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Cape Breton Festivals 2019

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

Gaelic College
St. Ann's, Cabot Trail
Wednesday night Ceilidhs 7:30pm

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

**All through the summer**

These dates are for 2018.  Many festival dates are still be finalized.  I'll update this page as soon as dates are confirmed.

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

Men of the Deeps
Cape Breton Miners Museum, Glace Bay
Jul 3, 10, 17; Aug 14 21, 28; Sep 4
Showtime 8pm (recommended to purchase tickets in advance)

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

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

Blas Math Lunchtime Ceilidhs
Gaelic College, Cabot Trail
St Ann's Bay

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

Gaelic Concert Series
Christmas Island Fire Hall, Bras d'or Lakes Scenic Drive
JULY 17, 24, 31 & AUGUST 7, 14
8pm; $15

Summer Ceilidh Series
The Bridge Museum, Mabou, Ceilidh Trail
Wednesday 7pm

Weekly Three Fiddler Concert Ceilidh Dance
The Normaway Inn, Margaree, Cabot Trail
Wednesday 8pm

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

Songs on Sunday, Rita's Tea Room
Big Pond
Sunday 1pm


Roots to Boots Festival
Cheticamp & Louisbourg
June 14-17

Learn to Camp
Fortress of Louisbourg
June 23-24 call 902-733-3552

Annual Englishtown Mussel Festival
Englishtown, Cabot Trail

Kitchen Fest
Shows all over Cape Breton
Jun 29 - Jul 7

Kitchen Rackets JAM


Kitchen Fest
Shows all over Cape Breton
Jun 29 - Jul 7

Glendale Ceilidh Days
Glendale, Highway 105 TransCanada
Jul 6-8

NE Margaree Firefighter's Fun Days
NE Margaree, Cabot Trail
Jul 6-8

Murphy's Pond Music fest
Port Hood Wharf, Ceilidh Trail
July 14

Cape Breton Classical Concert
North Highlands Culture Centre
29243 Cabot Trail, Cape North
July 15;  2:00PM; $25 call 902-383-2579

Mabou Ceilidh Festival
Mabou, Ceilidh Trail
Jul 19-23

Inverness Gathering
Inverness, Ceilidh Trail
Jul 23-29

Belle Cote Days
Belle Cote, Cabot Trail
Jul 25-29

Annual Broad Cove Scottish Concert
St. Margaret of Scotland Parish Grounds
Broad Cove, Ceilidh Trail
July 29  3:00pm-9pm

Chestico Days Summer Festival
Port Hood, Ceilidh Trail
Jul 29-Aug 5


Fete nationale des Acadiens

Louisbourg Crab Festival
Louisbourg, Fleur-de-Lis Trail
Aug 3-4

Highland Village DayIona
Bras d'or Lakes Scenic Drive
Aug 4

Chestico Days Summer Festival
Port Hood, Ceilidh Trail
Jul 29-Aug 5

Margaree Highland Games
Margaree, Cabot Trail
Aug 10-12

Festival De L'Escaouette
Cheticamp, Cabot Trail, Aug 2-5

Judique On the Floor Days
Judique, Ceilidh Trail, August 8-12

Ceilidh on the Wharf Mabou 
Ceilidh Trail, Aug 12

Kintyre Farm Scottish Concert
Judique, Ceilidh TrailAug 12

Fete nationale des Acadiens
CheticampCabot TrailAug 15

Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling
Gaelic College, St. Ann's, Cabot Trail
Aug 18-19

3rd Annual Isle Madame Bluegrass & Old Time Country Music Festival
Janvrin Island, Isle Madame, Aug 17-19

AUGUST 21-25, 2018
Christmas Island


Acoustic Roots Festival
Two Rivers Wildlife Park, Huntington
Aug 31 - Sep 2

Glencoe Day
Glencoe Mills, Ceilidh Trail
Sep 3

St. Peter's Pirate Days
St. Peter's, Bras d'Or Lake Scenic Route
Sep 13-16

Hike the Highlands
Ingonish, Cheticamp, Northern Cape Breton, Cabot Trail
Sep 14-23

Fete de Saint-Louis
Fortress of Louisbourg
Sep 15


Masters Concert - Buddy MacMaster Fiddle Camp, Judique, Celtic Music Interpretive CentreOct 4, 7:30pm

Celtic Colours International FestivalCommunities across Cape Breton, October 5-13
National Cultural Award-winner

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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