Festival Info

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Purchase a reserved seat at your chosen table and bring a single-person collapsible camping chair to sit in comfort (plastic folding chairs will be waiting for you at your table)NOTE: You may be sitting with others if you are not purchasing every seat at the table.

Order drinks directly from your reserved table by scanning a QR code and paying with your phone via all major credit cards, Apple Pay or Google Pay. Sit back and relax as our event staff will deliver your drinks straight to your seat! If you have General Admission tickets, there is a regular full-service bar  set up to order. Food trucks will be on site with a variety of offerings for every diet.

Enjoy the live comedy in the comfort of your own camping chair! Festival approved chairs must be single person, collapsible, not recline or have protruding leg rests/coverings. Blankets/tarps (max size 6′ x 6′) and approved festival chairs are permitted in designated General Admission areas. Chairs are NOT available for rent for General Admission ticket holders.


Situated at the base of Citadel Hill, the Garrison Grounds is a natural amphitheatre for ticket holders to enjoy live comedy from the hillside. Citadel Hill's distinctive star shape is typical of many 19th century forts built by the British military and gave the garrison sweeping arcs of fire.


Official GOCF Shuttle details below! There is no public parking available on the site, in either parking lot. The best way to get to the festival is on foot or via ride share (the best address to give would be the HFX Wanderers FC Fan Shop - 5566 Sackville St). Please be respectful of the surrounding communities when coming and going from the event!


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We are committed to Reconciliation and respectfully acknowledge that our festival is situated on the  Mi'kmaw territory, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq people. We honour their presence, stewardship and strength in this area since time immemorial. We are grateful to be a guest on this territory.

Don’t fight for parking - hop on the official GOCF Halifax shuttle to and from the Garrison Grounds sponsored by Casino Nova Scotia!  Shuttle is free to all with a ticket to that day’s show.  Shuttle will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at ½ hour before doors, leaving every ½ hour. First come, first serve.

Interested in partnering or activating your brand at the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival? Email us!


A huge thank you to all of our festival supporters – we couldn’t do it without you!


VIP Reserved ticket holders have chairs at their table; however if you want to bring a single person camping chair for some extra comfort for yourself feel free to!

General Admission is grass seating on the big hill, we suggest bringing a waterproof blanket or small tarp! There is very limited flat seating for GA’s.

VIP Reserved ticket holders may bring their own festival approved chair to sit in extra comfort. Chairs must be single person, collapsible, not recline or have protruding leg rests/coverings. Chairs not adhering to festival guidelines will not be permitted through the gates.

The majority of General Admission seating in Halifax will be on the hill, so bring a small blanket! (max size 6′ x 6′)

Safety of our attendees, performers and staff is of upmost importance to us. We are constantly monitoring the weather with our meteorologist and will inform you via email and social media updates if there is anything to share; otherwise we’re all systems go!

Umbrellas are permitted, but must be under 42″ in diameter and cannot have or pointed tips.

Don’t panic! If you are having any technical difficulties on the ticketing system, please visit support.tixr.com and submit a Support Ticket (blue button at the top right) and a Tixr Customer Service Agent will help you out! Tickets for The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival are only sold online.

If your Postal Code is giving you an error, try entering it without a space in the middle. If that doesn’t work, please reach out to Tixr Support ([email protected]) and they can definitely help you through it!

You absolutely can as long as inventory is available and you are upgrading to the same Ticket Tier or higher. Email [email protected] with your order information and they will help you out!

Upgrades are available on site (while quantity lasts) at the Box Office (before gates) or Guest Services (after gates).

Not this year; something we will look at in the future. Every ticket is sold for its individual single day access.

Friday August 11Jerry Seinfeld | Mario Joyner | Trent McClellan | Hosted by Matt Wright

Saturday August 12Anthony Jeselnik | Zarna Garg | Michael Longfellow | Hosted by Andrew Evans

Sunday August 13Bill Burr | Tony V | Todd Parker | Hosted by Dale Ward
Doors at 3:00 (VIP) / 4:00 (GA) / EARLY SHOW
Last Call for Table Service at 6:15pm, Last Call at Walk-Up Bar at 7:30pm

Exact comedian stage times will not be posted as the schedule is subject to change. Make sure to come down early and enjoy the festivities!

The festival site is fully licensed! Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, as well as various food options including options for those with dietary restrictions.

Nope; everything is live and in person!

Bill Burr’s performance will be a phone-free experience. Use of phones, smart watches and accessories will not be permitted on the festival grounds during that time. Upon arrival at the event you will be given a Yondr pouch. If you have a General Admission ticket you will be required to secure and lock your phone, smart watch and accessories in the pouch upon entry. If you have a VIP Reserved ticket, you must place your phone, smart watch and accessories in it and lock it when instructed. This process will be monitored by security and event staff. Guests maintain possession of their devices at all times, guests can access their devices during this period only in the designated Phone Use Area within the grounds. All devices will be re-secured in Yondr pouches before returning to the performance space. Event staff will unlock your Yondr pouch as you exit the grounds. Anyone seen using a device (phone, smart watch or accessories) during the performance will be escorted out of the grounds by security. We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free experience. All pouches and equipment are routinely sanitized. The Yondr staff is trained and required to follow safety guidelines and hygiene protocols.

There will be no re-entry for this festival. Please ensure you have everything you need for the day before you arrive on site!

FREE FESTIVAL RUNNING TO AND FROM CASINO NOVA SCOTIA! Please be respectful of the surrounding communities when coming and going from the event and obey all city parking restrictions. Please do not drink and drive – if you need help getting a cab after the show find a Security member or Festival Management and we can help you find your way!

The event grounds are fully accessible within their own limitations of being a natural uneven grass surface.  Accessible washrooms will be available on site. Please reach out if there is anything we can do to assist or make your experience more accommodating! A designated viewing area for those in wheelchairs and their +1 can be arranged Read more about our Accessibility efforts here!

No, these events are all NO MINORS – no exceptions.

  • Government issued photo identification
  • A jacket or blanket for the cooler evenings
  • Soft-sided backpacks or collapsible soft-sided wagons for carrying your belongings are acceptable; please tuck them under your table!
  • A charged up phone!
  • Credit card
  • Sunglasses
  • Up to 1L of water (must be factory sealed) per person is allowed
  • Small commercially sealed snacks are allowed, within reason
  • No outside drinks are permitted (only up to 1L of water in a factory sealed bottle)
  • No home made food permitted (commercially sealed snacks only)
  • Your kids! (19+ event)
  • Glass containers or glass of any kind
  • Hard-sided coolers or wagons
  • Chairs that do not collapse, two-person chairs, couches, etc
  • Umbrellas over 42″ in diameter (cannot have metal or pointed tips)
  • Large banners or signs
  • Professional cameras, GoPros, selfie sticks, drones or audio/video recording devices
  • Tents or pole structures of any kind
  • Pets (service animals only)
  • Frisbees, sports balls, beach balls, etc
  • Weapons or anything that could resemble a weapon
  • Gang insignia, offensive signs/clothing, etc
  • Noise makers, fireworks, laser pointers, pocket knives, tools or any other potentially harmful items

All guests and their belongings will be subject to search prior to entering the festival site. Security and Festival Management reserves the right to refuse entry to persons and/or belongings at their discretion.

There is NO SMOKING OR VAPING at the Garrison Grounds and no re-entry. 

Vendors – fire us an email to [email protected] 

Volunteers and Bar staff – visit our JOIN THE TEAM page for more info and to apply!