Festivals & Events

Kitchen Ceilidh Series 2017

Kitchen Ceilidh Series 2017

Wednesday, June 28th 2017

Kitchen Ceilidhs held every second Wednesday at the Father John Angus Rankin Cultural Centre, Glendale, at 7 pm, beginning June 1, 2016. You will be entertained by some of Cape Breton's best, with a light lunch and fellowship to follow. Donation…

KitchenFest! | Feis a Chidsin!

KitchenFest! | Feis a Chidsin!

Saturday, July 1st 2017 - Friday, July 7th 2017

From July 1 to 7, the Island ceilidh season kicks off in style - in 30 venues, with 100+ events, and over 150 performers, Cape Breton will welcome one and all to the showcase of all things local; music, food,…

Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs

Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs

Monday, July 3rd 2017 - Friday, September 1st 2017

Make plans for one of our Blas Math lunchtime ceilidhs, and get a taste of our lively music and dance, and a hearty home-cooked meal. Tap your toes to the sounds of fiddle, piano, bagpipes, Gaelic song, and more when…

Coig Live in Concert

Coig Live in Concert

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Còig, one of Atlantic Canada's premiere traditional groups, is an ensemble of East Coast musicians originally forming to promote the Celtic Colours International Festival. In one explosive coming together, what was once solo acts on stage has amalgamated into one…

Glendale Ceilidh Days

Glendale Ceilidh Days

Friday, July 7th 2017 - Sunday, July 9th 2017

Gaelic Cultural Festival, workshops and annual Scottish Concert. The Glendale Ceilidh Days culminates on Sunday with a popular outdoor concert from 2-5 pm that draws some of Cape Breton's finest fiddlers, dancers, pipers, and Gaelic singers.   

Whycocomagh Summer Festival

Whycocomagh Summer Festival

Monday, July 10th 2017 - Sunday, July 16th 2017

Situated at the head of the Bras d'Or Lakes, Whycocomagh is an ideal location for water activities, boat tours and ceilidhs featuring traditional Scottish and Mi'kmaq talent.  Join us for ceilidhs, milling frolic, dances, canoe races, ball, hockey, soccer tournaments, street…

19th Annual Gaelic Concert Series

19th Annual Gaelic Concert Series

Tuesday, July 11th 2017

Tuesday evenings July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, and 16  Doors open at 7pm Concerts start at 8pm. The title of our concert series is derived from a song composed by local bard Hugh F. MacKenzie. While working in the…

Wednesday Night Ceilidhs

Wednesday Night Ceilidhs

Wednesday, July 12th 2017 - Wednesday, August 30th 2017

Every Wednesday evening throughout July and August, the Great Hall of the Clans comes alive with lively music, dancing, songs, and more! Experience true Nova Scotia Gaelic culture. Begins at 7:30pm

Lucy MacNeil (with Robert Durando)

Lucy MacNeil (with Robert Durando)

Friday, July 14th 2017

Enjoy a spectacular performance featuring Lucy MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils and Rob Durando at the North Highlands Community Museum For Lucy, music has always had a heartbeat and she recalls it as the centre of her childhood home where family, neighbours and visiting musicians were…

Mabou Ceilidh

Mabou Ceilidh

Wednesday, July 19th 2017 - Sunday, July 23rd 2017

The Mabou Ceilidh is a long running community festival. Various activities throughout the community including, pub night, road race, street parade, children's games and much, much more. Dust off your instruments, warm up your vocal chords and get ready for…

Strathspey Connections

Strathspey Connections

Thursday, July 20th 2017 - Thursday, July 20th 2017

The history of the Scottish Gaels is one of tragedy to triumph! The stage production, Strathspey Connections tells this dramatic tale through traditional style storytelling, music, song, dance and informative audio-visual production. Despite hazardous sea crossings and the painstaking effort…

Broad Cove Scottish Concert

Broad Cove Scottish Concert

Sunday, July 30th 2017

This annual concert is deemed the largest outdoor Scottish concert in Cape Breton.  Entertainment includes traditional piping, fiddling, dancing and singing.  Concert begins at 3pm and is located 3km north of Inverness on Route 19 on the grounds of St.…

