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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Live Entertainment – Inverness County

Date: Thursday, December 14 2017 to Sunday, April 1 2018

Check out some of the live entertainment being offered across Inverness County throughout the winter months. Watch social media for current and up to date schedules/performers.Tuesdays – Acadian Amateur Music Jam Session at the Kinsmen Club in Belle Marche (7:00-10:00pm)Thursdays – Weekly Jam Session at the Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre (7:00pm)Thursdays – Bi-Weekly Jam Session at the Creignish Recreation Centre (7:30-9:30pm)Fridays – Bi-Weekly Jam Session at the St. Stephen’s-Jubilee United Church Hall, Port Hood (7:00-9:00pm)Fridays – Bi-Weekly Ceilidh at the Blues…

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Inverness County Winter Festival 2018

Date: Monday, January 1 2018 to Saturday, March 31 2018

Inverness County is truly exciting and full of adventure no matter the season. Quiet and cold, Canada’s Musical Coast is a magical winter wonderland! Bundle up, connect with natural surroundings and enjoy the great outdoors. Experience the beauty we have to offer along our county’s groomed trails. Create some lasting winter memories while snowshoeing through ankle-deep powder, cross-country skiing among snow-veiled evergreens and snowmobiling through the highlands. Please take advantage of our snowshoe and x-country ski rentals. Don’t forget to…

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West Mabou Guided Moonlit Snowshoe/X-Country Ski Hike – Sunday’s

Date: Sunday, January 21 2018 to Sunday, April 1 2018

Beginning Sunday, January 21st and continuing every Sunday throughout the winter months (weather permitting). Hikes start at the West Mabou Sports Club at 7pm. Head Lamps and/or Flashlights are recommended. Please provide your own. Contact: Nadine Hunt -  nhunt861@gmail.com

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Inverness Capers Snowmobile Rally

Date: Saturday, February 24 2018

Registration 10:00am- 12:00noon at the Scotsville Fire Hall. Meal & Prizes included.

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3rd Annual Skyline Trail “Ultimate” Guided Snowshoe Hike 2018

Date: Sunday, February 25 2018

Join “Naturally Active for Life” for their 3rd Annual Skyline Trail “Ultimate” Guided Snowshoe Hike! The Skyline Trail is located 27 minutes north of Chéticamp on the Cabot Trail. Leading to a dramatic headland cliff, this easy level trail boasts with spectacular views of the ocean. Please bring your own snowshoes. Meet at the trailhead. FREE.

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West Mabou Guided Moonlit Snowshoe Hike

Date: Friday, March 2 2018

Strap on a pair of snowshoes, and take a guided trek through the West Mabou woodlands. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Snowshoe rentals are available through Inverness County Recreation Department.HEADLAMPS ARE RECOMMENDED, BRING ALONG IF YOU HAVE SOME

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

Date: Sunday, March 4 2018

On Sunday, March 4th 2018 mark your calendar for an exciting day on the mountain.  The River Denys Mountain that is.  Picture over 200 snowmobiles making their way to the prettiest churches around…St. Margaret’s of Scotland Catholic Church.  Sunday Mass is celebrated in all its glory as the snow falls and the mountain rejoices. There is no registration for this event…just grab your sled and a warm coat. There is always a bite to eat along the route and smiles…

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Old Fashioned Scottish Super Concert

Date: Sunday, April 8 2018

Strathspey Performing Arts Centre proudly presents the next Old Fashioned Scottish Super Concert on Sunday, April 8 at 7:30pm. Performers include Kenneth MacKenzie, Blair MacDonald, Ian MacDougall, Donna Marie DeWolfe, Sgiobalta, Amanda MacDougall, Lisa Cameron, Vern MacDougall and more! As a thank you for all of the support of our patrons within our communities, every person who purchases a ticket for the Old Fashioned Super Concert will be entered into a grand prize draw of a dozen lobsters and a Mabou Harbour fishing boat tour! Follow our Facebook page…

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Mabou Spring Concert

Date: Sunday, May 20 2018

Annual concert featuring local musicians, dancers and singers. Bring your family along for a fun filled evening of song and dance. Concert starts at 7pm

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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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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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Library Literary Day

Date: Sunday, July 1 2018

This year as part of the Margaree Summer Festival MADA will host the 6th Annual Canada Day celebrations which brings together renowned authors with Cape Breton connections who read from selected works. The readings occur at the Coady Tompkins Memorial Library on the Cabot Trail at Margaree Forks. This year there will be three authors reading as well  as live Celtic music and refreshments. All are welcome.

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Lake Ainslie Firemen’s Ceilidh Days

Date: Tuesday, July 3 2018 to Saturday, July 7 2018

A fun-filled festival ... Square Dance, Merchandise Bingo, Street Parade, BBQ, Beer Garden and more!  

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