Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia - Where History Meets Opportunity

Phone: 902.532.2043

Festivals and Events

Complementing the varied and impressive attractions of the area, there are many festivals and events that occur throughout the year which add to the excitement and culture of our community.

You can also view the full Community Calendar here.

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Congrès Mondial Acadien 2024 (CMA 2024)

August 10-18, 2024

Annapolis Royal, Argyle, Yarmouth, and Clare


Click here for more information.

Rare and Unusual Plant Weekend

For one day in May, Annapolis Royal is the centre of the plant world for Atlantic Canadian gardeners!

The Rare & Unusual Plant Sale is held at the Annapolis Royal Farmer’s Market, 1pm to 4pm. Since its inception, the Sale has grown to include up to 18 nurseries from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Plant lovers from as far away as Ontario come for this opportunity to find growers of rare and unusual plants in one place. Entry to the Plant Sale is free and there’s plenty of parking. With Annapolis Royal abloom in magnolias and the Historic Gardens open to spring visitors, there’s something for everyone interested in gardening.

There is also a Horticultural Seminar, followed by a wine and cheese and chance to meet Seminar speakers. These knowledgeable and entertaining plants people offer something to both new and experienced gardeners. For more information about this year’s Seminar schedule, list of speakers and topics, and pre-registration, contact or 902-532-7777.

See you there - Rain or Shine!

Annapolis Royal Easter Eggstravaganza

The Saturday of Easter Weekend

Phone: 902-532-2043

A day of celebration for the whole family starting with a pancake breakfast at the Legion with the Easter Bunny. The day is filled with arts and crafts at the Academy (590 St. George Street) and an Easter egg hunt with over 10,000 eggs on Fort Anne grounds. The day ends with a free movie at the Academy.

Fun for the whole family!

Farmers & Traders Market

Saturday Mornings May 22nd to October 9th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Wednesday Mornings July 7th to September 15th 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Market Square, 178 Lower St. George Street


Local trades and farmers gather to sell their produce, crafts, and collectibles. Live entertainment most Saturday markets.

Candlelight Graveyard Tours

Typically June 1 – Oct. 15 Every Sun/Tues/Wed/Thurs at 9:30 p.m. (rain or shine). Tours are currently suspended due to COVID restrictions

Starts at the Fort Anne Parking Lot

Phone: (902) 532-3035


For a truly memorable and unique experience be certain to take the award-winning Candlelight Graveyard Tour offered by internationally acclaimed Heritage Interpreter, Alan Melanson, on behalf of The Historical Association of Annapolis Royal. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and don’t forget to bring your sense of adventure!

National Historic District Tours

Typically June to September Every Mon/Wed & Thurs at 2:00 p.m. from the Lighthouse Tours are currently suspended due to COVID restrictions

Phone: (902) 532-3034

Stroll through the centuries with a costumed interpreter as 400 years of history come to life along Canada’s Oldest thoroughfare. Receive a free National Historic District Certificate and see first hand why Annapolis Royal was selected as the “World’s Most Liveable Small Community.
Starts at the Lighthouse.

Annapolis Community Bandfest


A gathering of community band musicians from all over the Maritimes.

Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour

Phone: (902) 532-7018


Visit special private gardens and houses in and around Annapolis Royal, a National Winner of Communities in Bloom, and participate in special tours of the Historic Gardens. All in support of the Historic Gardens.

Canada Day Celebrations

Annually on July 1st

Phone: (902) 532-2043

A celebration of our nation’s birthday, including live entertainment and a giant birthday cake.


Annapolis Royal Natal Days

Please visit the Facebook page for the latest infomation

Phone: (902) 532-2043


Four days of celebrations with fun for all ages; kids’ activities, music, evening entertainment, parades, fireworks, and lots more!

74th Crusaders Annual Riverside Rally


The 74th Crusaders motorcycle club extend an invitation for you to attend their Annual Riverside Rally. The location is on the shore of the beautiful Annapolis River Basin just outside the historic Town of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

FODAR – Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal

Every August


Atlantic Canada’s only summer contemporary dance festival features performances by Canada’s top companies, dancers and choreographers.

Paint the Town



Artists paint, sketch and sculpt at various venues in Annapolis Royal. Silent auction each day whereby bidders can purchase the artwork.


Acadian Heritage Tours

Typically June to September. Currently suspended due to COVID restrictions Every Tues & Fri at 2:00 p.m. at the Lighthouse

Phone: (902) 532-3034


Join the family of a 10th generation Acadian in the Birthplace of Acadie for an entertaining experience. Enjoy history, music, cooking and dance, plus take home a free Acadian Heritage booklet as your special souvenir.

Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market

Every Saturday morning, 9-12 from mid-October to mid-May

At the Port Royal Legion Branch #21 in Annapolis Royal

For Market information, call (902) 532-7018

Christmas in Annapolis Royal

Begins late November

Phone: (902) 532-2043

The celebrations kick off with the annual Parade of Lights, the O’Dell Museum’s Victorian Christmas, theatre performances, late night shopping, crafts markets, Santa, and more.