Top Events Canada TOP 20 EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN NOVA SCOTIA

Listed below is the selection of top 20 events and festivals in Nova Scotia.

Just 2 of the top 20 events and festivals in Nova Scotia are the ever popular Halifax Jazz Festival and the Halifax and Dartmouth's Canada Day Celebration which is recognized as the 3rd biggest Canada Day celebration in the country.









Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival
late May to early June
Kentville, Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia (NS)

Flower Festivals CanadaCelebrating the apple blossoms and culture of the region, the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival attracts more than 150,000 visitors each year to enjoy the wide range of family-fun events including the the Apple Blossom Grand Street Parade - one of the largest parades in Canada. The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival is now the second longest consecutive running festival in Canada.

For more information about the visit:
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Halifax Jazz Festival
early July
Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsPresented by Jazz East, the Halifax Jazz Festival (known as the Atlantic Jazz Festival before) is the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in the Atlantic region and has been distinguished as an Hallmark Event by the Halifax Regional Municipality as well as being recognized as the Best Festival by Halifax’s weekly arts and culture magazine, The Coast, and their readers. Taking place over 9 nights, including 2 weekends, the Halifax Jazz Festival attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year to enjoy a wealth of more than 350 local and world wide musicians performing jazz as well as blues and latin music.

For more information about the Halifax Jazz Festival visit:
http://halifaxjazzfestival.ca







Pugwash Gathering of the Clans
1st July
Pugwash, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesThe Gathering of the Clans celebrates the Scottish ancestry of Pugwash, a picturesque harbor on the north shore of Nova Scotia, and includes traditional Highland dancing, Highland pipe bands, piping and drumming competitions, as well as boat races, lobster dinners, craft exhibitions, musical entertainment, street theatre, parades and a fireworks display.

For more information about the Pugwash Gathering of the Clans visit the official web site at:
http://www.pugwashvillage.com







Halifax and Dartmouth's Canada Day Celebration
1 July
Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Canada Day CelebrationsRecognized as the 3rd biggest Canada Day celebration in the country, the Canada Day event in Halifax starting off with two different pancake-breakfast events, parades, including the the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Parade in downtown Halifax, live and free concerts, expansive Canadian Family Fun-Fest on the Commons, fireworks at Halifax Harbour at 10pm followed by live music until midnight.

For more about Halifax and Dartmouth's Canada Day Celebrations visit:
http://hrmcanadaday.ca







Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
1st week of July
Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesRecognized as the largest annual indoor show, the week-long Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo features more than 2,000 Canadian international military and civilian performers including those playing pipes, drummers, and competitions with hundreds of Canadian and international, military and civilian performers of bagpipes, highland dancers, la culture de l’acadie and military traditions.

For more information about the Nova Scotia International Tattoo visit:
http://www.nstattoo.ca/







Antigonish Highland Games
mid July
Antigonish, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Canada Scottish Highland GamesAn important event for one and a half centuries, the week long Antigonish Highland Games celebrating Scottish culture has been named one of North America’s 100 best events in 2013 and features a variety of new and traditional highland games, athletes and competitions, and a wide presentation of musical contests and performances from pipers, drummers and highland dancers from right across Canada and all over the world.

For more information about the Antigonish Higland Games visit:
http://www.antigonishhighlandgames.ca/







Seafest Festival
mid - late July
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (NS)

Labelled as a “Celebration of Life by the Sea” the Seafest Festival in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, named Nova Scotia’s top summer event by the poll on Canadian travel site at http://canoe.ca/, Seafest Festival has been a popular event for more than 34 years. Highlights of Seafest Festival include the PharmaSave Children’s Parade which leads into the Mayor’s Picnic in the Park followed by food, drinks, and entertainment in Frost Park complete with a bouncy castle, face painters, balloon animals, a musical concert and much more.

For more information about the Seafest Festival in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia see:
http://www.seafest.ca





 

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre
mid July to late August
Antigonish, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaOffering more than 60 performances of 5 different shows over 2 months, the Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, described as "the little festival that could" has been a growing, successful event for a quarter of a century now offering a selection of high quality performances at the main stage and the family stage.

