Festivals and Events Listing

There are lots of organized festivals and events in our area, here are just a few...

Shelburne County Lobster Festival

June 6-9, 2019

The Shelburne County Lobster Festival is four days of fun events and culinary lobster delights on the south shore of Nova Scotia!

​We invite you to take part in this annual event which takes place during the first full weekend of June, from Thursday through Sunday. The festival is a way to celebrate the end of our lobster season, which runs from the last Monday in November to the end of May.

The Shelburne County Lobster Festival attracts visitors from around the world each year with the promise of fresh, local lobster delights, festivities, great entertainment and more!

Experience our wonderful hospitality and fresh Nova Scotia lobster!

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Lockeport July 1st Celebrations

June 29 - July 1, 2019

Celebrate Canada's Birthday in the beautiful seaside Town of Lockeport with a parade, children activities, farmer's market and our popular grease pole event. Visit for full schedule of weekend events.

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Shelburne Founders' Days

July 19 - 21, 2019

Years before visits by the Spanish, French and Portuguese fishermen, the native Mi’kmaq traversed the Roseway River and used the surrounding land for summer encampments. In 1783, more than 10,000 settlers loyal to the British crown arrived in Shelburne (then Port Roseway) after fleeing the disastrous consequences of the American Revolutionary War.

These Loyalists helped to lay out and build the town and made the settlement one of the largest communities in North America.

The Black Loyalists were allotted land in what became Birchtown, on the northwest arm of Shelburne Harbor, forming the first largest freed Black settlement in North America.

Some Loyalists moved on to Halifax, Annapolis Royal, New Brunswick and Upper Canada, but many remained here and their descendants live here to this day.
The area was also settled by Scottish and Irish immigrants. In June, 1818, Welsh settlers arrived and formed the first Welsh settlement in Canada, in a community on the Roseway River called New Cambria, later named Welshtown.

During different eras, the Town has alternately prospered and struggled, once being a centre of shipbuilding and other commerce in the region and serving as the home for military and other government institutions. Founders’ Days is a yearly reminder that we are richer by celebrating the courage, fortitude, ambition, dignity and accomplishments of our forefathers.

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photo credit: Paul Hamilton


Journey Back to Birchtown

The Black Loyalist Heritage Society hosts a two day festival in July to celebrate our culture, diversity and the significant contributions of African Nova Scotians. The open concept celebration will feature Nova Scotian vendors selling ethnic foods, clothing, arts and crafts. There will be exhibits, readings, theatre and interactive sessions featuring African Nova Scotian artists. There will be musical presentations highlighting past and present winning artists from the African Nova Scotia Music Association.

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Harmony Bazaar

July 26 - 27, 2019

Harmony Bazaar began as a project of the Shelburne County Womens’ Fishnet to provide a stage for female singers and songwriters. The first festival was a small gathering in 2005, upon the success of the event plans were made for a larger festival the following year which would be held at Seacaps Memorial Park. The festival grew into a weekend of activities including youth stages, workshops, industry dinners, art galas, theatre performances and mentorships. Harmony Bazaar continues to promote female singers and songwriters and hosts many exciting events throughout the year!

"The Harmony Bazaar Society exists to promote female artists and song. It recognizes women as change agents, builders and promoters within our communities. The Society builds community spirit, pride, and social capital. The Society hosts a summer festival, a winter music series, and educational workshops and events."

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Shelburne County Exhibition

August 6 - 10, 2019

Join us starting August 6th at 6:30 pm for the kick off parade for the 2019 Shelburne Exhibition. The parade will journey through the Town streets and lead exhibition goers back to our grounds for opening night festivities. The Exhibition grounds will be open for all to enjoy from August 6 to August 10 with a wide varitey of events for all ages including monster truck rides, ox and horse pulls, midway rides/games, pageants, mud runs, burnout competitions, music, horse racing, beer gardens and so much more! See you at the EX!

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Lockeport Sea Derby

August 9 - 11, 2019

Nova Scotia's longest running sea derby. Come for a weekend of family fun and fishing.

This derby is the only one of its kind in Shelburne County and has been a tremendous success since its start. The Derby is a non-profit, community based event, with its roots deeply woven into the culture of the Ragged Islands area. By working in conjunction with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans the derby has become a sustainable event that minimizes damage to any local fish populations.

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Shelburne Kayak Festival

August 16 - 18, 2019

The 8th annual Shelburne Kayak Festival will be held August 16-18, 2019 and will again feature a series of instruction, fun and social activities for new and experienced kayakers. The event showcases the town of Shelburne and the surrounding community of Shelburne County and welcomes you to paddle on the 3rd best natural harbour in the world. All activities will be centred at The Islands Provincial Park, to take advantage of the excellent kayaking opportunities that exist around the park and the inner parts of Shelburne Harbour. New events this year include an Introduction to Tidal Currents clinic and Paddle Canada Level-1 Sea Kayak training!

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Whirligig & Weathervane Festival

 September 21 - 222, 2019

Shelburne Celebrates Christmas

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