Local Nova Scotia Events – Updated September 2023

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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
Country Rocks The Farm Music FestivalWolfville16/09/23 10009 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, WolfvilleWebsite"Join us at Noggins Farm for an exciting and rare outdoor country music concert in the Valley. Concert headliner is elite chart-topping act and award winning artist, Tim Hicks. Supporting acts are two of country music's most exciting and talented artists, Lindsay Ell and Dave Sampson. The show will open with fav local opener, Broken Circuit who will get the party started."Festival, Entertainment, Country Music
Steel Panther Live In HalifaxHalifax06/09/23See Website for Location Details!Website"Steel Panther is an American comedic glam metal band from Los Angeles, California. They are known for their profane and humorous lyrics as well as their exaggerated onstage pastiche of the stereotypical glam metal lifestyle"Concert, Comedy, Entertainment
Vibrancy Festival 2023
Halifax 18/09/23 to 19/09/231770 Barrington St, HalifaxWebsite"Experience the most electrifying memories of electronic music in Halifax as two days and two nights transform into an unforgettable high octane journey feat. WALKER & ROYCE, JUSTIN JAY, TIGA, TAIKI NULIGHT, GENE FARRIS + More! Immerse yourself in a multi-venue festival with a world class entertainment lineup that combines open-air euphoria during the day and underground bunkers pulsating with energy at night. Brace yourself for over 20+ hours of music, featuring six unique events compressed into one exhilarating weekend."Music Festival, Art Show
Hopscotch Festival 2023Halifax 21/09/23See Website For Location Details!Website"Enter an unforgettable weekend of Hip Hop that strives to celebrate the best of the best, both locally and internationally in celebration of 50 years.

Hopscotch Festival, Atlantic Canada's annual gathering now in its 14th year, is built for the heads that love and uplift the genre. Expect to hear all eras represented and respected over 4 days and nights.

All ages FREE events taking place at Breaking Circus and Maxwell's Plum!

Dance Battles, Next Best Showcase and even a Producer's Battle will take place for FREE on Saturday. The finale, our 50 years of Hip Hop Tribute featuring Okay TK, RS Smooth, DJ IV and many special guests from our local scene playing their favourites from the music that has shifted so many lives."
Music Festival, Grand Oasis
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
Magnetic World Music FestivalHalifax07/10/23 Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3
Website"Magnetic World is the largest one-day EDM and Hip Hop music festival in the Maritimes! It features a variety of international artists who have performed on the biggest stages in the world, including festivals like Rolling Loud, Tomorrowland, Coachella, EDC, and Ultra.

Magnetic World is the same day as Dalhousie Homecoming. This event has a limited number of tickets available and will sell out quickly!"
Social, EDM, Festivals
The East Pointers' Goolaholla! 2023Rollo Bay29/09/23961 Veteran's Memorial Hwy, SourisWebsite"Goolaholla! (Good Times!) is a gift of love and music from JUNO award winners, The East Pointers, to the community of Epekwikt (Prince Edward Island), and particularly to the town of Souris.

Announcements so far include: The East Pointers (of course); local powerhouses the Mi'kMaq Legends; devastatingly emotional, thank-god-she's-so-funny in between songs JUNO award/GRAMMY nominated buddy Rose Cousins and her band; and one of our Aussies mates, Emma Memma (Emma Wiggle) - with plenty more to come.

We aim to bring the captivating magic and joy of music we have experienced on our travels right back to our hometown, and we hope that you'll join us."
Social, PEI, Festival, Entertainment
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
Gongfu Tea TastingHalifax06/11/22 (Every Sunday & Wednesday)2093 Gottingen St, HalifaxWebsite"We host one and a half hour educational tea tastings every week!

Reserve a seat in one of our tastings or book a private tasting for you and your friends. Our server will prepare three to five teas (depending on how many steeps we need to fully express the leaves) according to your palettes and teach you about the history and production of each tea."
Tea, Social
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
Tree Canada's National Tree Day Planting Event Truro20/09/23See Website for Event LocationWebsite"Tree Canada is excited to celebrate National Tree Day, presented by BMO. This year will be the largest National Tree Day ever with planting events taking place across the country.

