Halifax Festivals Listing

Halifax people love festivals, be it spring, summer, fall or winter. Throughout the year, over 40 different festivals and annual events are put on by various local groups. There's no better way to enjoy yourself than to take in a festival.

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Tartan Day early April Halifax  
Novapex 2002 early May Dartmouth  
Mother's Day Tea mid May Cole Harbour  
Treasure Trove late May Dartmouth  
Atlantic Writing Awards late May Dartmouth  
Scotia Festival of Music late May - start June Halifax Two weeks filled with 11 Concerts, Open Rehearsals, Master classes, Recitals, and Lectures. Tafelmusik one of the world's leading Baroque ensembles, Orchestra-in-Residence (902) 429-9467
Greek Summer Festival early June Halifax Crowds come annually for this festival famous for its food and hospitality, featuring a variety of cultural presentations, authentic Greek food, music and dancing.
St Anne's Fair and Supper early June Lake Echo  
Rhubarb Rhapsody mid June Cole Harbour  
Amethyst Ceilidh on the Docks mid June Halifax  
RBC Multicultural Festival late June Dartmouth Metro's "global village" features a Food Fair serving 25 varieties of ethnic cuisine. Also see crafts, exhibits, face painting, storytelling, puppets, songs, cultural music and dance. (902) 423-6534
Bedford Days end June Bedford Events include music, fireworks, kid's night, youth night, lobster dinner, soap box derby & more. DeWolfe Park, Bedford
Sackville Patriot Days end June Sackville Fireworks, parade, dances, sporting events, fishing tournament, teddy bear picnic, tiny tot parade, family fun fair, barbeques, and more!
Nova Scotia International Tattoo end June - early July Halifax See over 2000 Canadian and international military bands, performers, choirs, dancers, pipers and drummers, comedians, gymnasts, in a world-class extravaganza! (902) 420-1114
Bedford Days/Canada Day Jul 1 Bedford Fireworks, music, cake, and more!!!! Part of Bedford Days. DeWolfe Park, Bedford
Canada Day Celebration Jul 1 Halifax-Dartmouth Celebration of Canada Day with pancake breakfasts, official ceremony at Citadel Hill, parade, concerts and fireworks over Halifax Harbour. Cost: Free. (902) 490-4092
Canada Day Celebration Jul 1 Sackville Flag raising ceremony. Meal of baked beans, home-made brown bread and Canada Day cake. Hot dogs and pop available. Cost: $4.00 per person

Fultz House Museum,33 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville
Pier 21 Anniversary Celebration Jul 1 Halifax .Pier 21. 1031 Marginal Rd., PHONE: 902/425-7770.
Shakespeare By The Sea July & Aug Halifax This open-air theatre company offersaccessible, innovative, professional productions of Shakespeare to all in beautiful, historic Point Pleasant Park and other historic sites. The company is committed to the disciplined use of classical language, Cost: Suggested Donation $8. Point Pleasant Drive, Halifax
Home Town Tea July & Aug Lower Sackville A tea party, hosted by local groups, is held every Tuesday during July, August and September from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Cost: $4.00 per person.
Quaker House Craft Demonstration July & Aug Dartmouth  
Atlantic Jazz Festival early July Halifax Ttop-notch jazz, world beat, blues and urban groove as both Atlantic Canada's and international artists entertain at concerts, clubs, outdoor shows,
Halifax Highland Games & Scottish Festival early July Halifax Scottish cultural displays, including piping and drumming, highland dancing and heavyweight competitions. Something for all family members.

Admission fee.

Strawberry Social early July Cole Harbour  
The Saguenay Challenge early July Halifax  
Strawberry Tea early July Dartmouth  
Maritime Fiddle Festival mid July Dartmouth Old-time fiddling contest with six categories, featuring special awards, guest entertainers, outdoor variety "fiddle" concert and step dancing.
Sea Kayak Race mid July Halifax  
Strawberry Festival mid July Fall River  
Waverley Riders Motorcycle Rally late July Waverley  
Garden Day late July Cole Harbour  
Africville Picnic & Reunion end July Halifax  
Gilbert and Sullivan Singout 2002 end July Halifax  
Nations in A Circle end July Halifax  
Halifax/Dartmouth Natal Day early Aug Metro Halifax Area A municipal birthday celebration with parades, road races, and concerts.
Annual Halifax International Buskers Festival mid Aug Halifax Since 1987, street performers from all over the world come to town for this 11 day event. Fire-eaters, acrobats, magicians and musicians provide the atmosphere for this internationally-renowned event, Cost: Free

