1. Welcome to Nova Scotia’s newest Seafood Festival! The cold clear waters of the Eastern Shore yield some of the best seafood in the province, and now you can sample some of the freshest: Lobsters, Mussels, Oysters, Clams and Smoked Fish along with traditional heritage foods such as Solomon Gundy, Boiled Herring and Potatoes, and Fishcakes and Beans. Family activities and skills demonstrations such as paint-your-own-buoy, dory rides and learn to row, net knitting, and lobster trap building. Learn to row in the same dory that Eastern Shore residents Karl Richardson and Frank Stevens used to row around Nova Scotia. Live music, touch tank as part of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia and an ocean-themed art exhibit by local artisit Charlotte Wilson-Hammond.
2. The Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival the largest multicultural festival East of Montreal and features many talented performers and artisans who offer a variety of music, dance and entertainment activities for patrons of all ages. Interactive cultural activities including authentic world cuisine are designed to engage a memorable experience. With the outstanding support of sponsors, a committed community and loyal staff, the seven-day festival celebrates cultural richness and continues to be a destination for people from across the province, throughout Atlantic Canada and beyond. There is truly something at the Festival for everyone!
3. National Aboriginal Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. The Halifax celebrations kick-off on Friday night with the lighting of the sacred fire and continue through Saturday with a sunrise ceremony, events on the waterfront and a free concert.
4. Canada’s acclaimed theatre for family audiences, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, has joined forces with Marie-Louise Gay, the award-winning creator of Stella and Sam, in a new stage adaption designed for young audiences aged three to seven. Stella, Queen of the Snow tells the story of the two children as they spend the day playing in the snow. The forest, snowballs, snow angels and the mysterious white stuff itself provide fuel for Sam’s questions and Stella’s answers as they discover the world of winter together.
5. Situated on the banks of the Avon River, Full Circle Festival is rooted in the old and new sounds of country, folk and string band music. The main stage, a historic ship-building barn, features phenomenal acoustics and opens onto river sunsets, mud-sliding and fireworks. Join your favourite bands for dancing, workshops, campfire jams, fresh local food, kids activities and fun summer times!