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.
LOLs: guaranteed. Halifax erupts in laughter every April for the 22nd annual Ha!lifax ComedyFest. Showcasing 30 comedians from across North America over at several shows and venues around the city, the festival is also broadcast nationally on CBC.
When: April 26-29, 2017
Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival
A festival of family, friends, and fun. Apple blossoms signal the end of another winter, and welcome a new growing season. Join over 150,000 visitors at Canada’s second-longest cosecutive running festival. Family-oriented events include parades, contests, markets, live music, fireworks, and much more.
When: May 24-29, 2017
Shelburne County Lobster Festival
Enjoy a weekend of family fun activities, events and of course, lots of lobster! Every June, Shelburne, the Lobster Capital of Canada, celebrates the end of Lobster season and the importance of the fishing industry to the economy, history and culture of Shelburne County.
When: June 1-4, 2017
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
Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Join over 2,000 of the world’s best pipers, drummers, musicians, vocalists, choirs, dancers, gymnasts, acrobats, and military and police drill display teams as they assemble annually for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.
When: June 29-July 6, 2017
Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Enjoy a true Nova Scotia experience at a signature summer festival. Named in honour of great Canadian songwriter, the late Stan Rogers, this songwriter’s gathering showcases international stars and the East Coast’s finest artists.
When: June 30-July 2, 2017
The summer Ceilidh season kicks off with KitchenFest!, a celebration of music, culture, food, drink, all things local, and the people of Cape Breton Island.
When: July 1-7, 2017
Where: St. Anns
Antigonish Highland Games
Join us for the 154th Antigonish Highland Games, a week of celebration and competitions in Piping, Drumming, Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing and Ancient Scottish Heavy Events along with Concerts, Ceilidhs, and Clan Gatherings.
When: July 2-9, 2017
Savour some seriously sticky, deliciously smoked BBQ on a warm summer weekend. Five famous ribber teams from across North America will compete along Yarmouth’s beautiful waterfront, with a variety of vendors, family fun events, and live music all weekend long.
When: July 7-9, 2017
Pictou Lobster Carnival
Celebrate the end of the lobster fishing season and revel in Maritime culture and music. Family fun events include main stage musical entertainment, Mardi Gras parade, antique car show, derby races, lobster boat races, a mid-way, fireworks, a children’s parade and much more.
When: July 7-9, 2017
TD Halifax Jazz Festival
The oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada. Now in its 31st year, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival boasts international musicians who entertain up to 55,000 visitors with jazz, world, blues, Latin, and more.
When: July 11-16, 2017
A unique maritime celebration of life by the sea. Since 1979, locals and visitors have gathered each summer to savour the food, culture, and spirit of an incredible coastal community. Enjoy parades, concerts, cook-offs, markets, races, and more at this fun family festival.
When: July 13-17, 2017
Halifax Pride Festival
Join more than 150,000 participants downtown for the annual Halifax Pride Festival, one of Canada’s premier pride events. The 10 day celebration includes one of the region’s largest parades, parties, a community fair, and local and out-of-town LGBTQ+ theatre and performances.
When: July 13-23, 2017
Yarmouth Seafest Car Show
The Yarmouth Seafest Car Show is an annual event featuring antique, classic, custom, special interest vehicles and motorcycles. It takes place on the third weekend of July and has become a premier event within the Town of Yarmouth.
When: July 14-15, 2017
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
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