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Friday, April 12, 2024

#FridayFive: 5 shows & festivals not to miss this summer in Halifax

Here are five shows & festivals we think will entice you inside - or outside, as the case may be - as the weather (hopefully) turns sunny and warm in Halifax.

Summer may traditionally be a slow season for the arts, but we’ve got five shows & festivals we think will entice you inside – or outside, as the case may be – as the weather (hopefully) turns sunny and warm in Halifax.

1Okay, technically, two shows, but we’re counting it as one as Shakespeare by the Sea (Jul 8-Sep 2) celebrates 30 years with Romeo and Juliet and the family-friendly Pinocchio: The Musical.

Siya Ajay as Pinocchio and Patrick Jeffrey and Jade Douris-O’Hara as Romeo and Juliet, the two main stage productions at this year's Shakespeare by the Sea.
Siya Ajay as Pinocchio and Patrick Jeffrey and Jade Douris-O’Hara as Romeo and Juliet, the two main stage productions at this year’s Shakespeare by the Sea.

2The TD Halifax Jazz Festival (Jul 11-16) returns to venues across Halifax, featuring a cross-section of local talent and headliners that include Feist, Shaggy, Fleet Foxes and Fortunate Ones.

Jamaican reggae rapper, singer, and songwriter is one of the headliners at this year's Jazz Fest.
Jamaican reggae rapper, singer, and songwriter is one of the headliners at this year’s Jazz Fest.

3One of the funniest shows you will ever see on stage, from the minds of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Broadway in Halifax presents The Book of Mormon at the Scotiabank Centre (Jul 18-23).

The Book of Mormon comes to Halifax this summer. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.
The Book of Mormon comes to Halifax this summer. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

4We’ll tell you what you want, what you really, really want, as Girl Power takes over the Neptune Theatre stage with five Toronto women delivering the ultimate 90’s dance party in Wannabe: A Spice Girls Tribute (Jul 20-23).

Wannabe: A Spice Girls Tribute delivers nostalgia and Girl Power this summer in Halifax.
Wannabe: A Spice Girls Tribute delivers nostalgia and Girl Power this summer in Halifax.

5The Halifax Buskerfest (Aug 2-7) returns to the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts, featuring a roster of international talent that will include everything from escape artists to feats of strength and music.

Mighty Mike (aka Mike Johns) returns to the Halifax Busker Festival.
Mighty Mike (aka Mike Johns) returns to the Halifax Busker Festival.
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