Great Outdoor Comedy Festival Halifax

2024 Great Outdoors Comedy Festival Halifax – Event Information & Guide

Get ready for a weekend of belly laughs and knee slaps – The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival is returning to Halifax. From the weekend’s nightly headliners to the best ticket packages and how to buy them, discover the best way to enjoy the show in this complete event guide.

2024 Great Outdoor Comedy Fest Halifax: General Information

Since its conception in 2021, the Great Outdoor Comedy Festival has quickly grown into the premier travelling comedy show in Canada, featuring the biggest names in comedy from across North America. 

With alumni that include comedy A-listers such as Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, and Amy Schumer, the festival promises a fun night of laughing along with your favourite comedians while enjoying drinks, snacks, and festival merchandise delivered directly to your table.

Marking its fourth year of operations, the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival's 2024 season sees the show travel to eight cities across North America for three nights of shows each. This year's host cities include Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver, and Spokane (USA).

For those looking to catch the show when it comes to Nova Scotia, this is everything you need to know for the 2024 Great Outdoor Comedy Festival Halifax.

Great Outdoor Comedy Festival Venue

Event Dates

  • Halifax Great Outdoor Comedy Fest 2024 Dates: August 9th to August 11th

The Great Outdoor Comedy Fest features shows across Canada and in Washington throughout the summer. The tour kicks off in Edmonton on July 12th before heading off on a world wind of performances in six different cities over three weekends before hosting its closing event in Vancouver on September 15. 

Halifax’s Great Outdoor Comedy Festival is held between August 9th and August 11th and coincides with the Ottawa show, and sees many of the headliners and supporting lineup travelling between the two cities for nightly performances. With the next closest show being held in London, Ontario, be sure to book your tickets to the local performances while you have the chance.

Location

  • Venue: Garrison Grounds
  • Address: Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3

The 2024 Great Outdoor Comedy Festival in Halifax is set to be held at the Garrison Grounds. With a stage set up at the foot of the Citadel Hill, the venue serves as a natural amphitheatre, with tables and chairs sprawled out along the hillside, promising a fantastic view from every seat,

Ticket Prices

  • VIP Ticket Prices – Starting at $149.50
  • GA+ Ticket Prices – Starting at $89.50
  • GA Ticket Prices – Starting at $109.50
  • Suite Ticket Prices – Starting at $299.75

The Great Outdoor Comedy Festival offers four types of ticket packages for each of the three nights of performances. Each night must be bought separately should you want to attend more than one of the weekend’s nightly lineups.

General Admission (GA) tickets provide "Bring Your Own Chair" access to the venue, along with walk-up bar service, while the GA+ tickets allow for early access to grab the best seats. Meanwhile, the show's premium VIP Tickets also allow for early access but also come with the added convenience of a reserved seat with tableside service and access to a premium drink menu.

Finally, the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival’s Suite Ticket Packages provide the ultimate VIP experience, complete with an on-site suite concierge, a covered tent with a patio, games, private washrooms, and private bar service. 

Great Outdoors Comedy Festival Halifax Lineup

Halifax Waterfront

Friday, August 9th

  • Headliner: Nate Bargatze
  • Supporting Lineup: Gerry Dee & Derrick Stroup
  • Host: Peter Anthony

The first night of the Great Outdoors Comedy Fest in Halifax starts with comedy heavyweight Nate Bargatze. With four stand-up specials and a Grammy nomination under his belt, Bargatze is supported by comedy powerhouses Jessica Kirson and Dale Ward, while the night's show is hosted by Halifax local and Canadian Comedy Award winner Peter Anthony.

Saturday, August 10th

  • Headliner: Tom Segura
  • Supporting Lineup: Bobby Lee & Jessica Kirson
  • Host: Dale Ward

Coming off the success of his I’m Coming Everywhere Tour and the kickoff to his Come Together Tour, Tom Segura will be headlining Saturday’s show of the Great Outdoor Comedy Festival in Halifax, supported by Bobby Lee and Jessica Kirson.

Sunday, August 11th

  • Headliner: Theo Von
  • Supporting Lineup: Chelcie Lynn & Laura Peek
  • Host: Matt Wright

Hosted by two-time Juno Award nominee Matt Wright, Sunday night's performances feature Theo Von as the headliner. Best known for his wildly popular podcast, This Past Weekend, Von is supported by fellow stand-up comics Laura Peek and Chelcie Lynn.

Where to Stay for the Great Outdoors Comedy Fest Halifax

Continue the joy of the comedy festival and book your room at Cameo Suites. Set in Halifax's historic entertainment district, we are just a ten-minute walk from the festival venue and steps away from some of the city's top restaurants, attractions, and nightlife hotspots.

Halifax Busker Festival

Upcoming Halifax Events & Festivals - 2024 & Beyond

From Halifax festivals celebrating the local music and film industry to week-long events where you can sample your way through Nova Scotia's mouthwatering culinary scene, there is always something to celebrate when visiting the city.

Whether looking for something to do this summer or an exciting holiday celebration, these are the top upcoming Halifax events and festivals for the rest of 2024 and beyond. Don’t forget to book your room at Cameo Suites for the perfect base for joining in on the local festivities

Halifax Events & Festivals 2024

Events & Festivals in July

  • July 19th to 21st – Nova Multifest – Experience Halifax’s multicultural community with performances, demonstrations, and exhibits that celebrate the music, art, and food of Nova Scotia.
  • July 12th to 13th – Vibrancy Festival – Dance along to Halifax’s premier electronic festival, boasting two days of electronic music across four venues throughout the city.
  • July 9th to 14th – TD Halifax Jazz Festival – Enjoy Six days of musical performances at the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada.
  • July 31st to August 5th– Halifax Busker Festival – Marvel as street performers from around the world flock to Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts for six days of wondrous performances.

