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Plan to attend this amazing celebration of local food, fun & shopping. All day, May 13, 2017.
Food items featured for #OpenCity take time to prepare and routinely sell-out. Get started early to avoid disappointment.
Please note list is subject to change and clarification by the participating businesses right up to the event. Please visit the site as close as possible to the day for the most up to date information.

BusinessLocationSpecial Offering
2 Crows Brewing Co.Brunswick St.Live Music. Dollar off Pints, Flights & Growler Fills. From 2:00-5:00
11 Street BoutiqueHennessey St.15% off regular priced items all day Saturday
14 BellsHydrostone MarketGift with purchase from Gallery artist Miya Turnbull. Sweet treats and coffee will be served
31 WestgateDoyle St. *NEW LOCATION*Please stop by our new location at Doyle and Queen and enter to win for a set of Italian linen napkins.
Abode Furniture BoutiqueAlmon St.Indoor/ outdoor "GARAGE SALE" .....Abode is CLOSING at the end of May so every thing will be 50% or less. Lots of $1 an $2 items... Store fixtures and store decor as well as "stuff from the locker"
Noon - 5pm
Ace Burger Co.Agricola St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: JugHead corndog $5
Bacon wrapped Brothers' pepperoni corndog, severed with cheese sauce
All Day
Agricola Street BrasserieCyclesmith Parking LotBACK DOOR TAKEOUT:Grilled Chicken Vietnamese salad, with Rice Noodle and Fresh vegetables
Alexa PopeBishop's LandingSpend over $50.00 and receive free Limited Edition Aviator Sunglasses, while quantities last
All Dressed UpDresden RowTax Free Shopping on Regular Priced Merchandise
Amos PewterHistoric PropertiesDrop in to our Halifax store and participate in our complimentary, Hands On Experience where you can personalize and hand finish your own Sand Dollar.
Argyle Fine ArtBarrington St.Argyle Fine Art will be BUZZING! Lots of bee themed events happening! Beginning at 2pm until 4pm, meet local artist Michelle SaintOnge and see her at work,view her show Ancestra Obscura. At 3:30pm-4:30pm, drop by to meet a real life bird from HOPE FOR WILDLIFE! Pick up a BEE BUTTON for just $2 and all the money will go to HOPE FOR WILDLIFE. Buttons made by White Elephant Buttons and artwork provided by Michelle SaintOnge. And don't miss the delicious TASTE TESTINGS by Halifax Honey Company in the gallery from 2pm-3:30pm.
AshwurksHalifax Seaport Farmer's Market25% off Cheese Boards
Atlantic NewsQueen St.10 % off all cards including our fabulous local artists
Attica FurnishingsRobie St. *New location*20% off store-wide on in-stock, regularly priced merchandise
Battery Park Beer BarOchterloney St., DartmouthBACK DOOR TAKEOUT: JugHead Burger $6
Oulton’s beef patty, bacon & cheese
11:30am - midnight
BellissimoAgricola St.15% off all in-stock regular priced merchandise.
Biscuit General StoreArgyle St.20% OFF everything in the store - One Day Only!! Post an image wearing Biscuit merchandise (something from your closet or come try something new)! Tag us and hashtag with #BiscuitStyle. The outfit with the most likes AND our fave outfit each win a $100 gift certificate!
Bishop's CellarBishop's Landingjoin us in store from 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM for FREE tastings with local producers to learn about your favourite local beverages from the producers themselves
bistro le CoqArgyle St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Duck Confit Slider: Duck confit salad, remoulade, grilled slider bun. $6 inclusive of HST
11:30 til sold out
BookmarkSpring Garden Rd.Enjoy some literary games with some literary treats!
Bradshaw Pure EstheticsQueen St.20% off all our certified biodynamic Dr. Hauschka products and water based nail polish. 12-2 Open House with Curative Massage and Stella and Dot stylist Christina Bradshaw. Welcome spring in style. Give the gift of natural indulgence for Mothers Day or something for yourself with great discounts!
Brilliant Clothing BoutiqueBirmingham St.Tax Free Shopping
Brooklyn WarehouseWindsor St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Fried Chicken & Waffles: bacon, buttermilk waffles, fried chicken with whipped honey butter, smoked blueberries.
