Your Halifax Summer Events And Festival Date Night Guide!

These are all the festivals and events coming to Halifax during the summer, start making your bucket list!
halifax summer events

No travel plans this summer? No problem! The city of Halifax comes alive in the summer with an array of exciting activities that cater to all interests! From music festivals and food fairs to cultural celebrations and outdoor adventures, this season promises unforgettable experiences. This guide will help ensure there is never a dull moment in your summer schedule this year!

Read on for your full summer itinerary for the best events and festivals coming to town this summer!

Eastern Shore Burger Fest

Enjoy the first ever, Eastern Shore Burger Fest where burger lovers can sink their teeth into the juiciest, most delectable burgers crafted by the finest local restaurants on the Eastern Shore! With burger sale proceeds going to local food banks, there’s no excuse not to grab a delicious burger or two!

When: June 15th-June 23rd

Philippine Fiesta Halifax

Celebrate Filipino culture at the Halifax Garrison Grounds this June and enjoy local food vendors, live performances, colourful dances, prizes and more for the whole family!

Date: June 22nd-June 23rd

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

What better way to kick off the summer than the annual Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo?! Watch superior entertainment with performers from every continent from marching bands, acrobats, dancers, military displays, pipes, drums and much more!

This show is fun for the whole family and kids under 18 will receive free admission.

When: June 23rd-July 1st

Harbourside Rib Fest

Get ready for a mouth watering, finger-lickin’, belly rubbin’ good BBQ date! Savour a taste of southern BBQ with the return of the annual Harbourside Rib Fest at Alderney Landing! Enjoy 5+ world-renowned ribbers, live entertainment all day and full bar serving beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks. Your favourite food trucks will also be making an appearance including Antoinette’s Cheesecakes and Roll On Two Chimney Cakes, you don’t want to miss out!

When: June 28th-July 1st

Nova Multifest

Experience the energetic festival of culture and diversity as Nova Mulitfest makes it return back to the Alderney Landing waterfront! Enjoy live shows, culinary delights, cold beer from local brewers, shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and see demonstrations and exhibits from around the world.

When: July 19th-July 21st

East Coast Kite Festival

Fly high at the East Coast Kite Festival on Citadel Hill for a FREE all-ages event! Enjoy food vendors, local artists and plenty of fun soaring kites in the sky!

When: July 6th-July 7th

Halifax Jazz Festival

Music lovers, you don’t want to miss this! Halifax Jazz Festival is back for another year of delivering an entertaining show of diverse musicians! Grab tickets to their main stage shows with headliners including Killer Mike, Ruby Waters, Emmylou Harris, Charlotte Day Wilson and many more.

When: July 9th-14th

Vibrancy Festival

Halifax’s premier electronic festivals returns for 2 days only this July! The main event takes place Saturday night inside the fort at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. Headliners include Chloe Robinson, Conducta, Hudson Mohawke, Mija, Danny Tenagia and many more!

When: July 12-July 13th

Taste of Asia 2024

Celebrate the 2SLGBTQ+ community this summer with the annual Halifax Pride Festival, featuring over 150 community and Pride organized events celebrating the history, culture, activism and perseverance of the queer community!

This 11 day festival is packed with so many fun events to participate in, including a rainbow pancake breakfast, Drag Dance Class, Drag on the Mainstage, Sex Toy Bingo and of course, the iconic Halifax Pride Parade!

When: July 18th-July 28th

Halifax Busker Festival

Halifax is welcoming the 38th edition of the Buskers Festival this summer! With six days of electrifying acts and unique entertainment, this all-ages festival makes for an exciting date experience as they take over the Halifax Waterfront!

Beyond enjoying the incredible performers, you can also check out a wide variety of vendors, food trucks, Glow Party Family Fun Zone and East Coast Amusements midway at Alderney Landing, just a quick ferry ride away!

When: July 31st-August 5th

Great Outdoors Comedy Fest

Get ready to laugh so hard, you may start crying! The hilarious Great Outdoors Comedy Festival is making a stop in Halifax at the Garrison Grounds this summer! Some of today’s top comedians will be performing LIVE, including Nate Bargatze, Gerry Dee, Tom Segura, Bobby Lee, Teo Von and many more!

When: August 9th-August 11th

Halifax Seaport Cider & Beerfest

Join fellow beer, cider and fizz lovers at the annual Seaport Cider & Beerfest! Taste a range of pre-mixed cocktails, sodas, seltzers, beer, ciders and more, all while enjoying live DJ music in the evenings and locally inspired munchies presented by Asado Wood Fired Grill and Smokinstein Food Truck.

When: August 8th-August 10th

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