Nova Scotia Festivals & Events

Nova Scotia is well-known for its awesome festivals! Great music, great food, great dancing, magical cultural activities, getting up close and personal with's all here!

This is what festivals in Nova Scotia are all about!!

a little tip...

If you are in an area and you don't see anything on my calendar, then simply ask a local if anything is going on or check the community boards in the local post office or grocery store...

chances are...something is happening close by!!

I have listed the 'must-see' Nova Scotia festivals on this page.  They all sound great so check the dates and make your choices!!

I have 2 additional pages for Cape Breton Festivals & Events and another one for Halifax Festivals & Events.

Google the name of the event and you will be able to find more detailed information.

'Must-See' Nova Scotia festivals

Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival
Kentville, Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley
May 24 - 30

Cold Waters Seafood Festival
Eastern Shore
June 4 - 5

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
June 25 - Jul 2

KitchenFest! | Feis a Chidsin!
Throughout Cape Breton
Jul 1 - 9

Makin Waves
Wentworth Park, Sydney
Jul 7 - Aug 4 (every Thurs)

Lobster Bash
Jul 8 - 10

Antigonish Highland Games
Jul 8 - 10

Pictou Lobster Carnival
Jul 8 - 10

TD Halifax Jazz Festival
Jul 13 - 17

Annual Acoustic Maritime Music Festival
Kempt Shore Ocean View Campground, Kempt Shore
Jul 14 - 17

Great Annapolis Ride (GAR 2022)
Annapolis Valley
Jul 23 - 24

Halifax International Busker Festival
Jul 27 - Aug 1

Festival de l'Escaouette
Cheticamp, Cape Breton
Jul 28 - 31

Dock St. Days
Shelburne, South Shore
Jul 30 - 31

Festival Acadien de Clare
Church Point, Acadian Shore
Jul 31 - Aug 7 & Aug 15

Broad Cove Outdoor Scottish Concert
Broad Cove, Cape Breton
July 31

ICF Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe World Championships
Aug 3 - 7

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Aug 4 - 7

Halifax Seaport Cider & Beerfest
Aug 5 - 6

Not Since Moses 5K & 10K
Five Islands, Bay of Fundy
Aug 14

Kempt Shore Music Campout (Retro-Weekend)
Kempt Shore Ocean View Campground, Kempt Shore
Aug 20 - 21

Harmony of the Spheres
Accolade Hostel and Retreat Campground, Cheticamp
Aug 26 - 28

Wharf Rat Rally
Sep 1 - 4

Hike the Highlands Festival
Cape Breton
Sep 9 - 18

Canadian Deep Roots Music Festival
Sep 23 -25

Celtic Colours International Festival
Across Cape Breton Island
Oct 7 - 15

Devour! The Food Film Fest
Wolfville, Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley
Oct 24 - 30

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