Province/Territory: Nova Scotia

Canada's largest outdoor festival

  • 06 days of entertainment on the streets of Halifax
  • 27 years strong providing first-class family street entertainment
  • 500,000 attendees annually

Be a part of a tradition. The Halifax Buskers Festival brings out half a million fans to the country's largest outdoor festival. From musicians and puppeteers to fire dancers and pavement artists, you won't be able to walk a block in downtown Halifax without bumping into a jaw-dropping display of artistry. Bring the family and make the most of contortionists high above you and mimes down the road to turn your visit to this historical city into a time you'll always remember. Join in when asked, applaud throughout and expect to be entertained constantly. And while the local and international entertainers may bring languages from around the world with them to this Eastern Canada stage, laughter is the same in all of them.

Why you should visit
  • Bump into the next Cirque du Soleil, talent-show superstar or world-record crusher on a city street.
  • Find a new way to explore the city, by tracking your favourite performances.
  • Discover Halifax’s impressive, home-grown talent.
  • Take your family out to the Children's interactive village, for a variety of kid-centric entertainment.



  • August is the warmest month of the year in Halifax. Expect temperatures with an average of 23°C. A light sweater for activities on or near the water might be warranted in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Artists, Stages and schedules are posted in the weeks leading up to the event.
  • Participants go through a rigorous application process. These are professional performers, not panhandlers.
When to go
  •  The festival happens in late July and early August annually. Plan on a summer visit that allows time to take in the city's highlights as well as the festival itself.
Need to know
  • There are plenty of accomodation options in and around Halifax.
  • Keep up to speed on what's happening while you're in town with the free Visit Halifax App.
Getting Here
  • The Halifax International Buskers Festival takes place on the Waterfront within walking distance of many restaurants, attractions and hotels.
  • Fly in to the Halifax International Airport (YHZ)from most major Canadian and US cities.
  • Public transit is an easy way to get around without fuss or consider renting a bike to cover more ground while taking in the sights.