Memorable events in the Maritimes.
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From music and culture to motorcycles and marathons, the tops of the Highlands to the ocean floor, there’s always something happening in Nova Scotia! Your Maritime Ferry Trail adventure is sure to be anything but boring with a special event for every taste all season long.
Tall Ships drop anchor in Canada! This summer, over 40 Tall Ships will sail in Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. With scheduled stops at host ports in Ontario, Québec and across the Maritimes, thousands of people will admire the majestic beauty of these cathedrals of the seas.
When: June 30-August 20, 2017
Where: Pictou, Pugwash, Port Hawkesbury, Halifax, Sydney, St. Peter’s, Louisbourg, Lunenburg, Shelburne, Digby, Annapolis Royal Sail Past
2017 Tall Ships Regatta
Get up close to some of the most incredible tall ships on earth. Halifax hosts the last portion of the Tall Ships Regatta, a 40 ship, five month, six country, 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race that concludes in Le Havre, France.
When: July 29-August 1, 2017
Halifax International Busker Festival
Experience some of the world’s top street performance artists as they showcase their unique talents and skills with acrobatics, music, visual arts, comedy, fire shows, and much more in beautiful and historic downtown Halifax waterfront.
When: August 2-7, 2017
Festival De l’Escaoutte
Find fun for the whole family at this celebration of Acadian culture and history, which includes a “foulerie” in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Acadian kitchen parties, Ça chante encore on the steps of Église Saint-Pierre, markets, parades, and much more.
When: August 2-6, 2017
New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee
A unique and engaging musical festival featuring rock and the best of East Coast music. The Jubilee hosts East Coast Music Association, Music Nova Scotia, Juno, and Grammy Award winners and nominees.
When: August 4-6, 2017
Where: New Glasgow
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Treat yourself to local and international musical delights, scenic beauty and shared experiences. Nova Scotia’s longest-running festival brings the best in traditional and contemporary folk music to the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
When: August 10-13, 2017
Halifax Seaport Beer Festival
One of Halifax’s top summer festivals, this is an event not to be missed. Atlantic Canada’s biggest craft beer, specialty, import & cider festival represents over 110 producers and 300 unique products.
When: August 11-12, 2017
Digby Scallop Days Festival
Savor world-renown delicious Digby scallops and celebrate the fleet that braves the seas to harvest these succulent treats. This three day festival includes BBQs, live music and entertainment, a Grand Street Parade, shucking competitiongs, demonstrations, and many more fun family events.
When: August 11-13, 2017
Chester Race Week
Watch exciting sailing races and enjoy the social scene at a weeklong celebration with a history dating back more than 150 years. Enjoy BBQs, dances, and live music with bands including Asia & NuGruv, Hopping Penguins, and Party Boots.
When: August 16-19, 2017
Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival
Enjoy community picnics, dinners, teas, breakfasts, dessert parties, farmers markets, concerts, u-picks, art and quilt shows, wild blueberry pie eating contests, processing tours and more! This year, 25 communities will host over 60 events in celebration of the wild blueberry.
When: August 18-September 2, 2017
Shelburne Kayak Festival
Whether you’re already kayaking or interested in starting, the Shelburne Kayak Festival features all things kayak, including a series of instructional workshops, clinics, demos and guided tours as well as on-land activities and fun, social events throughout the weekend.
When: August 18-20, 2017
From Sea to Stars – Celebrating Our Food, Drink and Dark Skies
This summer, the stars are set to align in Yarmouth & Acadian Shores. From August 24th through September 23rd, a whole host of events and experiences are on tap to celebrate the sea, local cuisine, and our dazzling night skies. Get an authentic taste of local life, savour fall flavours, and settle in for even more adventure after dark. The best part? Traveling on The CAT makes it easier than ever to “sea” and do it all.
When: August 24-September 23, 2017
Wharf Rat Rally
Hear the roar of over 9,000 motorcycles at a festival that attracts over 30,000 visitors annually. More than 80 events in the heart of Digby include live music and entertainment, custom builders and contests, raffles, water sport demonstrations, and guided tours.
When: August 30-September 3, 2017
37th Atlantic Film Festival
One of Canada’s premier film festivals, this eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world will mark its 37th year in 2017. It’s an immersive escape and celebration for movie lovers, filmmakers and industry professionals alike.
When: September 14-21, 2017
Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium
Grab your paddle! The Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium welcomes kayakers of all skill levels to The Bay of Fundy—home to dynamic paddling environments and the highest tides on earth. Come for the kayaking, stay for the breathtaking coastal scenery and rich Acadian culture.
When: September 21-25, 2017
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie
Nova Scotia’s first Gran Fondo! The Gran Fondo has quickly become the largest cycling event in Atlantic Canada, with over 800 cyclists last year. Whether you’re a recreational rider, cycling tourist, or avid racer, this fun group grand tour is for anyone who enjoys cycling and beautiful scenery.
When: September 24, 2017
Celtic Colours International Festival
Revel in a unique celebration of Cape Breton’s living traditional culture and discover hundreds of events and activities in communities around the Island with tens of thousands of visitors from over two dozen countries.
When: October 6-14, 2017
Nocturne: Art at Night
Delight in visual art at night. This free fall festival fills the evening with art and energy on the streets of Halifax, with exhibitions in galleries and public spaces across the city showcasing and celebrating the visual arts scene.
When: October 12-14, 2017
7th International Ukulele Ceilidh 2017
A lively fall celebration in a beautiful location. Join passionate ukulele players of all ages from around the world in Liverpool for a weekend of workshops, concerts, jams, fun, and Nova Scotia hospitality.
When: October 13-14, 2017