5 summer festivals in Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax Jazz Festival

Jul 11, 2023 - Jul 16, 2023 | Halifax, NS

Since 1987, HJF has organized a diverse range of musical and educational activities, including the annual Halifax Jazz Festival. The TD Halifax Jazz Festival, formerly known as the Atlantic Jazz Festival, is the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada. Designated a Hallmark Event by the Halifax Regional Municipality, the festival attracts up to 65,000 visitors, involves 400 volunteers and employs over 350 local musicians. The Halifax Jazz Festival (HJF), formed as JazzEast Rising is a non-profit organization created in 1987 to present the first ever Halifax Jazz Festival (formerly known as the Atlantic Jazz Festival) in Nova Scotia, Canada. As a registered charity, HJF has widened its horizons beyond the successful TD Halifax Jazz Festival to become involved, throughout the year, in a diverse range of musical and educational activities. HJF's mandate runs from the promotion and presentation of soft-seat concerts and club shows to planning educational workshops (such as the renowned Creative Music Workshop). HJF develops opportunities for amateur musicians, established local artists and the local 'jazz aristocracy'. Renowned performers from many parts of the world is brought to a city that doesn't always find itself naturally on the maps for touring artists. In brief, we think jazz is important to the culture which we'd like to have, and we want to make sure that kind of culture is strong in Halifax, where we love to live.

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival

Aug 4, 2022 - Aug 7, 2022 | Lunenberg, NS

Stan Rogers Folk Festival

Jul 22, 2022 - Jul 24, 2022 | Canso, NS

Full Circle Festival

Jun 17, 2022 - Jun 19, 2022 | Newport Landing, NS

Full Circle Festival is a homemade non-profit music festival held over the summer solstice weekend in rural Nova Scotia. Created from the love of music, good food, friendly friends, dogs, children, and dancing in warm summer air.

Halifax Busker Festival

Aug 2, 2023 - Aug 7, 2023 | Halifax, NS

Electrifying performers will take to multiple stages for six days of incredible international and local performances, including FlameOz, Alakazam, Victor Rubilar, Lisa Lottie, Rhythm Works, Pogo Fred, Reuben dotdotdot, Sara Twister, The Positive Brothers, The Street Circus, Michael James, and Olé!, with more! The festival typically sees over 250,000 visitors annually. “We anticipate these numbers will remain the same, if not increase because of the expansion,” explains Hendrickson. “The past two years have put into perspective what this festival means to the city. We've had time to look at where we have come from and where we need to go. People have grown up with the festival, so it seems natural for the festival to incorporate both sides of the harbour.” “For more than three decades the Halifax Busker Festival has been a beloved annual tradition for folks of all ages, and I am thrilled to welcome the festival to Dartmouth! With so many wonderful restaurants and shops nearby, these incredible performances will become part of what makes this place so special,” says Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA. Produced by Premiere Entertainment Group, Halifax Busker Festival is supported by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Canadian Heritage, City of Halifax, Province of Nova Scotia, Develop Nova Scotia, Alderney Landing, Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Bell Radio, Hotel Association of Nova Scotia and supported by the Atlantic Buskers Festival Society.