halifax can’t leave without stopping to take in the works at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, including renowned Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis.

Details: Free admission Thursdays from 5-9pm year-round.

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3 – Museum of Natural History

Ancient fossils, glittering gold, Mi’kmaq artifacts, sea creatures, deadly mushrooms, frogs and snakes, and whale skeletons. There is something for everyone at the Museum of Natural History- not to mention, Gus the Gopher Tortoise, a 90-year old turtle who resides at the Museum.

Details: Free admission Wednesdays from 5-8pm year-round.

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4 – Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

As the oldest and largest Maritime Museum in Canada, there’s no better place to immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s rich seafaring heritage.

With exhibits on small craft boat-building, World War convoys, the Days of Sail to the Age of Steam, the Titanic, and the Halifax Explosion, visitors will discover the stories, events and people that have come to define Nova Scotia’s identity.

Details: Free admission Tuesdays from 5-8pm year-round.


5 – Anna Leonowens Gallery

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. The NSCAD gallery, named in her honour, has three public galleries which feature primarily student work and host roughly 125 exhibits per year.

Details: Free admission daily year-round.

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6 – Nocturne

This annual event brings art straight to the heart of Halifax with a variety of exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city.

The best part? It’s all FREE for the public to enjoy! We can’t think of a better way to appreciate our talented local artists.

Details: Annually in the fall. This year Nocturne takes place Saturday October 14, 2017.


Are free activities music to your ears? Check out free things to do in Halifax!

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