Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia - Where History Meets Opportunity

Toll Free: 1.877.522.1110

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.


Annapolis Royal Easter Eggstravaganza

Easter Weekend

Fort Anne

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, and an Easter egg hunt at parade square in Fort Anne.

The day ends with a free movie at the Kings Theatre or a geo-quest at the Historic Gardens.

Fun for the whole family!

Celebrate Magnolias

Every year on Mother’s Day weekend.

Website: http://celebratingmagnolias.wordpress.com/

Enjoy the Magnolias of Annapolis Royal and join us at the events.

Farmers & Traders Market

Saturday mornings: mid-May 18 to mid-October, 8 am to 1 pm Wednesday afternoons: July and August 10 am to 2 pm

Website: http://annapolisroyalfarmersmarket.com

For Market information, call Corinne Warner at (902) 245-4824
Local trades and farmers gather to sell their produce, crafts and collectibles. Live entertainment most Saturday markets.

Candlelight Graveyard Tours

June 1 – Oct. 15 Every Sun/Tues/Wed/Thurs at 9:30 p.m. (rain or shine).

Starts at the Fort Anne Parking Lot

Phone: (902) 532-3035

Website: http://www.tourannapolisroyal.com/graveyard.html

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

June to September Every Mon/Wed & Thurs at 2:00 p.m. from the Lighthouse

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

July

Website: http://annapolisbasincommunityband.wordpress.com/

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

Annapolis Royal House & Garden Tour

Phone: (902) 532-7018

Website: http://www.exploreourgardens.com/

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.

Bandfest Grand Finale Concert

July- TBD

Fort Anne Grounds

A public concert offered by the massed bands of BandFest.

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

The first weekend of August

Phone: (902) 532-2043

Website: http://annapolisroyal.com/visitors/annapolis-district-natal-days/

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

Annual Fun Run

Natal Days Weekend

Phone: 902-955-1205

See the Recreation page for details.

74th Crusaders Annual Riverside Rally

Phone: (902) 532-7269

Website: http://www.74thcrusaders.ca/

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

Website: http://fodar.ca/

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

Paint the Town

Third weekend of August

Website: http://www.facebook.com/paintthetownannapolis/

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

ARCAC & ARTsPLACE Gallery

Acadian Heritage Tours

June to September Every Tues & Fri at 2:00 p.m. at the Lighthouse

Phone: (902) 532-3034

Website: http://www.tourannapolisroyal.com/

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.

Ghost Town

October - TBD

Website: http://exploreghosttown.wordpress.com/

In late October every year, Annapolis Royal becomes a GHOST TOWN! Haunted gardens, ghostly happenings, and other spooky events combine to create a magical time in Annapolis Royal.

Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market

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

Historic Gardens

Website: http://www.historicgardens.com/

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.

Christmas Extravaganza

First Saturday of December

Phone: (902) 467-0939 (Jane Fowler)

Come get all of your Christmas shopping done at the annual craft show extravaganza. Four locations (ARRA – the Academy, the Legion, the Fire Hall, and the Winter Farmers’ Market (the Historic Gardens)), a bus that connects shoppers to each venue, a children’s Christmas movie at King’s Theatre, and an evening dance at the Legion.