The Perfect Time for a Maritime Vacation; October in Nova Scotia Teems with Harvest & Haunted Events Alike

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From the upcoming Halifax Pop Explosion to pumpkins galore in the Annapolis Valley, visitors enjoy a range of Nova Scotia fall fests

A Maritime vacation to Nova Scotia in October is the perfect time of year to experience cultural and seasonal events. While there's still time, take in the sounds of the Celtic Colours International Festival, reverberating around Cape Breton Island through October 18. Nova Scotia also has an equally exciting line-up of fall events still to come this month.

From October 21 to 25, the Halifax Pop Explosion blasts onto the urban music scene. Taking place at locations throughout Halifax, Nova Scotia, the festival offers up five days of music, culture, and media. Over 140 local and international bands will descend on the city for the week-long Pop Explosion, while the first annual Halifax Film Explosion is slated for October 23 to 24. Many Halifax hotels have created packages specifically for the event, and passes to the Halifax Pop Explosion range from $40 to $250, with tickets to individual shows varying by venue.

As Celtic Colours comes to a close and the Halifax Pop Explosion gets underway, the Fundy Shore and Annapolis Valley regions of this Maritime province focus on pumpkins -- pumpkin festivals, parades, hayrides and more. The Valley Pumpkin Fest in Wolfville is a month-long event (through October 31) celebrating the harvest season with food, art and, of course, fresh valley pumpkins. Just down the road, Hantsport hosts the Halloween Pumpkin Parade on October 24. The Haunted House at the United Church Campgrounds in Berwick, also in the Annapolis Valley, will strike a little fear in even the bravest souls on October 28 and 29. Further north along the Bay of Fundy, why not take a ride on the first annual Haunted Hayride in Parrsboro.

With over 800 festivals annually, there's an event for everyone in Nova Scotia. Visit for the most up-to-date Nova Scotia events and Maritime vacation information.

About Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture, and Heritage (TCH)
TCH is responsible for promotion of this maritime province on Canada's Atlantic Coast, and emphasizes interactive tools and online education to assist visitors in learning about the province and planning Nova Scotia vacations, including colourful videos and eye-catching photos. The organization's website is among the first in North America to provide a Google Earthâ„¢ overlay that allows visitors to virtually visit Nova Scotia and its many destinations and experiences.


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