For more information about the Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre visit:
http://www.festivalantigonish.com/







Halifax Pride
late July
Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS)

Gay Pride in CanadaSince the gay pride celebrations began in Halifax in 1987 the Halifax Pride Festival has grown into a celebration that includes numerous events that highlight the unique character of the gay community and which entice more than 100,000 spectators every summer to enjoy all the events. Now regarded to be Atlantic Canada’s largest LGBTQ cultural festival, with more than 1,400 participants in the Pride Parade alone, Halifax Pride has become one of the largest and most vibrant gay pride celebrations in Canada.

For more information about Halifax Pride visit:
http://halifaxpride.com







Digby Scallop Days
early August
Digby, Nova Scotia (NS)

The Digby Scallop fleet is world famous for their harvest of local scallops from the waters of Nova Scotia, and the Digby Scallop Days festival was started to celebrate the fleet and the harvest with a host of fun events from tasting the scallops themselves to musical events, scallop shucking competitions and parades.

Click here for more information about Digby Scallop Days or visit the official web site at www.digbyscallopdays.com







Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
early - mid August
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsFor more than 25 years, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Nova Scotia's longest-running folk festival, and the second longest in Atlantic Canada, has featured the talents of local folk musicians, artists from across Canada and even from international shores, presenting the best in traditional and contemporary folk music.

Click here for more information about the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival or visit the official web site at www.folkharbour.com







Halifax International Busker Festival
end July
Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS)

The world's top street performance artists gather in Halifax for the country’s oldest and largest busker festival presenting more than 500 free performances on six out-door sites on the Halifax waterfront and historic downtown area. The Halifax International Busker Festival has been in existence for over 20 years attracting more than 500,000 visitors over the 6 days of the festival with music, acrobatics, comedy and visual arts.

For more information about the Halifax International Busker Festival visit the official web site at www.buskers.ca







Wharf Rat Rally
end August / beginning September
Digby, Nova Scotia (NS)

Atlantic Canada's largest motorcycle rally, the Wharf Rat Rally attracts more than 80,000 visitors each year, some 25,000 of them with motorcycles too, to take part in the burnouts and strong man competitions, and enjoy the entertainment, bike blessing, vendors, stunts, scenic sights, celebrities, and food.

For more information about the Wharf Rat Rally visit the official web site at http://www.wharfratrally.com







Atlantic Fringe Festival
late August – early September
Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreGrowing and becoming increasingly popular ever since 1991, the Atlantic Fringe Festival in Halifax takes place all over the area and begins with the Fringe Sampler Smorgasbord Showcase – an hour long show that samples every show in the festival. Further highlights include more than 50 full performances from across Canada, the USA, Australia, Africa and Europe, as well as the ever popular Fringe Comedy Night and a Fringe Carnival.

For more information about the Atlantic Fringe Festival in Halifax visit:
http://www.atlanticfringe.ca








Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsAtlantic Film Festival
mid September
Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS)

An eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world that began in 1981, the Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) transforms historical, coastal Halifax into an international Mecca for the arts showcasing the best of film, media and music from around the world.After 30 years, the Atlantic Film Festival has become one of Canada’s premier film festivals attracting more than 30,000 visitors each year to see over 150 films.

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsFor more information about the Atlantic Film Festival visit:
http://www.atlanticfilm.com







North Shore Oktoberfest Festival
late September
Tatamagouche Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – OktoberfestAn ever popular two-day celebration of all things Bavarian attracting over 3,000 visitors for over 33 years, the North Shore Oktoberfest Festival features its fill of all sort of events from the presentation of domestic and German beer at the Beer Garden, and food including everything from sausages and schnitzel to lobster rolls and cheesecake at the numerous concession stands on the grounds.

For more information about the North Shore Oktoberfest Festival visit:
http://www.nsoktoberfest.ca/







Celtic Colours International Festival
mid October
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia (NS)

Autumn is the time when the sounds of fiddles, pipes and voices in song echo over the magical island of Cape Breton as tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to Cape Breton Island for nine days in October to take part in an extensive line-up of more than 250 community events all over the island and to celebrate the music and the culture of the Celtic peoples.

Click here for more details about Celtic Colours International Festival or visit the official web site at /www.celtic-colours.com










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