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Cape Breton Festivals 2017

Cape Breton Festivals are something that everyone needs to experience during their time on the island.  From community salmon dinners, to weekly ceilidhs, to traditional codfish dinners and the world renowned Celtic Colours International Music Festival......there is something for everyone.

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Caspe Breton festivals are full of music!Cape Breton Festivals Rock


Family Square Dance
West Mabou, West Mabou Hall, Ceilidh Trail
Every Saturday from 9:00pm - 1:00am

Sunday Ceilidh - Celtic Music Interpretive Centre
Judique, Ceilidh Trail
Every Sunday from 2:00pm - 5:00pm 

Brook Village Adult Square Dances
Every Monday 9:30pm - 1:00am
Brook Village Hall, Brook Village, Ceilidh Trail
Route 252

Ceilidhs with Karen & Joey Beaton
Every Tuesday 7:30 - 9pm
Mabou Community Hall, Mabou, Ceilidh Trail

Glencoe Mills Family Square Dances
Every Thursday from 10pm - 1am
Glencoe Mills Hall, Ceilidh Trail

**All through the summer**

I have updated the list below with 2017 events.  
However, some remain to be confirmed (TBC).

Daily Ceilidhs - Glenora Inn & Distillery
1-3pm; 8-10pm
Glenville, Ceilidh Trail

Men of the Deeps
Cape Breton Miners Museum, Glace Bay
Jun 27; Jul 4, 11, 18; Aug 15, 22, 29; Sep 5
Showtime 8pm (recommended to purchase tickets in advance)

Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs
Baddeck, Cabot Trail
Everyday in July & Aug from 7:30pm - 9:30pm

The Bells of Baddeck
Baddeck, Cabot Trail

Gaelic College Wednesday Night Ceilidhs
St. Ann's, Cabot Trail

Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs
Gaelic College, Cabot Trail
St Ann's Bay
Monday-Friday; 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Saturday Ceilidh
St. John's Parish Hall, Ingonish, Cabot Trail

Tuesday Ceilidh
Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

Summer Ceilidh Series
The Bridge Museum, Mabou, Ceilidh Trail

Weekly Three Fiddler Concert Ceilidh Dance
The Normaway Inn, Margaree, Cabot Trail

Lunch Ceilidhs
Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Judique, Ceilidh Trail
Every Monday through to Saturday, 11:30am-3:00pm


Music Camp on the Canal
St. Peter's
June 2-4

Roots to Boots Festival
Cheticamp & Louisbourg
June 15-18

Annual Englishtown Mussel Festival
Englishtown, Cabot Trail

Kitchen Rackets JAM


Matt Minglewood & East Coast Blues!Matt Minglewood

Festival of the Strait
Jul 1-10
Port Hawkesbury

Jul 2-8
80+ shows all over Cape Breton
Check the KitchenFest Schedule

Glendale Ceilidh Days       Glendale, Highway 105 Trans Canada   Jul 7-9

NE Margaree Firefighter’s Fun Days

NE Margaree, Cabot Trail
July 8 - 9  

Port Hood Annual Lobster Picnic
Port Hood, Ceilidh Trail
July 8

Gaelic Concert Series
Christmas Island Fire Hall, Bras d'or Lakes Scenic Drive
Jul 11 - Aug 8 

Mabou Ceilidh Festival
Mabou, Ceilidh Trail
July 19-23

Inverness Gathering
Inverness, Ceilidh Trail
July 25-30

Belle Cote Days
Belle Cote, Cabot Trail

Annual Broad Cove Scottish Concert
St. Margaret of Scotland Parish Grounds
Broad Cove, Ceilidh Trail
July 30  3:00pm-9pm


Louisbourg Crab Festival
Louisbourg, Fleur-de-Lis Trail
Aug 4-5

Tall Ships 2017
Sydney, St Peter's, Louisbourg
Aug 4-6

Festival De L'Escaouette
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
Aug 2 - 6

Judique On the Floor Days Judique, Ceilidh Trail       August 7-13

Ceilidh on the Wharf         Mabou, Ceilidh Trail               Aug 13

Highland Village Day           Iona, Bras d'or Lakes Scenic Drive                                   TBC

Kintyre Farm Scottish Concert
Judique, Ceilidh Trail

Fete nationale des Acadiens
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
August 15

Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling
Gaelic College, St. Ann's, Cabot Trail

Fete nationale des Acadiens

3rd Annual Isle Madame Bluegrass & Old Time Country Music Festival
Janvrin Island, Isle Madame


Acoustic Roots Festival
Two Rivers Wildlife Park, Huntington
Sep 1-3

Glencoe Day

Glencoe Mills, Ceilidh Trail

Sep 3

Hike the Highlands
Ingonish, Cheticamp, Northern Cape Breton, Cabot Trail
Sep 8-17


Celtic Colours International Festival

Communities across Cape Breton

October 6-14

National Cultural Award-winner

RBC PGA Scramble National Event Final, Oct 12-14

Cabot Cliffs & Cabot Links, Inverness, Ceilidh Trail

Mike Little at Music Cape Breton maintains a year-round listing of music events in Cape Breton.  I strongly suggest you check his listing as well to find out what is going on when you are in the area!!

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