Live Events are Back and Bringing People Together Safely
Nothing beats the sound of a Nova Scotia band filling the air with music while you enjoy fresh seafood and a craft beverage. Or seeing local actors take the stage for a riveting live performance. Or cheering for the home team from the stands.
We’ve all missed coming together for the sights, sounds, and tastes of live events. Now the province is buzzing with energy as festivals and events return offering safe, fun ways to enjoy Nova Scotia’s talented artists and athletes together.
Here are just some of the live events that are back in Nova Scotia this summer and fall. Let us know what events you’re looking forward to this year on our Facebook page.
TD Halifax Jazz Festival – July 14 – August 15
Marking the festivals’ 35th year, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is offering a hybrid festival experience that includes over 30+ virtual performances as well as in-person live concerts in downtown Halifax.
Patio Lanterns Festival – July 15 – October 11
Halifax and Nova Scotia’s local businesses are lighting up this summer and fall with live music, food and drink specials, summer décor, fun activities, and more patio magic for the brand new Patio Lanterns Festival!
Shakespeare By The Sea: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – July 30 – September 5
Shakespeare by the Sea, the largest outdoor summer theatre festival east of Montreal, is back to wowing audiences in Point Pleasant Park, this year with Shakespeare’s ever-popular, magical-musical-romantic-epic-adventure! Featuring an original musical score by SBTS company member Shanoa Phillips, this DREAM will transport you to a magical forest full of love, laughter, and maybe just a touch of danger…
Halifax Busker Festival – July 31 – August 2
Enjoy Music and Magic on the Halifax waterfront, featuring free performances by top Nova Scotian musicians and amazing magicians at the Salt Yard Too Stage at the end of Salter Street.
Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre – August
Festival Antigonish is back with live performances of Robin Hood: The Great Escape at Keppoch Mountain throughout the month of August. Shakespeare by the Sea is also offering live outdoor performances in Point Pleasant Park Halifax, and Chester Playhouse is delivering the Playhouse Without Walls performance series despite a tragic fire at the theatre. Neptune Theatre is featuring the Reunited concert series as a fundraiser to support reopening. So much to take in this summer!
Halifax Wanderers – Beginning August 2
To the delight of sports fans, the Halifax Wanderers soccer team returned to the Wanderer Grounds on August 2 for their first home game since the pandemic began.
Halifax Pride – August 12-22
The Halifax Pride Festival is an annual 11-day gathering in the Halifax Regional Municipality for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. This year, the festival will feature both online and in-person programming, showcasing a wide range of local talent.
The Wellness Escape – September 18
The Wellness Escape is a first-of-its-kind wellness festival in the Maritimes. Spend the day doing yoga, pilates, meditation, mindfulness, breathwork, spin, aroma tasting, and mindset training and then indulge in a delicious 3-course meal amongst the vines prepared by the Avondale Sky Winery culinary team, paired perfectly with a wonderful lineup of Avondale Sky wines.
Deep Roots at Grand Pre – September 24 – 26
The Deep Roots Music Cooperative partnered with the Town of Wolfville this summer to offer Sunday afternoon concerts on the waterfront. Now Deep Roots is bringing you a weekend of five concerts in the gorgeous UNESCO Landscape of Grand-Pré. Three interlocking Nordic Kata tipis will create a magical performance space on the grounds of the Grand-Pré National Historic Site with a lineup of incredible Nova Scotia talent.
Devour! The Food Film Fest – October 19 -24
Devour! The Food Film Fest’s 2021 theme is “Global Indigenous Cinema and Cuisine.” This hybrid event will take place both online and in-person in Wolfville.
These are only a few of the exciting things happening around the province, and we expect to see even more events announced this summer and fall. Check out this video from Events Nova Scotia to learn more about how dedicated event organizers have adapted to bring people together again safely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsFu9qaiDws
If you’re planning a festival or event, you can learn more about how to safely plan and deliver events while adhering to public health protocols through the Atlantic Huddle Webinar Series.