Nova Scotia Local Events

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If you’re looking for Nova Scotia local events, you’ve come to the right place!

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Here, we’ve put together a regularly updated list of the best events all around Nova Scotia From festivals to farmers markets, for you to enjoy.

To make it easy for you, we add our most recently added events to the top of the list, so you can immediately see what’s new each time you check back.

Just check out our searchable table below. You can  search by dates, locations, specific words, and specific event types, like festivals, art, markets, and more.

To make things easy for you, we’ve organized our Nova Scotia local events table by date so you can coordinate with the times you’re looking for. And we’ve got brief event descriptions with  links to the website for more information to connect.

We hope this is helpful! And if you’re looking for more information on Nova Scotia local events, be sure to read through the whole post, since there’s extra info at the bottom of the page too!

Event NameLocationDate AddressMoreDescriptionCategory
Guess Who, Halifax? Halifax 15/04/23 to 21/04/23Lower Water St, Halifax,WebsiteA weekly crime-solving mystery that takes place from
Saturday, April 15th (noon) to the following Friday (noon).

We plan to host four events in May, one in July, and four in September.You and your team of rag-tag detectives have been called in to help identify the culprit of a recent "crime."

There are eyewitnesses to the crime (QR code stickers) scattered around the city. Each eyewitness you find will describe a characteristic of the culprit; find enough eyewitnesses, and you may be able to Guess Who correctly!"
Social, Activity, Entertainment
Halifax Burger Bash Halifax 23/03/23 to 01/04/23Visit Website for Location Details Website"Halifax Burger Bash is a city-wide burger-eating phenomenon and fundraiser for Feed Nova Scotia put on by The Coast. Creative burger offerings either have a special set price, or a higher price with the restaurant making a donation to Feed Nova Scotia from every burger sold. The lineup guides patrons all over the city to new restaurants and old favourites alike, all in the name of burgers!"Food, Social,
Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra: Orchestra in MotionHalifax30/04/236036 Coburg Rd, Halifax Website"In this concert, two diametrically opposed forces become one in a creative collision like no other. Join Halifax Circus and the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra as they explore an unexpected flurry of music and motion!"Music, Classical, Social
Body Worlds Vital Exhibition Halifax27/01/23 to 30/04/231747 Summer St, HalifaxWebsite"This awe-inspiring exhibition educates visitors about anatomy, physiology and health through a series of whole bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices. Displays present the most current information about common diseases, the effects of tobacco use, and the mechanics of artificial body parts. By juxtaposing healthy and diseased organs, the exhibition also encourages healthy lifestyle choices."Exhibit, Anatomy, Health
OutFest 2023Halifax25/04/23 to 30/04/232203 Gottingen St, HalifaxWebsite"OutFest 2023 will be our largest to date, featuring Main and Emerging Stage performances, a Staged Reading, a YA (Young Audience) show, a Two-Spirit Stage, and improv comedy. There will be Development Workshops throughout the week, TalkBacks, and more. Patrons can enjoy the entire festival by purchasing a Festival Pass which will allow them to see and save more.

Over 6-days, patrons will have the opportunity to see some of the best professional Queer theatre in Canada. From completed works that have been on tour, to new and emerging creations. "
Theatre, Entertainment
89th Annual Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom FestivalAnnapolis Valley 24/05/23 to 29/05/23Visit website for Location DetailsWebsite"The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival enables everyone to celebrate the Annapolis Valley's heritage and culture by hosting a multi-day festival, comprised of events that reflect our past, present, and future."Dining, Festival, Parade
Funky Flea Market Goodwood Every Sunday
200 Prospect Rd, Goodwood, Website"Join our beautiful evening of music inspired by the winter solstice and the season of Christmas. A lovely selection of music by Ardyth and Jennifer, joined by local musicians, and giving each person time to light a candle for a loved one."Thrifting, Vintage, Flea Market
Afternoon Tea at Chocolate Lake Hotel Halifax 04/02/23 to 29/04/23250 Saint Margaret's Bay Road, HalifaxWebsite"Three tiers of delicious treats, savoury sandwiches, scones with cream and jam and amazing desserts all washed down with freshly brewed tea."
Social Gathering
The Halifax Glow PartyHalifax30/03/232037 Gottingen St, HalifaxWebsite"The HALIFAX Glow Party Experience is the perfect way to cap off the school year, party for a good cause & let loose with 800+ DAL, SMU & MSVU students inside the city's hottest venue transformed by UV Black Lights! 5% donated to mental health causes."

