August Guide: Major Events & Festivals in Halifax & Dartmouth

Published Jul 27, 2018

Here's everything you need to know for August 2018 in Halifax and Dartmouth. From Natal Day festivities and fireworks, to hot air balloon rides, to cool & unique festivals, these are things that the entire family will enjoy.

August is arguably one of the best months in Halifax!

Well, if you love big crowds and awesome festivals, that is.

You can find a full calendar of events here but in this article we highlight the 10 major events you simply won't want to miss.

1. Halifax International Buskers Festival

For 6 days the Halifax Busker Festival features the hilarious, wacky, and breathtaking entertainment. Crowds are treated to mind blowing shows from the world's top street performance artists as they showcase their unique talents and skills with acrobatics, music, visual arts, comedy, fire shows, and so much more. With stages located along the Halifax Waterfront, the festival promises hundreds of jaw dropping shows.

When- August 1-6 from 12pm-10pm (except starts at 5pm on the first day, ends at 6pm on the last day)
Where- Multiple Areas Along the Waterfront
Price- Free to attend, pay buskers what you think they deserve after the show
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2. Free Rides of RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon

How cool?! A fun time for all ages, you can take a free ride in the tethered hot air balloon.

When- Friday August 3rd from 7am - Noon
Where- Halifax Common
Price- Free for 17 & Under | Adults $11.70
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3. Natal Day Harbour Fireworks & Family Concert

Watch the FREE concert presented by ESSO Imperial Oil. Bring a chair or blanket and stay to watch the spectacular fireworks show as it lights up the night sky. Great way to end a fantastic Natal Day!

When- Saturday August 4th at 7:30pm, with fireworks at 10pm
Where- Dartmouth Waterfront
Price- Free 
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4. Natal Day Halifax Common Fireworks & Celebrations

Join in the Natal Day fun with Bouncy Castles, the Kiddies Train, the Discovery Centre, Big Board Games, Monster & Robot Making Station, Post Card Table and GoodLife Fitness from 2pm to 7pm. There will also be celebration of music in the pavillion area from 5:15pm to 9:15pm, followed by the family fireworks display in the middle of the city!

When- Sunday August 5th at 2pm, with fireworks at 9:45pm
Where- South Commons
Price- Free 
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5. Pepsi Natal Day Parade

Everyone loves a parade! This year the parade returns to the Halifax bridge! Enjoy clowns, bands, floats, and majorettes. Fun for the whole family!

When- Monday August 6th at 10am
Where- Travels along Gottingen St starting at Stanley Pl, turns left to cross Macdonald Bridge, turns right onto Wyse Rd and merges with Alderney Dr traveling along until it finishes at Sullivans Pond.
Price- Free 
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6. Natal Day Lake Banook Fireworks

Finish off the 123rd Natal Day Festival with a BANG! Celebrate the end of a fun-fllled Natal Day with a final fireworks show over the beautiful Lake Banook. 

When- Sunday August 6th at 9:45pm
Where- Lake Banook
Price- Free 
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7. Northern Lights Lantern Festival

There is no charge for admission, BBQ or activities. Activities include: pony rides, face painting, bouncy castles and lantern making. Live music is played from the main stage throughout the festival and the night is capped off with our parade of lanterns and a wonderful fireworks display. It’s a great way to celebrate the North End as a community. 

When- Saturday Aug 11th from 5pm-10:15pm
Where- Merv Sullivan Park
Price- Free 
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8. Spring Garden Area Children's Festival

The Spring Garden Area Business Association is hosting its Annual Children's Festival! Activities include balloon artists, face-painting, a fire truck, bouncy castles, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, live entertainment, treats and more. The Razzmatazz shows are at 10am and 11:30am.

When- Sunday Aug 12th from 10am-1pm
Where- Victoria Park
Price- Free 
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9. Mosaic Festival

Starting with a parade along Lower Water Street, the family-friendly event will feature music and dance from around the world. The parade will start at Pier 21 – symbolic of Halifax’s strong ties with welcoming newcomers. As the parade ends at Salter Lot, the music will continue with a series of concerts, featuring performances from various cultures. Alongside the musical stage will be booths of vendors, giving these communities a chance to showcase and sell their crafts, food and art. A highlight will be the Chef’s Corner, featuring local chefs cooking our region’s most important food export – seafood, but with an international spin.

When- Saturday Aug 18th from 10am-9pm
Where- Halifax Waterfront
Price- Free 
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10. Highlanders Freedom of the City Parade

The 78th Highlanders begin their parade at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site with a formal march on and medal presentation inside the fort. Following the traditional firing of the noon gun, the entire unit, with pipes, drums, and flying colours, will march to Grand Parade for a proclamation ceremony at 12:15 p.m. and then to Government House for inspection at 12:45 p.m. 

When- Friday Aug 24th from 11am-1pm
Where- Halifax Citadel
Price- Free for 17 & Under | Adults $11.70
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