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.  

Mabou Farmers’ Market

Date: Sunday, June 2 2024 to Sunday, October 13 2024

The Mabou Farmers’ Market brings you the fruit of our land, our seas, and our hands! We are home to over 50 vendors who produce a wide variety of local vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, eggs, jams and jellies, baked goods, sausages, oysters, grass-fed meats, beer and spirits. A vibrant community gathering place, we have professional musicians each week. Tap your toes to the music or mix and mingle with friends and neighbours all while enjoying lunch or a delicious snack.…

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Saturday Afternoon Fiddle Matinee

Date: Saturday, June 8 2024 to Saturday, October 26 2024

Join us every Saturday afternoon from 2-6pm (3pm start in the off-season) for our world-renowned fiddle matinee. World-class fiddlers accompanied by pianist and occasionally a guitarist and dancers will entertain you like never before and leave you wanting more!

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Alfred LeBlanc: Portraits of Cape Breton

Date: Friday, June 28 2024 to Thursday, August 15 2024

Alfred LeBlanc has done Cape Breton Island a great service by offering to share what his eyes and lens see when at home in Western Cape Breton. And what he sees is us. Visit the J. Franklin Wright Gallery at Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre to see this absorbing exhibition. Says LeBlanc: “My life-long passion has been photography and I have most enjoyed pursuing that passion in Cape Breton. While I have loved photographing Cape Breton’s natural scenery, it is the…

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West Mabou Family Square Dance

Date: Saturday, June 29 2024 to Saturday, October 26 2024

West Mabou Family Square Dances have been held for over 30 years and are a well-established attraction of Cape Breton Island’s Celtic music scene. These dances are attended by locals and visitors alike and feature the island’s best-known traditional musicians. Our Inverness County square sets are easy to learn.  At the start of each dance, we will offer one guided square set for newcomers. Come join the fun!  All ages welcome!  

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Mabou Tuesday Night Ceilidhs

Date: Tuesday, July 2 2024 to Tuesday, August 20 2024

These ceilidhs will feature some of Cape Breton's finest traditional musicians and step dancers! There will also be a guided Square Set at each one! The concerts will be held in the air conditioned Mabou Parish Hall every Tuesday, July 2nd to August 20th . All ages welcome! Admission: $12.00, Children 12 and under Free

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Charlo and Zabeth

Date: Wednesday, July 3 2024 to Wednesday, August 28 2024

Every Wednesday from 4pm to 8:30 pm, in July and August, Charlo and Zabeth invite you to Cap-Rouge for a nostalgic event reminiscent of the year 1935. This unique gathering at their home aims to recreate the atmosphere just before over 30 families were displaced from Le Cap-Rouge for the creation of the National Park. Guests can enjoy chatting, singing old Acadian songs and immersing themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the area. Occasionally, a fiddler will join in…

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Music at La Place du Pêcheur

Date: Thursday, July 4 2024 to Thursday, August 29 2024

Join us every Thursday evening from 7pm to 8:30pm during July and August for our musical nights at La Place du Pêcheur. These weekly events will showcase the incredible talent of our local musicians, offering a delightful blend of genres and styles. Each night promises to be a unique and enjoyable experience under the summer sky!

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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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Granville Green 30th Anniversary

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

2024 marks the 30th year of the Granville Green concert series in Port Hawkesbury! Granville Green is a FREE outdoor concert series held on Sundays @7pm during the summer from July 7 to August 11.   Largest longest running outdoor concert series in the region. - Family friendly and alcohol free Residents and visitors converge for the outdoor concerts held each Sunday evening on our stage located overlooking the beautiful Strait of Canso. The series showcases local, Nova Scotian and…

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Square Dance

Date: Sunday, July 7 2024 to Sunday, August 25 2024

Join us for square dance nights at the Mi-Carême Center every Sunday from 7pm to 10pm, starting in July and continuing through the end of August. These lively and fun-filled events are perfect for all ages and skill levels. Participants are required to purchase tickets in advance, which cost 10$ each. The evenings promise great music, energetic dancing, and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the community spirit in a unique cultural setting. Don't miss out on this summer tradition -…

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Granville Green 30th Anniversary

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

The Granville Green concert series has been a trademark of summers in Port Hawkesbury for 30 years!  Each Sunday @7pm from July 7 to August 11, we will gather on the Green to enjoy premier music from local and national artists performing on our outdoor stage. The lineup of artists brings something for everyone and promises to deliver jaw-dropping hits and toe-tapping classics as we celebrate 30 years!   The Granville Green festival would not be possible without the support of…

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Friday Night Traditional Square Dances (Family Dances and Adult Dances)

Date: Friday, July 12 2024 to Friday, August 9 2024

Enjoy a traditional square dance featuring some of Cape Breton Island's finest fiddle and piano players at the South West Margaree Hall in South West Margaree, Inverness County. Fiddlers include Chrissy Crowley (July 12), Shelly Campbell (July 19), Ian MacDougall (July 26), and Robbie Fraser (August 2). Family dances are on July 12 and August 9, while the remaining dances are 19+ with bar services available. 

