Patio Lanterns FAQ

Get the answers to all your questions and find out how to get your business involved with Nova Scotia’s newest event; the Patio Lanterns Festival!


What are the event dates?

Patio Lanterns Festival runs July 15 – October 11, 2021

What exactly is the Patio Lanterns Festival?

The Patio Lanterns Festival is a Nova Scotia-wide initiative aiming to support local musicians and performers by offering funding to businesses in our province.

Businesses in Nova Scotia can also sign up to have a listing on the Patio Lanterns landing page with a Patio Lanterns “offer” such as a drink special, fun game, or summer decor.

Between these special offers and the live music, we hope to give locals and visitors a fun-filled summer with something to do every night of the week.

When will funding opportunities become available for Nova Scotia businesses interested in offering live music?

Live-music funding for businesses in the HRM only are available now. You can apply here.

Businesses outside HRM can find out where to apply here.

Businesses will be applying for funding within their respective region. For example, if you are a business in the Halifax Region, you will apply through Discover Halifax. If you are a business in Pictou, you will apply through Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores (DEANS).

When and where can I sign up to have a listing on the patio lanterns landing website?

Now! You can sign up here to have your business listed on the Patio Lanterns website.

When signing up, we encourage you to list your summer performance schedule, a fun Patio Lanterns drink special or what décor you will have.

Where do I upload my live-music events and schedule?

If you are hosting live music or performances and want them added to the Patio Lanterns Festival and Discover Halifax Events Calendars, you can upload them here!

Who can participate?

Any restaurant, bar, cafe, retailer, attraction, or other consumer-facing business in Nova Scotia are eligible to take part in the Patio Lanterns Festival. Businesses are not required to have a patio to get involved.

Do I need to have a patio to sign up or apply for live music funding?

You do not need a patio to sign up.

Will you provide graphics for sharing on social media?

Yes! Click here to access the Patio Lanterns Festival logo, social media assets, customizable posters, and additional related promotional materials!

Have a Patio Lanterns question we haven’t answered? Get in touch!