Events & Festivals in August

  • August 5th– Natal Day Festival – Join in the festivities as the city comes to life with parties, fireworks, and parades as all of Nova Scotia celebrates the birth of the province.
  • August 8th to 10th – Halifax Seaport Cider & Beerfest – Sample an assortment of craft beers, seltzers, ciders, and cocktails from around the world.
  • August 9th to 11th – Great Outdoor Comedy Festival – Join us for a weekend of laughter as Halifax hosts some of Canada's top comedians and local talent.
  • August 10th – Northern Lights Lantern Festival – Enjoy live music, bouncy castles, lantern making, and fireworks at this annual community festival.
  • August 16th to 18th – Rock the Harbour – Rock out at Alderney Landing with a three-day lineup of classic rock artists.
Halifax Festival Parade

Events & Festivals in September

  • September 11th to 18th – Atlantic International Film Festival – Celebrate Atlantic Canada’s film industry at a premier film festival featuring industry professionals from around the world.
  • September 28th to 29th– Magnetic World Music Festival – Enjoy two days of musical performances, the largest EDM and Hip Hop festival in the Maritimes.

Events & Festivals in October

  • October 5th – Nova Scotia Forest Festival – Experience Nova Scotian heritage with campfire entertainment, traditional cooking and activities, and an annual axe-throwing competition.
  • October 12th – Halifax Paranormal Symposium – Embark on a paranormal adventure with a one day premium event featuring internationally renowned experts.
  • October 17th to 20th – Nocturne Festival – Browse beautiful art displays spread throughout downtown Halifax and Dartmouth.
  • October 24th to 26th – ReJigged Festival – Partake in a celebration of Halifax's Celtic heritage with a series of musical and dance performances.

Events & Festivals in November

  • November 8th to 9th – Nova Scotia Art and Craft Show – Shop through the stalls of local vendors selling handicrafts perfect for holiday gifts.
  • November 8th to 10th – Hal-Con – Dress up as your favourite character for the biggest and geekiest sci-fi convention in Atlantic Canada.
  • November 23rd – Coastal Christmas Market – Kick off the holiday season with a day of shopping and entertainment at a beautifully curated Artisan Market.
  • TBD – Halifax Oyster Festival – Indulge in an all-you-can-eat raw bar as you sample some of the best Oysters from farms across Atlantic Canada.
  • November 24th to December 17th – Halifax Evergreen Festival – Get in the holiday spirit with a four-week festival celebrating Nova Soctian food, art, and culture.

Events & Festivals in December

  • December 28th – Home for the Holidays Party – Join Halifax's biggest post-Christmas party with an evening of music and dancing.
  • December 31st – New Year’s Eve Parties – Ring in the New Year in style at some of the best parties and events in the city.

Halifax Events & Festivals 2025

Halifax Evergreen Festival

Events & Festivals in January

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of festivals and events coming to Halifax this January.

Events & Festivals in February

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of festivals and events coming to Halifax this February.

Events & Festivals in March

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of festivals and events coming to Halifax this March.

Events & Festivals in April

  • April 30th to May 2nd– Atlantic Festivals of Music – Attend a clinic, workshop, or concert at the biggest band and choral festival in Atlantic Canada.

Events & Festivals in May

  • TBD – Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival – Join in on a weekend of festivities celebrating boundary-pushing cinema, including filmmaker Q&As, panels, and parties.
  • May 16th to 18th – Emera Bluenose Marathon – Sign up for a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or full marathon at the largest annual running event in Atlantic Canada.

Events & Festivals in June

  • TBD – Scotia Festival of Music – Enjoy two weeks of concerts, recitals, and masterclasses hosted by some of the world’s top classical musicians.
  • TBD – Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo – Start the summer with global entertainment that includes marching bands, acrobats, military displays, and much more.

Regardless of which of Halifax’s exciting annual events and festivals you decide to visit, don’t forget to book your stay at Cameo Suites. Boasting a central location in the entertainment district and a welcoming atmosphere, we are the perfect base for immersing in all of the city’s exciting celebrations.

Highlander drills at Halifax Citadel

2024 Atlantic International Film Festival | Event Information & Guide

As Canada's largest film festival east of Montreal, the Atlantic International Film Festival is one of the most anticipated events in Atlantic Canada and attracts movie lovers and filmmakers from around the world to celebrate local and international talent.

Whether you are looking to submit your own film, partake in one of the event's filmmakers’ panels or Q&As, or catch some of the best international films of the festival season, this is everything you need to know about the 2024 Atlantic International Film Festival.

What is the AIFF?

The Atlantic International Film Festival is an annual eight-day celebration of film that highlights both regional and international talents while providing an outlet for professionals and audiences to explore the art of storytelling through the genres of comedy, action, drama, and documentary.

Held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the AIFF is one of Canada's premier celebrations of film and converts the city into a cultural hub of creativity and art each year. The cultural festival welcomes international visitors and submissions and has become a global haven for film lovers worldwide. 

While an international festival, the AIFF maintains its commitment and strong ties to promoting the Canadian film industry through film selections of local productions, specifically those made within the Atlantic region.

The History of the Atlantic International Film Festival

Formerly known as the FIN Atlantic Film Festival until its return to its original AIFF branding last year, the 2024 season marks the 44th year of the celebrated event, having first started as a small grassroots operation in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1981.

