Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary of Confederation with big festivals and gala events. The American dollar goes a long way, so we Yanks have a financial incentive to join the party at some of the following blockbusters.
Toronto, June 14-25
This top North American arts festival opens with contemporary indigenous dance and music and features premieres of a dance opera and a musical theater spectacular. A hip-hop festival takes over the Sony Centre, while the Famous Spiegeltent, a 1920s Belgian traveling pavilion, features cabaret, music, spoken word, and theater in an intimate setting. Multiple venues, 416-368-3100, luminatofestival.com
Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Halifax, June 29-July 6
Military drill teams, bagpipers, and Highland dancers join acrobats, music ensembles, and contemporary dancers in a 2½-hour performance. Free concerts, parades, and performances occur throughout Halifax, and the entire cast marches in the July 1 Canada Day parade. Scotiabank Centre and other locations, 902-420-1114, nstattoo.ca
Montreal Cirque Festival
Montreal, July 6-16
Forget lions and tigers and bears — animals in contemporary circuses are usually fanciful creatures of the imagination. But performers, from gymnasts to jugglers, are the genuine article. And Montreal, as the North American capital of circus arts, draws an international lineup: Acrobats, aerialists, and more take over the city’s streets and theaters. Many performances are outdoors on Rue Saint-Denis and in an open-sky circus ring at Place Emilie-Gamelin. Multiple venues, 514-376-8648, montrealcompletementcirque.com/en/
Quebec City, July 18-23
The ships that visit Boston for the Tall Ships Regatta (June 17 to 22) join other sailing vessels from around the world for this celebration of Confederation. The ships and their 3,000 crew members converge on Quebec City and its south bank sister, Levis, in a spectacle of sail. Some ships will be open for boarding and visiting, and the quays of the cities will be awash in maritime activities for all ages. Ports of Quebec and Levis, 418-523-4540, rdv2017.com
Festival Acadien de Caraquet
Caraquet, New Brunswick, August 3-15
This music festival presents more than 200 largely French-speaking artists on indoor and outdoor stages. Cabaret shows, pop bands, Acadien traditional musicians, and classical and jazz ensembles are all part of the mix. Fireworks light the sky, and madcap parties abound. The Grand Tintamarre parade is expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators. Multiple venues, 506-727-2787, festivalacadien.caSend comments to email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter @BostonGlobeMag.