Get ready, 2017 is going to be a HUGE year!
2017 is shaping up to be a big year in Halifax - on top of already spectacular annual events such as TD Halifax Jazz Festival and the Halifax International Buskers Festival - we are beyond thrilled for the Discovery Centre opening, Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, Canada 150 celebrations, Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Memorial and it all starts with Canada's 150th New Year’s celebration right in downtown Halifax!
Join us in Halifax and experience the Top 17 Reasons to Visit Halifax in 2017!
1. New Discovery Centre Opening
February 12, 2017
The New Discovery Centre will feature STEAM-oriented galleries, an Innovation lab, a Travelling Exhibits Gallery and an Immersive Dome Theatre. It will open in mid February at 1215 Lower Water Street.
2. Savour Food and Wine Festival
January 26 - March 9, 2017
The Savour Food and Wine Festival is a series of six unique culinary and beverage events that showcase delicious local food, fantastic wines, creative cocktails and craft beer.
The Savour Festival lineup brings together Nova Scotia’s best chefs, brewmasters, wine and cider makers as well as other food and beverage merchants all in one exciting festival season.
A fantastic reason to visit Halifax over the winter months.
Visitors won’t want to miss iconic Halifax attractions such as the waterfront boardwalk, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, the Halifax Public Gardens (who are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year!), the award-winning Halifax Central Library, the unmissable Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse and so much more.
4. Hop on the Ferry and Explore Dartmouth
Take a short and stunning ferry ride from downtown Halifax to the Dartmouth waterfront. Here you’ll find some of the best views of the harbour and its vibrant waterfront.
Spend a day strolling through Dartmouth’s local shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as its unique markets and galleries.
5. Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
June 29 - July 6, 2017
If you are looking for a traditional Nova Scotian experience, complete with tartan, bagpipes and highland dancers, you won’t want to miss the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. The Tattoo is a week-long event held every summer in Halifax. It is a fast-paced show that changes every year, so there is always something new to see and experience.
6. Canada 150 in Halifax
July 1, 2017
Halifax is THE PLACE TO BE for patriotic Atlantic Canadians in 2017!
2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation and all year long Halifax will celebrate with the rest of the country with plenty of unique celebrations, free admission to Parks Canada sites and the biggest and best festivals and events in Atlantic Canada. July 1st in Halifax is going to be the biggest free event of the entire year – you won’t want to miss it.
7. TD Halifax Jazz Festival
July 12 - 16, 2017
The TD Halifax Jazz Festival is the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada. This outdoor, waterfront music festival attracts up to 55,000 visitors, features over 350 local musicians, and is growing more each year.
8. Halifax Pride Festival
July 20-30, 2017
The Halifax Pride Festival is a celebration of LGBT2Q+ community, history, and culture, including numerous diverse events that highlight the successes and ongoing struggles for LGBT2Q+ equality.
2017 marks the 30th year for the Halifax Pride Festival. Celebrate Pride throughout Halifax with over 150,000 Maritimers and Canadians, all visiting for the largest Pride festival east of Montreal.
9. Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta
July 29 - August 1, 2017
In 2017 Halifax will be one of the host ports for this exciting transatlantic race of 7,000 nautical miles, taking place over the course of five months in six countries.
Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador Bluenose II will be front and centre during the event, showcasing our seafaring history and sail training passion.
More than 40 Tall Ships will be sailing Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in 2017. Sail training opportunities will also be available.
10. Halifax International Busker Festival
August 2 - 7, 2017
From fire breathers to acrobatics, to comedians and magicians, the Halifax International Busker Festival brings the best street performers in the world to the Halifax Waterfront.
For six days each summer audience members are taken on a ride of shock and awe, laughter and intrigue, fun and frivolity. Whether you are 8 or 88 there is something for everyone to enjoy.
11. FIN Atlantic International Film Festival
September 14 - 21, 2017
The FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world. Celebrating 37 years in 2017, the festival has blossomed into one of Canada’s premier film festivals, putting Halifax in the international spotlight every September.
An immersive escape and celebration for movie lovers, filmmakers and industry professionals worldwide, the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is Atlantic Canada’s curator of epic and unforgettable stories.
12. Nocturne: Art at Night
October 14, 2017
Nocturne: Art at Night is a completely free annual event that showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax and downtown Dartmouth, linked by the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry.
13. Fall in Halifax
October - November
For an authentic Maritime experience, autumn in Halifax has it all. Enjoy the changing leaves, the spooky history, the cozy pubs, and the busy fall festival and events calendar.
Come face to face with the spirits that haunt the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site or take an autumn stroll through one of Halifax’s many cemeteries to experience the thrills that come from a Maritime city with a long and fascinating past.
14. Holiday Parade of Lights
November 18, 2017
The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights is the kick-off to the holiday season in Halifax with the Red Nose Run, the signature pre-parade fun run, as well as festive floats, marching bands, dancers, and a visit from Santa Claus.
Don’t miss this signature Halifax holiday event – bring your family to experience the magic of the holiday season in the city.
15. Holiday Craft Markets
October - December 2017
Holiday craft markets are plentiful in the Halifax area. Shop for one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts this holiday season while supporting talented local artisans and crafters.
Come to Halifax to take advantage of the dozens of craft markets across the region, each with their own unique atmosphere and charm.
16. Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Memorial
December 6, 2017
Remember the tragedy that shaped our city at the 100th Anniversary Memorial Service of the Halifax Explosion of 1917.
100 years after the explosion, Halifax has not forgotten. Every December 6 at 9:04am, we commemorate the tragic event by the Memorial Bells at Fort Needham, close to where SS Mont-Blanc exploded.
17. New Year's Eve Celebration in Halifax
December 31, 2017
Wrap up 2017 in style! Come to Halifax to celebrate the end of a hallmark year, and the beginning of a new chapter with the biggest and best New Year’s Eve party in Atlantic Canada.