Going to be in Nova Scotia this summer? If you haven’t done it before, you’ll quickly find out it’s the time of year when the province really comes alive. Besides checking out the beaches, lakes, hiking trails, and other places to enjoy the season, you’ll definitely want to give a few of these great events a try.
Halifax Comedy Fest
Who doesn’t like to laugh? The Halifax Comedy Fest is your opportunity to get up close to some of the country’s funniest people.
Halifax Wanderers home opener
This is your chance to be a part of history! Halifax brand new professional soccer team, the Halifax Wanderers, take to the pitch against Forge FC (Hamilton, ON) to open their home season and what will hopefully be a long tenure in the city.
The Halifax Mooseheads have won the Memorial Cup once in team history, back in 2013. It’s about time they hoist the cup again, don’t you think? There will also be daily concerts at the Fan Fest stage on Argyle Street!
Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival
May 29–June 3
The Valley is beautiful at any time of year, but it really comes alive in the summer as all the local farms get busy. The Apple Blossom Festival has been around since 1933, and is a great reason to visit the area.
Cold Waters Seafood Festival
Have you ever been up the Eastern Shore? Do you love seafood? The Cold Waters Seafood Festival is your chance to visit the shore and try out all the seafood you can imagine. Get your $2 taste tickets and sample all the ocean goodies.
Bluenose Marathon Weekend
The big run is later this year (due to the Memorial Cup), but hopefully that means it won’t be 5C and rainy! If you’re not running, you could always volunteer, or at the very least get out and cheer along the route.
Halifax Greek Fest
Plenty of dancing, plenty of food (souvlaki, baklava!), and a whole lot of fun. The Greek Fest has been a top summer festival for over 30 years, and the setting on the Northwest Arm is second to none.
Garrison Backlot Bash feat. Broken Social Scene
The craft brewery at the Seaport bring back its popular street party (well, it’s inside the Cunard Centre), this year featuring Canadian indie gods Broken Social Scene.
Canadian Super League Rugby Fest
With the amazing rejuvenation of the Wanderers Grounds beside the Public Gardens, none only do we get top-notch soccer now but also rugby! Watch the best of eastern Canada battle it out with the Nova Scotia Keltics in this new festival.
Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
June 29–July 6
Military bands, drill teams, acrobats, and a whole lot bagpipes make the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo a perennial favourite. And it truly is international, with acts coming from all parts of the globe to the Scotiabank Centre.
Mud Hero Nova Scotia
Get down and dirty (extremely dirty) as you make your way through the Mud Hero 6km obstacle course at the Debert Airfield just past Truro. A change of clothes is recommended.
Halifax Jazz Festival
You don’t have to be a jazz fan to be a fan of the Jazz Festival. With acts running the gamut from jazz to pop to funk to soul to reggae to rock, and everything in between, you’re bound to find a good show in one of the clubs or down at the waterfront stage. (Pro tip: check out the free afternoon shows on the waterfront.)
Halifax Lebanese Festival
With such a large and vibrant Lebanese community in Halifax, the Lebanese Festival at the corner of Windsor and Cunard Streets is always a fun summer weekend. Shawarma, kibbeh, kafta, falafel—our mouths are already drooling.
Halifax Pride Festival
The highlight of the Pride Festival is always the massive parade on July 20 (you can join the Dal float!), but there’s a ton of fun events from everyone throughout the run of the festival.
What used to be called the Multicultural Festival, the Nova Multifest celebrates the growing diversity of the province through an incredible array of food, food, and more food (and some great entertainment). Take the ferry over to Alderney Landing in Dartmouth for a perfect summer day!
Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Have you ever belted out an off-key version of “Barrett’s Privateers” with your friends at 1am? You have Stan Rogers to thank for that tune, and his namesake festival brings an impressive list of international folk, blues, and pop acts to tiny Canso every year.
Festival Acadien de Clare
July 27–August 3
The oldest Acadian festival in the world, the Festival Acadien de Clare is a huge celebration of Acadian history and culture. Head to the southwestern corner of the province to take in the amazing food and Acadian, Cajun, and Bluegrass music.
Halifax Busker Festival
July 31–August 5
What’s better than watching someone juggling fire on the waterfront on a beautiful summer evening? The Busker Festival is always one of the favourite events of the season.
Country Rocks the Hub
Put on your Stetson, slip on your best cowboy boots, shine up your belt buckle, and make your way down to Truro’s Civic Square for Country Rocks the Hub.
Rock the Hub
Need more of a rock ‘n roll fix this summer? Get in Truro’s downtown Civic Square at Rock the Hub. It’s the perfect way to say a fond farewell to summer 2019.