HALIFAX - It‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúWhat 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,‚ÄĚ said Stevens, who founded I Love Local Halifax.
About 45 restaurants will once again be offering up food as part of a ‚Äúback door takeout‚ÄĚ menu, one of the festival‚Äôs most successful aspects, said Stevens.
‚ÄúWhether it‚Äôs actually out the kitchen door or out on the sidewalk in front of their restaurant, there will be food from breakfast until night,‚ÄĚ said Stevens.
‚ÄúYou can eat your way across the city and over to Dartmouth.‚ÄĚ
It‚Äôs the first year, he added, that the event is spilling across the harbour into the City of Lakes.
Stevens said there‚Äôs plenty for everyone, including free admission to art galleries and museums and live entertainment across the city.
Down at Bishop‚Äôs Landing, the Halifax Press food truck will be offering up a selection of their specialty sandwiches.
It‚Äôs not only Halifax Press owner Jill Johnsrude‚Äôs first Open City, it‚Äôs also the grand opening of her new business.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs going to be our big coming out party,‚ÄĚ said Johnsrude, touting her That Dutchman‚Äôs gouda cheese sandwich with maple roasted sweet potatoes, Propeller Porter caramelized onions and walnuts.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre coming out with a bang.‚ÄĚ
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.
Bishop‚Äôs 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.