Festivals & Events

May


Victoria Day Weekend: May 17 to 20, 2019

Kick off the camping season with a celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday. The Farmer's & Trader's Market opens for the season on Saturday morning, the lobsters are fresh and no black flies!

Local Jam Sessions:
Port George Community Hall: Monday evenings - 8 pm start
Bridgetown Lion's Club: Tuesday evenings - 7 pm start
Hampton Community Hall: Thursday evenings - 7 pm start
Young's Cove Community Hall: Friday evenings - 7 pm start

Lights Along the Shore:
Explore one or more of our many local lighthouses, and learn about their history and romantic allure. More info here.

87th Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival: May 29 - June 3, 2019
The valley is in full bloom and celebrating the traditions and agricultural heritage of this bountiful area with concerts, barbecues, art shows and a grand street parade. Festival details here


June


Whale Watching Season Opens:

Chose a Zodiac adventure or a traditional hard bottom boat to take you out for a visit with the leviathans in their home environment.

Local Jam sessions:
Port George Community Hall: Monday evenings - 8 pm start
Bridgetown Lion's Club: Tuesday evenings - 7 pm start
Hampton Community Hall: Thursday evenings - 7 pm start
Young's Cove Community Hall: Friday evenings - 7 pm start

Farmer's & Traders' Market:
Each Saturday morning from 8 am - 1 pm, enjoy browsing and snacking your way through the most entertaining shopping you'll do all week. This lively market near the Annapolis Royal wharf brings together vendors of fresh baked goods, produce, handicrafts, plants, and vintage goods.

Lights Along the Shore:
Explore one or more of our many local lighthouses, and learn about their history and romantic allure. More information here.

Candlelight Tours of Garrison Graveyard:
Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday evening, participate in the most entertaining history lesson you have ever heard, as your costumed guide uses the decorative headstones of Canada's oldest European cemetery to tell the stories of our forefathers. Details

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlour: June 2, 2019
Opening day this year is June 7th for this perennial favorite! Enjoy a scenic ride up the Shore Road, and reward yourself with an ice cream treat overlooking the wharf in Margaretsville.

The Artist's Circle Art Shack: Opens June 9, 2019
The Margaretsville community of artists and artisans open their gallery and workshop for the season on Saturday, June 16th. Don't miss this authentic experience of rural Nova Scotia.

National Historic District Walking Tours:
These award winning tours of the oldest Historic District in Canada will give you an overview of the historic town of Annapolis Royal. Join your costumed guide for an enjoyable stroll each weekday afternoon. Details

Acadian Heritage Tours:
Each Tuesday and Friday afternoon, experience Acadian history with a 10th generation Acadian guide. Details

Redneck Rodeo - Annapolis Valley Exhibition: June 22 & 23, 2019
Crazy fun with Barbie Jeep racing, truck and tractor pulls, Highland games, ATV races and fun for the whole family.
Details available here..


July

Canada Day Celebrations: July 1, 2019

A celebration of our nation's birthday - local area activities include a pancake breakfast, live entertainment, a giant birthday cake, a pig roast and spectacular fireworks!

Local Jam sessions:
Port George Community Hall: Monday evenings - 8 pm start
Bridgetown Lion's Club: Tuesday evenings - 7 pm start
Hampton Community Hall: Thursday evenings - 7 pm start
Young's Cove Community Hall: Friday evenings - 7 pm start

Farmer's & Traders' Market:
Each Wednesday and Saturday morning from 8 am - 1 pm, enjoy browsing and snacking your way through the most entertaining shopping you'll do all week. This lively market near the Annapolis Royal wharf brings together vendors of fresh baked goods, produce, handicrafts, plants, and vintage goods.

