In some parts of the country, April and May mark the beginning of Canadian music festival season. Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories celebrates spring with the Cariblues Festival, Halifax showcases chamber music with the Scotia Festival of Music and Ottawa highlights concerts, flowers and history at the Canadian Tulip Festival.
Theatre festivals draw many tourists in the summer months, especially the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The Toronto Theatre District is Canada's largest, as well as being the third largest English-speaking theatre district in the world. Montreal's theatre district is the scene of performances that are mainly French-language. Vancouver is host to, include the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Banff Summer Arts Festival is one of the biggest art event in North America, at the Banff Center each year, including the opera, symphony, ballet and theater.
The autumn is traditionally a time for literary festivals and film festivals, such as Atlantic Canada Storytelling Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, among many others.
Winter is one of the best seasons in Canada. Especially popular in British Columbia, winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding are practiced and enjoyed regularly during the winter. Canada’s world-famous winter festivals take place in late January and February including Carnaval de Québec.
About nightlife, some big cities are very colorful, but isn’t solely oriented around boozing. Canadians love hanging out at coffee bars and these tend to stay open late, making a nice alternative to sitting in the pub. However, the major cities have at least a handful of nightclubs playing music to suit most tastes.