Chestico Days Summer Festival

Chestico Days Summer Festival

Monday, July 31st 2017 - Sunday, August 6th 2017

A week-long festival in Port Hood on the Ceilidh Trail from Monday, July 31, 2017 to Sunday, August 6, 2017.   Events include: Live entertainment- adult dances and ceilidhs, recreational activities-lob ball tournament, golf tournament, ball hockey tournament for adults, children and youth…

Buddy MacDonald Live in Concert

Buddy MacDonald Live in Concert

Thursday, August 3rd 2017

Renowned Cape Breton Songwriter and Story Teller Buddy MacDonald is Back! With 35 years’ experience under his belt performing the world over with some of the greatest Celtic performers, come enjoy an interactive evening of sing along tunes with an…

Judique On The Floor Days

Judique On The Floor Days

Monday, August 7th 2017 - Sunday, August 13th 2017

Aug 8-14 • Judique Aug 8     8pm............... Bingo, Judique Community Centre Aug 10   Dusk.............. Community Spot Light, Judique Recreation Grounds,  Adult Supervised Aug 11   9:30pm........... Minute to Win It (9pm-pre-register Teams of 2) Judique Fire Hall               10pm.............   Pub…

Ceilidh on the Wharf

Ceilidh on the Wharf

Sunday, August 13th 2017

Lots of local talent, musical entertainment, boat rides, and beautiful scenery all included in the price of admission.  Canteen facilities on site.   Take the Mabou Harbour Road off the Ceilidh Trail, Route 19 in Mabou and follow the signs.

Margaree Highland Games

Margaree Highland Games

Sunday, August 13th 2017

Aug 13-14 • Margaree, St. Michael Parish Grounds Aug 13      10am-3pm.... Junior & Female Heavy Events (Overall Winner(s) Move Onto Sunday’s Competition)                 1pm............. Bingo ($500) Jackpot                 4pm............. Opening Mass                 5pm............. Acadian Fricot Supper                 9pm............. Square Dance…

27th Annual Feis an Eilein – Gaelic Cultural Festival

27th Annual Feis an Eilein – Gaelic Cultural Festival

Tuesday, August 15th 2017 - Saturday, August 19th 2017

Féis an Eilein is a community-based festival designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of our area through educational and social activities for people of all ages. Christmas Island is home to the first Féis held outside of Scotland.…

Glencoe Day

Glencoe Day

Sunday, September 3rd 2017

Community celebration with games of chance, horseshoes, Mass at St Joseph's, followed by a dinner and square dance at the Glencoe Mills Hall.

Pioneer Day

Pioneer Day

Saturday, September 16th 2017

This afternoon festival of rural life is for the entire family. Join us for a corn boil, square dance, milling frolic, traditional cooking, natural dye displays, traditional woodworking and iron work demonstrations. Watch the Cash Carding Mill demonstrations, and a…

Cabot Trail Writers Festival

Cabot Trail Writers Festival

Thursday, September 28th 2017 - Sunday, October 1st 2017

One of the most famous roads in the world, the Cabot Trail, lends its name and wends its way to one of the hottest writers’ festivals around: The Cabot Trail Writers’ Festival. Hatching plots and trading tales amid the glorious…

Masters Concert at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Masters Concert at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Thursday, October 5th 2017

Kickoff concert for the Celtic Music Centre's "Buddy MacMaster Fiddle Camp", featuring 10 fiddlers and guest musicians! Always a fantastic concert that sells out quickly! NOT TO BE MISSED! Performers will be announced by summer 2017 (listing will be updated).…

Celtic Colours International Festival

Celtic Colours International Festival

Friday, October 6th 2017 - Saturday, October 14th 2017

The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island’s living traditional culture. For nine days in October you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities taking place in communities around the Island.Since its introduction in 1997, Celtic…

Oidhche nam Bocan | Night of the Spooks

Oidhche nam Bocan | Night of the Spooks

Friday, October 20th 2017 - Saturday, October 21st 2017

Come and celebrate Halloween with a special evening tour of the Highland Village by lamplight, complete with storytelling, skits and special effects. The tour is followed by a storytelling session in “The Tuning Room” with fuarag, oatcakes and more. This…

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