Festivals & Events

Sunday Ceilidh

Date: Sunday, November 20 2016 to Sunday, November 12 2017

Join us every Sunday all year long from 2:00-5:00pm.Live traditional Celtic music featuring some of Cape Breton's best entertainers. Come to square dance or just sit and enjoy!Fully licensed bar at all events. Restaurant open from mid-June to mid-October.

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West Mabou Family Square Dance

Date: Saturday, January 28 2017 to Saturday, January 20 2018

Join in for an evening of fun all year long! With traditional square dance where the whole family is welcome. Dances start at 9 pm every Saturday.  

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Sightlines: Exploring Visual Arts

Date: Sunday, May 7 2017 to Monday, October 30 2017

Throughout the season, the Inverness County Centre for the Arts will be showcasing the artistic talent of both local and nationally and/or internationally known artists with an exploration of multidisciplinary visual arts including a wide variety of both traditional and non-traditional installations and media. The art centre exhibits will make a brief visit a worthwhile excursion. Visitors will be able to extend and deepen their experience by attending an art opening in the gallery where many of the participating artists…

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Lunch Ceilidh at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Date: Monday, June 12 2017 to Sunday, October 15 2017

The Celtic Music Centre's Ceilidh Pub offers daily lunch featuring authentic live Celtic music with some of Cape Breton's best up and coming and seasoned musicians. Enjoy home-cooked Nova Scotia favourites such as our signature seafood chowder, traditional lobster sandwich, delicious sandwiches and a variety of pub fare, along with local craft beers, cider, wine, original cocktails and more. Drop in for a great lunch and enjoy one of our famous Ceilidhs!  June 12-October 15, 2017 Monday-Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pmSundays:…

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Port Hawkesbury Ceilidhs

Date: Tuesday, July 4 2017 to Tuesday, October 3 2017

Tuesday night Ceilidhs (7:30-9pm) regularly feature Cape Breton fiddle, piano, bagpipes, stepdancing, singing & more July 4         KitchenFest: Michael Hall | Kimberley Fraser | Joe MacMaster | Jeff MacDonald July 11        Lucy MacNeil | Rob Durando | Mckayla MacNeil July 18        Rodney MacDonald | Buddy MacDonald l Joel Chiasson | Donna Marie Dewolfe July 25        Kenneth-Jenny-Calum & Alexis MacKenzie | Ronald MacKenzie Aug 1        Howie MacDonald | Shelly Campbell | Barbara MacDonald Magone…

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3-Fiddler Concert-Ceilidh

Date: Wednesday, July 5 2017 to Friday, October 13 2017

The Barn, operated by the Barn Music and Theatre Society, presents 3-Fiddler Concert-Ceilidhs every week from June 26 to October 16, 2015. The Barn features the best Celtic Music performers on Cape Breton along with emerging talents and impromptu guest performers. The atmosphere is informal, the acoustics are excellent, and the local crowd graciously shares the love of their music and dance with visitors from near and far. Novices are invited to call in advance for information on dance lessons.…

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Thursday Evening Ceilidhs

Date: Thursday, July 6 2017 to Thursday, October 26 2017

The Chestico Museum hosts a ceilidh on Thursday evenings during the months of July and August. Local musicians provide the entertainment and tea and refreshments are served following the show.

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Fiddler Howie MacDonald and Friends at the Barn

Date: Friday, August 4 2017 to Friday, October 20 2017

Thursday, August 4th ath 8pm, enjoy a traditional Celtic Music Concert. Featuring Howie MacDonald on fiddle and piano and Blanche Sophocleous on guitar and vocals in Concert at the Barn, 691 Egypt Road, Margaree Valley, on the grounds of the Normaway Inn. Tickets at the Door: Adults-$10, Students-$5. For reserved seats ($10, $15, $20) please call 902-248-2987 or 1-800-565-9463. Howie MacDonald,, a member of the Rankin Family, is a fiddle and piano virtuoso who  has two tunes on movie sound tracks.  His haunting rendition of…

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West Bay Road Fall Fair

Date: Friday, September 22 2017 to Sunday, September 24 2017

Sep 23-25 • West Bay Road Sep 23      7:00pm......... Variety Show, West Bay Road Fire Hall, Local Entertainment Sep 24      9pm-1am...... Adult Dance, ‘Gerald MacIntyre’, West Bay Road Fire Hall, Adm $7 Sep 25      2pm............. Parade, Pony Rides, Games, Merchandise Bingo, Followed by Pork Chop BBQ,  $10 Adults, Children Under 12yrs $6

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Masters Concert at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Date: Thursday, October 5 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). Doors and fully licensed bar open at 6:45pm. Concert starts at 7:30pm.

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Celtic Oktoberfest

Date: Saturday, October 21 2017

The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be celebrating their 4th year of Celtic Oktoberfest - Cape Breton’s first ever all inclusive craft beer, local food and celtic music gathering! Recognizing the growing strength of the emerging craft brewery sector, and its impact on tourism in the region, the Strait Area Chamber created Celtic Oktoberfest to showcase the best of Nova Scotian craft beer and Cape Breton food. The addition of a local winery broadens the appeal of…

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Lennie Gallant

Date: Saturday, October 28 2017

Searching for Abegweit: The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant  Woven around the music of the award-winning Island songwriter, this love-letter stars Gallant himself, and presents his folk, roots and pop music, alongside comedic stories, Island legends, and poignant tales in a multimedia format that utilizes film, and visual works from well-known painter Karen Gallant. Lennie and cast will be performing at the SAERC auditorium as part of the Canada 150 Performance Series, Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.…

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