Annapolis Riverfest gearing up for day of family fun July 14 | Nova News Now

BRIDGETOWN, NS – When Clean Annapolis River Project’s fourth Annapolis River Festival rolls around on July 14, there won’t be any shortage of things to do as crowds pay tribute the historic waterway.

The celebration of the environmental, historical, cultural, and recreational values of the Annapolis River runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes everything from thrills of the dragon boat races to the new warm and fuzzy petting farm for the kids.

As usual, the emphasis is on family fun with lots of free things to do on the water and in the park.

Besides free admission, there will be a bouncy tent, touch tank, petting farm, educational displays, and more, plus lots of live music, boat races, lots of food, and even river tours.

Besides the dragon boat races, with 17 teams this year, there are other on-the-water challenges. Festival goers can sign up for the canoe and kayak sprint race, and the canoe obstacle race. Both are fun to do and as much fun to watch.

Join the HMCS Acadia Sea Cadets and an interpretive guide on a one-hour tour of the Annapolis River featuring the area’s natural and cultural heritage. It’s free, but you might want to buy a CARP membership or make a small donation.

You have to register for the guided river tours, so contact the CARP office to reserve. (902)-532-7533 or [email protected] Sail times are 1, 2, and 4:30 p.m.


All day activities:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Petting farm, kids activities-(bouncy castle, games, touch tank),
skills village, live music

Live Music:
12:30 p.m. – Caleb Miles
1:30 p.m. – Michael Robertson and Jeff Barteaux
2:30 p.m. – Jill & the Rumours
3:30 p.m. – The Idle Threats
4:30 p.m. – the Justin Wood Band

Dragon boat races:

Round 1 starts at 9 a.m.

Round 2 starts at 11 a.m.

Consolation is at 2 p.m.
Final is set for 3 p.m.
Pre-registration required

Canoe and kayak sprint race
1 p.m. racer briefing/ 1:30 p.m. race start
Pre-registration available online or at the main Festival registration

Canoe obstacle course
3:30 p.m. racer briefing/ 4 p.m. race start
Pre-registration available online or at the main Festival registration

Guided interpretive boat tours
Departures at 1, 2, 4:30 pm
Must check in 15 minutes in advance
Pre-registration available online or at the main Festival registration

Food and Beverage Tent
— Lunn’s Mill beer and barbecue pork/chicken/veg skewers;

— Boars Back Cider;

— Mud Hens Diner (burgers, hotdogs, fries);

— Soul Bliss Creations (Indian food, popcorn, lemonade);

— D’Aubins Family Meats;

— Mama Sofia’s Pizza;

— CARP table (ceviche/hummus/salsa and guac sharing plates, baked treats, coffee, Den’s Fudge.

About CARP

Clean Annapolis River Project is an environmental NGO that operates throughout the Annapolis River watershed, with an office in Annapolis Royal. Its mission is to enhance the ecological health of the Annapolis River watershed through science, leadership, and community engagement. For more information visit

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