Social, Entertainment
80's Prom PartyKentville01/04/23"325 Main Street Kentville"Website"The year is 1988. Your braces are off and your bangs are freshly poofed. Your best friend asked you to the prom (could they be harbouring secret feelings for you?) and you have been practicing your dance moves in front of Much Music's Electric Circus on the TV. Your favorite band, Height Requirement, is playing tonight and you heard someone will be bringing a flask to spike the punch bowl. There are rumors circulating about who will be crowned prom King and Queen.... could it be you?"Social, Prom, Entertainment
Holi: Festival of Colour Dartmouth 08/04/233819 Elm Ave, Wolfville Website"Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates spring, love, and new life. Some families hold religious ceremonies, Holi is also known as the "festival of colours"."Art, Cultural, Entertainment
Spring Vintage ShowHalifax25/03/23 to 26/03/231800 Argyle St, HalifaxWebsite"Vintage and Antiques shopping in Downtown Halifax? Yes please! Join the region's best vintage and antiques sellers over 2 days as we bring together our best collections of housewares, jewelry, clothing, furniture, toys and so much more! RSVP for more info on our featured sellers and what to expect!
A portion of proceeds from the door will be donated to the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre."
Social, Shopping, Vintage
Halifax BeerfestHalifax01/04/231031 Marginal Rd, HalifaxWebsite"Come and join other Nova Scotia craft beer fans and sample the creativity of over 40 Nova Scotia craft breweries from the largest Taproom in the Maritimes! Together We Brew is a great opportunity to meet folks from the Nova Scotia brewing community as well as other craft beer enthusiasts. Share stories with local brew masters and enjoy live music while discovering Nova Scotia’s amazing craft beer scene on the incredible Halifax Waterfront."

Festival , Craft Beer, Restaurants
Explore the Land- Nature Trails
(Benjamin Bridge Winery)
Wolfville 01/12/22 to 31/03/231966 White Rock Rd, Wolfville Website"We welcome you to explore the 2.5 km of marked nature trails through our expansive vineyard on snowshoe or by foot during our open hours.

When: December to March
Cost: Free admission, no booking or reservation required. Please check in with our team at the winery ahead of using the trails "
Wine Tasting, Outdoors
West Brooklyn SpeakEasy Saturday NightsGrand Pre11/02/23 to 10/12/23
(Every Saturday)
Visit Website for Location Details Website"Join us for an evening of fabulous acoustic vintage swing with String Theory!
Come and enjoy live music, our infamous SpeakEasy atmosphere, tasty snacks and feature cocktails!"
Social, Live Music, Entertainment
Ta’n me’j Tel keknuo’ltiek: How Unique We Still AreHalifax09/11/22 to 21/07/231675 Lower Water St, HalifaxWebsite"Launched November 9, 2021 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Ta'n me'j Tel'keknuo'ltiek: How Unique We Still Are, reflects how Mi’kmaw people remain connected to the lands and waters of Mi’kma’ki. This exhibit featuring Mi'kmaw historian and guest curator, Salina Kemp, offers a platform for Mi’kmaw people to express their continued experiences with an understanding of the lands and the waters of Mi’kma’ki."Art & Culture
Magic Winery Store Annapolis Valley22/04/23 to 09/12/23 630 Francklyn Street HalifaxWebsite"Magic Winery Bus is North America’s only wine tour experience on board a traditional British double-decker bus — and so much more. It’s visiting captivating destinations in one day and learning from local winemakers. It’s tasting fabulous wines and discovering the miraculous terroirs they call home.

And — to toot our own horn — it’s a Destination Canada bucket list experience. Find unforgettable views and unmatched hospitality on Magic Winery Bus."
Tour, Vineyard, Food, Drink, Social
Traditional Turkish Breakfast
Lower Sackville02/04/23111 Cobequid Rd Unit:7, Lower SackvilleWebsite"We are expecting our guests to arrive at 11.00 am and we will start serving the hot dishes latest 11.15 am. It is going to be family style long tables and every 4 people will share a spread breakfast and fun together. If you are buying separate tickets and want to be seated with your friends please let us know in advance. Otherwise you will be seated randomly.

Looking forward to host you and add joyful memories to your life."
Social, Restaurant
Savour Food and Wine FestivalHalifax06/04/231181 Hollis St, HalifaxWebsite"The Savour Food and Wine Festival is the largest non-profit culinary festival in Canada. Sales from the festival go directly to support RANS and their work in championing Nova Scotia’s food and beverage industry."Food crawl, Social, Food
The Musical Box Performs the Lamb Lies Down on BroadwayHalifax 31/05/231800 Argyle St, HalifaxWebsite"The Musical Box – the only group in the world granted a license from Peter Gabriel and Genesis – will recreate in its entirety the original 1974-75 performance in painstaking details, right down to the original slide show. One final chance to witness this unique live experience."Entertainment, Live Music, Social
Joce Reyome & Terra SpencerSouth Shore 24/03/231181 Hollis St, HalifaxWebsite"Joce (pronounced “jaw-ss”) Reyome has been captivating audiences with their dynamic performances on stages throughout the east coast of Canada, where they now call home. With inspiration from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Tracy Chapman, they don’t hold back when they step onto the stage.

