Wednesday, July 27, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – Get ready for a summer weekend of family fun as the municipality celebrates its 121st Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day with the annual Natal Day Festival, beginning on Friday, July 29.
The four-day festival features 30 events – most of them free – including family activities, live concerts, road races, one of the oldest parades in Atlantic Canada and a spectacular fireworks show launched from a barge in the middle of Halifax Harbour.
To accommodate the many citizens attending Natal Day events, Halifax Transit is offering free ferry service at its Alderney and Halifax terminals all day on Saturday, July 30. Regular fares will apply for the remainder of the long weekend.
A complete list of Natal Day events is available online at www.natalday.org. Some highlights include the following:
• Laugh Friday night away at the 7th Annual Natal Day Comedy Night at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Showroom, featuring comedians John Crist, DeAnne Smith, Dan Hendricken and Andrew Searles. Admission is $15 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
• Join Mayor Mike Savage and members of Regional Council at a garden party at the Halifax Public Gardens on Saturday afternoon from 1-5 p.m., presented by Southwest Properties. There will be a full lineup of live music at the bandstand, refreshments, children’s activities and more.
• The Old Tyme Country Fair begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, with plenty of country fun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. including mini-putt, turnip bowling and mini scarecrow crafts. During the evening, grab a $5 country supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and listen to live entertainment from Casey May, TJ King, Lacewood and JD Clarke leading up to the fireworks at 10 p.m.
• Always a weekend highlight, catch the HHB Natal Day Harbour Fireworks presented by Halifax Harbour Bridges on Saturday evening at 10 p.m. Watch from the concert or anywhere along the Halifax or Dartmouth waterfronts. The rain date is 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.
• Family fun continues on Sunday at the Natal Day Family Celebration on the Halifax South Common, presented by GoodLife Fitness. Activities begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m., with bouncy castles, the Discovery Centre booth, a visit from Peppa Pig and her brother, George, and many more free children’s activities.
• The 121st Pepsi Natal Day Parade presented by The Chronicle Herald takes place on Monday at 10:30 a.m. The parade starts on Windmill Road (near Lyle Street) and continues down Alderney Drive to Ochterloney Street, ending on Prince Albert Road. See the entire downtown Dartmouth parade route at www.natalday.org.
In the event of any cancellations due to weather, updates will be available on www.natalday.org, www.facebook.com/hrmcivicevents, through @hfxcivicevents on Twitter or by calling 311.