About this event

Join us on Wednesday, September 20th, to plant trees in your community and connect with nature.

Volunteers will learn how to plant and care for urban trees, so they provide benefits for years to come. Tree Canada experts and volunteers will be there to provide support and answer your tree questions. We’ll also provide gloves and shovels!"
Community, Eco-Friendly, Gardening
Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global IndigeneityHalifax11/05/23 to 17/09/231770 Barrington St, HalifaxWebsite""Arctic/Amazon: Networks of Global Indigeneity explores the ways in which Indigenous contemporary artists take on issues of climate change, globalized Indigeneity, and contact zones in and about the Arctic and the Amazon during a time of crisis. The featured artists have their origins in these places, and their works embody a politics of resistance, resurgence, and ways of knowing and being in relation to the lands that are the source of their knowledge and creativity."Art, Indigenous Artists, Exhibit, Art Gallery
Sunday Walks in Victoria ParkTruro10/09/2329 Park Rd, TruroWebsite"You will be invited to appreciate the beauty of nature on this slow guided walk ... participating in mindful activites, engaging your senses, exploring the forest, learning more about the life of trees, enjoying a forest inspired tea ceremony, and creating of nature themed craft or communal art project."Nature, Relax
Rollernite @ LeBrun Centre - Summer 2023BedfordSummer 2023.
See 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
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
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
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
Nova Scotia Music WeekYarmouth02/11/23 to 05/11/23See Website for Location Details!Website"For the first year since 2015, Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) returns to Yarmouth/ Kespukwitk from November 2-5, 2023.

Now in its 26th year, NSMW and Music Nova Scotia bring together artists, fans, and music industry from across Nova Scotia and around the globe to experience the best talent the province has to offer!"
Entertainment, music, Social
Broadway in HalifaxHalifax14/11/23 to 19/11/23 See Website for Location Details!Website"Broadway’s COME FROM AWAY is a Best Musical winner all across North America!

This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Don’t miss this breathtaking musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!”"
Broadway, Acting, Social, Entertainment
Hal-ConHalifax27/09/23 to 29/09/231650 Argyle St, HalifaxWebsite"Hal-Con Sci-Fi and Fantasy Association’s flagship convention event happens annually, but we also organize and support a number of smaller events throughout the year. Learn more about our upcoming events and access convention schedules when they are available here!

Community, Local, Entertainment
Wonder'neath Open Art Studio North End Weekly 2482 Maynard St, HalifaxWebsite"Since 2014 Wonder’neath Art Society has offered Open Studio as a space to gather through artmaking for both personal exploration and collaborative projects: a space in which each person entering will be welcomed as an artist and valued community member. It is open to all, with outreach specifically focused on those facing barriers to accessing the arts. Children are at the heart of our practice in the community and are central to our vision. "Art Festival, Street Art, Mural
Maritime Classic Car Shows 2023Halifax22/05/23 to 27/10/23 See Website for Location Details!WebsiteSocial, Vintage, Cars
Destination: Canada
Halifax04/05/23 to 04/10/231031 Marginal Rd, HalifaxWebsite"In 2022, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands published a graphic novel called "Destination: Canada”, telling the story of ten Dutch immigrants, illustrated by ten comic book artists. The Museum has adapted two of these stories for a special exhibit, presenting the story of George Zwaagstra, a Pier 21 immigrant and volunteer, and Tayebeh Farooqi-Wahedi, a refugee from Afghanistan and immigrant from the Netherlands."Exhibition, Artist
Halifax County ExhibitionHalifax16/08/23 to 19/08/23 190 Exhibition Grounds Rd, Middle Musquodoboit, NS B0N 1X0Website"Lots to see and do . . . “open air” show rings featuring 4-H Day competitions, Light Horse and Draft Horse Show classes, Dairy and Beef Shows, fun and games! Stroll through the barns and meet some of the many exhibitors and their prize livestock. Stop by the Entertainment Stage and enjoy the many musical acts and magician show. Handcraft and Homecraft displays, vegetable displays, educational info and a host of organizations and vendors can be found in the Multi-Purpose Agricultural Education Centre, you can even find a “farm focused” play space for the kids there. Visit the Flower Barn for gorgeous arrangements, stunning beauty and soak up the uplifting fragrance from a variety of flowers. Enjoy a ride in the midway and a tasty treat from the many food vendors on site."Fair, Entertainment
Summer Fest 2023Antigonish17/08/23 to 19/08/23See Website for Location Details!Website"We are happy to announce that a third day has been added to our event! Join us from August 17th to August 19th to celebrate Nova Scotia!

