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Halifax Nova Scotia's Festivals Information, listings and links



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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Festival

Date

Community

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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.

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.

902-434-8437

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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