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.

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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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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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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Margaree Summer festival

Date: Sunday, July 1 2018 to Saturday, August 4 2018

The Margaree Summer festival has a long 40 year history celebrating the famous Margaree Heritage River, the pastoral environment and the many accomplished residents.  One of the successful signature events is the Canada Day Literary festival, held in the Coady Tompkins Memorial Library. This is the ninth annual festival. It all happens on the grounds of  the library staring at 2 PM. Among the readers for this year are Oisin Curran, 2018 Thomas Raddall Atlantic fiction award, Kathleen Winter, short…

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Granville Green 2018

Date: Sunday, July 1 2018 to Sunday, August 5 2018

Granville Green is a non ticketed musical event, now in its 24th year. Each year, thousands of concert goers meet at the Green to take in an evening of great music, camaraderie and celebration of Cape Breton hospitality. We will provide an opportunity for emerging artists to showcase prior to the Main Stage.

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Thursday Evening Ceilidhs

Date: Thursday, July 5 2018 to Thursday, August 30 2018

The Chestico Museum hosts a ceilidh on Thursday evenings during the months of July and August. Local musicians provide the entertainment and tea and refreshments are served following the show.

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Cabaner

Date: Thursday, July 12 2018 to Sunday, July 29 2018

This musical production is based on friends who go camping one night but the ghost of a urban legend keeps them from having the relaxing night they really wanted.  Filled with comedy, live music and characters you will not soon forget.  A must see (even if your French isn't quite perfect) the music, dance and physical comedy sketches will assure you have a great time. Dates:  July 12.13.14.15 - 9.20.21.22 - 26.27.28.29 -  2018 Time: 7:30pm Where:  Salle Père Anselme Chiasson, 15118 Cabot Trail.…

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Whycocomagh Summer Festival

Date: Monday, July 16 2018 to Saturday, July 21 2018

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 16TH: 10-12 Noon: Gaelic Language Workshop for all ages; Cameron Hall Goodwill donation. 7:00 pm: Twist and Shake:  Ease into the week with yoga stretches with Kelly; relax to a 1973 soundtrack; back deck at the Waterfront Centre; enjoy a…

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Masque de Mer

Date: Friday, July 20 2018 to Sunday, July 22 2018

La Société Mi-Carême will host Festival Masque et Mer which entails quite a variety of activities. Le Centre de la Mi-Carême will be open for guided tours daily, encouraging many to visit this unique interpretative centre. Hosting information and products primarily focused on the oldest Acadian tradition – La Mi-Carême.  7:30 PM - Friday July 20-Community bonfire at the Harbour with music, donations welcome 6:30 PM -  Saturday July 21-Dinner theatre at the Centre de la Mi-Careme 'A Night with Les Mi-Caremes',…

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Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge

Date: Saturday, July 21 2018

The 9th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge will take place on Saturday, July 21st, 2018. The event is held rain or shine. Twenty-four teams ( four members on a team) will have the opportunity to hiked three mountains in one day.  Teams can be mixed, all females and all males. This is not a timed event but a personal challenge.  Each team will designate a captain, their leader. The captain will be responsible to prepare, train, and plan his/her team…

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Granville Green with the Town Heroes

Date: Sunday, July 22 2018

The Town of Port Hawkesbury supports arts and culture in the community and coordinates the Granville Green concert series.  This year the concerts will be held each Sunday evening from July 1 - August 5 at 7:00 p.m.  On July 22 , the Town Heroes will be taking to the stage for some rocking good times. Party Boots will be the special guest so get ready for some fun!  Vendors will be on site, and there will be event merchandise for sale so concert goers can take away a remembrance of the evening. We encourage everyone to bring a blanket or chair for your comfort.  In case of…

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Inverness Gathering

Date: Monday, July 23 2018 to Sunday, July 29 2018

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.  July 28 - 9pm-2am  Dance (19+) 'Matt Minglewood Band', Dr. Bernie MacLean Cultural Recreation Centre More events…

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Ryan et Alexandre

Date: Wednesday, July 25 2018

Ryan and Alexandre have been working together for years in the theater and comedic stage. They will host a one night only event featuring sketches, stand up comedy and whatever else they might come up with.  A must see if you are in the mood to laugh and maybe cry just a little. Date: July 25th 2018 Time: 7:30pm    

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