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Festival Season

June marks the start of the summer festival season in Halifax, with vibrant events for any taste continuing through the month.

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo runs June 30 to July 7: This is the world’s largest annual indoor show of its type, featuring military and civilian performers from around the world—gymnasts, marching bands, acrobats, comedians and more. Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo runs June 30 to July 7: This is the world’s largest annual indoor show of its type, featuring military and civilian performers from around the world—gymnasts, marching bands, acrobats, comedians and more. Photo: Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

One of the biggest, the Scotia Festival of Music, actually began in May. This annual festival celebrates the best in chamber, baroque and classical music, with dozens of guest performers visiting for concerts, open rehearsals and masterclasses at venues around the city. This year’s lineup includes conductor Kenneth Woods, pianist Lynn Stodola, violinist Robert Uchida, cellist Denise Djokic, trumpeter Richard Simoneau, Composer-in-Residence Tim Brady and many more. It continues until June 9.

Returning on June 13, the Halifax Greek Fest is one of the city’s most beloved summer festivals. Thousands will gather at Saint George’s Greek Orthodox Church on Purcell’s Cove Road for three days of live music, games, cultural displays, wine tastings, food samples and more. The Fest continues unil June 16.

Another popular event returns on June 21, as the Halifax Seaport Harbourwalk (near the corner of Marginal and Terminal roads) hosts the Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival. Dozens of cultural groups, representing a broad cross-section of the province’s communities, take part in the festival. Rollicking music, tasty cuisine and a friendly atmosphere are this festival’s hallmarks.

Although we’re all one big happy municipality now, the erstwhile town of Bedford maintains its civic pride. Join in the community’s annual celebrations as DeWolf Park hosts Bedford Days from June 27 to July 1. Community celebrations include live entertainment, sports competitions and fireworks.

Concurrently, Halifax marks the nation’s birthday with Canada Day Weekend celebrations around the city. Throughout the weekend, you can check out parades, entertainment and citizenship ceremonies. Venues include Halifax Citadel and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

The month also sees the return of one of the city’s most iconic summer events. The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is the world’s largest annual indoor show of its type. Hundreds of performers and both military and civilian acts will perform. The spectacular show at the Halifax Metro Centre on Duke Street includes bands, acrobats, comedians, military drill teams and more.

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