Come Celebrate Summer on the South Shore

Join Our Summer Celebrations

While we band together to shell’ebrate all things lobster in February it’s fair to say good times are a year-round endeavour and Summer is no exception. From Privateers to painters, Multicultural events to Agricultural happenings, along sweet streets to out on the water – good times are a SHORE thing on Nova Scotia’s South Shore so mark your calendars and make plans to join our Summer Celebrations!

Privateer Days

Take in Privateer Days in Liverpool June 23 and 25, 2023 Although privateers no longer roam the seas, and the day of the great sailing ships has passed, Liverpool’s significance in maritime history lives on in the town’s nickname to this day: PORT OF THE PRIVATEERS. The annual festival is a proud celebration of Liverpool’s colourful privateer heritage complete with a Battle Re-enactment, Historic Encampment, Rum Run, Live Musical Entertainment on the Main Stage, a Reptile Zoo, Artisan and Crafter`s Market, Fireworks and Much More! For all the details visit

Peggy's Cove Area Festival of the Arts 2023

Paint the Town, or is that the Cove during Peggy’s Cove Art Festival: in the village of Peggy’s Cove and beyond spans two wonderful weekends with Paint Peggy’s Cove taking place July 7-9: A three-day plein air painting event with over 40 local and international artists in the village of Peggy’s Cove and the Studio Tour taking July 14-16: Over 70 studio artists, galleries and art groups welcome visitors through their doors.  A unique opportunity to meet and interact with painters, potters, sculptors, wood and glass workers, and jewelry artists at work in their studios. For all the details visit their website here.

Canada Day on the LaHave

Day and night, with fun and festivities in sight! Canada Day on the LaHave July 1: from pancake breakfasts and a daytime Multicultural Festival at Woodland Gardens at DesBrisay Museum to an evening Kitchen Party on King Street in Bridgewater’s downtown core complete with fantastic fireworks! Fun for the whole family with something for everyone. Be sure to visit the event page here for all of the details on the 2023 celebrations.


Celebrate Summer the good old fashion way – with Midway rides and games for all ages! South Shore Exhibition July 25-30: Located on 43 acres of land the South Shore Exhibition is the largest Agricultural Exhibition in the province. Operating an exhibition since 1891, with good old-fashioned horse & oxen pulls, light horse competitions, show horse events, arts & crafts, 4-H displays and so much more including a stellar lineup of live entertainment!! Visit for complete details on this year’s BIG EX!

Shelburne Dock Street Days 2023

Shelburne Dock Street Days: August 4-6: See Shelburne’s historic waterfront come alive with family fun, inviting musical entertainment, delicious food and inspiring cultural experiences! A weekend jam-packed with entertainment, a chance to explore Shelburne’s diverse cultural history and an opportunity to celebrate the present through reunions, family gatherings, and entire community engagement. Visit the Shelburne Events Committee Facebook page here for details on this year’s event.

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival

Celebrate Summer with the most marvellous music at Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival August 10-13: Each year, music lovers flock to this distinct UNESCO World Heritage town for the best of Folk music and a healthy dose of fun. We’re the longest-running music festival in Nova Scotia and one of the oldest in Canada. This all-ages event offers something for everyone within the small, intimate and steeped in history indoor and outdoor venues. For details on the 2023 lineup, show times, tickets and more visit


A South Shore Tradition for more than 150 years! Chester Race Week August 16-19: Largest Keel Boat Regatta in Canada! Largest 3+ Day Sailing Regatta in North America! With regattas dating back to 1856, Chester Race Week was named one of Sailing World magazine’s 14 greatest sailing events in North America! For details on the 2023 Helly Hansen Chester Race Week visit

Be sure to check our Event Calendar for a complete look at everything we’ve got on the go throughout the summer and into the fall and winter and springtime too. We’re SHORE you’ll have the best time!

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