HALIFAX - Itâs a chance to be a tourist in your own town.
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Gordon Stevens poses for a portrait in Halifax last year.
About 145 local restaurants, retailers and museums will be offering up various incentives and activities this Saturday to entice HRM residents onto the peninsula for Open City 3.0.
Event founder Gordon Stevens said the unique-to-Halifax festival, now in its third year, seeks to lure Haligonians to explore and experience the city.
âWhat we want is to make sure that all the people that live here have as much knowledge about the city so that when visitors come in the summer, they can be great ambassadors,â said Stevens, who founded I Love Local Halifax.
About 45 restaurants will once again be offering up food as part of a âback door takeoutâ menu, one of the festivalâs most successful aspects, said Stevens.
âWhether itâs actually out the kitchen door or out on the sidewalk in front of their restaurant, there will be food from breakfast until night,â said Stevens.
âYou can eat your way across the city and over to Dartmouth.â
Itâs the first year, he added, that the event is spilling across the harbour into the City of Lakes.
Stevens said thereâs plenty for everyone, including free admission to art galleries and museums and live entertainment across the city.
Down at Bishopâs Landing, the Halifax Press food truck will be offering up a selection of their specialty sandwiches.
Itâs not only Halifax Press owner Jill Johnsrudeâs first Open City, itâs also the grand opening of her new business.
âItâs going to be our big coming out party,â said Johnsrude, touting her That Dutchmanâs gouda cheese sandwich with maple roasted sweet potatoes, Propeller Porter caramelized onions and walnuts.
âWeâre coming out with a bang.â
Some of the live music Saturday for Open City 3.0:
Grand Parade Square: Acres and Acres, 11 a.m.; Kim Harris, 12:15 p.m.; Laura Merrimen, 1:30 p.m.; Adam Baldwin, 2:45 p.m.
Bishopâs Landing: The Chess Club, noon-3 p.m.
Halifax Seaport Market: Live music from 7 to 10 p.m.
The North Street Church Open house and live music from 2 to 4 p.m.
Plan B (Gottingen Street) Live art and music from 6 to 10 p.m.
Stubborn Goat Gastropub (Grafton Street) BBQ and music, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.