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Natal Day in Halifax: what’s open, what to do and where

Jul 29, 2022 | 2:31 PM

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If you’re looking for plans this long weekend, or just running some errands. This guide will help you navigate Natal Day in Halifax.


The Halifax Busker Festival kicked off Wednesday and runs until Monday on the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts, featuring acts from around the world.

Saturday, you can catch the the Natal Day fireworks on the Dartmouth or Halifax waterfront at 10 p.m.. The rain date has been set for Sunday at the same time.

The 16th Annual African Nova Scotian Music Association is hosting it’s ‘Freedom Festival’ Concert on Sunday, from 1:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park.

There’s a Natal Day Road Race in Dartmouth on Monday morning.. and a parade happening at 10 a.m. in Halifax.

Municipal services

There won’t be any garbage collection Monday Aug. 1. If that’s your regular pick-up day, it’s been moved to Saturday, July 30. People are advised to have their trash to the curb by 7 a.m. on July 30.

The 311 Contact Centre will be operating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 1. However, the three Customer Service Centres that offer in-person access to municipal services and payments will be closed on Monday, August 1, and will reop­en for regular business hours on Tuesday, August 2.

Transit and Parking

Halifax Transit buses will be operating on holiday service on Aug. 1

On Saturday, July 30, Alderney Ferry service will run at half-hour frequency from 6:30 a.m. until noon, 15-minute frequency from 12:15 p.m. to 11 p.m., and half-hour frequency from 11 p.m. to midnight.

On Monday, August 1, Alderney Ferry service will run at half-hour frequency. The first crossing will depart the Alderney terminal at 7:30 a.m. and the final crossing will depart the Halifax terminal at 11:45 p.m.

Halifax Transit will be offering free transit service on Fridays and free Alderney Ferry service on Saturdays throughout the summer.

On-street paid parking will be free on Monday.


Municipal beaches will be staffed with lifeguards Monday, despite the holiday.

Splash pads, Cole Harbour Outdoor Pool and Bedford Outdoor Pool will be open regular hours on the holiday.

The Emera Oval will also be open for equipment lending from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday.


Keep in mind, the NSLC will have reduced hours on Monday as well, opening from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m..


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