Ten sunny ideas for the last summer weekend

Summer might be almost over (sob!) but you'll be having too much fun to care with fringe fest, fashion archives, and patio parties.

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Punk kids Crossed Wires share the stage with Kestrels this weekend (see number 5). - DYLAN CHEW
  • Dylan Chew
  • Punk kids Crossed Wires share the stage with Kestrels this weekend (see number 5).

10. Sunday Blues Dancing
Sundays, 8-11pm
Learn some new steps and then get ready to boogie at The Nook's all-levels dancing club. No partner required, all you need are some dancing shoes.

9. Back To Class Patio Bash
Saturday, Sept. 3, 9:30pm-2 am
The big outdoor bash to celebrate summer's end and the start of classes! From 9:30 to midnight, members of bands The Fourth Well and Ragged Mane shred the stage on the Argyle's patio. At midnight, gears switch from rock show to night club, with DJ Wildfire and guests spinning wax till the wee hours.

8. Halifax Colour Festival
Saturday, Sept. 3, 12pm
Representing unity and diversity, the Halifax Colour Festival is put on by the Indian Festivals Club of Nova Scotia and invites all ages and walks of life to enjoy live music, entertainment and various interactive game. Held on the Dalhousie Quad.

7. East Coast Country Night: Samantha Power w/ Lisa Richard
Friday, Sept 2, 9pm
Want some honky-tonk vibes on your Friday night? Samantha Power is your gal. The Halifax-based singer-songwriter has Nashville recording cred, meaning she's about as country as it gets. Hear her on the Halifax Waterfront with fellow country crooner Lisa Richard, who's about to drop a new music video this fall.

6. My First Last Waltz or The Queer Ages
Thursday, Sept. 1, 11:25 pm, Friday, Sept. 2, 10:40pm, Saturday, Sept. 3, 10:15pm, Sunday, Sept. 4, 7pm
For the Atlantic Fringe Festival, performer Hugo Dann weaves the story of his life as a queer actor and activist using the words of literary icons (think Whitman, Wilde and Checkov) in this emotive show.

Country crooner Lisa Richard shares the stage as part of East Coast Country Night (see number 7). - ORA WALKER PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Ora Walker Photography
  • Country crooner Lisa Richard shares the stage as part of East Coast Country Night (see number 7).

5. Kestrels w/Crossed Wires, Soft Spot
Saturday, Sept 3, 7pm
An early show featuring lots of pop-punk noise to get your night started right.

4. Fringe Sampler!
Thursday, Sept 1, 7pm
It's a chance to see a preview of this year's Fringe Fest offerings, with each act giving a two-minute sneak peek of their performance!

3. The Common: For As Long As You Have So Far
Sept 1-11
While the Fringe is full of atypical theatre, this production might be the most unique of the bunch. Described by the creators as a "play that only exists between your ears, one person at a time," viewers book a ticket in advance and receive an email directing them to a secret meeting place. Arrive at the spot, and follow the path "of a mysterious natural underground creek arriving at Victoria Park. You are both the star and the only audience, set on a journey through the city with only a voice on an iPod, a book and your imagination as a guide. " As you walk through he park, you'll also be walking through time, revisiting forgotten stories that happened on the same spot where you're standing.

2. I'M CHE GUEVARA, GOD-DAMN IT!
Friday, Sept 2, 7:10pm, Saturday, Sept 3, 2pm, Sunday, Sept 4, 7pm
Fringe vet Bud Hunter delivers an original stand-up piece with what Coast writer Kevin Hartford describes as "his trademark mix of East Coast accent and New York-esque hardness." You can also catch Hunter as profiled in a lovely feature by Jane Kansas, in the September 1 issue of The Coast.

1. The Dress: Mayann Francis and the Call to Serve
Sept 2-Nov 27
Mayann Francis served as Nova Scotia’s 31st Lieutenant Governor, the first African Nova Scotian, and only the second woman to ever do so. Throughout Francis’ time in the position, she often wore couture by Halifax-based designer Etalier Salwa to celebrate local artistry and communicate the proper tone through clothing. Here, you get the chance to see the standout looks from dresses to hats.

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