Halifax, Nova Scotia Celebrates Summer with Full Halifax Events and Festivals Schedule

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Upcoming Halifax events include the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival, Halifax International Buskers Festival, DRUM! and much more

The organizers of the numerous annual festivals and events do a wonderful job of showcasing the eclectic mix of music, theatre, history, culture, cuisine and fun that make Halifax unique

From street theatre to music festivals to red-carpet galas, there is something for everyone in Halifax, Nova Scotia this summer. The summer has already gotten off to a roaring start with festivals including Catch Nova Scotia Seafood Festival, Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, the Atlantic Jazz Festival and the Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival.

The excitement continued as the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival sailed into the city (July 16-20), bringing tall ships from around the world to the Halifax Harbour. Haligonians will wave the rainbow flag during the Halifax Pride Festival (July 19-27), the largest pride festival in Atlantic Canada. In August, the Halifax waterfront is the place to be as jugglers, contortionists and street performers amaze audiences from six stages during the Halifax International Busker Festival from August 6-16. Also in August, the Laser World Championships (August 17-September 5) and the ICF Canoe World Championships (August 12--16) will draw people to the water's edge at St. Margaret's Bay and Lake Banook, respectively.

The line-up of unforgettable Halifax events doesn't stop there - live music is rocking Halifax this summer, with a series of concerts and music festivals including Virgin Festival, Sir Paul McCartney and KISS in July. The concerts continue in August with Canadian Forces Halifax Rockfest 2009 (August 2) and Weir Rockin (August 22), along with free concert series throughout the city and musical acts nightly at various venues.

Visitors looking for a fall Halifax vacation can experience Nova Scotia's musical roots through an electrifying performance; DRUM! highlights the province's Aboriginal, Acadian, Celtic and Black cultures from September 29 to October 4. The Atlantic Fringe Festival (August 28-September 7) and the Atlantic Film Festival (September 17-26) will showcase the best of local, Canadian and international theatre and film.

"The organizers of the numerous annual festivals and events do a wonderful job of showcasing the eclectic mix of music, theatre, history, culture, cuisine and fun that make Halifax unique," says Patricia Lyall, President & CEO of Destination Halifax. "We're proud of our city, and our key festivals offer a great opportunity for visitors to experience all that Halifax has to offer."

Visitors looking to experience Halifax can plan their trips easily using the Destination Halifax website with an array of with the Halifax vacation packages, attractions, restaurants, hotels and more. For current information on Halifax vacation packages, value-added travel offers and Halifax festivals, check out http://www.destinationhalifax.com.

Destination Halifax, the dedicated tourism marketing organization of the Halifax Regional Municipality, is an exciting partnership of the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture & Heritage, the Halifax Regional Municipality, and the World Trade and Convention Centre. Destination Halifax promotes Halifax as a year-round destination of choice for business and leisure.

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