​The festival was moved to Halifax the following year, where it has since spent four decades promoting the unique filmmakers and thriving art community of Atlantic Canada, becoming one of Canada’s biggest film festivals in the process.

When is the Atlantic Film Festival 2024?

Downtown Halifax cityscape

The AIFF is traditionally held in Halifax every September. This year's festival runs from September 11th – 18st, 2024. The festival's box office opens about a month before the first weekend.

Check AIFF's official website for the finalized program launch and ticket sales.

What Types of Films Does the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival Feature?

The AIFF screens films of various genres, formats, and themes and offers an immersive escape for all movie lovers. From short films to feature-length movies, the AIFF is Atlantic Canada's curator of unforgettable stories from some of the film industry's biggest players.

The Atlantic International Film Festival invites eligible submissions within three categories. These categories are classified as short or feature films and are divided according to whether the production is by an Atlantic, National (Canadian), or international filmmaker.

While the Atlantic International Film Festival screens films from around the world, it maintains its mission of promoting the local film industry by awarding prizes and special recognition to Atlantic Canadian filmmakers.

Selected by a committee of Atlantic Canada film professionals, the AIFF's long list of coveted accolades includes The Gordon Parson's Award for Best Atlantic Feature, The Michael Weir Award for Best Atlantic Screenwriter, and The Joan Orenstein Award & David Renton Award for Outstanding Performance in Acting.

What Other Special Events Does the AIFF Feature?

Halifax Convention Centre front door

As the champion of local filmmakers, the Atlantic International Film Festival offers several ways for aspiring talents to hone their crafts, including various workshops, filmmaker panels, and Q&As that are announced with the program.

The following are just some other ways the AIFF allows its audience to engage in the festival experience beyond its film screenings.

AIFF Filmmaker Lab

Presented by RBC Emerging Artists, the AIFF Filmmaker Lab is a special program that provides a select group of individuals access to exclusive events throughout the summer. These events include private workshops and a one-on-one meeting with the festival strategist to help create a special festival release for a short film.

The Filmmaker Lab's keystone event is an exclusive networking reception where participants can meet and exchange ideas with industry professionals.

AIFF Online

Designed for those unable to attend the festival in person, AIFF Stream features a fresh collection of streams available to all Atlantic Canadians. With a focus on regional productions, the AIFF celebrates the Atlantic film industry by providing access to some of the festival's best films.

Where is the Best Place to Stay Near the Atlantic International Film Festival 2024?

The Atlantic International Film Festival is held annually in downtown Halifax, and booking nearby accommodation is critical to the festival experience. 

And where better to spend your visit than at a hotel housed within a historic movie theatre that was a staple of the Canadian film industry for over 80 years?

Located only a 10-minute walk from the AIFF venue, Cameo Suites promises an immersive stay in one of the most historic buildings in the city and is the perfect way to celebrate the evolution of local movies and their filmmakers.

Our premier accommodation is especially popular during the film festival season, so be sure to book your room before we are filled up.

Maritime Museum Halifax

7 Best Halifax Museums You Have To Visit

Between its fortified hilltop citadel and iconic harbourfront that was once the centre of mass immigration to Canada, Halifax has no shortage of striking historical sites. After all, it is one of the oldest cities in Canada, with many of its old charms just waiting to be uncovered along its antique streets.

While many of the city’s most popular landmarks are found along the waterfront or downtown area, these outdoor attractions are best suited for the warm weather conditions of the summer season. Luckily, the city is full of spectacular museums offering fun and interactive ways to explore local history from the comforts of an indoor setting.

Whether visiting Halifax in the winter or looking for a fun way to spend a rainy day, these are the seven best Halifax museums you must visit when touring the city.

1. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

If you only have time to visit one museum in Halifax, it has to be the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Founded in 1948, the museum is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada and explores the naval shipping, travel, and fishing histories of Atlantic Canada. Along with displays dedicated to the ‘Days of Sail’ and the ‘Age of Steam,’ some of the museum's most popular exhibitions feature artifacts recovered from the Titanic shipwreck, the Halifax Explosion, and treasures recovered from shipwrecks around Nova Scotia.

2. Halifax Museum of Natural History

The Halifax Museum of Natural History is another must-visit museum and explores a more natural side of Nova Scotia's history. Along with hosting a variety of temporary displays and activities, the museum's permanent exhibits include a complete retelling of the province's geologic history, from the rocks and minerals that shape the land to the plants and wildlife that have graced its terrains, airs, and waters. The museum also includes a special permanent exhibit containing Mi'kmaq artifacts that retell the story of the region's pre-colonial inhabitants and how they interacted with their natural world.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

3. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Once the gateway to over one million immigrants arriving in Canada between 1928 and 1971, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is a great starting point for any tour of Halifax. Found within the Port of Halifax at the southern end of the iconic waterfront boardwalk, Pier 21 is the only national museum in Atlantic Canada and contains both travelling and permanent exhibits that explore the Canadian Immigration Story. Popular exhibits include first hand accounts of arriving in Canada through Halifax and significant artifacts that reveal the history of the Pier itself.

4. Naval Museum of Halifax

Operating out of the historical residence for the admiral of the British Royal Navy’s North American Station between 1819 and 1905, the Naval Museum of Halifax is a must-visit for any fan of military history. Formerly known as the Maritime Command Museum, the Naval Museum consists of the Admiralty House, where you will find several artifacts exploring the history of the Royal Canadian Navy, along with the Royal Navy Burying Ground and Admiralty Gardens that decorate the rest of the property.

