If you’re heading to Halifax this summer, here are some key events you won’t want to miss out on:

Halifax Festivals
Nova Scotia is well-known for its festivals, with more than 800 happening throughout the province each year and Halifax features some of the best.

>> June brings a spectacular musical and culinary showcase of Canada’s ethnic diversity at the 24th Annual Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival on the Dartmouth Waterfront. (June 20-22, www.multifest.ca)

>> July is packed with great events, including the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (July 1-8, www.nstattoo.ca), the Atlantic Jazz Festival (July 11-19, www.jazzeast.com), and Halifax Pride Week Festival (July 20-27, www.halifaxpride.org). In August, don’t miss the 21st annual Halifax International Busker Festival of street performers in downtown Halifax (Aug. 7-17, www.buskers.ca).

Yacht Race
The Nova Scotia continues to perform well in its trek around the globe as part of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

The Clipper 07-08 race started Sept. 16, 2007, with ten Clipper ‘68s taking part. The final leg of the journey has the fleet leaving the Caribbean bound for New York. Before crossing the Atlantic a third time, the fleet visits Nova Scotia then heads east for Cork, Ireland, with the final chase across the Irish Sea back to Liverpool.

They are scheduled to arrive in Halifax June 7-12, 2008. See www.clipperroundtheworld.com.

Halifax’s friendly atmosphere defines the city, but it’s the harbour that remains its soul and casts a spell over all who visit. The magnificent harbour extends inland 16 kilometres from its seaward approaches and flows through the Narrows under two bridges that connect Dartmouth and Halifax. Glimpses of the old garrison town can still be seen as warships moor at the navel dockyard. Cruise ships dock at the same place Canadian soldiers once embarked for the battlefields of Europe. Join the more than 215,000 cruise passengers on 131 cruise ships expected to visit Halifax as a port of call in 2008. Stroll the boardwalk along the edge of the world’s second largest natural harbour, starting at the Cruise Pavilion and past Historic Properties.

Tall ships
Halifax harbour will host Tall Ships July 16-20, 2009. The American Sail Training Association is excited about returning to Halifax as no other city has won their prestigious Port of the Year award more often. Visit www.tallshipsnovascotia.com

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