Raised on the mud banks of the Avon River, award-winning Nova Scotian funeral director-turned-songwriter Terra Spencer has won over audiences by marrying fingerstyle guitar, gospel piano, and her butterscotch voice with sly humour and 70s wood-paneled warmth."
Entertainment, Live Music, Social
July Talk: The Remember Never Before Tour, with special guest NyssaHalifax 14/04/231800 Argyle St, HalifaxWebsite"Juno Award-winning, alternative rock band July Talk brings their unmatched live show back to the Maritimes in 2023. Performing in support of their latest album, Remember Never Before, don’t miss them at the Light House Arts Centre"Entertainment, Live Music, Social
Devour! The Food Film FestWolfville 23/10/23Visit Website for LocationWebsite"Devour! The Food Film Fest is a transformative food and film experience combining cinematic excellence with extraordinary gastronomic activities. The annual week-long festival—the largest food film festival in the world—typically hosts 100+ events, celebrated filmmakers, and high-profile chefs from around the globe. Devour! welcomes close to 15,000 food and film lovers to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada."Food, Film, Festival, Entertainment
Together We Brew Craft Beer FestivalHalifax 01/04/231031 Marginal Rd, HalifaxWebsite"The “Together We Brew” Craft Beer Festival is a new, re-imagined celebration of Nova Scotia Craft Beer presented by the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia. We are showcasing the best craft beer (including LOTS of NEW BREWS that you will be some of the first people to sample!) produced throughout our province."Beer, Food & Drink, Social
Pours for PawsDartmouth25/03/2367 Neptune Crescent, DartmouthWebsite"There will be 12 tasting stations including: Sheep Dog Peanut Butter Whiskey, Still Fired Distilleries, Bulwark Cider, Nine Locks, Benjamin Bridge, Compass Distillers, Lake City Cider, Fine Company, Steinhart, Chain Yard, Spindrift and more!

We have great items that have generously been donated by our sponsors available for our silent auction."
Social, Fundraiser, Animals, 19+
Clothing Swap@ The Tare ShopDarmouth27/05/2321 Portland Street, DartmouthWebsite"We are hosting a clothing swap on Saturday, May 27th, starting at 6pm. The event is pay-what-you-can at the door (suggested $5), and all door sales will be donated to Out of the Cold: a local organization providing low-barrier, harm-reduction focused supportive housing to folks of all genders. Any left over clothing will also be given to Out of the Cold and the Elizabeth Fry Society of MNS based on their needs at the time. "Clothes Swap, Thrift
Ha!ifax ComedyFestHalifax27/04/23 to 29/04/23See Website for Location Details
Website"Every April, Halifax erupts in laughter as comedians from all over North America hit the stage for the Ha!ifax ComedyFest. Held over 4 days, the festival showcases over 30 comedians with multiple shows across the city, including several shows taped for CBC."Entertainment, Comedy, Live, Social
Waterfall hike in Cliffs of Fundy GeoparkSpencers' Island 04/02/22 to 23/12/23757 Spencers' Beach RdWebsite"
Step back-in-time on this guided hiking tour within the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark. Feel like you're in Jurassic world as you make your way past beautiful waterfalls, old-growth forest, and trek through one of the only three slot canyons in Nova Scotia. "
Nature, Outdoors, Scenic

We hope this post is helpful! We will be adding more as the summer progresses, and as more events come up! If you’re interested in finding more events and resources, keep reading!

If you’re interested in more stuff to do, check out Freewheeling Adventures for Outdoor Tours and rentals!

If you’re passing through Antigonish, stop by Maritime Inn Antigonish & Main Street Cafe!      

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And here are some awesome links to even more Nova Scotia local events for you to enjoy!

If you’re looking for some souvenirs, or gifts while visiting Nova Scotia,

check out our page full of local gift options!

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Oh, looking for some fun inexpensive ideas for stuff to do at home in between your Nova Scotia travels? Check out our  Things to do for under $100 dollars blog!

If you go to any of these events, let us know by leaving a comment! We’d love to hear about your experiences. And if you have any suggestions on what we should add, contact us to let us know!

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