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
Find Your Summer Rosé - A Speed Tasting!Halifax 09/06/231600 Barrington St, HalifaxWebsite"Summer is almost here! ☀️ Time to find your Summer Rosé!

The Rosé you’ll watch the sunsets with, take to the beach, bring to backyard BBQs! In other words, a most important decision! Join us Thursday, June 8, 5:30-6:30 for a fun, blind, speed tasting of 4 Summer-Ready Rosés with paired cheeses!

Learn about what makes each rosé unique, vote for your favourite, and wait for the reveal!"
Social, Winery, Wine tasting, Food
Our Biggest Clothing SwapDartmouth 20/06/2321 Portland St Unit 1, DartmouthWebsite"Our BIGGEST clothing swap ever – you don't want to miss this one!

When: May 27 at 6pm
Where: 21 Portland St

PWYC ($5 cash suggested) at the door as a fundraiser for Out of the Cold"
Social, Secondhand, Thrift, Entertainment
Asian Heritage Month Opening Ceremony Halifax07/07/231055 Marginal Rd, Halifax Website"Celebrate the vibrancy and resilience of cultures from across the Asian continent and the impact of Asian communities in Canada at the opening event for this year's Asian Heritage Month. This event includes multiple performances from members of local Asian communities and is an opportunity for attendees to find out more about what's happening during the rest of the month."Music, Social, Heritage, AAPI Month, Entertainment
Cake and Sip!Dartmouth23/06/232 Ochterloney St, DartmouthWebsite"If you're looking for a fun and unique activity to enjoy with your friends or colleagues, then Cake and Sip is the perfect choice!

This event is hosted by Temi Bakes and designed for adults who want to learn the art of cake decorating in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. You don't need to have any previous experience in cake decorating as our expert instructor will guide you through every step of the process."
Social, Dining, Food
Greek Fest
Halifax08/06/23 to 11/06/231146 Purcells Cove Rd, Halifax, NSWebsite"Walk on down, buy your tickets for your favourite meal, sit down and be entertained by the band Alexandros and Company, or by our very own Romiosyni Dance Group with traditional dance from Greece!
(No parking available on site!)

Social, Cultural, Dining, Food, Greek, Festival
89th Annual Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom FestivalAnnapolis Valley 16/06/23 to 18/05/23Visit website for Location DetailsWebsite"Join sommelier Amy Savoury as she takes guests through a 1.5 hour tasting session with 7 different Tidal Bays on the Wolfville waterfront. Guests will have the opportunity to compare and contrast various Tidal Bays, while learning about what makes Nova Scotia’s Signature Wine unique. Wines will be paired with light bites provided by a local restaurant."Dining, Wine Tasting
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
The Supernova Market Halifax 15/06/23250 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
Classic Car Show & ShineGrand Narrows13/08/23 415 Grand Narrows Drive
Grand Narrows
Website"The Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society is presenting the 13th annual Classic Car Show & Shine from noon until 4pm at the Grand Narrows waterfront.

Bring a chair and stay for the whole afternoon. Live entertainment will be provided. Admission is free!

Bring the whole family and take a walk on the beach or a swim in the Bras d'Or Lake."
Social, Car Show
Philippine Fiesta! : Pre-Celebration @ the WaterfrontHalifax 10/06/23Visit Website For Location Details Website"MABUHAY Halifax! As we count down the days for this year's Filipino Heritage Month. we like to invite you to our pre-celebration: "Philippine Fiesta! @ the Waterfront" on June 10, 2023 at 12pm-6pm! Featuring Filipino owned businesses, food vendors and performers!
The event is open admissions, so bring your family and friends! See you there!"
Social, Entertainment, Music, Community, Filipino Heritage Month
Y-CON Gaming & Comics Convention 2023Yartmouth02/06/23 to 04/06/23417 Main St, YarmouthWebsite"Y-CON will return from June 2nd-4th, 2023 at Rodd Grand Hotel & Convention Centre in Yarmouth"Social, Gaming,
Pawlates ClassDartmouth21/06/2367 Neptune Crescent, DartmouthWebsite"Introducing our newest program...PAWLATES! Pawlates is our take on the popular pilates classes - with cats. Sign up for an hour-long class where our instructor will take you through a beginner friendly pilates workout while the cats assist in the fun. Spaces are reserved on a first come, first serve basis - registration is $20 per person. Please note registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Event will take place at the shelter: 67 Neptune Crescent Dartmouth"Adoption, Fundraiser, Health & Wellness
Chester Race Week Chester16/08/23 to 18/08/2321 South Street, Chester, Nova ScotiaWebsite"Since the sea gives Chester its character, sailing naturally occupies a position of importance here. Yacht racing has been a major summer sport in Chester for well over 150 years. Its roots are firmly planted in the mid 19th century when the fishermen raced each other to markets in Halifax or New England.

