Celebrating the city's 122nd Natal Day (1895 – 2017), the Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival runs from Friday, August 4th until Monday, August 7th, 2017. Canada was only 28 years old when the official Natal Day celebration began in 1895 and the Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Committee salutes Canada’s 150th Birthday in 2017!

A total of 30 individual events include; family activities, live music, road races, entertainment showcase, comedy night, busker performances, the Mayor & Council Garden Party in both Halifax & Dartmouth and one of the oldest parades in Atlantic Canada. In addition, we hold three spectacular fireworks shows throughout the weekend; from a barge in Halifax Harbour on August 5th, at the Halifax Common on August 6th and at Lake Banook on August 7th.

Created with a commitment to provide low cost/no cost activities wherever possible, there’s something special planned for every age.

For more information about the Natal Day Festival, we invite you to look through the website and reserve time to join in the fun. Our final event up-dates on all programs will be listed by May 1st, 2017. So keep checking the website!

And, be sure to bring your friends and family, no matter where they (or you) are from. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 2017 Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day Festival in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia!”

Happy CANADA 150 & Happy Natal Day!!



2017 Events Listing
2017 Natal Day Parade Route

Download the Natal Day Fireworks Cancelation & Postponement Policy


The Pepsi Natal Day Parade Application Form & Route Map will be available after April 30th, 2017 – For more information & details on the 122nd Annual Pepsi Natal Day Parade please contact Greg Hayward, Grand Parade Marshall at 902-466-2339 or at greghayward@eastlink.ca