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.
Nova Scotia Marathon
The Blue Nose Half Marathon takes participants on a 21.1-kilometre (13.1 miles) adventure through the vibrant streets of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This scenic route allows you to experience several of Halifax’s main attractions including Citadel Hill, Point Pleasant Park and the beautiful downtown core.
When: May 18-20, 2018
Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
This year marks the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo 40th anniversary! In this two-and-a-half hour show, prepare to be amazed by everything from the traditional pipes and drums to intense acrobatics. Themes for 2018 include Women in Service, The First World War, and the Battle of the Atlantic.
When: June 26-July 2, 2018
Pictou Lobster Carnival
Started in 1934, the Pictou Lobster Carnival has become a Signature event in Nova Scotia. This three day festival celebrates the end of the fishing season in the area, Maritime culture and music and has been ongoing for 84 years!
When: July 6-8, 2018
TD Halifax Jazz Fest
The TD Halifax Jazz Festival is the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada. The festival attracts up to 55,000 visitors, involves 450 volunteers and employs over 350 local musicians. Headliners for 2018 include The War on Drugs, Daniel Caesar, and Charlotte Day Wilson.
When: July 11-15, 2018
Yarmouth Car Show
The Yarmouth Seafest Car Show is an annual automotive event featuring antique, classic, custom, special interest vehicles of all sorts and motorcycles. The town’s rustic and colorful Main Street is the venue for all of this automotive fun which boasts a number of local retail stores, restaurants, cafés, and Frost Park.
When: July 13-15, 2018
Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Over 40 artists and groups from around the world gather to celebrate songwriting and share their talents at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. Imagine Woodstock, but “East Coast Style”. Stanfest has won many accolades and awards, and is considered one of Nova Scotia’s signature music festivals.
When: July 26-29, 2018
Shag Harbour UFO
The Shag Harbour incident is the only government documented UFO sighting in the world. Celebrating its fifty-first year, the Shag Harbour UFO Festival features some of the top minds in the field of ufology and research, along with witnesses to the 1967 impact.
When: August 3-5, 2018
Where: Shag Harbour
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Some of the best artists representing traditional and contemporary folk music, from both near and far, will grace stages throughout picturesque Lunenburg. Between salty breezes and sweet harmonies, you will quickly discover why we’re Nova Scotia’s longest running folk music festival.
When: August 9-12, 2018
Halifax Seaport Beer Festival
Atlantic Canada’s largest gathering of Craft Beer, Specialty, Import, and Cider! Breweries and agents representing over 110 producers will be on hand to sample and discuss over 300 unique products. Now in its 11th year, this is one of Halifax’s top summer festivals and an event not to be missed.
When: August 10-11, 2018
Chester Race Week
Chester Race Week is the largest keelboat regatta in Canada and has been presented by the Chester Yacht Club for more than 100 years. Race Week is a boisterous, busy time, with hundreds of participants and spectators enjoying the associated on-shore entertainment.
When: August 15-18, 2018
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 17-September 1, 2018
Wharf Rat Rally
Hear the roar of 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 29-September 2, 2018
FIN Atlantic International 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 38th year in 2018. It’s an immersive escape and celebration for movie lovers, filmmakers and industry professionals alike.
When: September 13-20, 2018
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie
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 23, 2018
Revel in a unique celebration of Cape Breton’s living traditional culture. Discover hundreds of events and activities in communities around the Island, with tens of thousands of visitors from over two dozen countries.
When: October 5-13, 2018