Summer & Fall Festivals & Events 2016


Each year the Recreation/Tourism Department, with the help of all the festival and event non-profit organizations, compiles information on the many festivals and events taking place throughout our beautiful County and publishes a festival & events brochure. These brochures can be found at all visitor information centres on Cape Breton Island.

You can also download a copy of the detailed brochure by clicking on the file name below. The brochure contains festival schedules as well as information on local suppers, outdoor events and cultural events.   

2016 Festivals & Events Brochure


Because there are so many events to tell you about that we actually publish a 2nd brochure on just dances and ceilidhs to complement the Festival & Events brochure! Most take place on a weekly basis throughout the summer and into the fall season.  Be sure to check out the this brochure for details and a map to assist you in finding our cultural centres and dance halls and where to find a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee, an informal gathering with music, song and dance) taking place throughout Inverness County.

2016 Dancing Around Inverness County Events Brochure


Listed below are some of this year's community festivals. For full schedule details download the brochures above:

Roots to Boots - Racines et Bottines

Jun 11-14  • Chéticamp

The annual Roots to Boots Festival will be held in the communities of Chéticamp and Louisbourg from June 9 to 12, 2016. Artists and musicians from Cape Breton and Newfoundland and Labrador come together to revive forgotten tales and old Acadian connections. A unique blend of entertainment to please cultural enthusiasts: storytelling, hiking, food, local-flavour, concerts, songwriters’ circle and late night square dances!


July 1st Canada Day Celebrations:

MABOU: Time TBA - Mabou Hall, BBQ, Pub Night, Fireworks (Mabou Marina)


WHYCOCOMAGH: 2pm Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre, Cake, BBQ, Children’s activities and musical entertainment. Free admission.


MARGAREE FORKS: 2 - 5pm Coady Tompkins Library Grounds:

Margaree Area Development Association will sponsor the 7th Annual Canada Day Literary Event held at the Coady Tompkins Memorial Library, Margaree Forks 2-5 PM

Sarah Faber of Margaree will read from her first novel, Lightning to the Children, joined by award-winning author Michael Winter, nominated in Canada Reads 2016 for Minister without Portfolio. As well Stephanie Domet writer-broadcaster of Halifax and well known in the Maritimes literary community with such works as Homing, will read from her work and Kate Beaton, comic artist will showcase her talent.

Kenneth Mackenzie who grew up in a gaelic speaking home in Mabou, an accomplished piper will round of the talent for the afternoon.  Canada Day Cake & Refreshments to follow. Donations Appreciated


CHETICAMP: 7:30-10pm Tour of the Village, Music, Fireworks



Jul 2-8 • Cape Breton Island •

An annual Island-wide, traditional music festival! 7 days

Check web site and local listings for more information


Lake Ainslie Firemen's Ceilidh Days

Scotsville, Highway 395

Dates: July 5 - 9, 2016

On the grounds of the Lake Ainslie Fire Hall, located near beautiful Lake Ainslie. Activities include an adult square dance, merchandise bingo, a pub night featuring local talent, Maragh (homemade sausage pudding) & Ham supper, parade, followed by fun and games.

NE Margaree Firefighter’s Fun Days

NE Margaree, Cabot Trail

Dates: July 8 - July 10, 2016

Community celebration includes variety concert at Cranton Crossroads Community Centre, parade, children’s activities, ball tournament, adult dance and duck race. Fun for the whole family!

Glendale Ceilidh Days

Glendale, Highway 105 Trans Canada

Dates: July 8 - 10, 2016

Friday, July 10, 1 pm - 8 pm Activities at the Cultural Centre; 1- 4 pm Open House; 6-8 pm -Slide presentation 8 - 11 pm Family dance at St. Mary's Parish Hall Saturday, July 11, 10 am - 3 pm. Féis a’ Bhràigh - Family event at the Cultural Centre. 10 pm - 1 am Adult Dance - St. Mary's Parish Hall. Music TBA Sunday, July 12, 2- 5 pm Traditional Outdoor Concert on Glendale Parish Grounds.

Port Hood Annual Lobster Picnic

Port Hood, Ceilidh Trail (Hwy 19) - Date(s): July 9, 2016

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Come bring your whole family to our 8th Annual Lobster Picnic. The picnic will take place on the grounds of the Al MacInnis Sports Centre "by-the-sea". Take a boat or zodiac tour to Port Hood Island or just sit back and listen to the Ceilidh, all while taking in our beautiful, breath taking scenery. Lots to do for the whole family, including children's games, horseshoe tournament, tug-of-war, boat tours, musical entertainment, a farmers market and of course delicious lobster! A day designed for all ages!!

Whycocomagh Summer Festival

Whycocomagh, Bras d’Or Lakes Scenic Drive (Highway 105 TC)

Dates: July 11 - 17, 2016

Website: Phone: 902-756-3580 

Situated at the head of the Bras d'Or Lakes, it is ideal for water activities, boat tours and ceilidhs featuring traditional Scottish and Mi'kmaq talent. There are ceilidhs, milling frolic, dances, canoe races, ball, hockey, soccer tournaments, street fair, street parade, bike challenge and concert. For festival information contact 902-787-2155.

Mabou Ceilidh Festival

Mabou, Ceilidh Trail (Hwy Route 19)

Dates: July 15 - 17, 2016


Various activities throughout the community including teen dance, outdoor family movie, boat parade, square dance, road race, street parade, ecumenical service, children’s games, old fashioned tea, outdoor gala, crafts, beer garden, milling frolic, open mic/jam session, farmer's market, Pioneer Mass, and roast beef dinner.

