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Halifax Festivals & Events

Halifax is a lively, exciting city with lots to do and see year-round. We hope you’ll use this page of upcoming special events to help you plan your fun-filled visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia. We’ve got cultural and sporting events, exhibitions, wine-tasting events and much more.

Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival
Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival
The Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival, held each June, offers something for everyone, including a children’s tent with face painting, storytelling, songs and activities. It is a truly global event, featuring over 25 ethno-cultural groups, each presenting their unique dance, music, performing arts, crafts and culture for all to enjoy. A highlight is the food; it offers authentic cuisine and dishes from around the world. The Multicultural Festival is located in downtown Halifax at the Cunard Centre.

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Featuring over 2000 world-class Canadian and international military and civilian performers, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, held during the first week of July each year, continues to live up to its reputation as one of the world’s premiere cultural and entertainment events.

Alexander Keith’s Natal Day Festival
Alexander Keith’s Natal Day Festival
Natal Day is the annual birthday celebration of the communities of Halifax and Dartmouth, held during the first weekend of August. It is time where citizens, and tourists celebrate our civic holiday. The Alexander Keith’s Natal Day Festival traditionally consists of parades, breakfasts, live entertainment, festival tents, sporting events, family events and the biggest, most elaborate fireworks display of the year!

Halifax International Busker Festival
The Halifax International Busker Festival is the largest outdoor festival in Atlantic Canada and one of the largest busker festivals in the world. Featuring over 500 performances on six different stages. This world-renowned ‘street theatre’ festival entertains up-to 450,000 visitors each year. Audiences of all ages will enjoy world-class performances from acrobats, jugglers, fire artists, contortionists, musicians and much, much more. Held each August, primarily on Halifax’s downtown waterfront.

TD Canada Trust Atlantic Jazz Festival
TD Canada Trust Atlantic Jazz Festival
A major event on the Canadian music scene, the TD Canada Trust Atlantic Jazz Festival Halifax is Atlantic Canada’s largest music festival with over 450 local, national and international performers delighting audiences for nine days every summer. During the second week of July, music lovers from across North America travel to Halifax to enjoy countless top-quality acts.