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.

Live Entertainment in Inverness County

Date: Saturday, December 1 2018

Inverness County features a variety of weekly and bi-weekly live entertainment options. Please see some options below. Tuesdays: Acadian Amateur Music Jam Session at the Kinsmen Club in Belle Marche 7-10pmThursdays: Weekly Jam Session at the Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre 7pmThursdays: Bi-Weekly Jam Session at the Creignish Recreation Centre (week of November 22nd) 7:30pmFridays: Bi-Weekly Jam Session at St.Stephen's-Jubilee United Church Hall, Port Hood (week of November 23rd ) 7-9pmFridays: Bi-Weekly Ceilidh at the Blues Mills Fire Hall (week of November 16th)…

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Inverness County Winter Festival 2019

Date: Tuesday, January 1 2019

Please be sure to check event websites for dates and times as scheduling changes may occur due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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Acadian Amateur Music Jam Session at the Kinsmen Club in Belle Marche

Date: Tuesday, January 1 2019

  Every Tuesday, 7pm-10pm

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Jam Session at the Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre

Date: Thursday, January 3 2019

 Every Thursday, 7pm

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Family Square Dance at the West Mabou Hall

Date: Saturday, January 5 2019

 Every Saturday, 9pm-12am

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West Mabou Guided Cross Country Ski Event

Date: Sunday, January 6 2019 to Friday, February 1 2019

Slip on a pair of cross-country skiis, and join a guided moonlit tour on the snowy West Mabou Trails. Ski event departs from the West Mabou Sports Club.Please bring a headlamp for this moonlit event. Limited number of headlamps will be available. Ski Rentals are available at the Inverness County Recreation Department.Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.January 6, 2019 - 1pm and February 1, 2019 - 6pm

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Ceilidhs at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Date: Sunday, January 6 2019

Experience and learn about the music and culture of Cape Breton Island at Nova Scotia ’s Official Celtic Music Centre. Drop in for great local food & drinks, lively tunes and good times with friendly staff! Every Sunday, 2pm-5pm

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West Mabou Guided Moonlit Snowshoe Hike

Date: Friday, January 18 2019 to Friday, February 22 2019

Strap on a pair of snowshoes, and take a guided moonlit trek through the snowy West Mabou woodlands. Snowshoe event departs from the West Mabou Sports Club.Limited number of Snowshoes will be available, however, Snowshoe Rentals are available at the Inverness County Recreation Department. Please bring a headlamp for this moonlit event. Limited number of headlamps will be available. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.Event takes place January 18 and February 22.

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Port Hawkesbury Winter Fest

Date: Wednesday, January 30 2019 to Monday, April 1 2019

Please be sure to check event websites for dates and times as scheduling changes may occur due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. 

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Winter Magic at La Rigouèche – Family Event

Date: Saturday, February 16 2019

Activities and games for the whole family (snow art, walking, playground fun). The event runs from 11am – 1pm. This will be followed by snacks, hot chocolate, and music in the cozy kitchen shelter. An activity of La Société Saint-Pierre ÉcolePlus, and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. You are welcome to walk if you want! Bring snowshoes or skis if there is snow. There will be some snowshoes available for those who don't have any. In case of a snowstorm, the…

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Winter Magic at La Riguèche – Evening Event

Date: Saturday, February 16 2019

Join us for a snowshoe hike, some skiing, or simply to enjoy a stroll under the full moon. Starting at 7pm, the event will be followed with tasty treats and live music in the warm kitchen shelter. You are welcome to walk if you want! Bring snowshoes or skis if there is snow. There will be some snowshoes available for those who don't have any. In case of a snowstorm, the event will be postponed to the following Saturday, February 23rd.

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Mass on the Mountain – St. Margaret’s of Scotland Catholic Church, River Denys

Date: Sunday, March 3 2019

Built in 1841, St. Margaret of Scotland Church in River Denys is the oldest standing building in Inverness County.Make way to St. Margaret's of Scotland Catholic Church in River Denys by snowmobile on Sunday, March 3rd for the annual “Mass on the Mountain” at 2:00pm.

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Roots to Boots Festival 2019

Date: Thursday, June 13 2019 to Sunday, June 16 2019

A unique blend of entertainment to please everyone: storytelling, hiking, food, local-flavour, concerts, songwriters' circle and late night square dances!  Schedule coming SOON!

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Festival de l’Escaouette 2019

Date: Wednesday, July 31 2019 to Sunday, August 4 2019

During le Festival de l'Escaouette, we guarantee you will find something for the whole family in our celebration of Acadian culture and history. Schedule coming SOON! 

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