Festivals & Events

“There's a piper in the corner. There's a dancer on the floor. Friends around the table, there's one who calls for more. And there's Gaelic in the fiddle like the Gaelic in the Glen and the songs take on new meaning boys it's getting dark again” from Getting Dark Again sung by John Allan Cameron (lyrics by Buddy MacDonald).

From small kitchen ceilidhs to our live music venues, there is always something happening here. We welcome you to experience our vibrant community festivals concerts, theatre and local pubs, sure to entertain families, couples and singles alike.

Sunday Ceilidh at the Celtic Music Centre

Date: Sunday, November 20 2016 to Sunday, December 9 2018

Join us every Sunday all year from 2:00-5:00 pm (restaurant opens at 12:00 pm, June 4-Oct 14, 2018). Live traditional Celtic music featuring some of Cape Breton's finest musicians. Come to square dance or just sit and enjoy! Our menu of Nova Scotia favourites features a signature seafood chowder, traditional lobster sandwich, fish cakes, Seafood linguini, a variety of grilled sandwiches, burgers, crepes, fresh salads, tasty desserts and more, all house made. Fully licensed bar featuring a variety of local…

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Sunday Ceilidh at the Celtic Music Centre

Date: Sunday, January 7 2018 to Sunday, December 9 2018

Join us every Sunday all year from 2:00-5:00 pm (restaurant opens at 12:00 pm, June 4-Oct 14, 2018). Live traditional Celtic music featuring some of Cape Breton's finest musicians. Come to square dance or just sit and enjoy! Our menu of Nova Scotia favourites features a signature seafood chowder, traditional lobster sandwich, fish cakes, Seafood linguini, a variety of grilled sandwiches, burgers, crepes, fresh salads, tasty desserts and more, all house made. Fully licensed bar featuring a variety of local…

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Sightlines: Exploring Visual Arts at Inverness County Centre for the Arts

Date: Tuesday, May 22 2018 to Sunday, October 28 2018

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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Live Harness Racing

Date: Sunday, May 27 2018

Live harness racing at its best at the Inverness Race Track on Sundays from May - October and on Wednesdays during July and August.   On Sundays post time is 1:30 pm and on Wednesdays 7:30 pm.

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Lunch Ceilidh at the Celtic Music Centre

Date: Monday, June 4 2018 to Sunday, October 14 2018

Stop in and experience one of our famous Lunch Ceilidhs in the Ceilidh Pub featuring authentic live Celtic music with some of Cape Breton's best up and coming and seasoned musicians, 7 days a week (June 4-October 14, 2018). Our menu of Nova Scotia favourites features a signature seafood chowder, traditional lobster sandwich, fish cakes, Seafood linguini, a variety of grilled sandwiches, burgers, fresh salads, tasty desserts and more, all house made with local ingredients. Our fully licensed bar offers…

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3-Fiddler Concert-Ceilidh

Date: Wednesday, July 4 2018 to Friday, October 12 2018

The Barn, operated by the Barn Music and Theatre Society, presents 3-Fiddler Concert-Ceilidhs every week from the July 4 to October 12, 2018. 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…

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Port Hawkesbury Ceilidhs

Date: Tuesday, July 24 2018 to Tuesday, October 2 2018

Tuesday Night Ceilidhs (7:30-9pm) Regularly Features Cape Breton Fiddle, Piano, Bagpipes, Stepdancing, Singing and More July 24 Wendy MacIsaac | Mac Morin | Brian MacDonald & Family  July 31 Joe MacMaster | Dara MacDonald | Adam Young | Brian England | Claire MacDonald & the Young Glendale Dancers Aug 7 Mabou: MacNeil & MacQuarrie Families  Aug 14 All Fired Up | Harvey Beaton  Aug 21 Brent Aucoin | Allan Dewar | The Broussards | Rankin MacInnis  Aug 28 Rodney MacDonald…

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Barra MacNeils: On The Bright Side Tour

Date: Thursday, October 4 2018

Strathspey Performing Arts Centre proudly presents The Barra MacNeils: On the Bright Side Tour on Thursday, October 4. The Barra MacNeils are beloved for the rollicking blend of fiddle-driven tunes they deliver with cheerful abandon and a foot-stomping beat. While the band’s latest release, titled On The Bright Side, would appear equally sunny in its outlook, there is a dose of something deeper, and slightly darker, in some of these grooves… As always, the five MacNeil siblings – Lucy, Boyd, Stewart, Kyle and…

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Masters Concert at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Date: Thursday, October 4 2018

TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 2018 A concert not to be missed that always sell out quickly! Opening concert for the Buddy MacMaster Fiddle Camp featuring a host of Cape Breton's finest fiddlers together with top-notch accompanists in an incredible night of authentic Celtic music. Performer lineup to be announced June 2018 (listing will be updated). Doors and fully licensed bar open at 6:45pm. Concert starts at 7:30pm. ** WE WILL NOT MAIL ANY TICKETS ** All tickets purchased online or…

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Fiddler Howie MacDonald and Friends at the Barn

Date: Friday, October 5 2018

Enjoy traditional Celtic Music in an authentic setting with superb acoustics. Featuring Howie MacDonald on fiddle and piano and a variety of other Celtic artists 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. Concerts start at 8:00 p.m. 3-Fiddler Concerts are over just past 10:00 p.m. and are followed by square dances with caller Bill Cameron who helps…

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Celtic Oktoberfest

Date: Saturday, October 13 2018

The Strait Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be celebrating their 5th 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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Port Cities

Date: Sunday, October 14 2018

“A mix of east coast culture and indie flare. Each song on their self-titled debut is an individual masterpiece” – Canadian Beats Strathspey Performing Arts Centre proudly presents Port Cities on Sunday, October 14 at 7 pm. See the East Coast’s fastest rising band live in concert in Mabou this October! With their smooth three-part harmonies, heartfelt songwriting, and multiple-ECMA-nominated, rave-reviewed debut album, Port Cities are Nova Scotia’s next big thing. Featuring the combined talents of already-established solo musicians Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro, and Breagh…

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Psychic Medium Michelle Russell – LIVE in Port Hawkesbury!

Date: Thursday, November 8 2018

What a memorable night to spend with Michelle and experience her down to earth and magnetic personality, as she delivers stunningly accurate messages from Loved Ones on the Otherside. While not everyone will get read; messages from your Loved Ones may come through in what Michelle refers to as "me too messages", leaving you with a sense of comfort and inner peace. Thursday, November 8, 2018 6 pm - Doors Open 7-9 pm - Group Session 9-10 - Special time…

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