Festivals & Events June 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why 2018 is the BEST Year to See the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

It’s nearly time for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, and this summer’s show is one you won’t want to miss.


The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo takes place in Halifax, NS from June 26-July 2, 2018.
Purchase tickets online, or by phone at 1-877-451-1221 (Canada only) or (902) 451-1221.

1 – It’s a BIG year for the Tattoo!

This year the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo turns 40! The very first show of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo was intended to be a one-and-done event, but the public, the Canadian Armed Forces, and the Nova Scotia government loved it so much that it became an annual event.

To celebrate its ruby jubilee, the Tattoo is throwing a ceilidh at each show! This means that no matter how many times you’ve seen the Tattoo before, you’ve never experienced it like this.

2 – Brand new performers from countries never before represented at the Tattoo

Brazilian circus performers, Jordanian warriors sworn to protect the King of Jordan, a Jordanian drill unit, and a Singaporean police band are some of the groups join the show to perform this year. This will be the very first time those countries are represented in the history of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.

The Royal Circassian Honour Guard of Jordan

3 – 7 Days, 7 Continents, 1 Tattoo!

For the first time ever, performers from every continent on the planet will take part in the show!

Australia, Brazil, Germany, Jordan, Kenya, Russia, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada will make this the most international Tattoo ever! And yes, there’s something special planned for Antarctica…

Cores da Bahia – Brazil

4 – Tradition with a Twist

The Tattoo will always be known for its traditional performances like the pipes and drums and the Highland Dancers, as well as for its strong connection to the Canadian Armed Forces.

This year the Tattoo is planning on honouring the show’s tradition – with a twist! It’s the same show you know and love, but with a fresh spin (sometimes literally, in the case of German BMXers, Team Airtime!).

Team Airtime – Germany

5 – Downtown Halifax is Getting Legendary

While you’re out and about in downtown Halifax, make the most of it during the Tattoo! Many local restaurants, shops and stops will participate in sharing the Tattoo spirit, offering a legendary downtown experience.

Be sure to share your experience on social media with the hashtag #HeroesAndLegends.

6 – Women in Service

One of the Tattoo’s big themes this year is Women in Service, which will honour women of all backgrounds who aided in the war effort and maintaining peace. This includes the Dalhousie Nursing Sisters, volunteers on the Home Front, and continues on to present-day soldiers working the Canadian Armed Forces and as first responders.

DID YOU KNOW: The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is the only tattoo in the world led by a woman, Jennie King!

7 – Heather Rankin is Here in Halifax!

Pairing the Tattoo with Cape Breton’s sweetheart, Heather Rankin, is a match made for the East Coast.

Heather Rankin joins the Tattoo as a vocal soloist, and she’ll be performing with the Tattoo Highland Dance Team.

8 – Cyndi Cain Brings the Soul!

Cyndi Cain is also brand new this year. As one of the East Coast’s most talented soul singers, Cyndi is no stranger to sold out crowds. She’s performed with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Michael Bublé, and even performed for The Queen when she last visited Halifax!

9 – The Tattoo Festival

If you’re looking for fun, free family events then don’t miss the Tattoo Festival, which takes place daily from June 27th to July 1st . Tattoo performers will spread out around the city at various locations to showcase their talents in hour-long events.

10 – Canada Day the Tattoo Way

The Tattoo is spreading out on Canada Day, so instead of the traditional Canada Day Parade, they’re taking over the Halifax Commons.

The SkyHawks, the Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team, will jump over the Commons that morning. Meanwhile, down on the ground, Tattoos & Trucks will set up at the Emera Oval with plenty of awesome trucks on display. There will also be food vendors, live music, bouncy castles and so much more.

The Tattoo is presenting two shows on Canada Day, a matinee at 2pm and an evening show at 7pm, and you’ll be out well in time for fireworks!

See more Canada Day 2018 events in Halifax

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo runs from June 26th to July 2nd at the Scotiabank Centre, and tickets start at $25.



In addition to blogging for Discover Halifax, Jess Ilse is the Communications Coordinator for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.


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