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 Interpretive Centre

Date: Sunday, January 7 2024 to Sunday, June 30 2024

Join us for lively tunes and great local food & drinks! Our weekly ceilidh runs year round, every Sunday from 2pm-5pm. The Celtic Music Interpretive Centre is a not-for-profit society and a one-of-a-kind facility located in the tiny village of Judique.  

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Taste of The Corner Store by missbrenna 2.0 (pre-book)

Date: Thursday, May 23 2024

An evening of sampling specialty food at The Corner Store by missbrenna plus a description of La Belle Excuse products we're featuring for this event. La Belle Excuse is a small family-owned business from Quebec with olive groves in Greece. Their products are beautiful in every way - olive oils, vinegars, olives, salt, confit. An array of gourmet products on the menu for everyday cooking. We will use their products and others to make dips, salad, pasta salad to enjoy…

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Small of My Heart Songwriters Circle

Date: Sunday, May 26 2024

“SMALL OF MY HEART” Songwriters Circle is a concert series that will be touring the East Coast of Canada in the spring of 2024, hosted in engaging venues, celebrating our award-winning women and non-binary artists and musicians, and advancing their place and position within the Canadian music industry. “It’s more than a concert. It’s a movement.” Featured Artists: Kellie Loder, Heather Rankin, Lisa MacIsaac Our “in-the-round“ series creates a memorable fan experience of incredible songwriting, harmonies, musicianship and storytelling of…

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Feis Youth Jam Session June 5th @ 7pm – Everyone Welcome!

Date: Wednesday, June 5 2024

The Féis’ mission is to reignite the passion and revitalize interest and participation in traditional Gaelic music and culture by helping youth (and other interested age groups) naturally develop skills, encouraging self-directed learning, providing opportunities for playing and performance, and connecting with the community at cultural events through a diverse program of shared activities across Nova Scotia. Feeding the grassroots will ensure our culture remains a vibrant and living tradition for generations.

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Pottery Painting with Melanie White Ceramics

Date: Thursday, June 13 2024

Join us for a fun night of relaxation and an opportunity to explore your creative side. We are excited to host our second (Thursday June 13) and third (Saturday June 15 - sold out) pottery paint night with Melanie White Ceramics. When signing up you will see two options - a mug priced at $70 and a thumb cup priced at $60. Thumb cups are a round tumbler that Melanie throws on the pottery wheel. After they have been thrown…

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Roots to Boots Festival 2024

Date: Friday, June 14 2024 to Sunday, June 16 2024

A unique blend of entertainment to please everyone: storytelling, hiking, food, local-flavour, concerts, songwriters' circle and late night square dances!

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Friday Patio Series

Date: Friday, July 5 2024 to Friday, August 9 2024

25th Anniversary Celebration 1999-2024: Come celebrate with us. The CMIC is putting on a six-night series of a variety of popular music entertainers and serving delicious food. Have a great night out and join the crowd indoors or on the patio for a night of Cape Breton hospitality. Watch for changing displays in the common area which are a salute to the many musicians who have played at CMIC over the years and supported the work being done by the…

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Granville Green Concert Series

Date: Sunday, July 7 2024 to Sunday, August 11 2024

Granville Green is happening on Sunday evenings at 7pm, July 7 to August 11, 2024! The Granville Green concert. series has been a trademark of Port Hawkesbury's beautiful summers for 30 years. Join us as we celebrate our 30th year, and enjoy premier music talents from local and national artists, performing on our outdoor stage, Camp chairs and picnic blankets welcome, Merchandise and food vendors on site (permit required). In the case of inclement weather, the shows will be held…

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Whycocomagh Summer Festival

Date: Monday, July 15 2024 to Sunday, July 21 2024

Community Summer Festival with events to celebrate the Village of Whycocomagh and surrounding area. Bring everyone together to create memories, smiles and good times.

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Sunset Series

Date: Saturday, July 20 2024 to Saturday, August 31 2024

The Sunset Series premiered its first series of concerts starting in July, 2021. ICCA has organized and promoted over a dozen outdoor summer-based concerts featuring globally and locally renounced musicians of several genres and backgrounds. 2024 will mark our fourth anniversary of the series, which has been made possible by our employees, dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers located through Inverness County and beyond. Inverness County Centre for the Arts is a charitable, not-for-profit that has been provided the possibility…

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Mabou School of Cape Breton Step Dance

Date: Monday, July 22 2024 to Friday, July 26 2024

Experience the rhythm of Cape Breton! Come enjoy a week of percussive dance and traditional music in scenic Mabou village. This dance camp features some of the island's finest dancers, musicians and Gaelic singers and is led by Melody Cameron, a Mabou based fiddler and dancer with over 40 years of experience. The goals for the school are not only to offer high quality dance instruction, but also to give participants a well rounded Mabou, Cape Breton experience. Join us…

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Belle Cote Days

Date: Wednesday, July 24 2024 to Saturday, July 27 2024

A four day celebration for the community and visitors to enjoy indoor and outdoor events. Musical entertainment at the Belle Cote Community Centre will be Spyder at Friday’s night Outdoor Concert. Saturday night’s square dance will feature Howie MacDonald and guests. There will be activities for all ages. All are welcome to experience the Belle Cote/ Cape Breton hospitality.

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Christmas in July Makers and Bakers POP UP Market

Date: Thursday, July 25 2024

Join us on our covered deck (10am - 1:00pm) as a few artisans showcase their beautiful work, some with beautiful Christmas products - pottery, cards, baking. We'll also have some holiday-inspired, summertime treats.

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Fun Walk/ Run- The 68th Broad Cove Scottish Concert

Date: Saturday, July 27 2024

The Broad Cove Marsh Fun Walk/Run: Saturday, July 27th. Registration @ 9:00am,

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The 68th Broad Cove Scottish Concert

Date: Sunday, July 28 2024

On Sunday July 28th, we will be celebrating our 68th year as The Broad Cove Scottish Concert. The lineup is filled with exceptional talent from the island and abroad, and this year's performances are not to be missed. Our featured headliners for 2024 are Morgan Toney Trio and Mary Frances Leahy & band. This yearly celebration of Scottish music, culture, and heritage gathers talented musicians, dancers, and performers in Broad Cove to entertain our audiences. We are dedicated to preserving…

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Festival de l’Escaouette 2024

Date: Thursday, August 1 2024 to Sunday, August 4 2024

During le Festival de l'Escaouette, we guarantee you will find something for the whole family in our celebration of Acadian culture and history. This festival celebrates the rich Acadian culture and traditions with a variety of music, dance, theatre, kitchen parties, a parade, and many more activities for all ages.

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Sunday Walking Tours & Lobster Dinner

Date: Sunday, May 18 2025 to Sunday, August 25 2024

25th Anniversary Celebration 1999-2024: You can always celebrate Cape Breton music at the regular Sunday Ceilidhs from 2 pm - 5 pm (year-round). For this Anniversary year CMIC has added a Walking Tour and a Lobster Dinner take-out. Join us at the Celtic Music Centre for a stroll to the Alexander Community Trail which loops by a pioneer cemetery, crosses a small brook and meets up with the famed Judique Flyer section of the Trans Canada Trail. It's an afternoon…

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