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Zombies, craft markets and metal musicians: Five things to do in Halifax this weekend

Flavours and music of Pakistan and Harry Potter parody add to the varied weekend fun.

Halifax Zombie Walk 2015.

Metro File/Jeff Harper

Halifax Zombie Walk 2015.

Zombie Walk: Halloween may be more than a month away, but the Halifax Zombie Walk will have people getting into the spirit early. On Sunday at 1 p.m., walkers can meet at the old Spring Garden Library decked out in blood and guts. Zombies will make their way downtown, heading towards Argyle and through Grand Parade, eventually ending up back at the library. An all-ages after-party is scheduled at Plan B on Gottingen Street, with a 19+ event taking place at Menz and Mollyz bar later that night.

Potted Potter: Fans of Harry Potter, comedy, or both, can take in the Potted Potter parody show at the Rebecca Cohn. As part of the Canadian tour for the U.K. show, the so-called “unauthorized Harry experience” has shows scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. All seven books in the Harry Potter series are crammed into a 70-minute performance, including a live game of Quidditch. According to the show’s website, “Potted Potter is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).”

Headbangers Against Homelessness: The second Headbangers Against Homelessness show is a chance for Haligonians to rock out while supporting people in need. Metalheads can stop by the Oasis pub on Spring Garden road on Saturday night. For $7 at the door or $5 in advance, folks can see a show including three local bands: Dirt Stache, Only Vultures Left and Tri City Villains. Proceeds go to Shelter Nova Scotia.  

Etsy Made in Canada Halifax: Locally-made goods will be on display at the Maritime Hall this weekend for the Etsy Made in Canada Halifax market. The event is organized by volunteers, the Maritime Makers, and local sellers on the website Etsy. It took place at the Garrison Grounds in 2015. According to the Maritime Makers website, more than 15,000 people attended last year. Shoppers can stop by between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Pakistan Festival: Food, dancing and live music are all part of Saturday’s Pakistan Festival. The event starts at 11 a.m. at Citadel High School’s Spatz Theatre. The Pakistani Canadian Association of Nova Scotia (PCANS) and Dalhousie’s Pakistani Students Association have worked together to organize the second local festival of its kind. The PCANS Facebook page announced that Muhammad Saleem, Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan in Canada, will be attending the event to connect with local Pakistani community members.