There cannot be too many countries in the world where a highway is named after a house party! But in Cape Breton, nothing could be more natural. There’s no place in the world that loves a party more, especially if a fiddler or two should happen to turn up. Add a piano player, a guitar, a set of spoons and a few dancers and you got yourself an Inverness County ceilidh. In Gaelic, ‘ceilidh’ (pronounced kay-lee) means “kitchen party” or informal gathering , so it’s perfectly fitting that one of the highways which snakes through Cape Breton’s fiddle country be called the Ceilidh Trail. During the summer and fall months you will find regular scheduled weekly ceilidhs and concerts throughout Inverness County. Discover the magic in the music!

The Recreation/Tourism Department coordinates information on square dances, concerts and ceilidhs that take place throughout Inverness County and publish in a handy brochure. The brochure is called "Dancing Around Inverness County".  These brochures can be found at all visitor information centres on Cape Breton Island or you can download a PDF version of your own.  Just click on the file below.

2016 Dancing Around Inverness County Events Brochure

2016 Festivals & Events Brochure

Spring/Summer 2016:   

KitchenFest! Pub Nights

Performances across Cape Breton Island
Date(s):   Week long: July 2 - July 8

An annual Island-wide, traditional festival!  8 days, 16 venues

100+ events, 150+ performers. Check web site and local listings for more information.

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Family Ceilidh (all ages welcome)
Sundays - year round 2pm - 5pm

Adm: $8 adults  - Under 12 free

Monday - Saturday -Mid-June to Mid-October 11:30 - 3pm, Free admission


Tuesday Night Ceilidhs

Mabou, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route 19)
Date(s): Tuesdays, July 5 - August 30

Mabou Community Hall. Traditional Cape Breton fiddle music. All ages welcome!
Time: 7:30 to 9pm.   $7


Three Fiddler Concert, Ceilidh & Dance

Margaree Valley, Cabot Trail
Date(s): Wednesdays July & August and Fridays: June, September & October
"The Barn", Egypt Road, Margaree Valley. Best of Cape Breton fiddlers entertaining ceilidhs and family dances. Concert time:  8pm-10pm, Dance 10pm-12am.  All ages
Admission: Concert/Dance Combo $10/15/20  Dance only: Adults $6 Students $4


Kitchen Ceilidhs, Every 2nd Wednesday

Glendale, Hwy 105 Trans Canada
Date(s): Every 2nd Wednesday starting June to September

Ceilidhs held at the Father John Angus Rankin Cultural Centre next to the church.
Various musicians.  Free-will donation at the door. 

Start time: 7pm

Thursday Night Ceilidhs

Inverness, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route 19)
Date(s): Thursdays, July & August

Inverness Fire Hall.  Local entertainers perform. Time:  8pm.
All ages welcome.




Port Hood, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route 19)
Date(s): Thursdays, July & August

Chestico Museum Local entertainment, tea to follow. For listings of entertainment check out Time: 7pm

Admission: $5/adults, $3/children under 12



Creignish, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route 19)
Creignish Recreation Centre

Every 2ND Thursday:  Start date May 26  7:30 pm - 8 pm Family Ceilidh (all ages - all ages welcome!)
Admission by donation


Highland Tenors Concert

Inverness, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route 19)

St. Mathews United Church

July 24, 7:30pm


60th Annual Broad Cove Scottish Concert

Broad Cove, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route 19)
Date(s): Sunday, July 31, 2016 - Always the last Sunday in July "no matter what"!

Concert start time: 3pm Admission: $20

The 60th Annual Broad Cove Scottish Concert on the grounds of St. Margaret of Scotland’s parish. Largest outdoor Scottish concert in Cape Breton. Entertainment includes, piping, fiddlers, dancing & vocals, ample parking, canteen, washrooms, professional security. Always the last Sunday in July - Rain or Shine!

60th Broad Cove Concert Celebration Schedule:

   8:30-11am.... Heritage Walk/Run/Bike, Start @ St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Broad Cove continue  around Borad Cove Marsh Rd. & finish @ Dunvegan Parish Centre, stops along way, refreshments/light lunch @ hall. For Info 902-258-2499 or 902-258-2961

   1-4pm........... Heritage/Memorabilia Display,Exhibits of Previous Broad Cove Concerts, Video & Photo displays, Gaelic Song & Verse Instruction, Square Dance, Bodhran & Stepdance, Traditional Tea Served.

  3–9pm.......... 60th Broad Cove Scottish Concert, St. Margaret’s Of Scotland Parish Grounds, Broad Cove

Broad Cove is located 3 km north of Inverness on Route 19, the Ceilidh Trail.

Annual Ceilidh on the Wharf

Mabou Coal Mines, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route 19)
Date(s): Sunday, August 14

Time: 1 to 4pm
Located at Mabou Coal Mines. Take the Mabou Harbour Road (watch for the church steeple) off of Highway 19 in Mabou and follow the signs. Fun for the whole family.  Lots of local talent and musical entertainment, boat rides, and beautiful scenery all included in the price of admission. Canteen facilities on site.
Admission: $10, with reasonable children's rates available.

Kintyre Farm Outdoor Concert

Judique, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route19)
Date(s): Sunday, August 14, 2015

Start time:  2pm
Outdoor Scottish concert at Kintyre Farm, River Denys Road, Judique. Featuring Judique’s and Inverness County’s famed fiddlers, singers, dancers, pipers and Celtic guitarists. Canteen, BBQ, washrooms and free parking. Pack a blanket or chairs & head for this scenic country farm setting.

Admission: $10

For information call 902 787 - 2434.

Inverness County Performance Venues:

Inverness Centre for the Arts

Inverness, Ceilidh Trail(Highway Route 19
For information on performances and exhibits held at the centre visitInverness Centre for the Arts

Tel: (902) 258-2533

Strathspey Performing Arts Theatre

Mabou, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route 19)
For more information visit Strathspey Place Theatre
Tel: 902 945 - 5300

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Judique, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route 19)
For more information visit Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

Tel: 902 787 - 2708

Place des arts Pere Anselme Chiasson

Cheticamp, Cabot Trail
For more information visit Cheticamp Arts Council

Tel : (902) 224 - 2642

Celtic Colours International Music Festival

Cape Breton Island Wide
Date(s): October 10 - 18, 2014

Tel: 1 877 285 - 2321
Check website Celtic Colours International Music Festival