🍴 Nova Scotia Summer Fest Cookout - Thursday, August 17th Events:

This is an additional pre-music festival day focusing solely on high quality food and beverage producers from across Nova Scotia. There will be no live music on Thursday, August 17th. This event does not require an admission pass and is free to attend."
Festival, Cookout, Community
13th Annual Parrsboro Film FestivalAnnapolis Valley29/09/23 to 01/10/23See Website for Location DetailsWebsite"Experience the art of Maritime film makers, producers, artists, and directors. Meet and hear stories from those directly involved in making featured films and see local productions that are not yet mainstream during this three-day event!" Festival, Film, Cinema
The Canadian Deep Roots Music FestivalBay of Fundy22/09/23 to 24/09/23See Website for Location DetailsWebsite"Each September, on the last full weekend of the month, the Deep Roots Music Cooperative brings an awesome blend of up-and-coming, alongside tried-and-true, performers to our Deep Roots Music Festival stages in Wolfvile, Nova Scotia"Festival, Music
Lebanese Festival Halifax08/09/23 to 10/09/232304 Hunter St, HalifaxWebsite"Welcome to the Lebanese Festival!
We are celebrating 22 years of the Halifax Lebanese Festival and are proud to announce that for the first time since 2019, we are BACK to offering a full in-person festival experience.
"Savour a Taste of Lebanon in the Heart of Halifax" Join us this September 2023, and experience the same tastes you know and love, with a few exciting new additions!."
Cultural, Entertainment, Social
Halifax Festival of ColoursDartmouth02/09/23 Alderney LandingWebsite"oin us for our 9th annual "Halifax Colour Festival" Where we will play with colours and dance with music.

This is a FREE Entry Event. First 1000 people will get 1 FREE colour pouches sponsored by Pizza Pizza.

This event is for open for everyone and All ages are welcome..!!..So bring your family & friends and "Spread Love and Joy"

We are also going to have some games. Use your skills to be on winning side and take home prizes. Where you may end up getting event tickets for our future events or free perks..!!

**** Please be advised that NO outside colours will be allowed as a safety precaution..!!!
Entertainment, Festival
Devour! The Food Film FestWolfville23/10/23 to 29/10/23See Website For Location Details Website"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, Social, Entertainment
Tiki Boat ToursHalifax01/10/23 to 31/10/23See Website For Location Details Website"Welcome to Atlantic Canada's newest and most exciting attraction, right here on the Halifax waterways. Enjoy the sights, sounds, fun, refreshments and laughter as you cruise past Mcnabb's Island, George's Island, Northwest Arm, waterfront shops, beautiful homes, nature, wildlife, and history of Halifax. Hop on a tour in the scenic and stunning Fisherman's Cove in Eastern Passage and enjoy all the authentic shops or book your tour on the Halifax Waterfront and sail out. Our new state of the art Tritoon vessel offers a safe, stable and relaxing cruise along our waterway. Fully equipped with a restroom, music, lightshow, licensed bar and Snacks for purchase! friendly staff, don't miss out, BOOK NOW."Social, Tour

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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