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Buskers on the waterfront with a crowd

Festival Fun all Summer Long

Date Posted: July 19, 2017Reading time: 3 minutes

IF YOU ONLY KNEW…NOVA SCOTIA

We’re taking a weekly look at something or some place we love in Nova Scotia! Follow along each week this summer as we celebrate well-known favourites and local hidden gems.

Well, we just wrapped up another amazing year of the Halifax Jazz Festival, which never seems to disappoint as the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada. A great follow up to last year, where we saw acts like City and Colour and Lauryn Hill, this year, the festival featured Canadian music icons Blue Rodeo and Ron Sexsmith, as well as American singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and virtuoso drummer Anderson .Paak. For a modest metropolis on the east coast of Canada, Halifax can sure draw in the talent, and the crowds! It’s hard to believe we have to wait another full year for the jazz fest to come back around, but there’s undoubtedly still much action to look forward to in Halifax this summer.

Halifax Pride Parade float

With summer festivals now in full swing, we’re looking forward to Halifax Pride, which will kick off on July 20 and run through July 30. Pride is one of Halifax’s most exciting festivals, offering something for everyone with live music, photography shows, kids events, opportunities for open discussion and learning and much, much more. Of course, there’s also the main event — The Pride Parade — which kicks off on July 22 and will feature a very special guest this year. Marching in this year’s parade will be none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to join in the celebration of our country’s diversity. Indeed, Trudeau made headlines last year in Toronto as the first sitting Prime Minister to march in a Pride parade, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with him out here on the east coast this year! Before the parade, the public can also cheer on runners in the newly added 5k Rainbow Run (or even participate themselves), and afterwards, the usual follow up events will keep the fun going, including live music, food trucks, a beverage tent for those 19+ and an expanded kidzone to ensure fun for all ages.

Bluenose II SailingFollowing Pride, the festivals just keep on coming. One of this summer’s highlights is sure to be the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, which will see a parade of tall ships from around the world arrive in Halifax on July 29. Halifax will be just one of 11 port stops in Nova Scotia on this epic transatlantic race covering 7000 nautical miles, beginning in Great Britain and ending in France by early September. But this festival isn’t just about sailing; Halifax is pulling out all the stops in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday this year, with music, culinary and historical experiences for all to enjoy as the ships roll in. For a few highlights, families can take advantage of historic guided tours on Georges Island during the day, while adults can enjoy Taste of Nova Scotia dinners in the evening like fresh lobster feasts paired with local wine, ciders and beers. Then, of course, there’s the island concert on Saturday, July 29 with Port Cities and Joel Plaskett performing, and ferry service to and from every 30 minutes. McNabs Island will also be serving up a good time on the Saturday with a lunchtime picnic for $15 per person, and is also a great place for a day of beachside and hiking fun for the whole family!

Beyond Pride and Rendez-Vous 2017, there are several more can’t-miss festivals to come this summer in Halifax to hit up. The Halifax Busker Festival will celebrate its 31st year, making it the oldest festival of its kind in Canada, running from August 2- 7. Then, head on over to the Halifax Seaport Beerfest between August 11-12 to sample some of the 300 unique brews available from producers all around the world, and especially check out the TAP LOCAL! Pavilion for some local brews. Come autumn you can get busy enjoying the Atlantic Film Festival, NSLC Festival of Wines, Halifax Oyster Fest, Nocturne and more.

With all its festival fun, it’s easy to see why our tourism rates are on the rise, and why Trampoline calls Halifax home. Here’s to Canada and another 150 years of living it right out here on the east coast!