The Helly Hansen Chester Race Week event takes place over 4 days and attracts participating yachts and crews from across Canada. This year we are expecting over 140 boats to participate in the various classes on several race courses in Mahone Bay.

Watch exciting sailing races and enjoy the social scene with bbqs, dances, live music with bands."
Social, Regatta, Festival
Hal-Con’s Spring Masquerade BallHalifax 03/06/23a href=",-63.5821701,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!3m8!1s0x4b5a22318142858f:0xc8f7801c245f7d29!5m2!4m1!1i2!8m2!3d44.642688!4d-63.5795952!16zL20vMDl6bGI5" target="_blank" rel="noopener">1515 South Park St, HalifaxWebsite"You are cordially invited to attend Hal-Con's first Masquerade Ball!

Dust off your fanciest cosplay or get dressed to the nines for a night of fun and revelry. There will be a DJ for dancing, a cash bar for refreshments and of course appetizers to nibble on.

Show off your red carpet looks at our super fun photo booth. All of that merriment for the low price of $30! Get your early bird tickets between now and May the 4th. Starting May 5th, the price will increase to $35.

Attendance is restricted to 19+"
Social, Music, Community
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
我的昨日拾光 In My YesterdayHalifax13/05/23 to 26/06/231031 Marginal Rd, HalifaxWebsite"Artist JJ Lee thought of herself as a second-generation Canadian, her parents having been born in China. A discovery in her childhood home set in motion a series of discoveries that revealed her family’s history in this country goes back a lot farther than she thought. It also inspired an artistic installation, on exhibit at the Museum May 12- July 23, 2023."AAPI Month, Artist, Exhibit, Community, History
Blue Nose Marathon Halifax20/05/231770 Barrington St, HalifaxWebsite"The Blue Nose Marathon, known as ‘the people’s marathon’, is the signature event of Blue Nose. This event welcomes all ages, abilities and fitness levels traditionally occurring annually on Victoria Day weekend*. Blue Nose Marathon is a community based and volunteer-driven organization.

With the help of more than 1,000 volunteers, there are six running events (5KM, 10KM, half marathon, full marathon, marathon team relay, youth run-4KM and 2KM) taking place during the Victoria Day weekend every year."
Health, Excercise, Community, Fundraiser
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
Rollernite @ LeBrun Centre - Summer 2023BedfordSee Website for event Dates!36 Holland Av, BedfordWebsite"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, Social, Family
Cassie Josephine + Factory GirlsDartmouth 20/05/232 Ochterloney St, DartmouthWebsite"Join us on May 20th for an intimate evening of country folk vibes with singer~songwriter, Cassie Josephine and dark Americana folk duo, Factory Girls. Capacity is limited, so don’t hesitate! It’s going to be a pretty swell evening. This event is wet/dry. So all ages are welcome:)"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
Spring Opener Goat YogaMaitland 28/05/23382 Hwy 236, Maitland Website"All levels welcome! Kids 10 and under can join for free! Leave your furry friends at home please and don’t forget your sunscreen! Join us afterwards for a garden picnic style hangout with your friends and meet our other animals!"Outdoors, Excerise, Health, Animals
INDIGENOUS INGENUITYHalifax Ongoing1715 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 0J4Website"You’re invited to explore Discovery Centre’s newest featured exhibit. Indigenous peoples from North America have long demonstrated a great sense of ingenuity, using nature as inspiration. The world we know today is influenced by their innovations and scientific knowledge. The exhibition invites visitors to experience the innovative processes that give rise to Indigenous knowledge by observing, listening, experimenting, and sharing."Social, Learning
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
Halifax27/04/23 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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