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.

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is an eight-day celebration of film and media from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax—a charming and historic coastal city—into an international mecca for the arts, abuzz with film lovers and filmmakers alike. FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is committed to supporting quality cinema in Atlantic Canada by offering a first look at the best international films of the festival season and by showcasing excellence in local filmmaking.

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival. September 16-23, 2021

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

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

A major event on the Canadian music scene, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival (formerly the Atlantic Jazz Festival) is the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in the Atlantic region. The event attracts up to 65,000 visitors, involves 450 volunteers and employs over 350 local musicians delighting audiences for nine days every summer.