Our History

The Annapolis Valley Music Festival, formerly known as the Kings County Music Festival, was started in 1978/79 as a result of the initiative, enthusiasm, and hard work of its two founders, Hetty Jackson and Marlene Jackson, two well-known Valley musicians. The first festival took place in 1979 and lasted two days. Over the years the Festival has grown steadily and now lasts two weeks and attracts about 3,000 participants each year. Performers have the choice of taking part in either competitive or non-competitive classes.

The AVMF is one of eight regional festivals in Nova Scotia, all of which are eligible to send entrants to the annual NS Provincial Festival which, in turn, sends winners to the annual National Festival.

The Provincial Festival has been held several times in Wolfville at Acadia University, the Festival’s principal patron. Our festival was the host for the 2003 National Music Festival. Competitors from the AVMF have consistently done well at both the provincial and national levels of competition.

The AVMF is a community initiative, run by volunteers who believe, as you do, in the importance of music in the lives of all those who have participated over the years. Thank you for supporting us!