Peggys Cove Area Festival of the Arts

The beauty of The Peggy's Cove Region inspires many artists, be they painters, potters, sculptors,  woodworkers, etc. Art studios dot the roadways in the region but are often hard to find. Many artists work from their homes or use the great outdoors as their studio. The purpose of this festival is a celebration of art presenting opportunities for you to meet a large gathering of artists and view and purchase their wonderful work.
Peggy's Cove Area Festival of the Arts July 4th to 16th, 2018

Already a highly anticipated event locally, the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts has become a "must-do" for art lovers and visitors to our area. With a variety of events taking place between July 4th and 16th, 2018 you’ll find something to delight you in this exceptional place that inspires so many artists. 
Our coastal arts festival will be highlighted by three main events in 2018, including “Opening Night”, “Studio Tour”, and live painting experience, “Paint Peggy’s Cove.”

Paint Peggy’s Cove is a three-day event that highlights the beauty and heritage of the shorelines, fishing village, and surrounding area. Artists will bring brushes, oils, watercolours, pastels, and pencils to create new works inspired by this unique Nova Scotian community by setting up on the rocks, wharves, and park areas. Once complete, each day’s works—as well as studio pieces by the same artists—will be on view and for sale in a large Mongolian yurt located a short walk from the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse.
Watch artists at work, soak up the views, and fall in love with a painting as it is being created. There will also be demonstrations by local artisans and a children’s art tent offering a variety of free creative activities.
This three day event takes place on Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th and Monday 16th of July, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Festival Information Centre


Open every day from June 29 to July 6th,  10 am – 5 pm.
  • Exhibition and sale of art works by artists participating in the 2018 Studio Tour.
  • Opening Night ticket sales
  • Information about all Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts events
  • Studio Tour Guides, Maps and Passports
  • Refreshments
  • Demonstrations
Located in Tantallon, at the Crossroads  (Hwy 3 & Hwy 333)
The Studio Tour celebrates art and artists in the St. Margaret’s Bay area with 36 locations showcasing 60 artists. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., studios, group showings, and galleries will be open to welcome visitors and showcase the works of many diverse, talented artists. The studio tour allows visitors to chart their own free, self-guided tour through quaint communities, coves, and harbours, and experience the artistic process at work through demonstrations and exhibits.
Throughout the weekend, visitors are invited to enter their names in a draw for an art gift certificate worth $500. Entries are available in all tour locations.
Find locations using the Studio Tour Guide Book (including map and GPS coordinates) available at all visitor information centers and kiosks. The event will take place on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, and Sunday 16th of July.
You can also download a PDF version of the entire Guide Book from our website, Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts, Studio Tour.  
The Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts will open on  Wednsday July 4th with a gala reception at Shining Waters Marina featuring live musical entertainment, refreshments, a silent auction of art and craft works, and a “Community Canvas” created by attendees. Join us at this vibrant arts experience!
Tickets will be available online in the spring of 2018. For more information, visit our website at Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts, Opening Night.
Admission is free to most events. Workshops will have admission fees and material costs, if applicable. Ticket prices will be available in the spring of 2018.    Phone: 902-225-5199   Email:
Between festivals, you can always find fine art and craft in this area. Find a list of the galleries or check our Studio Tour page. Access our current on-line Studio Tour Map, most of which is good year-round, by clicking on the map photo on the right hand side of this page. Call ahead to confirm opening hours before starting out. Music events are often held at local venues such as Paul’s Hall in Glen Haven, The Shore Club, The Trellis Restaurant and local churches.
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