Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo – Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the Tattoo?
The Tattoo runs 2.5 hours with a 20-minute intermission.
What time is the show?
Matinees begin at 2:00 pm; evening shows begin at 7:00 pm.
How early should I arrive?
Doors open an hour before show time.
If I missed the matinee, can I still get tickets for that evening’s show?
A. Unfortunately, there is only one show per day unless otherwise specified. You can access our schedule by clicking here.
Who’s in the show?
A. We’re glad you asked! We announce our cast in the spring, but you can check out our 2019 Tattoo page for updates throughout the year.
I’m bringing my baby to the show – how loud is it?
We advise that you bring earplugs or headphones for small children as there are loud cannon and gun blasts periodically. The host will let you know before the show begins if you should anticipate any loud noises.
Should I dress up?
That’s entirely up to you as there is no formal dress code. Many audience members attend in casual clothes, but there are those that wear kilts and tartan to honour their heritage, suits/dresses, or military uniforms to show respect to those serving.
Why are there people with cameras on the floor?
We film our first show for archival and promotional purposes. From time to time, additional shooting may be required, and we will announce when this, but the bulk is during dress rehearsals and the first show.
A DVD, you say?
Yes! You can buy the 2018 DVD now.
I have family in New York who want to watch the show. Where can I find information about your PBS broadcasts?
We’re very fortunate to partner with PBS stations across the United States – and some reach into Canadian homes! – each year. You can find a full list of showtimes by visiting our PBS page.
What if I want to watch on Eastlink?
Our showtimes for Eastlink are listed on our Eastlink page. The show airs in Nova Scotian homes but is also available on Eastlink OnDemand.
I’ll be in Halifax this fall and would love to see the show. What are your dates?
Unfortunately we’ll miss you! We only run for a week in the summer – usually the first week in July. In 2019 our dates are June 29 th to July 6 th.
What’s it like behind the scenes?
We’re glad you asked! You can book a backstage tour and see what goes in to producing an internationally acclaimed show for only $15/person or $7.50/child plus tax. Tours are offered daily except for Canada Day at 10:30 am or 3:30 pm depending on the show time. For more information, please call us at 902-420-1114!
What other fun things do you do during Tattoo Week?
We have the Tattoo Festival! It’s a week-long event that takes place at various locations in Halifax and Dartmouth. The Festival is totally free and fun for all ages. For more information, visit our Festival page.
I want to bring my baby to the show, am I allowed?
You are – the Scotiabank Centre policy is that children under the age of 2 are permitted free entry and don’t require a ticket. However, you can stop by the Ticket Atlantic Box Office to pick up a lap pass, which will account for your baby being in the building.
We stopped for fast food on our way in – are we allowed to bring it inside?
The Scotiabank Centre does not allow outside food inside, but there are plenty of delicious food kiosks inside!
I want to snap some photos of the show – can I bring my camera?
No cameras, recording or video is permitted.
Is there parking at the Scotiabank Centre?
There isn’t, but there are several options for parking nearby, including metered street parking and parking garages.
Our friends at the Downtown Halifax Business Commission have this handy page about Parking Smart in Downtown Halifax, so be sure to check it out!
And if you’d rather not worry about parking, Halifax Transit has you covered. Several buses stop at the Scotia Square terminal just down the hill from us – check out their routes and schedules by clicking the link.
I require an accessible entrance to the Scotiabank Centre. Can you point me in the right direction?
Absolutely! There are two accessible entrances: one is at the corner of Duke and Brunswick Street; the other is inside where the Ticket Atlantic Box Office is located. If you go to the end of the hall towards Carmichael Street, you will be directed to a hallway that leads to ice level. From there, an elevator attendant will make sure you get upstairs to the seating area.
I’m not good with stairs. Can you advise me on how best to get to my seat?
