Halifax Festivals to Have On Your Radar This Summer

festivals this summer in halifax

Halifax comes alive every summer with a packed events calendar loaded with festivals. You are invited to Nova Scotia’s capital to see some of the most exciting festivals that embrace Canada’s culture, arts, music, sports and busking scenes. But, there’s more, so read on to find out what you might be doing this summer.

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

June 25 to July 2, 2022

Irish dancers, drummers, marching bands, parades and acrobats from Canada and all over the world are all part of the impressive lineup at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Non-stop entertainment is on tap at the world’s largest indoor annual show, so you don’t want to miss it!

TD Halifax Jazz Festival

July 12 to 17, 2022

Calling all music lovers. The TD Halifax Jazz Festival is back and you better bring your dancing shoes. World class acts take the stage and wow audiences who appreciate the soulful sounds of jazz. The oldest jazz festival in Atlantic Canada draws in big crowds, so book your tickets as soon as possible.

Halifax Pride Festival

July 14 to 24, 2022

The colourful and festive parade with fabulous floats is a highlight of the 11-day annual event that celebrates the 2SLGBTQ+ community with music, bright outfits, festive displays and dancing. It’s a high-energy festival that attracts around 150,000 participants every year and for many, it’s a favourite festival on Halifax’s crowded calendar.

Halifax Busker Festival

July 27 to August 1, 2022

You’ll be moving and grooving and tossing your coins to your favourite performers at the Halifax Busker Festival. The waterfront festival with daytime and evening events in Halifax and Dartmouth has performance stages, food stalls and feature acts that are simply amazing and entertaining. It’s a fun festival for this summer if you love music and the arts.

Halifax Urban Folk Festival

August 28 to September 4, 2022

Names famous in the folk music world like Christina Martin, Postdata and Erin Costelo are headliners in the Halifax Urban Folk Festival this summer. That’s just a small sample of acts you can expect to enjoy from talented songwriters and performers.

Grab this chance to hear talented musicians play as summer slowly draws to a close.

The Halifax Fringe Festival

September 2 to 12, 2022

Officially starting on the second day of fall, we have to squeeze this festival into the summer lineup because don’t we always try to maximize our blissful summer days with cool events like this? Showcasing non-mainstream theatre, the festival is a chance to see original plays, shows and presentations that you can’t see anywhere else.

Halifax should be on your radar if you love chasing festivals in the summertime. There are small festivals that have loyal participants that give it their all, along with massive star-studded festivals that party on for weeks. As well as seeing the festivals, the vibrant city has a lot to offer in terms of sightseeing, shopping, nightlife, dining, entertainment and accommodation to suit all budgets. 


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