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.
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
Festival acadien de Clare
Venez nous joindre au plus ancien festival acadien du monde! Des milliers de gens de partout au monde se réunissent chaque année à la Baie Sainte-Marie pour une semaine remplie d’activités variées pour les gens de tous les âges!
Come join us at the oldest Acadian festival in the world! Thousands of people from all over the world gather every year in the Baie Sainte-Marie region for a week filled with various activities for people of all ages!
When/Quand: From July 28th to August 4th and August 15th! / Du 28 juillet jusqu’au 4 d’aout et le 15 d’aout!
Where/Où: Clare, NS
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
New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee Festival
The Jubilee has been host to East Coast Music Association, Music Nova Scotia, Juno, and Grammy Award winners and nominees. The distinctive setting and outdoor amphitheatre provides music lovers one of the most engaging and in your face music experiences of its kind. It is an event with a flavour all its own, featuring rock and the best East Coast music. The event was built on a proud tradition of opening its stage for the region’s rising stars to perform alongside seasoned national and international acts, and turning music lovers onto the rich talent that flourishes here.
When: August 4-6, 2018
Where: New Glasgow
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
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. 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 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
Yarmouth Seafood and 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 five previous years, so book your tickets today!
When: August 10-12, 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
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 13, 2018
Liverpool International Theatre Festival
You are cordially invited to join Liverpool, Nova Scotia, for the 14th Biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival! Once again, Liverpool will welcome the world to the Astor Theatre stage and Town Hall Arts and Culture Centre, with a lineup of one-act plays offering something for every theatrical appetite.
When: October 18-21, 2018