Here's all the best ways to spend summer's first weekend

It's the first weekend of summer (as designated by the release of our annual Hot Summer Guide—you're welcome) so you gotta make it count! We gotchu with fun like an adults-only night at the Discovery Centre, the epic Indigenous Day celebration at Zatzman Sportsplex and a screening to the unofficial follow-up of Paris Is Burning, the 2016 doc KIKI.

A two-day celebration of various Indigenous cultures arrives in Dartmouth to mark National Indigenous Day. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
Submitted photo
A two-day celebration of various Indigenous cultures arrives in Dartmouth to mark National Indigenous Day.

Discovery After Dark: Wild Things
An adults-only night at the Discovery Centre means you don't have to feel bad for playing with the exhibits or worry you're taking away from a kid's trip to the science-focused spot. This time around, the evening focuses on the centre's latest exhibit, Survival of the Slowest, which sees a live green iguana, a two-toed sloth, a veiled chameleon and more critters chillin' in enclosures and providing a case for a more leisurely pace. An on-site cash bar adds to the fun. more deets

Friday, Saturday

"'Mawita’jik' in Mi’kmaq means 'Let us gather',” begins the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre as it explains this two-day celebration of culture and connection at Zatzman Sportsplex. Traditional song, dance and drumming await—including jingle dress dancing and Inuit throat singing—in what's basically the ultimate way to mark National Indigenous Day. Vendors and cultural displays round out the awesomeness. more deets

KIKI screening
A screening of the 2016 documentary, which follows the New York drag and voguing scenes during the era of Black Lives Matter, is held at Glitter Bean Cafe. "The film was directed by Sara Jordenö and is considered an unofficial sequel to the influential 1990 film Paris Is Burning," event organizers add. more deets

African dance workshop
Build your repertoire with some new moves from north, east, south and central parts of the continent with this free class held at 3200 Kempt Road, Suite 202. more deets

Shelagh Duffett's gouache-looking pieces are big on whimsy. See 'em at the Chase Gallery. - SHELAGH DUFFETT ARTWORK
Shelagh Duffett artwork
Shelagh Duffett's gouache-looking pieces are big on whimsy. See 'em at the Chase Gallery.

Clifton Street group show
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
A collaborative exhibit by four artists who are also roommates, complete with furniture from their apartment, creates a shared living space vibe within The Anna. more deets

Joy and Possibility
Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Timothy Andrew McGuire and Shelagh Duffett present a collection of oil and acrylic paintings at the Chase Gallery that, as show organizers put it, "celebrates the joy of being alive and the beauty that surrounds." more deets

Develop Decay
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Nathan Wilkinson-Zan explores how community continues to exist despite money and power in a collection of drawings of public landscapes on view at The Anna. more deets

Atlantic: Shades of Emotions
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Teichert Gallery describes this collection by Asha Roznowski as "a beautiful new body of work exploring the multilayered experience of emotional perception." more deets

Abigail Lapell brings her critically adored brand of folk to Elle's Bistro. - GAELLE LEGRAND PHOTO
Gaelle Legrand photo
Abigail Lapell brings her critically adored brand of folk to Elle's Bistro.

Valerie EP release show w/Juice Girls
The reverb-drenched dream noise of Valerie is celebrated as the band releases its EP Thin Veil alongside the shoe-gaze-y goodness of Juice Girls at The Seahorse. more deets

2019 Make Music Day
To mark the summer solstice, Alliance Française and friends are helping bring as much music as humanly possible to the streets and public places of Halifax. From the Grand Parade to the Public Gardens to Hydrostone Park, musicians of all levels and genres will wail, rip, shred and sing to mark the longest day of the year, taking part in a tradition now celebrated in over 340 cities worldwide. So take a stroll and see what there is to sing along to, in the name of summer. more deets

Abigail Lapell w/Raine Hamilton
Canadian Folk Music Awards darling Abigail Lapell celebrates a new album full of her genre-pushing, prairie noir sound with a criss-crossing, coast-to-coast tour that lets the singer-songwriter live her collection of road-worn ballads before delivering them, shimmering, to your hungry ears at Elle's Bistro. more deets

Alan Syliboy and The Thundermakers in concert with the Upstream Ensemble

Renowned artist, author, activist and musician Alan Syliboy and his rain-bringing, eardrum-slapping Thundermakers partner with the improv-adoring Upstream Ensemble to deliver music that'll crack your skull open and scramble up what's inside—with Silyboy's visual art acting as the inspiration. It all goes down at The Marquee. more deets

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Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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