Lights Along the Shore:
Explore one or more of our many local lighthouses, and learn about their history and romantic allure. More info available here

Local Guided Walking Tours:

Candlelight Tours of Garrison Graveyard: Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday evening your costumed guide uses the decorative headstones of Canada's oldest European cemetery to tell the stories of our forefathers. Details

National Historic District Tours: These award winning tours of the oldest Historic District in Canada will give you an overview of the historic town of Annapolis Royal. Join your costumed guide for an enjoyable stroll each weekday afternoon. Details

Acadian Heritage Tours: Each Tuesday and Friday afternoon, experience Acadian history with a 10th generation Acadian guide. Details

An Evening of Wine & Roses: July 5, 2019
A unique opportunity to explore the Historic Gardens with a glass of wine in hand, from 5-7 pm. For more information and tickets: click here or call - 902.532-7018

House and Garden Tour: July 6, 2019
Visit the Historic Gardens and special private gardens and houses in and around Annapolis Royal. For more information: click here or call - 902.532-7018

126th Bear River Cherry Carnival: July 13, 2019
10 am to 11 pm - Fun for the whole family, with games of skill, parades, water sports and of course plenty of food. For more information click here.

Port George "Country Jamboree": July 27, 2019
7 am to 8 pm at the Port George Recreation Centre. Pancake breakfast, 11 hours of live country music, giant Flea Market and activities for the kids. Port George Country Jamboree




August


Annapolis Royal and Area Natal Days: July 31 - August 4, 2019
A community celebration and civic holiday featuring events, shows and a street parade. Natal Day Events

Margaretsville Days: August 3 & 4, 2019
Check it out right here.

17th Annual Bridgetown Triathlon: August 4, 2019
Watch and cheer on the participants in the 3K, 5K, and 10K version of this event. Interested in participating? Details

Local Jam sessions:

Port George Community Hall: Monday evenings - 8 pm start
Bridgetown Lion's Club: Tuesday evenings - 7 pm start
Hampton Community Hall: Thursday evenings - 7 pm start
Young's Cove Community Hall: Friday evenings - 7 pm start

Farmer's & Traders' Market:
Each Wednesday and Saturday morning from 8 am - 1 pm, enjoy browsing and snacking your way through the most entertaining shopping you'll do all week. This lively market near the Annapolis Royal wharf brings together vendors of fresh baked goods, produce, handicrafts, plants, and vintage goods.

Lights Along the Shore:
Explore one or more of our many local lighthouses, and learn about their history and romantic allure. More info available here

Local Guided Walking Tours:

Candlelight Tours of Garrison Graveyard: Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday evening your costumed guide uses the decorative headstones of Canada's oldest European cemetery to tell the stories of our forefathers. Details

National Historic District Tours
: These award winning tours of the oldest Historic District in Canada will give you an overview of the historic town of Annapolis Royal. Join your costumed guide for an enjoyable stroll each weekday afternoon. Details

Acadian Heritage Tours: Each Tuesday and Friday afternoon, experience Acadian history with a 10th generation Acadian guide. Details

Digby's 43rd Annual Scallop Days: August 8 - 11, 2019
Celebrate one of the world’s largest scallop fleets. Come and taste how many ways succulent scallops can be prepared. Musical events, scallop shucking competitions, parades, and more! Details

Moonlight Concert in Paradise: August 10, 2019
Hear the Annapolis Big Band perform the great tunes of the 30’s and 40’s outside under the stars for your listening and dancing pleasure. The 11th annual Moonlight Concert begins at 7:30 pm on the grounds at Ellenhurst. For more information click here

Annapolis Valley Exhibition: August 12 - 17, 2019
Celebrate the sights and sounds of agriculture in the Annapolis Valley – the breadbasket of Nova Scotia.  Enjoy horse pulls, contests and crafts. Details available here.

Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival: August 15 – September 1, 2019
Enjoy these tiny, tasty, nutrition packed sweets in a multitude of ways. Nova Scotia is home to award winning blueberry juice from Caledonia – read all about Van Dyke Blueberry Juice

21st Annual Paint the Town: August 17 & 18, 2019
Artists paint, sketch and sculpt at various venues in and around the Annapolis Royal area. Silent Auction of the works created each day.  For more information, check here

Digby County Exhibition: August 21 - 24, 2019
The Exhibition grounds in Bear River host displays of art, flowers, vegetables and cooking. More information and details here.

