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Live Music

Municipality of Chester

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

Location: 36 Treasure Dr, Western Shore

Leave it to that four-season sensation Oak Island Resort to keep the music playing for 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

Group wearing Latin American suits playing string instruments on a stage.

Location: 22 Pleasant St, 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

Group of three old men playing string instruments on a small stage decorated with Christmas wreaths and lights in the Hubbards Barn.

Location: #57 Hwy, Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Hubbards

Hubbards Farmers' Market 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 with 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

The Rope Loft pub at night, a two story grey building with a large deck area by the bay reflecting in the water.

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.


The Legions

Close up of a guitar and banjo being played.

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. The 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

A group watching a band play on the bandstand at sunset.

Location: By the Chester Yscht Club, 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 7 pm the seaside bandstand beside the Chester Yacht Club comes alive with the sound of music. From show tunes and classics by concert and brass bands to old-time swing and those rock 'n roll standards - we invite you to pull up your lawn chair and take it all in. 


Picnic in the Park - Village of Chester

A bunch of families sitting on lawn chairs and picnic blankets around a gazebo in Lordly Park.

Location: 109 Central St, Chester

Picnic in the Park at Lordly Park in the Village of Chester runs every Tuesday evening in the summer, from 6 pm - 8 pm, 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

Close up of two men playing electric guitars.

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 late at 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.