If you need some suggestions on what to do this weekend, there are plenty of options in and around Halifax. Here are just a few ways to have fun without travelling too far:
1. Paint Peggys Cove
It's the opening weekend of the Peggys Cove Area Festival of the Arts — a 10-day event that includes lots of music, a silent auction, not to mention the variety of local food. Saturday and Sunday artists from several provinces will be at the iconic lighthouse to paint new works.
2. Listen to a band in the Public Gardens
It's a weekly event in the summer at Public Gardens bandstand, with the added bonus of being free. This week, the Eileen Joyce Band will hit the stage at 2 p.m.
3. Take in the flavours and culture of Lebanese society
The annual Lebanese Festival is on this weekend, with free admission. It's your chance to learn about Lebanese art and culture. The four-day festival can be found at the Olympic Community Centre, 2304 Hunter St.
4. Catch the final performances at the Halifax Jazz Festival
If you want a taste of New Orleans in Nova Scotia, this is your last chance this July. While there are several paid events, the Annapolis Big Band will take the stage at the Festival Tent on Saturday for free. It's at the corner of Lower Water and Salter streets starting at noon.
5. Whatever floats your boat
Organizers are setting up for the 5th annual Thomas Hamilton Memorial Canoe Run from Middle Stewiacke to Birch Hill. Departure time is Saturday at 10 a.m. and admission is $5. Anything that floats can go.