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.

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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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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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Matt Minglewood

Date: Saturday, May 26 2018

Always a crowd favourite, the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre is pleased to welcome Matt Minglewood back to our venue. Matt Minglewood is one of the true veterans of East Coast Music and a Cape Breton Music Icon. With over 40 years of writing, recording and performing under his belt, Matt has amassed gold records, lifetime achievement awards, too many music awards to list or count. His troubadour style of music features a bit of blues, a bit of country, lots…

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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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Laura Smith and Kim Dunn

Date: Thursday, May 31 2018

Strathspey Performing Arts Centre proudly welcomes Laura Smith & Kim Dunn on Thursday, May 31 at 7:30pm. These talented performers will blow us away as they share their stories through song during an intimate, on-stage event in Mabou this spring. Limited seating available – tickets on sale now at tickets.strathspeyplace.com!

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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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inFlux Festival

Date: Wednesday, June 13 2018 to Saturday, August 25 2018

inFlux Festival is a cross-cultural, multi-arts celebration of Inverness County. Featuring ideas sharing talks; plein air arts; intergenerational crafts groups; music and performance; inFlux Festival has something for everyone, and is a must-see for community members and visitors alike! inFlux Ideas  Talks take place every Tuesday, July 3rd-August 14th from 6-7pm. These informal talks feature dynamic individuals sharing their thoughts, ideas, experiences and inspirations on subjects as diverse as topsoil management and the role of creativity in wellness. Admission by donation. Plein Air…

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Roots to Boots Festival 2018

Date: Thursday, June 14 2018 to Sunday, June 17 2018

A 4-day festival celebrated on both sides of Cape Breton Island. The festival begins in Louisbourg with an event offering traditional meals and local musicians from the area. There will be guided hikes within the Historical site offered by a popular hiking group as well as kitchen parties and fine dining in true 1800’s fashion. Celebrations will begin early in Chéticamp with a tribute to popular Cape Breton fiddler Arthur Muise at the Doryman Pub & Grill. Many well-known fiddlers…

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Festival de danses 2018 – Dance Festival 2018

Date: Friday, June 29 2018 to Sunday, July 1 2018

After an absence of seventeen years, the dance festival is back in Chéticamp on June 29, 30 and July 1, 2018. The first dance festival took place in 1997 with more than eight troupes, and more than 200 dancers from Nova Scotia, Canada and the United States. We are recreating this amazing event with great dancers from all over.  A must see if you come to Cheticamp this summer.

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Pub Night at the Inverness Legion

Date: Friday, June 29 2018

Get out and enjoy a night of music in one of the most common and natural spots for it – the pub! Get cozy with a sing-a-long, or be ready to hoot and holler to jigs and reels. Anything goes on these nights – be ready for some fun!Performances:Buddy MacDonaldDara MacDonaldHailee LeFortCampbell Hart

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Pub Night at the Waterfront Centre

Date: Friday, June 29 2018

Get out and enjoy a night of music in one of the most common and natural spots for it – the pub! Get cozy with a sing-a-long, or be ready to hoot and holler to jigs and reels. Anything goes on these nights – be ready for some fun!Performances:Colin GrantLawrence CameronDonnie Campbell and Jinks O'Neill

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Pub Night at The Red Shoe

Date: Saturday, June 30 2018

Get out and enjoy a night of music in one of the most common and natural spots for it – the pub! Get cozy with a sing-a-long, or be ready to hoot and holler to jigs and reels. Anything goes on these nights – be ready for some fun!Performances:Mike BarronDonna Marie DeWolfeJackie Dunn MacIsaacKenny Stewart

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Afternoon Pub at The Doryman

Date: Saturday, June 30 2018

Get out and enjoy an afternoon of music in one of the most common and natural spots for it – the pub! Get cozy with a sing-a-long, or be ready to hoot and holler to jigs and reels. Anything goes on these nights – be ready for some fun!Performances:Rodney MacDonaldGlenn GrahamMac MorinPatrick Gillis

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Pub Night at the Inverness Legion

Date: Saturday, June 30 2018

Get out and enjoy a night of music in one of the most common and natural spots for it – the pub! Get cozy with a sing-a-long, or be ready to hoot and holler to jigs and reels. Anything goes on these nights – be ready for some fun!Performances:Douglas CameronMike BarronHilda ChiassonPaul MacDonald

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Pub Night at The Waterfront Centre

Date: Saturday, June 30 2018

Get out and enjoy a night of music in one of the most common and natural spots for it – the pub! Get cozy with a sing-a-long, or be ready to hoot and holler to jigs and reels. Anything goes on these nights – be ready for some fun!Performances:Evans & Doherty

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