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Hector 250
marquee events
September 15 - 17, 2023

Ship Hector Tours

Hector 250 Tattoo

Bluenose II Visit & Regatta

Hector Ceilidh

Gaelic Cultural Events

Image of The Ship Hector stern docked on the Pictou waterfront
Aerial image of the main downtown core of Pictou waterfront with a carnival.
Pictou 2023 wordmark in white

We've got good
reason to celebrate!

The Ship Hector 250 Pictou 2023 logo

A history shared. A future together. 

In 2023, the Town of Pictou celebrates a convergence of two major anniversaries - the historic 250th anniversary of the landing of the Ship Hector and the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Pictou. Throughout 2023, over 20 community organizations will host events that acknowledge our past and celebrate how far we've come. We welcome you to visit this site often for event updates, and to learn more about the change makers who shaped our community. 

What's Happening?

From cultural activities to festivals and concerts, the Pictou waterfront and surrounding community is  is set to come alive this summer.  Our calendar of events is a collaboration between the Town of Pictou,  the deCoste Performing Arts Centre, the Hector Heritage Quay, the Ship Hector Descendants Project, the Pictou Lobster Carnival, and almost 20 other community partners. 


With funding support from Build Nova Scotia, 27 Creighton Street has been transformed into a vibrant waterfront event site - The Caladh Marquee. Complimenting a 300-seat tent with stage is a Love Local Vendor's  Village, play structures, art installations, fire pits,  public washrooms and a variety of seating options along the harbour’s edge.


Browse our calendar of events below and plan your visit to the Pictou Waterfront! 

Full list of events here!   Full program guide here!


Updates • Change Makers • Community Shapers

Celebration updates, and stories, photos and mementos about the people and organizations who have shaped our community.  See all stories here.

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