All lower bowl sections now offer handrails to help patrons up and down the stairs, except for Sections 6-10 and 20-24 in rows A-J. If you require further assistance, ushers are placed at the top of every section and will be able to further assist you.
The Tattoo sounds like fun! Where do I buy my tickets?
You can buy your Tattoo tickets online, by phone, in person at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office, or at participating outlets.
To purchase online: visit Ticket Atlantic’s website
To purchase by phone: 1-902-451-1221 or 1-877-451-1221 (toll-free within Canada)
*PLEASE NOTE: You cannot purchase tickets from the Tattoo Production Office*
Do you offer any discounts?
To qualify for a child discount you must be between the ages of 3-12; for a youth discount you must be between the ages of 13-19; seniors discount is 60+.
If you’re a service member, veteran or first responder, we are pleased to offer a 10% discount on tickets. Please click here to see a list of applicable groups, and please note that ID may be requested at the time of booking.
If you’re a member of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union or the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, we are pleased to offer a 10% discount on tickets. Please click here for more information.
We’ve also partnered with CAA Atlantic to offer a 15% discount on Gold/A+ seating to its members.
What does my ticket price include?
While your ticket price does not include taxes, Ticket Atlantic charges a service fee dependent on whether you purchase your tickets online, in person, or by phone.
I saw Tattoo tickets on another event website. Are they valid?
Ticket Atlantic is the only authorized ticket agent of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, so please ensure that you purchase your tickets through them.
What seating would you recommend for Tattoo tickets?
The nature of the Tattoo is that it’s always moving around the floor, so there truly aren’t any bad seats. Unlike a hockey game where the best seats are at ice level, the further back you sit the better you can see the military formations.
I’m looking to get a tattoo. Can I schedule an appointment with you?
If we had a dollar every time someone called us with this question… We can’t help you but click here for a list of tattoo parlours in Halifax.
Was 50/50 claimed at yesterday’s show?
You can check the status on our 50/50 draws by visiting this page or by checking the Tattoo’s Facebook page.
Unless otherwise stated, please assume that all 50/50 prizes have been claimed. In cases where a prize has not been claimed, we are required by law to advertise this fact, and will do so on our website and social media channels.
I want to be in the show! How can I make this happen?
Awesome! Please send links to your official website, any performance videos, and other relevant information to email@example.com. We’re always scouting for new acts and will ensure that your information is passed along to the production team!
Please note: the Tattoo does not pay its performers.
I know a group you should get for a future Tattoo! How can I make this happen?
We’re always scouting for new acts, so if you have suggestions please send us their information, same as above, and we’ll ensure that it’s passed along to the production team!
I want to volunteer with the Tattoo. How can I make this happen?
We have a passionate group of volunteers and we’re always looking for more! If you’re interested in volunteering, we suggest you start with our Volunteers page, where you’ll find more information about the different aspects of the Tattoo and will be able to fill out our Volunteer Application form.
How is the Canadian Armed Forces involved?
The Tattoo is presented by the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society with great input from the Canadian Armed Forces. Simply put, the CAF is our largest supporter. They have been with us every step of the way and provide crucial support to the production both on stage and behind the scenes.
I’m interested in a career in the Canadian Armed Forces. Can you point me in the right direction?
You can find more information about a military career by visiting their official website.
What else can I do in while I’m here?
There is so much to do and see in Halifax – and in Nova Scotia! We recommend checking out the following links:
- Discover Halifax for all things local
- Tourism Nova Scotia for all things provincial, and
- Downtown Halifax Business Commission for all things downtown
I’m a tour operator and I’m interested in learning more about the Tattoo. Do you have group rates?
We offer group rates for groups of 25 or more. You can learn more about this by visiting our Group Sales page.
Can I reserve seats for 2019 or 2020?
Absolutely. To reserve group tickets for 2019, please call 902-420-4625. If you’re itching to book for 2020, here’s the form you’ll need. You will be contacted in the fall of 2019 if you are booking for 2020.