$9
11:30-3:30
CyclesmithAgricola St.Back Lot Party with Hatfield Farms Petting Zoo, food trucks and more! 11am-3pm
Dee Dee's Ice CreamCornwallis St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Spring Sundae $5.00 (tax included)
10am to 8pm
Dime SalonCornwallis St.Tax free on all retail products includes Bumble and bumble, Province Apothecary, Purple Urchin, Vinylux Nail Polish, hot tools and brushes
Discovery CentreLr. Water St.
*NEW LOCATION*
Partnering with NSCAD Artist for a Day with pop-up activities outside the centre
Downtown Halifax Business CommissionBarrington St.Free face-painting, popcorn, and music from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be free balloon animals from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. All festivities are free and open to the public.
Duly NotedDoyle St. *NEW LOCATION*Free Postcards, designed and printed in house
& 20% Nova Scotian Gifts & Stationery
Durty Nelly's Argyle St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Smoked turkey wings with maple bourbon glaze
2 wings for $5
10:30am 'til we sell out!
Earth GoddessKaye St.Special guest Beth Terry from 1 - 4. Beth will discuss the magical property values of crystals and help you choose the best stones to unleash your goddess powers!
All crystals and stones 20% OFF
East of GraftonArgyle St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Carnita Tacos: Suckling pig carnitas, onion, cilantro + salsa verde 7$ inclusive of HST 11:30-4
enVie - A vegan kitchenAgricola St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT:sweet potato tater tot poutine with jalapeño cheese curds and shiitake mushroom gravy! $6 11-3, or till sold out.
Flip BurgerArgyle St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Southern fried, pulled chicken poutine.
Chicken
Cheese curds
Hay stack onions
Guacamole and
Gravy.
Frida Fine JewelleryBishop's Landing ‘Pop’s Tourms' from 11am-2pm. Meet an amazing local stonecutter and see a vast selection of gorgeous tourmalines on display. Join us to learn more about this beautiful gemstone, admired for its dazzling array of colours.
Garrison BrewingHalifax SeaportBACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Asado Catering on the Garrison patio with their famous charcoal BBQ. Check out Garrison’s new expanded beer hall while enjoying a flight of their finest.
10 AM - onwards
Hali KidsSouth Park St.Colour a Halifax postcard, and write a message on the back - Halikids will them mail them all off to their destinations! Also with the purchase of $50 or more (before tax), get a $10 gift certificate to use on your next purchase!
Halifax Distilling Co.Lr Water St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: JD Shore Bootlegging BBQ Pulled Pork with Angry Onion on a Jalapeno Biscuit
with Kettle Chips, rum flights, local beer and classic cocktails $8
Starting at 11am
Halifax SeedKane St.Teach the kids to grow their own! Bring your kids to Halifax Seed and have them plant a flower or start vegetable seeds they can then take home to their own garden.
All day 8:30am – 5:00pm
Harbourstone Sea Grill & Pour HouseUpper Water St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Lobster Poutine - $7
11am until we run out
HaskapaBishop's Landingfree tastings of our new Haskap and Haskap Apple Kombucha’s from our local producer Pop Culture Brew
Heartwood RestaurantQuinpool Rd.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT:Backdoor Special - Sidewalk Heartwood Bowl $10
11-6
Humani-T CafeYoung St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Mini Egg Cookie Gelato Sandwiches. $5. 11am until sold out
Humani-T CafeTrillium Shops, South Park St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUE: Mini Egg Cookie Gelato Sandwiches. $5. 11am until sold out
Humble Pie KitchenKing St., DartmouthBACK DOOR TAKEOUT: $5 Pies starting at 9am
MUSIC: Jen Miller 12-2
I Heart Bikes HFXSands at Salter30 minute Tandem bike rental only $5 + HST
1 hour City and Family bike rental $5 + HST
$15 off Nutcase helmets (not including little nutty, baby nutty or metroride)
$10 kids tees!
IndochineSouth Park St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Fresh Summer Rolls with peanut or spicy hoisin dipping sauce $5
Iced Organic Lemonade with fresh mint $2
11 am - while supplies last
Inkwell BoutiqueBrunswick St. *NEW LOCATION*Lucky Leaf Special! Get 5-50% off your purchase (regular price items). Draw a leaf to reveal your discount!
