Johnny Miles Marathon and Running Event Weekend

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Race Director - PO Box 426, New Glasgow N.S. B2H-5E5

June 18 & 19, 2016

The Johnny Miles Race Event Weekend is one of Atlantic Canada's premiere running events, named in honour of one of Canada's greatest runners of all time - Johnny Miles. Held each summer in New Glasgow, the Johnny Miles Marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon - an event won twice by Johnny Miles - 1926 and 1929. The late Dr. John Miles Williston, named after the great marathon runner, was a well known physician and community leader of New Glasgow, who began the New Glasgow event in 1975 and established a legacy that has grown over the years beyond a single Marathon Race into fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy. The event offers a prestigious running competition that inspires personal bests and a recreational event that engages the whole community. Both competitive and recreational runners enjoy the support of hundreds of spectators who gather to cheer on the participants. The community supports the event at every level, from amazing volunteers and outstanding corporate support to families and friends challenging and supporting each other achieve a healthier lifestyle.


 New Glasgow Pre- Canada Day Celebrations-
June 30, 2016 starting at 6:00pm- 10:00pmfireworks
 Glasgow Square Theatre

 Come out to celebrate Canada Day early with a flag-raising ceremony, children’s games, the Mayor's Ice Cream Social and live music. The festivities include performances held on the outdoor stage of Glasgow  Square followed by a bang up finale of fireworks at 10:00pm. Bring your lawn chair and Canada flag! Included this year are more children's activites, vendors from the New Glasgow Farmers Market, a free concert by  Rawlins Cross and a special presentation of the Lt Governor Community Spirit Award to the Town of New Glasgow. Watch local media for more details. Theme this year is an old fashioned town fair. 







New Glasgow Music Jubilee
Glasgow Square Theatre- July 29- July 31- Headliner Burton Cummings


 The Jubilee has been host to East Coast Music Association, Music Nova Scotia and Juno Award winners and nominees. The distinctive setting and outdoor amphitheatre provides music lovers with the most engaging and intimate music experience of its kind. Rock, Blues, Folk, Country and the best East Coast music make up this event’s incomparably eclectic line-up. Don’t miss it!

  • Three-time Music Nova Scotia Event of the Year
  • ECMA Event of the Year Nominee
  • A Nova Scotia Signature Event

The Jubilee is known as a mainstay of tourism in Pictou County and a signature music event in Nova Scotia. This 3 time Music Nova Scotia (MNS) Event of the Year recipient and East Coast Music Association (ECMA) Event of the Year nominee continues to be one of the best entertainment values in Atlantic Canada.


Race on the River Dragon Boat Festival

Glasgow Square Theatre / Riverfront-July 22-23, 2016

P.O. Box 641, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia B2H 5E7

This event has become one of the most significant annual fundraisers in Pictou County, In addition to having such an important purpose it offers participants and spectators a great time. The main objective of this event is to promote healthy living and raise funds for their three very worthy beneficiaries. Over 40 teams raise pledges and then paddle and race in dragon boats along the East River. The event kicks off with opening ceremonies and exciting entertainment, races begin a 8;30am the following morning and live entertainment, concessions, good-spirited competition and zany team costumes are all part of the spectacle. To date this event has raised over  1.6 million dollars for Women Alike ABreast Cancer SurvivorsSpecial Olympics Northern Region and Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Association. 

tartansFestival of the Tartans- New Glasgow's Highland Games
Tartan Field across from former JBM Stadium-July 13-17, 2016

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Contact: Festival of the Tartans


59th annual Festival of the Tartans
New Glasgow, NS
July 13-17, 2016

Presenting Sponsors are the Town of New Glasgow and Canadian Heritage

Wednesday 13th July

  • 2pm Tartan Tea and Opening Ceremony at Carmichael-Stewart House Museum, 86 Temperance Street, New Glasgow

Thursday 14th July

  • Kilted Golf Tournament - Glen Lovat Golf Club hosted by Bombers Club –registration- 8:00am; 9:00 am shot gun start- kilted and non-kilted divisions
  • Antique and Vintage Car Show and Street Party, with a BBQ and live entertainment with the Narrows Road Band. Provost Street, Downtown New Glasgow 6 - 9pm

Friday 15th July

  • The old Pioneer Cemetery on the Pioneer Trail (10am to 11.30am) - Stewart Street, New Glasgow- hosted by local historian Lynn MacLean
  • Music on the Patio - New Glasgow Library - with multi-instrumentalist Heather Cameron from 12 - 1pm
  • 46th Annual Glen Haven Manor Garden Party , Glen Haven Manor, East River Road, New Glasgow 2 - 4pm
  • Glasgow Square Theatre 7pm: Concert with the Caledonia Scottish Fiddle Orchestra

Saturday 16th July 

  • New Glasgow’s Highland Games
  • Highland Dancing Competitions (9am start), Piping & Drumming Competitions (9am start)
  • Scottish Heavyweight Athletics (all day, starting at 10am)
  • Pipe Band performances (afternoon), Massed Bands at approximately 4pm, pending conclusion of competitions 
  • Clan Tents, Genealogy Information by PARL, Pictou County Roots Society and McCulloch Heritage Centre (10am-4pm).
    Admission: Adults $7.00; Youth (12 and under) $3.00; Children under 6, no charge.
  • (Special Invitation to Pictou County Multicultural Association - Special Admission price for those in other cultural ethnic dress- $5 per person for adults)

Sunday 17th July 

  • Kirkin O' the Tartan (10am), at the Trinity United Church, Temperance Street, New Glasgow- presented by St Andrew’s Society of Pictou County


 New Glasgow Culture Days- September 24 and 25



New Glasgow Christmas Parade-November 19, 2016 - 5:30pm
From former John Brother Mac Donald Stadium through Downtown New Glasgow

Like Christmas trees, it is just not Christmas without our annual parade of floats, bands, music, clowns and off course you know who!! This longstanding event begins at the former John Brother MacDonald Stadium at 5:30pm. The parade will leave the former John Brother MacDonald Stadium via Washington Street on to East River Road, proceed down Archimedes Street, proceed on the new round about traffic route on North Provost towards Trenton Road, turn left at the Elks Club and make this left turn back onto North Provost and then onto Provost Street. The parade will conclude on Stewart Street and parade entries will disband or return to the former Stadium.


Christmas Light Up & Community Celebration
Glasgow Square Theatre- Nov. 19, 2016 - 7:00pm


Join us to officially welcome the start of the Christmas Season on the outdoor stage of Glasgow Square Theatre. Musical entertainment, the annual LED Christmas Light Exchange with Nova Scotia Power, hot chocolate all build to  New Glasgow Mayor  turning the switch to light up the riverfront area and downtown core with Christmas colours, lit streets storefronts and public buildings.


Black Gala Homecoming
Takes place once every five years. Next Homecoming is set for 2017.


This event unites family, friends and former residents of the Black community during this week-long gala, which takes place every five years.