Inverness Gathering

Inverness, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route 19)

Dates: July 26 - 31, 2016

This lovely community by-the-sea celebrates their annual week long festival with fun for all ages. Dances, street parade, children’s activities, golf tournament, special art exhibit, princess pageant, casino night, fishermen’s picnic at the harbour, pancake breakfast, special horse races and much more. Something for the whole family! Take a stroll on the local boardwalk, beach comb for mermaid tears along the sandy beaches and experience some of Inverness County's awesome sunset's. Broad Cove's outdoor, scottish concert rounds out the week on Sunday July 26th.

60th! Annual Broad Cove Scottish Concert

Broad Cove, Ceilidh Trail, (Highway Route 19)

Date: Sunday, July 31, 2016

Open air concert. The people of Broad Cove invite you to celebrate their 60th Annual Broad Cove Scottish Concert. On the grounds of St. Margaret's Parish just off Route 19, the Ceilidh Trail, 3 km north of Inverness. The best of Scottish talent including violins, stepdancing, singing, highland dancing and much more. Bruce Guthro and son Dylan headline this year's concert. Ample parking, canteen, washrooms, professional security. Always the last Sunday in July. Tickets at the gate only. Visit

Belle Cote Days

Belle Cote, Cabot Trail

Dates: July 27 - 31, 2016

Where the Margaree River meets the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this coastal community celebrates their annual community festival the last week of July. Activities include a golf and horseshoe tournament, senior's card plays, triathlon, ecumenical service and outdoor concert, seniors card play, crab & corn boil, and wraps up on Sunday with a Chicken BBQ.

Chestico Days Summer Festival

Port Hood, Ceilidh Trail (Highway Route 19)

Dates:  August 1 - 7, 2016

Week-long summer festival with events such as golf tournament , horse races, road race, dances, concerts, ceilidhs, BBQ, beer gardens, boat and street parades, boat rides, lobster supper, games, fireworks, dancing festival, traditional Celtic music, children's clown show, sand sculpture competition, beach volleyball tournament, food and craft show, strong man competition, and teen dance. The festival wraps up with fireworks on Sunday at dusk. Annual Dance Festival - Saturday, August 1st.





Festival De L'Escaouette

Cheticamp, Cabot Trail

Dates: August 3 - 7, 2016

Le Festival de l'Escaouette is the only Acadian summer festival in Inverness County. It is a celebration of Acadian culture and traditions in the Acadian region of Chéticamp. We hope these festivities will provide an opportunity to discover our cultural heritage, to renew old acquaintances and to develop closer bonds of friendship.

For more information 902-224-2642 / 902-224-1876 or

Marble Mountain Annual Family Festival and Poker Run

Marble Mountain, Bras d'or Lakes Scenic Drive (off Hwy 105 Trans Canada)

Dates: August 12 - 14, 2016


Marble Mountain is a small picturesque village that perches high above Clark Cove on the Bras d'Or Lakes between Port Hawkesbury and the 105 Trans Canada Hwy. Games Night at the Marble Mountain Community Hall on Friday. On Saturday enjoy a day at the beautiful marble chip beach and treat the family to a Potluck Supper at the Community Hall. Take in games night, and on Sunday the Poker Run begins at noon at the Marble Mountain Wharf with family day all day long. A great time for the whole family. Events sponsored by the Marble Mountain Wharf Preservation Society.

Judique On the Floor Days

Judique, Ceilidh Trail (Hwy Route 19)

Dates: August 8 - 14, 2016 

Judique Recreation Grounds, River Denys Rd. Activities include the amazing race, street parade, children’s games, barbeque dinner, pub and softball tournament. Outdoor dances at the tennis court (19 and over – IDs required) both Friday and Saturday night. In case of inclement weather, dances will be held at the Judique Community Centre.

The weekend wraps up with the Kintyre Farm Outdoor Scottish Concert on Sunday, August 9th at Kintyre Farm on River Denys Road. Local talent with an emphasis on Celtic and traditional music, song and dance. Concert time is 2pm. Ample parking, canteen, washrooms available. Tickets at the gate.

Kintyre Farm Outdoor Scottish Concert

 320 River Denys Road, Judique (Hwy 19)

Date: August 14, 2016


Outdoor scottish concert at Kintyre Farm on "Cape Breton's natural stage", in a charming pastoral setting of a former homestead. The concert features Judique's and Inverness County's famed fiddlers, singers, dancers, pipers and Celtic guitarists. Pack a blanket or chair and head for this scenic country farm setting. Canteen,  public washroom, ample parking. Bus tours welcome.


Margaree Highland Games

East Margaree, Cabot Trail

Dates: August 13 & 14, 2016

On the grounds of St. Michael's Parish, East Margaree Road. The day includes highland Scottish heavy events, highland dancing, 5km run, children's games including children's boot toss (ages 12 and under), and barbeque. Closing ceremonies follow by musical entertainment and beer garden.


West Bay Road Fall Fair

644 Cenotaphe Rd., West Bay Road, off the Trans Canada Highway 105

Dates: September 23 - 25, 2016

Variety concert, parade, games of chance, bingo, bounce a round, clown, cotton candy followed by a pork chop BBQ at the West Bay Road Fire Hall. Sponsored by the West Bay Road Volunteer Fire Department.

Celtic Colours International Music Festival

Cape Breton Island Wide

Dates: October 9 - 17, 2015

Website: or Call 1 877 - 285 - 2321

You are invited to experience the only living Celtic culture in North America! Now in its 17th year, Celtic Colours is a Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Island-wide festival featuring approximately 44 performances over nine days as well as a nightly festival club. Each year, over 300 artists from all over the Celtic world, including Scotland, Ireland, the United States, Britian, Spain and Canada perform at over 30 venues around the Island, with over 10 taking place in Inverness County. Besides the nightly events, there is a school program, visual arts series and a full schedule of workshops that allow the visitor to be an active participant in the Celtic culture.