Jennifer's of Nova ScotiaSpring Garden Rd.Mother's Day Flower Pull
KeptKing St., DartmouthMeet the Maker:Laura MacDonald of Deep Hollow Print
Laura makes fantastic letterpress posters, prints and cards and will be sharing aspects of her design and hand-printing process.
10am - 5pm
Krave BurgerSpring Garden Rd.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Beer and Jalapeno breaded corn dog with Krave's classic mac and cheese. $7 plus tax
La Frasca Cibi & Vini Spring Garden Rd.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT:Handmade Italian sausage on a fresh brioche bun with our housemade condiments

We are serving from 11:30am until quantities last -$5
Lady Luck Boutique Portland St., DartmouthEnter to win tickets to the evenings Jenn Grant album release concert
Lady Luck Boutique Hydrostone MarketKerry Ann Gibson from Seaside Glass Jewelry Designs doing live demonstrations from 11am-2pm of her beautiful lamp work beads.
Enter to win tickets to the evenings Jenn Grant album release concert
le French FixPrince St.Americano to go 2$ and have Nova 7 macaron until quantity last
Lemon DogsCyclesmith Parking Lot, Agricola St.Flavoured fresh pressed lemonades and handmade freezies
Life Salon SpaBarrington St. *NEW LOCATION*Organic lavender drinks and sidewalk hand & arm massages from 11-3 on the 13th, and have 10% off all retail, free mini Hand or Foot Relief for purchases over $50, and double points for our Lifestyle Rewards Program (it’s free!) all day!
Lion & BrightAgricola St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: TBD
Local SourceAgricola St.Housemade Ice cream sandwiches. Also, a free Local Source Bag with $50 purchase
Lot SixArgyle St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Buck-a-Shuck from 12pm until 4pm!
Made in the MaritimesHydrostone MarketReceive a free Sarah Duggan Mother’s Day card with gift purchase. Folk artist Shelagh Duffett will be live painting from 11am-2pm
Enjoy free samples from our friends at Nova Scotia Fisherman while supplies last 10am - 5pm
MakenewAgricola St.One small handmade weaving (wall art) with purchase of over $20. First come first serve limited quantity available!
Mappatura Bistro Spring Garden Rd.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Terry's Calamari 12-2pm
Morris East Morris St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Margeroni Pizza $6 on our patio starting at 11am.
Happy Hour Cocktail: Pear Thyme Gin Fizz. App: One dip + wood-fired flatbread $5
Murphy's on the WaterLr. Water St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: $10 Chowder
Murphy's on the WaterLr. Water ST.20% off Gift Shop for local shoppers.
$25(+hst) nature & whale watching tickets - $40(+hst) deep sea fishing
Neptune TheatreArgyle St.50% off rush tickets for the day!
25 minute free Musical Theatre Class for kids ages 7-12 at 10:30am.
25 minute free Improv Class for teens 13-18 from 11:30-12pm.
25 minute free Acting Workshop for Adults from 12:30-1pm.
Norbert's Good FoodHalifax Seaport Farmer's Market8oz Strawberry Smoothie
made with our own organically grown strawberries! -$3
NSCAD UniversitySeaport Campus Artist for a Day includes more than 20 hands-on, interactive activities including life drawing, printmaking, jewellery making and much more. Activities are coordinated by NSCAD students, faculty and alumni. Come join us and become an artist (or designer) for a day! Make something handmade for mom. 10am-3pm
Nurtured Products for ParentingAgricola St.Back Lot Party with Hatfield Farms Petting Zoo, food trucks and more! 11am-3pm
ObladeeBarrington St.Live Jazz Wine & Cheese $10
4-6pm
Ocean OptometryBlower's St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Humble Pie Pop-Up! New Zealand meat pies $5; 10 am until sell out.
Patagonia HalifaxLr. Water St.Hosting the launch of Unpacked: Zero Waste Store.
Unpacked is a new-to-halifax business offering affordable, package-free food, home and body products. Together, we’ll be encouraging customers to divert household waste by bringing their own reusable containers to the event, while accessing healthy and affordable local products.