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Howie MacDonald & Beverly MacLean

Date: Friday, July 12 2024 to Friday, August 30 2024

The Barn, an authentic Celtic music venue with superb acoustics, is located on the grounds of The Normaway Inn in Margaree Valley and features many of Cape Breton’s best fiddlers as well as emerging talents. Concerts usually run from late June to the latter part of October. Howie MacDonald and Beverly MacLean are featured on Friday nights this summer. Showtime is 8pm. Phone 902-248-2987 for reservations.

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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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Summer Bounty Flower Bar

Date: Saturday, July 20 2024

Join Tumbleweed Botanicals to build your own bouquet on the deck at The Corner Store by missbrenna Saturdays, 10am - 1pm July 20, August 17, August 31, September 14, September 28 Just show up.

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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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Monday night at the park

Date: Monday, July 22 2024 to Monday, August 12 2024

Join us for musical nights at the park, where evenings come alive with the sounds of local talent. Enjoy performances by artists such as Ronald Bourgeois, Hirondelles, Claude Chester and Bruno, and Sylvia Lelièvre. Each night promises a unique musical experience, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of our community.

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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

Come to The Corner Store by missbrenna for Christmas in July!Join us on our covered deck (10am - 1pm) 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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Cakepalooza at Mabou Farmers’ Market

Date: Sunday, July 28 2024

Join us at the Mabou Farmers' Market from 11am - 2pm as we celebrate Farmers' Market Week! We'll have facepainting for the kids, free cake for our customers, live music from Mary-Beth Carty and more! Shop from over 50 vendors bringing the freshest local produce and meat, delicious baked goods, prepared food, specialty items, beautiful handmade goods and more.

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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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Festival de L’Escaouette

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

Experience the vibrant spirit of Le Festival de L'Escaouette, a four-day extravaganza of music, culture, and community unity from August 1st to 4th. Delight in the rhythmic melodies that fill the air as talented musicians grace the stage throughout the festival. Witness the joyous spectacle of the children's parade and the grandeur of the main parade, where colorful displays and lively performances showcase the essences of our shared heritage. Unleash your creativity at the mask making workshop, or lace up…

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Course L’Escaouette Summer Run

Date: Saturday, August 3 2024

Lace up your running shoes and choose between a 5 km or 8 km race along our stunning coastal route. Experience the breathtaking scenery, fresh sea breeze, and the vibrant spirit of our community. Whether you're an avid runner or just looking for a fun way to stay active, these races offer something for everyone. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be part of our festival and enjoy the natural beauty of Cheticamp. See you at the starting…

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Margaree Highland Games

Date: Saturday, August 10 2024

Founded in August 2012, the Margaree Highland Games are one of Cape Breton's most exciting summer events! Hosted in the beautiful Margaree River Valley - a meeting place of Scottish, Irish and Acadian cultures - the games blend traditional heavy events with bag piping & highland dancing, traditional foods, children's games, and much more. This two day festival is not to be missed! SAT, AUG 10: community events - bingo, fricot supper, and square dance with Howie MacDonald SUN, AUG…

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Acadian Day Celebrations

Date: Thursday, August 15 2024

Join us for a vibrant celebration of Acadian culture and heritage! This full-day event on Thursday, August 15, promises a rich tapestry of traditions, music, food, and community spirit. Begin the day with a beautiful mass in honor of the Assumption at L'Église Saint-Pierre. After, head on over to Place du Pêcheur at 2pm for a lively and engaging array of music and activities. This family-friendly segment is perfect for attendees of all ages. As the evening approaches join us…

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Summer Bounty Flower Bar

Date: Saturday, August 17 2024

Join Tumbleweed Botanicals to build your own bouquet on the deck at The Corner Store by missbrenna Saturdays, 10am - 1pm July 20, August 17, August 31, September 14, September 28 Just show up.

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Best of the East Coast (Margaree Edition) – Cape Breton Comedy Festival

Date: Thursday, August 22 2024

Cape Breton Comedy Festival is bringing some of the best comics from Atlantic Canada, along side some of the best local comics from Cape Breton, to the Margaree Forks Firefighters Club on August 22. Lineup: Matt Wright, Peter White, Janelle Niles, Clare Belford, Patrick Cadegan, Rob Calebrese, Rob Sinclair, and host Clifton Cremo. Tickets are $35 plus tax and available at www.capebretoncomedyfest.com. 

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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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