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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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 Music Circle at La Salle des Retraitées /Cheticamp Seniors Hall 7-10pmThursdays: Weekly Jam Session at the Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre 7pmThursdays: Live Entertainment at the Clove Hitch Bar & Bistro  - 6pmSaturdays: Fiddle Ceilidh at the Doryman Pub in Cheticamp 2-6pmSaturdays: Family Square Dance at the West Mabou Hall 9pm-12amSaturdays: Local Entertainment at the Admiral Lounge in Port Hood 7-10pmSundays: Sunday Ceilidhs at…

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Inverness County Winter Active 2019

Date: Tuesday, January 1 2019

The Inverness County Winter Active celebration provides opportunities for children, youth, and adults to participate in fun outdoor recreational activities that encourage a healthier, active living lifestyle. Weather permitting, some of the activities that are being planned include: outdoor skating, show shoe hikes, tobogganing, snowman contests, bonfires, snow-sculpturing, scavenger hunt, outdoor concert and more! Stay tuned for an update on communities taking part in Winter Active 2019!February 9th – West Bay Road Winter FestFebruary 16th – Winter Fun Day at West…

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Acadian Music Circle at La Salle des Retraitées/Cheticamp Seniors Hall

Date: Tuesday, January 1 2019

A bilingual amateur music jam session, all are welcome!Tuesdays, 7-10pm

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Jam Session at the Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre

Date: Thursday, January 3 2019

Come out and enjoy some live music! Bring your guitar, fiddle or your instrument of choice and join the line up! All are welcome.Every Thursday, 7pm

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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. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.January 18, 2019 – 6pm and February 22, 2019 – 6pmPlease bring a headlamp for these moonlit events. Limited number of headlamps will be available. For more information, please contact Nadine…

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Port Hawkesbury Winter Fest

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

Please be sure to check event website for schedule of upcoming events.

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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.For more information, please contact:Leonard Tobey at 902-787-2232/902-787-2666

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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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