Ten ways to make your weekend amazing

Beyonce-themed eats, Australian live music and obviously, the PARADE!

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Pride Week only has a few days left, so let's make 'em count with Pride festivities, diva-themed brunches, outdoor exploration and, of course, THE PARADE.

The Mae Trio travelled all the way from Australia to bring their sweet, folky sound to The Carleton Music Bar & Grill this Saturday (see 4). - KATE ATKINSON
  • Kate Atkinson
  • The Mae Trio travelled all the way from Australia to bring their sweet, folky sound to The Carleton Music Bar & Grill this Saturday (see 4).

10. Queer Contra Dance. Saturday, July 23, 5-9pm Not your typical dance, this event eschews traditional gender roles, offering a binary-free, queer-friendly atmosphere. Bring something to the 5pm potluck and then lace on your dancing shoes for an old-fashioned good time, no experience or partner required.

9. Little Spoon Pop-Up Stand. Saturday, July 23, 11am-2pm The entrepreneurial spirit runs in the Doherty family. Ten-year-old Aidan Doherty, nephew of Middle Spoon owners Ciaran and Lacey Doherty, is passionate about small business and is working on one of his own. Just in time for the Halifax Pride Parade, Aidan will debut The Little Spoon—a pop-up shop that'll sell a variety of fresh-squeezed lemonades and sweet treats, like whoopie pies, fudge pops and other portable desserts. Aidan promises most of his goods will run you under $5—and that he'll be back in action on most sunny Saturdays, 11am-2pm. —Allison Saunders

8. McNabs Island Summer Tour. Sunday, July 24, 9:30am-3pm Learn all about iconic isle, from hearing tales of the ancient Mi'kmaq peoples to exploring the historic forts and homes that dot the island's hills. Event organizers suggest wearing comfortable shoes and bringing water and a lunch. Arrive at the boat's departure point 15 minutes before the 9:30 start time to ensure your seat.

7. An Evening with Jim Carroll: Readings from an American poet. Thursday, July 21, 7pm Gather to hear hosts Jerry Ropson and Dr. Bart Vautour, along with others, share their favourite passages by the late Carroll. Probably most famous for his autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries (which became a ‘90s film starring Leonardo DiCaprio), Carroll worked with many famous artists, including Andy Warhol.

6. Dark for Dark in concert. Friday, July 22 Catch Nova Scotia's own Dark for Dark as they tour Eastern Canada on the heels of their new album, All Dressed. The record is a haunting, folky offering that stays true to their sound. With this as the only Halifax date on the tour, fans won't want to miss it! —Lewis Rendell

5. LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES Screening. Friday, July 22, 7pm Quebec's famed director Xavier Dolan released LES AMOURS IMAGINARIES (literally "the imagined loves"), a story about two friends who fall for the same guy, in 2010 to rave reviews at the Cannes Film festival. Now, Alliance Francaise is giving you the chance to catch the flick, complete with English subtitles.

Get ready for Pride Parade! (see 1). - DYLAN WHITE
  • Dylan White
  • Get ready for Pride Parade! (see 1).

4. The Mae Trio in Concert. Saturday, July 23, 2pm All the way from Australia, these musicians offer a contemporary take on folk, playing original songs across many instruments, including cello, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and ukulele.

3. The Grind. Friday, July 22, 10pm-2am This outdoor party promises to be a steamy summer night. With drag star Adore Delano (Of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame) on the mic and Montreal’s DJ Alain Jackinsky spinning beats, partiers will wanna dance for hours.

2. Beyonce Brunch. Sunday, July 24, 9am-4pm All hail Queen Bey!! Get in formation and head over to Black Sheep Restaurant, 1569 Dresden Row, for a meal filled with your favourite 'yonce anthems and brunch eats. Drink specials include Boozy Lemonade (made with vodka and Proseco) and the Queen Bey cocktail (a mix of gin, honey, ginger, mint and ginger beer). Feeling like a queen yourself? Spring for the $290 bottles of Cristal, complete with a Black Sheep hat included.

1. HALIFAX PRIDE PARADE. Saturday, July 23, 1-3pm The height of Halifax Pride’s festival, the Pride Parade is a celebration of all things LGBTQIA. Join the party on the streets of downtown Halifax, and don’t forget to bring your rainbow flag! Looking for accessible viewing? A platform will be available at the Halifax Central Library from noon onwards. The parade route travels from Upper Water Street to Barrington Street to Spring Garden Road to South Park Street.

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