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 Harness Racing

Date: Sunday, June 2 2019 to Sunday, October 20 2019

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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Canada Day Literary Festival

Date: Monday, July 1 2019

10th Annual Canada Day Literary Festival - July 1, 2019 Held inside the Coady Tompkins Memorial Library, festival details coming soon. Live music, BBQ, Canada Day cake and lots more. 

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North East Margaree Volunteer Fire Dept. Fun Days

Date: Friday, July 5 2019 to Sunday, July 7 2019

A fun family weekend which includes a  parade, children's games, ball tournament, bbq and and a duck race.      

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Glendale Ceilidh Days

Date: Friday, July 5 2019 to Sunday, July 7 2019

Glendale Ceilidh Days July 5-7, 2019   July 5  7-9 PM  Family Square Dance,  Glendale Community Hall July 6  3 PM     Outdoor Concert              3-6 PM  Cold Plate Supper, Glendale Community Hall             9 PM     Adult Dance, Glendale Community Hall              

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Granville Green

Date: Sunday, July 7 2019 to Sunday, August 11 2019

This year’s series will feature six free outdoor concerts held on Sundays from July 7 to August 11 at the Granville Green bandshell in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. From folk to Celtic, established and emerging artists from across Canada will take to the stage this summer to present wonderful music for everyone’s enjoyment. On the beautiful Strait of Canso, each all ages outdoor concert at the band shell begins at 7pm and concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs…

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Murphy’s Pond Music Fest

Date: Saturday, July 13 2019

2nd Annual Murphy's Pond Music Fest Murphy's Pond Wharf in Port Hood Come out and enjoy local entertainment by the sea!  

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Whycocomagh Summer Festival

Date: Monday, July 15 2019 to Saturday, July 20 2019

Situated at the head of the Bras d'Or Lakes, Whycocomagh is an ideal location for water activities, boat tours and ceilidhs, featuring traditional Scottish and Mi'kmaq talent.  Join us for ceilidhs, milling frolic, dances, canoe races, ball, hockey, soccer tournaments, street fair, and concert during the Whycocomagh Summer Festival. MONDAY JULY 15th 10am-12 pm:            Gaelic Event. Details TBA 12-3pm:                    Free Public Swim at the Fair Isle Motel. Parental supervision required for 12 and under. All welcome Evening:     …

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Inverness Gathering

Date: Monday, July 22 2019 to Sunday, July 28 2019

This week long festival offers everything from golfing, boat parade, boat rides, live harness racing, ceilidhs, dances kiddies fun run, dinners and of course delicious BBQs and much, much more.  It is sure to please and entertain all ages and will end the week with the famous outdoor Scottish concert just down on the beautiful grounds of St. Margaret's Of Scotland Parish, Broad Cove.  Stay tuned for a list of weekly events ... Monday, July 22 - Dr. Bernie MacLean Golf…

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Mabou School of Cape Breton Step Dance

Date: Monday, July 22 2019 to Friday, July 26 2019

Mabou School of Cape Breton Step DanceJuly 22-26, 2019 Experience culture as it lives in Mabou, Cape Breton Island! Enjoy a week of high quality instruction in Cape Breton step dance led by Melody Cameron, a Mabou based fiddler and dancer with over 40 years of experience. The week will also feature some of the island's finest dancers as guest instructors. In addition, there will be a series of afternoon presentations with guest speakers, singers and musicians covering dance form and technique, connections…

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Belle Cote Days

Date: Wednesday, July 24 2019 to Sunday, July 28 2019

Events to take place at the Belle Cote and Area Community Centre Outdoor Concert featuring a variety of outstanding local talent, beer garden, Adult Dance and more! Schedule of events coming soon!           

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Chestico Days Summer Festival

Date: Monday, July 29 2019 to Sunday, August 4 2019

A week-long festival in Port Hood on the Ceilidh Trail    Events include: Live entertainment- adult dances and ceilidhs, recreational activities-lob ball tournament, golf tournament, ball hockey, sunset yoga on the coast, sand sculpture competition, community celebrations and so much more! Experience the Beach Capital of Cape Breton at its best!                                 

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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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Anything that Floats Race

Date: Saturday, August 3 2019

Don't miss a unique and entertaining event "Anything That Floats". Registration at 1:00 pm at Tanners Run on the Margaree River, Margaree Forks. Race begins at 2:00 pm Floats of all sizes and shapes welcome. Family Event. BBQ and prizes to follow at Coady Tompkins Memorial Library Grounds    

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Judique On The Floor Days

Date: Thursday, August 8 2019 to Sunday, August 11 2019

Judique on the Floor Days is a festival not to miss.  From pubs and entertainment, square dances under the stars, road race, street parade and of course BBQs, concerts and games for the kids, it is an opportune time to spend with family and friends and have fun.  Come home to Judique on the Floor Days and reconnect.                    

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Margaree Highland Games

Date: Friday, August 9 2019 to Sunday, August 11 2019

Margaree Highland Games - St. Michael's Parish Grounds Aug 9-11 August 9th      Kick-off Concert August 10th - 1:00 pm  Bingo                         5:00 pm Frico Dinner                        9:00 pm Square Dance with Rodney MacDonald August 11th    10:00 am Gates Open for the Margaree Highland Games, Rain or Shine! Returning Pros, as well as Ladies & Amateur events    …

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