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.
Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
In 2019, the Tattoo presents the POWER OF PEACE and will celebrate peace in its many forms: how the resolution of conflict brings about peace; how humanitarians endeavour to create change; and how the bonds of friendship between participating countries have strengthened over 40 years.
When: June 29 – July 6, 2019
TD Halifax Jazz Festival
The TD Halifax Jazz Festival is the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada. The festival attracts up to 60,000 visitors, involves 400 volunteers and employs over 350 local musicians. Headliners for 2019 include Common, Kathleen Edwards, Bahamas, Shad, Sheila E., and Myles Goodwyn and many more.
When: July 9 – 14, 2019
Yarmouth Car Show
The Yarmouth 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 19 – 21, 2019
Harmony Bazaar Festival Women & Song
Harmony Bazaar began as a project of the Shelburne County Womens’ Fishnet to provide a stage for female singers and songwriters. The festival grew into a weekend of activities including youth stages, workshops, industry dinners, art galas, theatre performances and mentorships. Harmony Bazaar continues to promote female singers and songwriters and hosts many exciting events throughout the year!
When: July 26 – 27, 2019
Digby Scallop Days
Digby Scallop Days, the area’s longest running festival, is a celebration of scallops, the scallop fishing industry and the people who brave the seas to harvest them. Digby Scallop Days is celebrated over a three day period starting on Friday and ending on Sunday. Every year the festival has a different theme, but the focus of the festival always remains on the local scallops and the fleet that harvests them.
When: August 8 – 11, 2019
Yarmouth Seafood & Wine Extravaganza
Now in its 7th year, The Yarmouth Seafood and Wine Extravaganza is a three-day celebration of food, drink, and local hospitality. Located in the historic seaport of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, we showcase some of the world’s finest seafood, wine, craft beers, and handmade ciders/spirits. All three events have sold out in each of our six previous years, so book your tickets today!
When: August 9 – 11, 2019
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 14 – 17, 2019
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 28 – September 1, 2019
Where: Grand Mira North
Acoustic Roots Festival
The Acoustic Roots Festival offers a variety of acoustic music spanning the genres of Folk, Blues, Celtic, Countr, and Bluegrass. The annual festival provides an opportunity to showcase Atlantic Canadian talent including a strong Cape Breton component.
When: August 30 – September 1, 2019
Where: Grand Mira North
Keji Multisport Festival
Keji Multisport Festival is a Multi-day event featuring Open Water Swims as part of the Canaqua National Series; Triathlon options for all abilities; Outdoor Multisport/Culture Workshops and a Storytelling experience authentic to Kejimikujik. While Saturday triathlon events are dedicated to women and girls, Sunday’s events are Open to both male and female competitors with distances suitable for youth and those vying for 2020 World Qualifying spots in the Standard (Olympic Distance).
When: September 6 – 8, 2019
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 39th year in 2019. It’s an immersive escape and celebration for movie lovers, filmmakers and industry professionals alike.
When: September 12 – 19, 2019
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie
The Gran Fondo has quickly become the largest cycling event in Atlantic Canada, with 970 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 22, 2019
8th International Ukulele Ceilidh
With its resurgence in popularity, the music of the ukulele provides a unique and delightful sound. The Ceilidh encompasses workshops, concerts, jam sessions, and restaurant performers. Musicians travel from all over the globe to play at this gathering.
When: October 4-5, 2019
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 11-19, 2019
Nocturne: Art at Night is a fall festival that brings art and energy to the streets of Halifax between 6 p.m.-midnight. The completely free annual event showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax. The Nocturne Program Guide provides details about exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city.
When: October 17-19, 2019
Nova Scotia Music Week
Join us for the 21st annual Nova Scotia Music Week! This year’s event will feature more than 100 performances in venues throughout downtown Truro. With over 80 artists from various genres, Country to Hip Hop and everything in between, there’s something for everyone! Nova Scotia Music Week engages musicians, fans, and industry from around the world, while showcasing the exceptional emerging and established artists who call Nova Scotia home.
When: November 7-10, 2019