5. The Discovery Centre

While Halifax's history museums are filled with fascinating artifacts and retellings, they can tend to be a little boring for a younger audience. Luckily, The Discovery Centre promises a fun and exciting selection of interactive exhibits that make exploring local history and science fun for visitors of all ages. The best part is that the museum's featured exhibit is rotated every few months, meaning there is always something new to experience when visiting.

The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

6. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

While originally the central stronghold defending the Halifax Harbour throughout the 19th century, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site has since been converted into a living history museum and the most prominent landmark blessing the Nova Scotian capital today. Here, you can travel back in time as you explore the hilltop fortress, join the 78th Highlanders in a Soldier For a Day Experience, or visit the onsite Army Museum to learn more about the fortifications and their evolving role in local society.

7. Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame

Found in the Scotiabank Centre, the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame isn't just one of the best museums in the city but one of the best free things to do to experience Halifax on a budget. That’s right, the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame offers free admission to visitors and promises an extensive journey through sports history. This permanent exhibit first opened in 1946 and has grown to contain over 7000 artifacts and photographs, with its most popular display being the dryer once used for target practice by Sidney Crosby.

Whether you are a history buff looking to visit one or more of the city’s inviting museums or are looking to tour the city while enjoying the nightlife and amenities of the downtown area, a room at Cameo Suites is the best way to experience Halifax. Not only are we steps from the city’s top restaurants, attractions, and waterfront, but we are also within walking distance of all of the museums featured on this list.

Reserve your room today to begin planning your ultimate Halifax getaway.

Crystal Crescent Beach

7 Best Halifax Beaches Near The City

With a prime location near the centre of Nova Scotia’s southern coast, Halifax is surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches in Canada. And while there are some small beaches near the city centre that offer a quick respite from the summer heat, more extravagant stretches of shoreline can be found just a short drive from the downtown area. From world-class surfing hot spots to quiet, family-friendly coastal getaways, these are the best Halifax beaches to visit during your summer holiday.

1. Rainbow Haven Beach

Distance from downtown Halifax: 30 minutes

While there are a handful of smaller beaches located a little closer to the city, Rainbow Haven Beach is the nearest destination for those looking for a proper family beach day. Protected within the Cole Harbour-Lawrencetown Provincial Park, this beautiful stretch of shoreline promises a blend of soft sands and rocks ideal for sprawling in the summer sun or taking a walk along the water. The beach is equipped with boardwalks, changing rooms, and showers. Lifeguards are on duty, offering supervised swimming between the months of July and August.

2. Crystal Crescent Beach

Distance from downtown Halifax: 40 minutes

Located just slightly further along the coast south of Halifax, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park is easily one of the most beautiful stretches of Shoreline in Nova Scotia. Consisting of three distinct crescent-shaped beaches and 11 kilometres of hiking trails, this striking destination invites visitors to explore the coastal landscapes along a morning trek before unwinding along the soft sands and crystal clear waters of the beaches, which consist of boardwalks and vault-toilet facilities.

Lawrencetown Beach

3. Lawrencetown Beach

Distance from downtown Halifax: 45 minutes

Famous as the top surfing spot in Atlantic Canada, Lawrencetown Beach makes for an exciting beach day just a short drive from Halifax. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the southern shoreline of Lawrencetown Lake, this beautiful stretch of beach promises plenty of striking views along its coastal road. While strong rip tides and currents may not be the best suited for a family outing, Lawrencetown Beach is a great spot for catching a wave, with several board rentals and surf schools found near the park.

4. Queensland Beach

Distance from downtown Halifax: 45 minutes

With beautiful white sands meandering their way into the turquoise waters of St Margaret Bay, Queensland Beach is one of the most popular beaches near Halifax. The beach is home to some of the warmest waters in the province, making it the ideal destination for swimming, complete with on-duty lifeguards between July and August. Further amenities offered along the beach include bathrooms, changing rooms, and showers for the perfect family beach day. Just be ready to arrive early, as Queensland Beach's popularity can often result in heavy crowding during the peak summer season.

5. Martinique Beach

Distance from downtown Halifax: 1 hour

Famed as the longest beach in Nova Scotia, Martinique Beach is a narrow stretch of shoreline that connects Bayers Island to the mainland while being surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. The 5-km crescent-shaped beach offers plenty of space to claim your own stretch of sanded shores while enjoying a variety of traditional beach-going activities. On-duty lifeguards between July and August make Martinique Beach a great spot for swimming or surfing, with surfing schools and rental companies operating from the park's entrances.

Clam Harbour Beach

6. Clam Harbour Beach

Distance from downtown Halifax: 1 hour

Famous for its annual Clam Harbour Beach Sandcastle Competition, Clam Harbour Beach is a beautiful, family-friendly destination found about an hour's drive east of Halifax. The beach promises wide open spaces with a picnic area, boardwalks, and hiking trails that lead to spacious beach areas. Meanwhile, the natural harbour results in warmer and calmer waters than the Atlantic Ocean, promising safe swimming conditions for the whole family.

7. Psyche Cove Beach

Distance from downtown Halifax: 1 hour 30 minutes

Tucked away in Taylor Head Provincial Park, Psyche Cove Beach is a bit further from downtown Halifax but rewards one of the best beach-going experiences in Nova Scotia. The beach boasts 16 km of undeveloped coastline consisting of a sweeping white sand peninsula and 14.2 km of hiking trails. When visiting in the summer months, the beach truly feels like you have escaped to a tropical island. Start your day off with a relaxing trek along one of the park's numerous routes before finding your own secluded stretch of shoreline to sprawl out in while soaking along the beach's white sands or dipping into the turquoise waters of the cove.

