Nova Scotia is celebrating it’s 119th birthday this long weekend and there’s plenty to do on both sides of the Halifax harbour to mark Natal Day.

Many of the activities are free family events, live concerts, a parade and fireworks.


  • On Saturday, Mayor Mike Savage and members of Regional Council will host a garden party at the Halifax Public Gardens with live music and refreshments from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • There’s also a free concert at Alderney Landing featuring The Great Lake Swimmers, Ashelin, Sherman Downey & the Ambiguous Case and Rich Aucoin.
  • Natal Day Fireworks will be launched from the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge Saturday evening at 10 p.m. This is the last year for fireworks from the bridge until after the deck reconstruction is finished in 2017. The rain date is 10 p.m. Sunday.
  • Free activities for children in Dartmouth include the Mother Goose Festival at Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • There will be a beer garden on the Dartmouth waterfront from 5 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., for people 19 years and older.

On Saturday, Halifax Transit will be offering free ferry service at its Alderney and Halifax terminals all day. Sunday service will run later than usual.


  • Sunday starts with a road race across the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge. It runs from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
  • On the Halifax Common, a free Natal Day family celebration is planned featuring games, bouncy castles, Discovery Centre demonstrations and a gospel music concert.
  • In Dartmouth at Sullivan’s Pond, a free outdoor concert begins at 2 p.m.
  • At dusk at the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal Park, it’s movie night with the screening of The Princess Bride.
  • A fireworks display finishes up Sunday’s events at the Halifax Common at 9:30 p.m.


  • Two pancake breakfast are scheduled for Monday. From 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., CFB Halifax staff are serving up pancakes at Hydrostone Park. In Spryfield, flapjacks will be cooked up in the Sobey’s parking lot from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
  • The Natal Day parade will leave from Novalea Drive in Halifax at 10 a.m. and cross the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge. It ends at Sullivan’s Pond in Dartmouth at noon to kick off the family fun day at the Pond. A complete map of the parade route can be found here.
  • No matter what the weather, the 32nd annual Bridge Walk will take place on the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. More information on the walk can be found at
  • Fireworks in Dartmouth Monday evening will light up Lake Banook starting at 9:45 p.m.

If the weather does not cooperate for the weekend, updates will be available on, through @hfxcivicevents on Twitter or by calling 311.

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The fireworks launched from the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge Saturday night will be the final from there until 2017 after the bridge undergoes a major refit. (Scott Rankin)