#FridayFive: a summer of festivals

5 Halifax festivals worth checking out this summer

#FridayFive: a summer of festivals

With just a week into Halifax’s summer its time to put away the sweaters, put on the sunscreen, and enjoy everything the season has to offer, including some great festivals.

Here are five we think are worth checking out:

1. Halifax Jazz Festival (Jul 9-14)

Celebrating its 33rd anniversary, the Halifax Jazz Festival is the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada. Award-winning artist, actor and activist, Common headlines this year’s festival with dozens of concerts scheduled on the waterfront and beyond over its six days. More information at halifaxjazzfestival.ca.

American rapper, actor, and writer, Common opens the Halifax Jazz Festival this year.
American rapper, actor, and writer, Common opens the Halifax Jazz Festival this year.

2. Halifax Busker Festival (Jul 31-Aug 5)

Also celebrating its 33rd year, street performers take over Halifax’s waterfront for the annual Halifax Busker Festival. This curated festival will feature everything from pogo stick experts, to contortionists, to musicians, and more. More information at buskers.ca.

The Halifax Busker Festival is one of those rare entertainment options where you can watch a show and then you’re asked to pay.
The Halifax Busker Festival is one of those rare entertainment options where you can watch a show and then you’re asked to pay.

3. Halifax Urban Folk Fest (Aug 25-Sep 1)

The Halifax Urban Folk Festival (HUFF) returns for its tenth anniversary with headliners Matthew Sweet, Damhnait Doyle and the return of Alejandro Escovedo. Along with its series at The Carleton, this year the festival branches out into three local breweries in both Halifax & Dartmouth over its eight days. More information at halifaxurbanfolkfestival.com.

American powerpop revivalist Matthew Sweet is one of the headliners at this year's Halifax Urban Folk Festival.
American powerpop revivalist Matthew Sweet is one of the headliners at this year’s Halifax Urban Folk Festival.

4. Halifax Fringe Festival (Aug 29-Sep 8)

Musicals, and dramas, and comedies, oh my! This non-juried multi-disciplinary festival returns for its 29th year featuring over 55 productions where 100% of the box office revenues are returned to the artists. More information at halifaxfringe.ca.

Over its 11 days, the 2019 Halifax Fringe Festival will present over 55 productions, in 350 individual performances, at over 10 venues.
Over its 11 days, the 2019 Halifax Fringe Festival will present over 55 productions, in 350 individual performances, at over 10 venues.

5. FIN Atlantic International Film Festival (Sep 12-19)

Named one of the top 20 film festivals in North America by FlightNetwork in 2018, the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival returns for its 39th year to screen films from Canada and around the world, and as a showcase for Atlantic Canadian films and artists. More information at finfestival.ca.

Join fellow film buffs at the 39th annual FIN Atlantic Film Festival.
Join fellow film buffs at the 39th annual FIN Atlantic Film Festival.