From beautiful beaches to historical landmarks and an iconic waterfront boardwalk, there is so much to explore when visiting Halifax. The trick to planning the perfect visit to the Nova Scotian capital is to book the right accommodation. At Cameo Suites, guests enjoy a budget-friendly base in the downtown area that is perfect for experiencing it all.

Be sure to reserve your room now.

TD Halifax Jazz Festival Main Stage

TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2024 – Event Information & Guide

Whether you are a fan of the jazz genre or simply enjoy a lively music festival atmosphere, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is one event you don’t want to miss when visiting Halifax in the summer. From participating venues to the exciting lineups of musical performances, discover everything you need to know about the 2024 Halifax Jazz Festival in this event guide. 

Don’t forget to book your room at Cameo Suites – the best place to stay for the event.

TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2024: General Information

Started in 1987, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is the oldest jazz festival in Atlantic Canada and has grown into one of the biggest and most anticipated summer events in Halifax, attracting more than 65,000 visitors, 400 volunteers, and over 350 local musicians each year.

This year marks the 38th annual celebration of the event and is poised to be bigger and better than ever, with an exciting lineup of musical performances, free concerts, and complementing attractions and activities.

Event Dates

The Halifax Jazz Festival is a six-day event traditionally held every July. This year, the 38th annual TD Halifax Jazz Festival will run from July 9 to 14, 2024.

  • Dates: July 9-14, 2024

Locations

Participating venues can be found all over the downtown arena. However, the Halifax Jazz Festival has four official concert venues.

  • TD Main Stage – Salter Lot, Halifax Waterfront:5057 Salter St.
  • St. Matthew’s United Church (All Ages) – 1479 Barrington St.
  • The Carelton (19+) – 1685 Argyle St.
  • The Seahorse / The Local (19+) – 2037 Gottingen St.

Ticket Prices

Tickets to the festival's official concert stages can be purchased through their TIXR portal. Single show tickets are available for each of the festival's headlining performers. However, the best way to experience the event is with a festival pass, which includes access to all shows throughout the six-day event. Standard Passes start at $215 per ticket.

Age Requirements

Each of the Halifax Jazz Festival's participating venues features its own age requirements. The Carleton and the Seas horse / The Local have a strict adult-only (19+) policy, while the St. Matthew's United Church stage welcomes visitors of all ages.

The festival at the TD Main Stage also welcomes guests of all ages. However, those under the age of 19 are required to fill out an underage application form and must be accompanied by a supervising parent or guardian.

TD Halifax Jazz Festival

TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2024 Schedule

So far, the festival committee has only announced its musical lineups for the first five days of its official concert stages. This list will continue to be updated as more announcements are made.

Official Concert Venues

These are the highly anticipated lineups for each of the TD Halifax Jazz Festival’s official concert stages, with more acts and jazz groups still to be added.

TD Main Stage Lineup

  • Killer Mike – July 9
  • Fitz and the Tantrums – July 10
  • Emmylou Harris – July 11
  • Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers – July 11 
  • Matt Anderson & The Big Bottle of Joy – July 12
  • The War and Treaty – July 12
  • Charlotte Day Wilson – July 13
  • Nick Hakim – July 13

St. Matthew’s United Church Stage Lineup

  • Jill Barber – July 10
  • Julian Lage Trio – July 12
  • Emmet Cohen Trio – July 13

The Carleton Stage Lineup

  • Maryna Krut – July 11
  • Avataar – July 12
  • Laura Anglade – July 13

The Seahorse / The Local Events

  • The Creative Music Workshop (CMW) Series – July 6 to 14
TD Halifax Jazz Festival Partner Stage

Community Stages

Along with its headlining events on its main stages, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival features free musical concerts for all ages at various community stages throughout the city. Lineups for these venues are announced closer to the event. 

  • Hydrostone Park (All Ages) – 5523 Young St.
  • Ferry Terminal Park (All Ages) – Ferry Terminal Park

Jazz Labs

The Halifax Jazz Festival holds their popular Jazz Labs throughout the year as part of their Music Education Program. Offering behind-the-scenes insight into the jazz music industry, these free events welcome guests of all ages and include artist talks, master classes, and interactive concerts. 

  • Halifax Central Library (All Ages) – 5440 Spring Garden Rd.
  • Alderney Gate Library (All Ages) – 330 Lacewood Dr.

Partnered Stages

Each year, the festival works with local bars and restaurants to set up partner stages. Throughout the festival, these stages feature their own line-up of live jazz performances and are great spots to enjoy the soothing musical sounds in a more laid-back setting.

  • Obladee Wine Bar (19+) – 1600 Barrington St.
  • Lion's Head Tavern (All Ages) – 3085 Robie St.
  • The Local (19+) – 2037 Gottingen St.

Where to Stay for the Halifax Jazz Festival 2024

Check out Cameo Suites if you are looking for a convenient place to stay for the Halifax Jazz Festival. Located within walking distance of all stages and participating venues, our charming hotel is among the best accommodations in Halifax for immersing in all the festivities of the annual event. But be sure to reserve your room now, as we are sure to book up quickly as the anticipated festival dates approach.

Halifax Busker Festival

Halifax Busker Festival 2024 – Event Information & Guide 

As the warm weather begins to overtake the streets of Halifax, so too does the anticipation for one of the city's most exciting summer events – The Halifax Busker Festival. 

Soon, the waterfronts of Halifax and Dartmouth will be host to some of the most unique and talented street performers in the world, bringing with them an abundance of entertainment and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. 

Discover everything you need to know about the 2024 Halifax Busker Festival in this event guide and don't forget to book your room at Cameo Suites before it's too late.

