Today is the first official day of summer, so what better time to talk about a few of Halifax’s great upcoming summer festivals? There are so many to choose from that I’m going to focus on my favourites and go from there. Presented in chronological order, here are the summer fests that you don’t want to miss:
RBC Multicultural Festival June 30-July 3
Rocking the Halifax Seaport for the entire long weekend, the RBC Multicultural Festival is the perfect opportunity to hit up the Halifax waterfront and eat and drink to your heart’s content at the largest festival of this kind in the Atlantic Provinces. Listen to music of the world, take in dance performances, and check out arts and crafts. Don’t miss the impressive array of delicious ethnic food and drink – definitely a highlight for me!
TD Halifax Jazz Festival July 8-16
Help the Jazz Festival settle into its new digs this summer and take in one of the many amazing performers that the festival organizers always manage to snag. This year the festival tent will be set up on Lower Water Street at the Salter Street extension. Other venues around the city will also be showcasing artists as part of the festival. Nova Scotia’s Jill Barber is one of the festival headliners and will be playing at the main festival tent on Monday July 11th. Other great artists, among many, include Erin Costelo, Morgan Davis and our regular Seasons jazz man Mike Cowie! Check out the website for their extensive festive schedule.
Manulife Dragon Boat Festival July 9th
Support the Nova Scotia Amateur Sport Fund by either attending or participating in the Manulife Dragon Boat Festival. Always a great day in Dartmouth on Lake Banook, this day of Dragon Boat races is the perfect opportunity to bring the kids and soak up the sun while watching the competition, or, pull together a team at the office and become a corporate sponsor! There’s tons of food onsite and other activities for kids.
Halifax Pride July 17 – 24
Check out the largest LGBTQ Cultural Festival in the Atlantic Provinces during Halifax Pride week. The city comes alive with an array of events and activities, including the famous Dykes versus Divas softball game to kick off the week! You will not want to miss the lively festival parade, and for a complete list of venues that are participating, check out the website.
Seaport Beer Festival – Beer on the Pier! August 5-6
You don’t have to be a beer drinker to enjoy Beer on the Pier this August. The historic Halifax Seaport will host once again an impressive collection of breweries – some from Ontario, Quebec and Maine - to offer over 200 beers and ciders. Several Taste of Nova Scotia partners will be onsite to offer delicious food, so there really is something for everyone!
alFresco filmFesto July 22-August 26
Park yourself at the end of the Halifax boardwalk to take in the “Summer of Murray” at this year’s alFresco filmFesto. Running for its 11th year, this favourite among Haligonians shows an outdoor movie every Friday night starting the end of July through to the end of August. Props to the festival programmers this year for choosing a theme – the “Summer of Murray” will delight and surprise you with a fantastic Bill Murray flick to cap off your week, all summer long!
Get Out and Participate!
It’s going to be a good summer! Especially with all of that Bill Murray action. Make plans to check out one or many of Halifax’s summer festivals - and there are lots more than I just covered. For a complete list of all the major Nova Scotia festivals visit the Destination Halifax website.