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From laughter yoga and musicals to craft fairs: 5 things to do in Halifax this weekend

With a gala fundraiser, Broadway classics, craft markets, Guy Show and feel-good yoga happening this weekend there's lots to do.

People laughing in yoga class


People laughing in yoga class

Gala fundraiser: Swing back in time this Saturday night at the motionball Halifax Gala fundraising event at Casino Nova Scotia in support of Special Olympics Nova Scotia and the Special Olympics Canada Foundation. The theme of the black tie event is Roaring Twenties, and features a midnight snack bar, music by DJ Skratch Bastid and Classified, and the chance to meet Special Olympics athletes. Event begins at 9 p.m., while tickets are $150 each and available at

Fall market: Handmade crafts, food, goodies galore are on sale Saturday and Sunday this weekend for the Banook Pop-Up Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s a large selection of more than 20 vendors lined up for the Banook Canoe Club event on Banook Avenue, including clothing boutiques, potters, bakeries, woodworkers, and others selling antiques, cards, jewelry, candles and more.

Broadway in Halifax: A few of your favourite things might be played this weekend by Symphony Nova Scotia as they present classic tunes from Broadway legends Rodgers and Hammerstein. The duo is behind some of the most popular musicals of all time, including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, and The King and I. Performances run Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Tickets begin at $30, and are available at the box office via 902-494-3820 or

Laughter yoga: After a tense week following the American election that only ended in dismay, confusion and a bleak sadness for many in Canada with Donald Trump’s win, most of us need a reason to laugh this weekend. A free laughter yoga class at the Keshen Goodman Public Library this Saturday might do the trick, since laughing is a great way to lower your blood pressure, boost T-cells and release “a concoction of good hormones,” the event says. Event is 2 p.m. at the Lacewood Drive branch.

Power tools to presents: two Halifax Exhibition Centre shows are sure to provide something for everyone this weekend at the Prospect Road venue, including The Guy Show featuring sporting goods, hunting, fishing, local craft breweries, plus ATV’s and entertainment like archery and virtual reality. At the same time, there’s a Christmas Craft Village with some of the finest artisans and craftspeople from across Canada showing their wares. Hours for both shows are Friday 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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