Halifax Busker Festival 2024: General Information

Every year since 1986, the Halifax Busker Festival has attracted some of the best street performers from around the world for six days of family-fun entertainment throughout the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfront areas. During the event, the city’s streets come to life with awe-inspiring displays of street music, fire breathing, acrobatics, and magic. 

While the street performers are the centre of this exciting annual event, the Busker Festival has grown to include so much more, with carnival rides and novelty vendors found scattered throughout the fairgrounds, promising plenty of fun and entertainment for guests of all ages.

Halifax Busker Festival

Event Dates

The Halifax Busker Festival traditionally runs for six days and is held over Nova Scotia’s Natal Day long weekend. In 2024, the event will be held between July 31 and August 5.

Halifax Busker Festival 2024 Dates: July 31 to August 5, 2024.

Locations

One of the best parts of the Halifax Busker Festival is that amazing street performances can be found all over the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts. Meanwhile, scheduled performances can be found at stages at the end of Sackville Street, the Halifax Seaport, and Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing.

Alderney Landing also hosts the East Coast Amusements Midway, while Glow Funland can be found at The Seaport.

Ticket Prices

The festival features admission fees and is entirely free to visit. With that said, tipping the street performers themselves is highly encouraged. Buskers put a lot of hard work and effort in entertaining pedestrians, it is always nice to give something back when appreciating their artistry.

While the fairgrounds are free to enter, guests do require tickets to enjoy the vendors and rides operated by East Coast Amusement’s Midway. While ticket prices are still to be announced, they are typically offered within individual, 25, or 50 ticket bundles, while an all-you-can-ride daily bracelet is also available.

Halifax Busker Festival Highlights

Halifax Busker Festival

The Buskers

The most prevalent highlight of the Halifax Busker Festival is undoubtedly the street performers themselves. Each year, the waterfronts of Halifax and Dartmouth come to life with exciting shows highlighting the specialized talents of international buskers from around the world. 

You can expect plenty of impromptu demonstrations to break out along the streets, but the festival also features plenty of scheduled acts along its various stages found throughout The Seaport and Alderney Landing.

While the official 2024 lineup has yet to be announced, guests can expect world class performances of daring acrobatics, firebreathers, musicians, and magicians. At the end of the festival, guests are invited to vote for their favourite busker to win the converted People’s Choice Award.

East Coast Amusement Fair

The popular East Coast Amusement’s midway will be returning to Alderney Landing in Dartmouth for the 2024 Halifax Busker Festival. While the schedule and ticket prices are yet to be announced, guests can expect all the family-fun features of the fair that have accompanied the street festival in recent years. Vendors can be found peddling delicious carnival foods while the fair’s 18 rides include family-favourites, such as the Zipper, Tilt-a-Whirl, and the Expo Wheel.

International Vendors

Along with those found within the East Coast Amusement Fairgrounds, the Halifax Busker Festival brings with it its fabulous collection of international vendors, selling everything from food and snacks to clothing and jewelry. Festival stalls include both international and local vendors and promise a great variety of merchandise to explore. The festival committee is still accepting vendor applications. If you would like your business featured in the festival, be sure to submit your request before applications close on June 1, 2024.

Where to Stay for the Halifax Busker Festival

The annual Busker Festival is one of the most anticipated summer events in Halifax, and you are going to want to book your room soon if you want to stay near the action. Boasting a coveted location in the heart of the historic Entertainment district of downtown Halifax, Cameo Suites puts guests less than a 5-minute walk from both the street stages along the Halifax waterfront and the ferry to Alderney Landing.

It's the perfect base for attending all the great street performances and festivities, while the nearby restaurants and bars provide some of the best nightlife in the city. Be sure to reserve your rooms now before we are booked up.

Emera Blue Nose Marathon

Emera Blue Nose Marathon 2024 - Race Information & Guide

It's time to start training—the annual Emera Blue Nose Marathon is quickly approaching, and with it comes a new and exciting weekend of athletic events and races. From how to register for a race to the courses' routes through the city, this is everything you need to know about the upcoming Emera Blue Nose Marathon 2024.

Emera Blue Nose Marathon General Information

Started in 2004 with the dream of becoming a world-class race that showcases the beauty and splendour of the Halifax-Dartmouth region, the Emera Blue Nose Marathon has become one of the premier athletic events of Atlantic Canada.

Traditionally held over the Victoria Day long weekend, the marathon has grown into a weekend-long athletic event consisting of six different running events and an Active Living Expo promoting healthy lifestyles with more than 80 booths.

Whether partaking in the Boston qualifier race or joining in on one of the many other events, the Blue Nose Marathon promises an exciting weekend of activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Emera Blue Nose Marathon Dates: May 17-19, 2024

Where to Register

Those looking to partake in one of the weekend’s races can register for the event of their choice through the marathon’s official registration portal. Registration is open until the day before the event itself, but be sure to sign up before 5:00 pm on April 24 to receive a personalized racing bib.

What is Included

All participants receive a complimentary marathon kit, which can be picked up at the Zatzman Sportsplex on May 17 between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm or on May 18 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. All kits include;

  • Access to the Blue Nose Marathon Expo Presented by Subaru
  • Premium ASICS Runkeeper Go™ trial
  • Routes with stunning views of Halifax and Dartmouth
  • Participant shirt
  • Personalized race bib (if registered by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 24, 2024)
  • Blue Nose Marathon medal
  • Chip-timed race

Emera Blue Nose Marathon Events

Emera Blue Nose Marathon

The Blue Nose Full Marathon 

The Blue Nose Full Marathon is the keystone event of the weekend. This Boston Qualifying race takes participants along the full 42.2 km track through the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth, showcasing many of the city’s top attractions, such as Lake Banook, North End, Point Pleasant Park, and the Halifax Harbourfront.

  • Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Official Race Closure Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Distance: 42.2 km

Killam Marathon Team Relay

The Killam Marathon Team Relay takes the same route as the Full Marathon but breaks it up into smaller legs to be completed by a team. Teams can consist of four to eight participants and include corporate groups, charity fundraisers, families, and groups of friends. Participating in this event also earns participants entry into the Corporate Relay Challenge, where they can win various rewards and prizes.

  • Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Official Race Closure Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Distance: 42.2 km

Medavie Half Marathon

The Medavie Half Marathon is the perfect event for those looking for a fun challenge but aren't quite ready to take on the Full Marathon. Cutting the Dartmouth portion of the course, this 21.1 km race brings participants through the streets of Halifax, along the waterfront boardwalk, and through Point Pleasant Park and North End before returning to the starting line at the Emera Oval. 

  • Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 8:20 a.m.
  • Official Race Closure Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Distance: 21.1 km

Goodlife FITNESS 10 KM

The GoodLife FITNESS 10 km is the most popular adult race of the weekend. Short enough to be completed by running or walking but long enough to still pose an exciting challenge, the 10 km race guides participants through the streets of downtown Halifax and Dartmouth before circling back to the starting line at the Emera Oval.

  • Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 8:05 a.m.
  • Official Race Closure Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Distance: 10 km

Purple Cow 5 KM

Scheduled for Saturday morning, the Purple Cow 5 km kicks off the entire weekend with one of the most exciting 5 km races in Atlantic Canada. Attracting thousands of participants each year, this shortened route guides racers through downtown Halifax while showcasing the Halifax Common, the Halifax Public Gardens, and Citadel Hill.

  • Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Distance: 5 km

Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run

Welcoming participants 15 years of age and younger, the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run is a great way to get the whole family involved in the weekend's athletic events. The race can be completed within a 2 km or 4 km distance and is a fun way to introduce youth to the exciting challenge of a large-scale fitness event while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

  • Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • Official Start Time: 10:15 a.m.
  • Official Race Closure Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Distance: 2 km & 4 km

Where to Stay for the Emera Blue Nose Marathon

If you are coming from out of town to participate in the marathon, you are going to want to book a comfortable accommodation nearby. Located in the heart of the downtown area, Cameo Suites is within walking distance of the starting line and provides guests the elevated comforts of home perfect for preparing for your race. Book your room now as accommodations tend to book up fast as the marathon weekend approaches.

Cirque du Soleil Halifax

Cirque du Soleil Corteo Is Coming To Halifax: A Quick Guide

Cirque du Soleil is one of the most anticipated shows coming to Halifax this summer, promising six performances of its captivating Corteo production over four days. The event marks the first time that the celebrated entertainment group will perform within the Scotiabank Centre, blending powerful acrobatics with modern effects for one of the most enchanting shows of the year.

The Halifax event is one of only two stops along the Canadian leg of the production's 2024 tour. So if you haven’t been able to catch a performance yet, you definitely want to check out the show in Halifax before it heads off to Europe. 

Whether you live in the area or are coming from out of town, here are a few things you should know about the event before buying your tickets. And if you are coming from out of town, don’t forget to check out Cameo Suites when looking for a place to stay in the city.

What is Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo About?

The story of Corteo follows the clown Mauro as he envisions his own funeral. Instead of an atmosphere of mourning, his burial takes place amidst a grand procession with a carnival-like atmosphere that is even attended by angels. Blending the contrasting themes of joy and tragedy, the show brings the audience along on its celebration of life through grand performances that combine the passion of the actor with the power and grace of the acrobat performers.

The play itself was written and directed by Daniele Finzy Pasca and was first performed in Montreal in 2005. The story is written in two acts, with a total of a two-hour run time, including a 20-minute intermission. Since its conception, Corteo has featured 3,500 performances in over 20 countries and has dazzled over 10 million people with grand stunts and enthralling music.

Cirque du Soleil Corteo’s Halifax Performance Schedule

Halifax is one of only two stops in Canada along Corteo’s 2024 tour. It’s scheduled for six different performances over four days, with shows occurring daily between June 6 and June 9. Here is a full schedule for Cirque du Soleil’s Halifax Corteo performances;

Thurs. June 6, 2024 - 7:00 pm

Fri. June 7, 2024 - 7:00 pm

Sat. June 8, 2024 - 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Sun. June 9, 2024 - 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm

Following its Halifax performances, Corteo completes its Canadian shows with four days of performances in Moncton, New Brunswick, before heading down south to Florida and onto Europe the following month.

If you haven’t been able to catch the show yet, I suggest planning your visit to Halifax now before it's too late.

Where Can You Purchase Tickets for the Halifax Production of Cirque du Soleil's Corteo?

Tickets to Corteo's Halifax performances can currently only be purchased online through Ticketmaster. Prices start at $71 per ticket, including taxes and applicable fees. Family and group packages are available at special rates.

VIP Meet & Greet Tickets are also available for the Friday performance. These packages start at $161.50 per ticket, including fees and taxes, and feature premium seating and a private backstage tour after the performances, during which time you can interact and socialize with the artists.

Halifax Busker Festival

Other Shows Coming to Halifax This Summer

Not able to make it to the city for Cirque du Soleil's performance of Corteo? Don't worry. There is a long lineup of great performances and shows making their way to Halifax this summer, starting with Snoop Dogg appearing at Scotiabank Centre on June 3. The following month sees the city come to life with the anticipated annual Halifax Jazz Festival between July 9 and July 13. Headliners for this event include Killer Mike, Fitz and The Tantrums, and Charlotte Day Wilson.