HOURS: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Picnic at DartPortland St.
Plan BGottingen St.Click here for details.
Portland St. CreperiePortland St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Triple Chocolate Crepe” House-made brownie in a chocolate batter crepe topped with a chocolate sauce. $7 plus HST.
8:30-5:00
PRIMAL KitchenBrenton St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork Bun with gochubang sauce and asian slaw $5
11am - til sold out
Pro SkatesQuinpool Rd.So much stuff!
Qiu Brothers DumplingsBarrington St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Spend 36$(before tax) in store to get 1 order of Dumplings(Any kind) for free. 5$ for 10pcs Deep Fried Wontons
RHAD Architects & Upland Urban Planning and DesignKing St., DartmouthTours of the recently renovated and restored second oldest building in Dartmouth: the Samuel Greenwood House built in 1797. Get a sneak peek into the lives of architects, urban planners and landscape architects by meeting and greeting personnel from RHAD Architects and Upland Urban Planning and Design Studio, while checking out a display of past and present projects, drawings and models.
Time: 10am - 1pm
Ristorante a ManoBishop's LandingBACK DOOR TAKEOUT:
Mini caramellos with vanilla and caramel gelato, chocolate sauce, sponge toffee

We are serving from 11:30am until quantities last - $3
Roll on Two Chimney CakesGranville St.French medium roast coffee for $1 for each chimney cake sold.
Rousseau ChocolatierHollis St.Famous CHOCOLATE MOUSSE samples and $5 take-home portions. 10-6 pm or until sold out!
Rum Runners Rum Cake FactoryBishop's Landing20% off all clothing & glassware
Sailor Bup'sSackville St.free haircuts by walk in only (no shaves or Full Monty packages), and 10% off all retail products
Salvatore's Hydrostone MarketBACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Breakfast Calzones 8am-Noon
Sattva BoutiqueAgricola St.TAX FREE - Clothing and accessories store wide - 1 day only! Surprise sale racks up to 50% off. Meet the maker, Sarah Holmes from our new #madeinhalifax Jewelry line SJH! 12-3pm.
Sawadee Tea HouseGranville St.Buy 100g tea and get another one same price or less get 1/2 price. Buy 10cups of teas in advance and get 5 cups free. will stamp each time useage.
11-5
Scanway CafeGrafton St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Inside the Bakery: $1 Soft Serve 9:30am onwards
Outside on the BBQ: Jamaican Jerk Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Jerk Chicken Thighs, Jicama, Chili Slaw, Boston Lettuce $5 10:30 til sold out
Secord GalleryQuinpool Rd.Gallery Hop - 11AM
Paint and Perception:
In Conversation with the Artist Randy Engelberg
In Conversation with Director Phil Secord
Segway NSSands at SalterFREE Segway demos! (follow @SegwayNS for details)
11am-5pm
Seven Bays BoulderingGottingen St.$5 Climbing
$2 Espresso Drinks
Shani's Farm MarketHalifax Seaport Farmer's MarketMother's Day SPECIALS, Fresh Pastured Lamb, Fresh Free Range Chicken Fresh Berkshire Pork, all your needs for that special Dinners for all the Special Moms
ShuckLr. Water St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Stacked Seafood Slider: Old Bay-onnaise, hickory sticks, chipotle lime mayo, Asian pickled slaw $9 Noon-4pm, or sold out.
Smoke's PoutinerieBlowers St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: 4.00 for snack size traditional smashed potato poutine
2.00 snack size smashed potato fries.
Spirit SpaHollis St.20% off all retail
Spirit SpaHydrostone *Second location*20% off all retail
Stone PizzaAlderney Dr., DartmouthBACK DOOR TAKEOUT: 8inch personal 1/2 and 1/2 pizza $10
11am - close
Stories RestaurantMorris St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Details TBD
Stubborn Goat GastropubGrafton St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Pork Taco
Pineapple Salsa, pickled Cabbage Slaw, Salsa Verde
$5
10:30am til sold out
Studio 14, Gifts & GalleryAgricola St.25% off all framed pictures in stock
Studio 21Hollis St.Gallery Hop 3pm
David Sorensen Eighty
James Kirkpatrick 100% real humdinger
Opening of the Studio 21 terrace - featuring llan Sandler’s steel sculpture "The Left Index"
Studio EastCunard St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT:Late Night Bites 9pm-12am; get any local drink and get an order of chicken crisp for $2 Bucks. Crispy Eden Valley chicken skin, gochujang may, aioli, sweet soy reduction, sesame seeds, green onions, cilantro $2
Sugah! ConfectioneryBishop's Landing BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Check out our new Fudge Bar! Buy 1 pound, get a half pound free!
