Safety during the pandemic is at the heart of The Evergreen Festival, as Develop Nova Scotia and Discover Halifax announce four weeks of walkable outdoor experiences to celebrate the holiday season.
At the heart of the festival is The Evergreen Village. Situated along the Halifax waterfront, it will offer both a stage and market from November 28 through December 20.
Hosted by the Jazz East Rising Association, The Evergreen Stage will provide free outdoor entertainment featuring a culturally diverse mix of over 60 performances that can be enjoyed both in-person and via live-stream.
“We have put together a diverse program of cultural entertainment for audiences of all ages showcasing music, dance, film and much more,” says Jazz East Rising Association executive director Andrea Dawson Thomas.
Performances will run every Wednesday to Sunday during the festival. The November 28 opening night headliners have been announced as Christine Campbell & Blake Johnston and The Town Heroes.
Artists announced for daytime performances include Jody Upshaw, Gizelle De Guzman, The Fare Thee Well, Rankin & The Broken Reeds, Braden Lam, Sarah Ellen Morrison, Mary Beth Carty and more.
The Evergreen Market will anchor the festivities as more than 35 Nova Scotia makers, creators, and artists will take up temporary spaces along the waterfront alongside existing waterfront businesses and producers. Products will be available for sale in the open-air waterfront market and through online stores.
“As a first-of-its-kind event for Halifax, the Evergreen Festival is launching at a time when our community needs it most.” – Ross Jefferson, president and CEO of Discover Halifax
“Local businesses need our support more than ever,” says Taste of Nova Scotia executive director Emily Haynes. “The Evergreen Festival will provide a unique outdoor holiday market, making it easier for Nova Scotians to support local this holiday season.”
The festival will also include Evergreen Bright, which will set Spring Garden Road, Grand Parade, and surrounding areas aglow each night. The light display will also stretch all along the waterfront from Historic Properties to the Halifax Seaport Market. It will include the Tunnel of Hope, a light installment collecting donations for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.
“We know this holiday season has the potential to be even more difficult than most for those who already struggle with mental illness and addiction,” says Starr Cunningham, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia president and CEO. “The Evergreen Festival and our 150-foot illuminated Tunnel of Hope, brought to you by our friends at Emera and Nova Scotia Power, are sure to add a touch of magic, support, inspiration, and hope for all.”
A series of seasonal events from local restaurants and retail stores will also be part of the festivities, and visitors can take advantage of Evergreen Getaways.
“This year, more than ever, it’s imperative to celebrate our diverse culture and help small, local business to reach customers,” said Gordon Stevens, chief operating officer and VP finance for Develop Nova Scotia. “The Evergreen Festival demonstrates the value of our public spaces year-round, enhancing the quality of life for residents and giving future tourists a reason to visit in the shoulder season and celebrate Nova Scotia as an evergreen destination.”
The Evergreen Festival will take place from November 28 through December 20. Visit evergreenfestns.com for more information.