Meanwhile, August is packed with great festivals and shows, starting with the Halifax Busker Festival, which will see hundreds of international street performers flock to the downtown area and waterfront between July 31 and August 5. The following month, Billy Idol will perform at the Scotiabank Centre on August 23, followed by Sean Paul on September 4. Finally, Halifax ends its festival season with the highly anticipated Atlantic Film Festival, which runs from September 11 to the 18th.

Where to Stay in Halifax for Cirque du Soleil Corteo?

If you are coming to catch the show from out of town, be sure to book your room at Cameo Suites. Located in the heart of Halifax’s historic Entertainment District, our welcoming suites promise all the comforts of home and are just a 5-minute walk from the Scotiabank Centre. Whether you are just visiting for the night or staying the whole weekend, Cameo Suites makes for a fantastic base for attending the show and exploring the rest of downtown Halifax’s wondrous attractions and performances.

Whale Watching Spots in Halifax

5 Top Whale Watching Spots in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Set along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and just a short drive from the Bay of Fundy and the Northumberland Strait, Halifax is a hotbed of marine adventures, including being one of the best places in Canada to go whale watching.

Despite whales being found throughout the waters of Nova Scotia, actually spotting these majestic sea mammals takes some planning. In this guide, we will explore the top whale watching spots in Halifax, along with the best time of year to visit and the types of whales you can expect to see.

The Best Time of Year to Go Whale Watching in Halifax

First things first. For the best chance of spotting a whale in Halifax, you have to plan your visit at the right time of the year. While whales can be found in the waters around Nova Scotia all year round, they are much more abundant in the summer, when migratory patterns result in larger populations flocking to the area to feed on the high volumes of fish, krill, and plankton. 

Peak whale watching season is between June and October, with the absolute best month being August.

Types of Whale Species Near Halifax

There are up to 12 different species of whales that frequent the waters around Nova Scotia. Minke whales, pilot whales, humpback whales, sei whales, and fin whales are the most commonly spotted species and can be found around both the Bay of Fundy and Cape Breton Island.

While not quite as common, the blue whale species can occasionally be spotted within the Bay of Fundy. This fascinating species is famous for its size, even being believed to be the largest animal to have ever existed. Sperm whales, beluga whales, and killer whales can also sometimes be seen within the area, although these species are much more rare. 

Still, even more rare and exciting to spot is the North Atlantic right whale. With only about 400 individuals remaining, this elusive type of whale is considered an endangered species, with the waters around Halifax being one of the world’s best places to spot it.

The 5 Best Whale Watching Spots Near Halifax, Nova Scotia

The two most common areas in Nova Scotia where whales are often sighted are the Bay of Fundy and in the waters around Cape Breton Island. However, there are several regions along Nova Scotia's rugged coastline where the impressive marine mammal can also often be seen, including numerous spots near Halifax.

Whale watching spots in Halifax

1. Brier Island

For the absolute best chance of spotting a whale, you should head over to Brier Island. Located near the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, Brier Island is about a four-hour drive from Halifax. Still, as one of the most popular spots for humpback, right, and finback whales, it is well worth the extended drive to ensure you have the best chance of actually spotting the aquatic species.

While whales can often be seen from the shores of the island, the best option is to book a boat tour with Brier Island Whale Watch for an experienced guide who knows the waters.

2. Pleasant Bay

Cape Breton Island is a great general area to explore marine life, and whales are often spotted off its northern and western shores. While tour companies operate around the entire island, the best region to go whale watching is around Pleasant Bay along the western shore.

Unfortunately, Pleasant Bay is a longer drive from Halifax than Brier Island, taking about five hours to reach from the provincial capital. Luckily, Cape Breton Island more than makes up for its distance by providing several of Nova Scotia's top attractions, and a whale-watching tour can easily be paired with a road trip along the Cabot Trail.

3. Digby Neck

For those who don’t want to take the ferry all the way to Brier Island, the next best place to go whale watching along the Bay of Fundy is at Digby Neck. Cutting about an hour off the drive, Digby Neck takes about three hours to reach from Halifax.

While less abundant than the waters of Brier Island, Digby Neck often hosts populations of up to 400 whales. During the summer months, the waters of the neck are even often used as nursing grounds, and pods of whales can frequently be spotted from the shoreline.

Best whale watching spots in Halifax

4. Lunenburg

If you are looking for some prime whale watching closer to the city, you should head over to the nearby port town of Lunenburg. Located just over an hour from Halifax, Lunenburg is a quiet historic town and UNESCO World Heritage Site that is more commonly associated with its historical attractions.

However, just off the town's monumental shores is a whole world of marine life. Along with being a great spot to go whale watching, other animals you may find swimming the town’s surrounding waters include dolphins, ocean sunfish, leatherback turtles, and bluefin tuna.

5. Halifax Boat Tours

While the city of Halifax isn't the best spot to go whale watching in Nova Scotia, it is definitely the most convenient. Although very rare, whales can occasionally be spotted in the waters just off the Halifax Harbour. However, the much more effective way to go whale watching in the city is to sign up for a whale-watching tour.

Along a Halifax whale watch tour, visitors are brought just a short boat ride from the Halifax Harbour to more naturalized areas where whales are much more abundant. There are several tour providers operating from the Halifax Harbour, including A&M Sea Charters and Capt. Mark's Whale and Seal Cruise.

Planning a visit to Halifax for the upcoming whale-watching season? Don't forget to book your room at Cameo Suites for a convenient base near the harbour.