Seafest is a 10-day festival in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Since 1979 locals and visitors have come together every summer to celebrate the food, culture, and life of our coastal community.


Beginning in 1979, Seafest is a unique maritime festival that takes place every July in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Having once been under the control of the Yarmouth Development Corporation, Seafest is now run entirely by volunteers. The Canadian Government supports Seafest in the form of funding, and the town's MLA, Zach Churchill, serves as an advocate for the festival, having established its importance with Premier Stephen McNeil, published as a Stephen's Pick.

Signature events

Parades on foot, floats, and boats are part of the festival. Other events include a mackerel toss, rum running races, and sea balloons on the wharf in the harbor. The history of Yarmouth is portrayed through many tours throughout the town, along with museum day.


Seafest was nationally recognized through an online poll on as Canada's top Summer Event in 2013. The 2014 poll has begun and Seafest has won the Nova Scotia Top Summer Event and is heading to the National Poll for a second year in a row. Seafest has also been recognized provincially through the West Jet Fun'N Festival Series. Linda Deveau was also selected for the CTV News at 5 (Maritimes) "Maritimer of the Week" award at the beginning of the 35th Seafest Festival. Named the Best Festival in Nova Scotia by WestJet Fun 'n Festivals Series (2013).