Start your summer vacation with a fun-filled weekend as the 41st Bedford Days kicks off on Thursday, June 28, and runs until Monday, July 2.

“The first big event is the TD Kids Extravaganza on Thursday evening in DeWolf Park,” says Scott MacKendrick, the Bedford Days co-ordinator with Halifax Regional Municipality’s civic events and festivals. “There will be circus acts, lots of music, Nerf tag, a touch tank and even a mermaid. One of the activities will be to invite everyone to help touch-up the mural in the park; it was started last year as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. Then, at the end of the evening, there will be the first night of fireworks.”

On Friday night, teens are invited to The Board Room Game Cafe for a games night while adults can whet their whistles at the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department Beer Fest while listening to Ian Sherwood.

Saturday is packed full of activities, including a kids’ triathlon, yoga and CrossFit in DeWolf Park. Over at Tyler Sampson Park, there will be an assortment of gigantic games for all ages to enjoy in the afternoon.

On Saturday night, one of the most special parts of the weekend, Rouge et Blanc, takes place at Sunnyside Mall.

“This event has become a focal point for the community,” MacKendrick says. “We will have between 10 and 15 local restaurants participating, as well as wine from WestSide Beer, Wine and Spirits. The event runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and there is free admission. When you arrive, you will receive four sampling tickets for beer or wine and you can sample offerings from local restaurants. It’s a great way to see what Bedford has to offer and if you really like something, you can try out the restaurant after. We advise that people come early to get the best variety.”

Sunday, July 1, is the pinnacle of Bedford Days. People can fuel up for the day’s activities at the pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at DeWolf Park.

The day is full of activities for all ages, ranging from bouncy castles at DeWolf Park to the seasonal opening of Scott Manor House (complete with tea and sweets). And there’s also the Kids Canada Day Party at DeWolf Park. Enjoy puppet shows, mermaids, face painting, Nerf tag and more. Also check out the Royal LePage event to show off your basketball skills for prizes.

The popular Northwood Singers, under the direction of Paul Simons, take to the DeWolf Park stage at 3:30 p.m. for a concert of old favourites. Then, in the evening, MacKendrick says Donair Supply is back for an evening concert prior to the fireworks.

The complete schedule is available online at halifax.ca/recreation/events/bedford-days. Keep checking for any updates (especially in case of inclement weather).