Halifax Waterfront, Halifax
Show Of Hands NSDCC Summer Craft Market mid Aug Halifax Halifax craft festival, featuring over 50 Atlantic region craftspeople, held outdoors in downtown Halifax. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Free admission. Sexton Campus Dalhousie University,
19th-Century Flavours mid Aug Cole Harbour  
Halifax County Exhibition mid Aug Halifax This 118-year-old agricultural exhibition has a tradition of family fun with displays, crafts, live stock, and much more.
78th Highlanders Parade of Colours late Aug Halifax The 78th Highlanders founded in 1793, is the kilted regiment which garrisons the Halifax Citadel. They parade their Colours and exercise their Freedom of the Halifax Regional Municipality at the Grande Parade. Following the ceremony, the Regiment, lead by the Pipes and Drums, will parade on Barrington Street.
Garden Party late Aug Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford Informal afternoon tea with sandwiches, sweets, lemonade with outdoor entertainment by Halifax's foremost classical musicians. Inside the tearoom in case of inclement weather. Cost: $8.00 per person. 471 Poplar Drive, Cole Harbour
The Atlantic Fringe Festival end Aug - early Sept Halifax Fringe theatre eaturing 300 performances on79 venues/stages by 40-45 groups performing 40-45 plays< over 10 nights/5 days. Talent from Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the US and Britain. Cost: $3 to $8 per person.
Championship Dog Shows end Aug - early Sept Halifax Shows and Trials are held in February and Labour Day Week-end. February event includes two championship shows and two Obedience Trials. September shows consist of three championship shows and three obedience trials. Cost: Adults: $2.00, Children & Seniors: $1.00 199 Prospect Road, Exhibition Park, Halifax
The Polaris Block Trophy early Sept Halifax  
Nova Scotia International Air Show early Sept Eastern Passage Atlantic Canada's largest two-day outdoor spectator event. 3-hour air show with over100 aircraft on static display; and featuring large aerospace, Army and Navy exhibits.

Halifax International Airport.

Gates open 8:00am - 6:00pm. Air display starts at 1:00pm.Take the Air Show Express Bus. Cost: General: $12 a day; Seniors & Students: $9. a day; Children 12 & Under: $6.Children under 6: No charge.
Atlantic Film Festival mid Sept Halifax/Sackville The Atlantic Film Festival celebrates film and video from the Atlantic Provinces, and around the world. Over nine-days, the Festival presents over 190 films and videos with many sold-out screenings and record attendance. Cost: Tickets vary in price. Contact box office in early September (902) 422-3456
Deep Roots Music Festival mid Sept Halifax/Sackville A weekend of folk, blues, and world music that brings together singers, songwriters and musicians through a series of workshops, concerts, and celebrations. hosted by teh Deep Roots Music Cooperative. (902) 542-ROOT (7668)
Fultz House Museum - Birthday Celebration and Corn Boil mid Sept Sackville Founders' Day birthday celebration of the founding of Community Fultz House Museum, showing the different way of life in 1749 with blacksmith, cooperage, spinning wheel, working on the land. 33 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville
Grou Tyme Acadian Festival late Sept
(cancelled for 2006)
Halifax The Acadian Grou Tyme Festival provides a hot'n spicy, foot stomping, feast for the senses. Features the best of Acadian artists from Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Provinces and Louisiana. Cost: Tickets for Fais do do/Réveillon at Pier 22 are $15 each. A two-concert pass is $25. Concerts at the Halifax Waterfront are FREE. The Halifax Waterfront & Pier 22. (902) 451-1221
The Word On The Street end Sept Halifax Check out the books, magazines, activities, performers and author readings, all under one roof by the sea. After years of begin outdoors downtown, the new location on Spring Garden Road features indoor and outdoor activities and booths. Cost: Free
Maritime Fall Fair early Oct Halifax Ten day agricultural fair with focus on family, entertainment and education. Cost: $8 Exhibition Park, 200 Prospect Road, Goodwood
Harvest Dinner mid Oct Cole Harbour  
Eastern Front Theatre Company mid Oct - mid May Metro Halifax Area

Christmas Craft Festival late Oct Dartmouth Dartmouth Handcrafters Guild's Christmas Craft Festival. Cost: Adults $2.75 Seniors $1. Children under 12 Free. Dartmouth Sportsplex, Dartmouth
Fultz House - Octoberfest late Oct Lower Sackville Enjoy Sauerkraut and Octoberfest sausage, cake & pies, tea & coffee. Cost: $6 per person. Fultz House Museum, Lower Sackville
Watercolour Symposium start Nov Halifax

Open Water Nov Halifax

Annual Port of Wines Festival early Nov Halifax Wine Festival brings 5,000 visitors over six-days to sample over 275 wines from around the world, with something to satisfy all tastes. Also seminars, winemakers dinners, grand tasting. World Trade & Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, Halifax
Christmas at the Forum Crafts Festival early Nov Halifax This is Canada's largest show of its type with over 400 craftspeople, artists, antique dealers and food exhibitors converging from across Canada. Grand door prize, hourly prizes, music, treats. Most extensive selelction of crafts in a broad range of prices. Holiday festive atmosphere. Cost: Adults $5.Weekend passes and group rates available. Halifax Forum, Halifax
Annual Atlantic Wood Show mid Nov Halifax Held at Exhibition Park, Maritime Fall Fair, 60 exhibitors show off their products. Also, featuring the Delta Children's Workshop for kids. For a $2.00 fee a child can attend, make a wooden project with the help and supervision of adult woodworkers, and keep their project. Proceeds go to the IWK Children's Hospital . Friday 1 - 9 pm; Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00. Exhibition Park, 200 Prospect Road, Goodwood
NSDCC Christmas Craft Market late Nov Halifax Event is held at Cunard Event Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront. Admission fee; group rates.
Christmas Parade of Lights, Tree Lighting & Carol Sing mid Nov Bedford

Pre-Christmas Craft & Bake Sale late Nov Cole Harbour

Explosion Memorial early Dec Halifax

Halifax Explosion Memorial Service early Dec Halifax A memorial service for those lost in the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the survivors and those who helped the survivors. Free. Fort Needham Park - Bell Tower, Halifax
New Year's Eve at the Grand Parade Dec 31 Halifax A concert at the Grand Parade leading up to an official countdown at midnight. Includes fireworks and promotional activities. Free

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