$2.50 Hand Paddled Ice Cream
Sugah! ConfectioneryPublic GardensBACK DOOR TAKEOUT: $2.50 Hand Paddled Ice Cream
Suzanne Gauthier and Louise Waters
At Sleeping Dog Studio Gallery
Cornwallis St.Printmaking demos in stencilling, stamping and using the Gelli plate, & linocut printing. Visitors get to watch and/or participate, making their own prints to take home. A range of works on paper will be exhibited in the gallery.
Noon - 4
Taz RecordsGrafton St.Spend $50 get a free $10 gift card, enter to win a Spin-Clean vinyl cleaning system.
Tea NorthAgricola St., Cyclesmith Parking LotIced Tea on tap (by the cup), and by the bottle.Our products have zero added sugar and sweeteners, are preservative free, and all our Icd Tea is carbonated.
the 244Gottingen St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: Chilli Cheese Dogs, $6
11-7
The CanteenPortland St., Dartmouth
*NEW LOCATION*
The Canteen Porchetta Sandwiches - $5. 11am until sold out! $15 Portland Street T-Shirts
The Independent Mercantile Co.Gottingen St.20% OFF everything in the store - One Day Only!! Virgin cocktail tastings with a guest mixologist using ingredients from our bar department 12-4
the LocalGottingen St.live reggae music with Verbal Warning and an outdoor donair cart
The NookGottingen St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: 12oz Drip Coffee for a $1, and a 12oz Cold Brew for $3 tax included
The Old ApothecaryBarrington St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: $5+tax - Eclair & Vietnamese Coffee
The Press GangPrince St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT:Kangaroo Slider, house made bun, smoked gouda, arugula, chimichurri $6. .50 cents for every slider sold will be donated to Feed Nova Scotia.
Bar will be open during Open City from 12-4pm, serving $5 local craft beer
The VaultSpring Garden Rd.50% off our Sterling CZ Collection
Timber LoungeAgricola St.Happy hour prices for the day and people are welcome to watch the axe throwing.
Live Music after 8pm (cover)
Touch of Gold Spring Garden Rd.Watch Sale - Up to 25% off
Trainyard General StorePortland St., DartmouthCommunity Love Letters. Drop-In and write a little note to anyone in the community who could use a little extra love! Cards, ideas & more provided.
11-4
Uncommon GroundsBarrington St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: $2.50 lattes & Cappuccinos
Try our new COLD BREWED COFFEE $3
Uncommon GroundsSouth Park St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT: $2.50 lattes & Cappuccinos
Try our new COLD BREWED COFFEE $3
Uncommon Grounds Public GardensBACK DOOR TAKEOUT: $2.50 lattes & Cappuccinos
Try our new COLD BREWED COFFEE $3
Waterfront Development Halifax WaterfrontFREE PARKING at all Waterfront Pay & Display lots
Wild LeekWindsor St.BACK DOOR TAKEOUT:Beet Lemonade $2
Wildflower Clothing Doyle St. *NEW LOCATION*17th Birthday Party. Come check out our new location, grab a cupcake, and enjoy 20% off everything in store!
WoozlesBirmingham St.2nd annual Curious George Party from 10-1! Free face-painting, games and activities, cookies, and Curious George himself!
Workshop & Co.Maynard St.Please stop by for a refreshment and enter to win for a vintage light fixture.
World Tea HouseArgyle St.Millennia Tea: $3/cup
Seasonal Tea: $2/cup
15% off 50g bags of Millennia Tea
Tarot Speed Readings (10 min) $10
Writer's Federation of NSHalifax SeaportUsed Book Fundraiser
Zwicker's GalleryDoyle St.Gallery Hop - 1PM
Nancy Stevens SPECTRA
In Conversation with the Artist

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