The East Coast is known for its distinctive musical sounds. Here in the Municipality of Chester this music can be heard year round with everything from intimate singer/songwriter shows, to outdoor concerts, to full-on stage productions.
Oak Island Resort - Western Shore
Leave it to that four-season sensation Oak Island Resort to keep the music playing 12 months of the year. In addition their always exciting special events - you're sure to find entertainment on the menu in their Three Sheets Bar + Social. You can listen to amazing East Coast musicians, enjoy their delicious food and drink, and take in the incredible ocean view while you're at it.
Chester Playhouse - Village of Chester
The Chester Playhouse is legendary for live entertainment especially when it comes to their summer presentations. From a wonderful lineup of award-winning artists in their concert series to stage-filling choral choirs like Nova Voce to full-on productions like "Opry Gold," to Kitchen Parties. Check out their website for what's on this season.
Hubbards Farmers' Market - Hubbards
It takes a special kind of market to make Chatelaine's list of Canada's Best that's why we weren't surprised to see our very own Hubbards Farmers' Market in the mix. It has the perfect blend of everything local and fresh you could be looking for - including produce, baked goods, art, jewelry, jams, jellies, meat, flowers, candles, candies, spirits, and of course live music. Every Saturday morning from May through October (and at their Christmas Markets too), you can shop and mingle to the music being played on their stage. Always showcasing local talent - you'll be treated to an ever-changing array of genres from Country to Bluegrass, Folk and Celtic to those Rock 'n Roll classics. It's a wonderful way to immerse yourself in this community and shop while you're at it.
Restaurants and Distilleries
If the menus and setting weren't enough to entice you, many of our restaurants and distilleries feature live music year-round. Visit our restaurant directory page for more information.
Chester Legion - Village of Chester
The Chester Legion Branch 44 is another great place to enjoy live performances. With a year-round focus on featuring great local bands - theirs is a lineup that's always changing and always entertaining. Same goes for the great team at the New Ross Legion who host a year-round Friday Night Live Music program.
Chester Bandstand Summer Concert Series - Village of Chester
Summertime in the Municipality of Chester is made ever so much sweeter by the free Chester Bandstand Summer Concert Series. Every Sunday evening at 7pm the seaside bandstand beside the Chester Yacht Club comes alive with the sound of music. From showtunes and classics by concert and brass bands, to old time swing and those rock 'n roll standards - we invite pull up your lawn chair and take it all in.
Picnic in the Park - Village of Chester
Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park in the Village of Chester runs every Tuesday evening in the summer, from 6pm - 8pm, with live music for dancing and picnic dining. Guests are asked to bring their personal picnic and their dancing shoes.
Chester Race Week - Village of Chester
And summer just wouldn't be summer without Canada’s largest annual sailing regatta - Helly Hansen Chester Race Week. While there's a lot of action on the water, there's also plenty on shore. That includes live entertainment every day and into the late night. With every genre from classic rock to East Coast favourites - you'll be dancing dockside in sunshine and starlight.
Nearby Live Music
If you're a lover of live music then you'll want to get a look at the lineup of performers at the legendary Shore Club in Hubbards. While they may be known for their lobster suppers, they're also considered the Last of the Great Dance Halls here in Nova Scotia which means you'll be treated to the very best in East Coast artists all season long.
As far as festivals go - the award-winning Lunenburg Harbour Folk Festival is second to none. Each year - for four days in August - music lovers flock to this distinct UNESCO World Heritage town for the best of Folk music and a healthy dose of fun. As the longest-running music festival in Nova Scotia and one of the oldest in Canada - this all-ages event offers something for everyone.