The World's Largest

Annual Indoor Show

What is it?

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a week-long event held every year in Nova Scotia. The two-and-a-half hour family show is fast-paced – every scene only lasts about 3-6 minutes, so there is always something new to see and experience. Looking for a taste of true Nova Scotia? There’s bagpipes, highland dancers and military traditions.

Hoping for something more modern? The Tattoo also features innovative acrobatic acts, modern music, contemporary dancing, trampoline routines and cutting-edge videos.

There are also workshops and festival events all free! Check out the details by exploring the menu options above.

When is it?

The first week of July every year! In 2017, the Tattoo will take place June 29 - July 6.

Who will enjoy it?

Everybody! Young and old alike will enjoy this spectacular display. It is for tourists and locals, children and seniors, students and parents, couples and families. It is for you….

Where is it?

The Scotiabank Centre, a modern, air-conditioned arena located in the very heart of Downtown Halifax

Festival and Parade

The Tattoo Festival includes:

• A series of free noon-time concerts, parades and performances take place in various locations around the city, principally focused on the Spring Garden Road Area, but also taking place in the Waterfront, Grand Parade and other venues further afield. These happen most days during the run of the Tattoo. The 2017 Festival Events schedule will be announced at a later date.

• July 1st is Canada's birthday and we help celebrate with a gigantic parade in downtown Halifax featuring the entire cast. Join us for the Sobeys Tattoo Canada Day Parade on July 1st!

Who is in it?

The cast of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo includes people of all ages and backgrounds. Featuring military, police and civilian performers, the show is a true partnership. You will see and hear pipes and drums, military and civilian bands, historic re-enactments, dancers, acrobats, choirs, military displays and competitions, drama, comedy and much more.

The participants are without a doubt, the best in the world at what they do and they come from all over the world to take part.

Want tickets?

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 1-877-451-1221 or (902) 451-1221 and at designated ticket outlets.

Tourist Info

For information on how to get here, check out our resources.

Want to be involved?

The Tattoo Production Office can be contacted by:


Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Unit 6 - 10 Morris Drive 
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3B 1K8


(902) 420-1114



(902) 423-6629

(please note tickets cannot be purchased through the Production Office).