Looking for a little inspiration as your Friday winds down? Here’s this week’s list of five ways to have a great time in Nova Scotia.

1. Nocturne: Art at Night

Get out there and see Halifax under the light of the Hunter’s Moon. Nocturne is a free art festival that returns to Halifax Saturday night at 6 p.m. You’ll find a wide range of visual art installations on the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts.

2. Celtic Colours wraps up in Cape Breton.

Check out 40 years Strong: A Celebration of Strings and Song Saturday night at the Cruise Pavillion in Sydney. If the combination of voices and fiddles doesn’t get your toes tapping, nothing will. Then, stick around for the Fiddlers Run Sunday morning.  Runners will race 5K, 10K, half marathon and Boston Marathon qualifying distances. All of the runs start at the Victoria Park Armouries.

The marathon begins at 8 a.m., the half at 9:30 a.m., and the 5 and 10Ks at 10 a.m. 

3. Go for a drive

The fall colours are at their peak this weekend. Nova Scotia is blessed with thousands of kilometres of scenic roads, from the Evangeline Trail in the Annapolis Valley to the Sunrise Trail in northern Nova Scotia.  Find  your favourite by checking the Autumn Leaf Watch map. 

4. Pick up a Pumpkin or two at the Annapolis Valley Pumpkin Fest

Harvest time in the Valley is a celebration of nature’s bounty. If you have little ones, they’ll love the more than 300 pumpkin people now standing watch throughout Kentville. And for the grownups, there are now eight vineyards in the Valley region with world-class wines for you to sample.

5. Get a little scared, for a good cause

Head for Hammonds Plans and check out the Haunted Hollow. It’s a walk in the woods with a scary twist. Maybe too scary for small children — discretion advised for kids under 10. Expect the walk to take 20 to 30 minutes. There’s a $12 fee to get in. Proceeds go to Halifax Volunteer Search and Rescue as well as other charities.


  • An earlier version of this article had incorrect starting locations for some of the runs.
    Oct 19, 2013 9:46 AM AT