FREE Outdoor Concerts
Summers on Nova Scotia’s South Shore are legendary. When salt air and sunshine combine to create the sweetest of memories. Those moments are made even sweeter when mixed with the sounds of marvellous music being made in our midst. And the best part? It’s FREE! Indeed so many of our charming communities host FREE outdoor concerts throughout the season so be sure to add them all to your “must-do” list this summer!
Lunenburg’s Folk Harbour Festival presents a stellar lineup of Atlantic Canadian music in their beautiful bandstand every Saturday from 2 pm – 3 pm. Centrally located – it makes for the best of breaks between dining on something delicious, popping into all those shops and seeing all there is to see in their Unesco World Heritage Site. You’ll find their full summer schedule here.
All you’ll need is a lawn chair and a love of great music at the Guild Hall in Shelburne – as their sweet summer Arts Series returns every Thursday evening from 7 pm – 9 pm and runs right through til mid-September. Country to rock, folk to pop – prepare to enjoy it all this season. Head to their website here for a complete lineup and more.
Set your sights on the Seaside Village of Chester and you’ll discover two delightful options for FREE outdoor concerts.
Picnic in the Park happens every Tuesday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm in historic Lordly Park. Folks are welcome to pack their snacks and their dancing shoes as the gazebo fills with wonderful live entertainment every week from early July through mid-September. You’ll find more details on their weekly events here.
Sunday evenings are made for music at the Chester Bandstand. Enjoy everything from talented singer-songwriter performances to show tunes and classics with Chester’s own big Brass Band – and all of it set amidst the most beautiful backdrop. Shows start at 7 pm from June through to Labour Day weekend – so pull up your lawn chair and take it all in. For more information click here.
The Mahone Bay Music Association invites you to join them July through September when every Wednesday evening at 7 pm they bring their beautiful bandstand to life with the loveliest of shows. From up-and-coming talents to established artists you’ll be treated to an awesome array of every kind of genre performed in their perfectly picturesque cove. For more information on their line up visit their Facebook page here.
The performance pavilion at Pijinuiskaq Park in the heart of Downtown Bridgewater hosts Music on the Riverbank every Tuesday at 6:30 pm. Their 13-week-long lineup has something for everyone so plan to get your toes tapping along the banks of the lovely LaHave River this summer! You can see their amazing list of entertainers here.
Indeed we’ve got some truly exceptional entertainment on the go this summer so be sure to take in as many FREE shows as you can. Hey, and be sure to share your shots when you do and please tag us too so we can hear all about the musical memories you’ve made here on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.
PS – Just so we’re clear – we’ve got great Entertainment on tap all throughout the year! Be sure to check out our events calendar here for upcoming shows in every season and have a look through our incredible carousel of presenters below.
Black Loyalist Heritage Museum
Hank Snow Hometown Museum
The Astor Theatre
Osprey Arts Centre
Tuna Blue Inn, Restaurant and Marina
Lane's Privateer Inn
Starboard Inn Chalets & Motel
Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre
White Point Beach Resort
The Trellis Cafe
betty's at the kitch
Osprey's Nest Public House
Shore Club Lobster Supper (since 1936)
The Savary Plate, Eatery and Pizzeria
Hubbards Farmer's Market
Route 3 Cellar Taproom and Grill
The Rope Loft
Mug and Anchor Pub
The Knot Pub
The Ships Galley Pub & Eatery
Black Harbour Distillers Inc.