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal: August 13 - 17, 2019

Explore the ebb and flow of movement and drama at FODAR 2019 (Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal) Full information here

15th Annual Wharf Rat Rally: August 28 - September 1, 2019
The largest motorcycle event in Atlantic Canada. Join this celebration of motorcycles and their keepers, bike builders, spray paint artists, tattoo competitions, stunt shows, music, food and fun on the Digby waterfront!  Schedule of events


September



15th Annual Wharf Rat Rally: August 28 - September 1, 2019

The largest motorcycle event in Atlantic Canada. Join this celebration of motorcycles and their keepers, bike builders, spray paint artists, tattoo competitions, stunt shows, music, food and fun on the Digby waterfront!  Schedule of events

Lights Along the Shore:
Explore one or more of our many local lighthouses, and learn about their history and romantic allure. More info here

Farmer's & Traders' Market:
Each Saturday morning from 8 am - 1 pm, enjoy browsing and snacking your way through the most entertaining shopping you'll do all week.  This lively market near the Annapolis Royal wharf brings together vendors of fresh baked goods, produce, handicrafts, plants, and vintage goods.

Local Jam sessions:
Port George Community Hall: Monday evenings - 8 pm start
Bridgetown Lion's Club: Tuesday evenings - 7 pm start
Hampton Community Hall: Thursday evenings - 7 pm start
Young's Cove Community Hall: Friday evenings - 7 pm start

Local Guided Walking Tours:

Candlelight Tours of Garrison Graveyard: Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday evening your costumed guide uses the decorative headstones of Canada's oldest European cemetery to tell the stories of our forefathers. Details

National Historic District Tours: These award winning tours of the oldest Historic District in Canada will give you an overview of the historic town of Annapolis Royal. Join your costumed guide for an enjoyable stroll each weekday afternoon. Details

Acadian Heritage Tours: Each Tuesday and Friday afternoon, experience Acadian history with a 10th generation Acadian guide. Details


Bridgetown Cider Fest: September 12 - 15, 2019
This popular fall festival celebrates the apple harvest in the beautiful Annapolis Valley - see all the details here

Open Farm Day: September 15, 2019
Get your backstage pass to visit a farm and learn a bit about agriculture in Nova Scotia. Details here or call Wanda Hamilton at (902) 893-2293

Canadian Deep Roots Festival: September 27 - 29, 2019
This festival brings together some of the finest folk and roots singers, songwriters and musicians in the world for a weekend of concerts, workshops and celebration. Schedule of events

October


Farmer's & Traders' Market:

Each Saturday morning from 8 am - 1 pm, enjoy browsing and snacking your way through the most entertaining shopping you'll do all week.  This lively market near the Annapolis Royal wharf brings together vendors of fresh baked goods, produce, handicrafts, plants, and vintage goods.

Local Guided Walking Tours:

Candlelight Tours of Garrison Graveyard: Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday evening your costumed guide uses the decorative headstones of Canada's oldest European cemetery to tell the stories of our forefathers. Details

National Historic District Tours: These award winning tours of the oldest Historic District in Canada will give you an overview of the historic town of Annapolis Royal. Join your costumed guide for an enjoyable stroll each weekday afternoon. Details

Acadian Heritage Tours: Each Tuesday and Friday afternoon, experience Acadian history with a 10th generation Acadian guide. Details

Giant Pumpkin Festival: October 1 – 31, 2019
Join in the fun and celebrate this most loved member of the squash family.  Look for weigh-offs, carving contests, a flotilla of pumpkins, the famous Giant Atlantic pumpkins, and lots of pumpkin treats on local menus. Details

Local Jam sessions:
Port George Community Hall: Monday evenings - 8 pm start
Bridgetown Lion's Club: Tuesday evenings - 7 pm start
Hampton Community Hall: Thursday evenings - 7 pm start
Young's Cove Community Hall: Friday evenings - 7 pm start
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