CAN’T MISS summer music events in Halifax

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While there is no bad time for live music, there’s just something about hearing your favourite songs during the summer months. Lucky for us, it seems we’re always well taken care of when it comes to musical entertainment during those sunshiney times in Halifax.

Here’s a few events you DON’T want to miss this summer:

4. Gridlock Festival

Wanting to take in a music festival this summer without leaving Halifax? The folks at Gridlock Festival have your back. This year is the inaugural run of the fest, taking place between the Citadel High School grounds and Spatz Theatre from July 8 – 10, and will feature a mix of comedy and music. A solid lineup has already been announced, which you can check it out here!

I’m also excited that Stillwell is going to be providing the drinks and snacks onsite – sounds like a tasty situation to me!

For more information on Gridlock Festival, including where to buy tickets, visit www.gridlockfestival.com

3. TD Halifax Jazz Festival

A staple on the summer calendars for many, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Running from July 12 – 17 and taking place in various venues across Halifax, including on the beautiful Halifax Waterfront, the TD Jazz Festival is one of the best ways to experience summer in Halifax.

So far, City and Colour with special guest Basia Bulat, has been announced for Thursday, July 14th at the Waterfront Stage.

We can’t wait to see the full lineup!

To stay up to date on all things TD Halifax Jazz Festival, and to buy tickets for City and Colour, visit their website.

2. Rascal Flatts

While country music is enjoyed yearround, there’s something about the southern twang that makes me think of summer, am I right? It seems Maritimers agree: there’s a reason why the Cavendish Beach Music Festival draws such a crowd every year.

This year, Halifax is getting in on the action with Rascal Flatts’ Rhythm and Roots tour, with special guest Jason Blaine at the Scotiabank Centre. Make sure you have your boots shined for August 18th – I’ll see you at the show!

For more information, including where to buy tickets, visit Ticket Atlantic.

1. Tunes at Noon

Whether you’re on vacation or just looking for a reason to get away from your desk, it’s always nice to have a little music with your meal. It’s even better when that music is free and in an outdoor location.

That’s where Tunes at Noon comes in.

With 2016 being the 9th edition of the music programming series, Tunes at Noon is a partnership between Music Nova Scotia and the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. Taking place between 12 – 1 pm every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in July and August in Grand Parade, Tunes at Noon is a great way to take in some sun and music. Stay tuned for this year’s list of artists.

What are your summertime music traditions? Let us know on social media!