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2015 Festival and Event Listings

The Bells of Baddeck

July 3 to August 2, 2015

Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell

The Bells of Baddeck - The Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell Story

Showtimes: 7:30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Final performance: Sunday, August 2 @ 7:30pm
Location: Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Baddeck, NS

Tickets available from mid-February at

From kites and flights to schools and libraries, Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell changed the world. Here, in a newly created music-drama, is the story of the great inventor and his wife who came to Cape Breton and fell in love with its people, music, and Gaelic charm.

Canada Day Open House - Highlands Village

July 1st

Canada Day Open House - Highlands Village
To honour the founding of our country, admission to visit the Highland Village will be free on July 1.

Come to Iona and celebrate Canada's birthday.

For additional information:


No Great Mischief

July 4 to August 22

No Great Mischief

The adaptation of this well-known and well-loved Canadian novel is superb. The staging is mesmerizing - simple, theatrical and imaginative. The use of storytelling and direct address to the audience is breathtaking. And the traditional Gaelic music - played live by the actors on stage - is entertaining and wholly transporting. Most importantly, the play tells the story of the need for family, for love and for connection.

Summer of 2015 Cape Breton Dates:
July 4 to August 1, 8:00pm (Every Saturday) - Highland Arts Theatre, Sydney
July 10,12,17, and 19 at 7:30pm - Gaelic College, St. Ann's Bay
August 14 at 7:30pm - Strathspey Place, Mabou

Granville Green - Port Hawkesbury

July 8th - Aug. 9th

Granville Green - Port Hawkesbury
Enjoy a series of free outdoor concerts being held every Sunday evening from July 8th - Aug. 9th, 2014 on Granville Street in Port Hawkesbury.

For more details visit

Race the Cape 2015

July 12th to 18th

Race the Cape 2013 | July 17th  - 22nd

Cape Breton Island is a sailors' destination. Race the Cape is a sailor's dream. Five days of challenging point to point racing through the amazing Bras d'Or and along Cape Breton's rugged Atlantic coast. Seven nights of legendary Cape Breton food, hospitality and entertainment!

Race the Cape 2015 is fast approaching ! If you haven't submitted your registration, now is the time. See the Notice of Race (NOR) on the Race Page for details.

For more information visit:

Codstock's 20th Anniversary

July 17th

Codstock's 20th Anniversary July 17th

Codstock's 20th Anniversary is taking place at the Le Noir Landing in Arichat on July 17th. Starting off the evening is The Bogtrotters and Headlining is Sunday Punch. Advanced tickets are $13 each or $15 at the door. Call today to get your advanced tickets and have your name entered in a draw for some great prizes!

708 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Arichat, B0E 1A0

T: 902-226-1918

Louisbourg Crabfest

July 31-August 1

Louisbourg Crabfest

The most fun you'll have this summer!

Plan to join us at the 22nd annual Louisbourg Crabfest this summer - Two days of food, fun and friends! #crabfest15

For more information visit

Summer Theatre at the Gaelic College

July 29 - Aug 21

Summer Theatre at the Gaelic College

For thirty-five years, the St. Ann's Bay Players have been producing plays for a wide audience throughout Cape Breton. Featuring Cape Breton, Scottish, and Irish tales, the mission has always remained - reflect Cape Breton's rural Gaelic humour, history, and storytelling tradition with a talented group of character actors who know it well. Their theatre has been described as often challenging, thought provoking, and always entertaining with a great sense of very dry, sometimes dark, witty humour.

This year, the Players are back, and staging Cape Breton author and recent Giller prizewinner, Lynn Coady's short story, "Jesus Christ Murdeena." Set in Port Hawkesbury during the 1980's, the satire looks at what happens to a small town when an ordinary but peculiar young woman takes up walking. Featuring a mother and daughter duo as played by Peggy Jenkins and Jitka Zgola, they are joined by Sue Brown, Nancy Smith, and Yvonne Leblanc in a classic, storybook style.

Dates for St. Ann's Bay Players:
June 29,30, July 2 and August 6, 7, 13,14, 20, 21.

No Great Mischief:
July 10,12, 17, 19.

All shows are set for 7:30pm. Tickets are $20, and available at the Gaelic College Craft Shop by calling 295- 3441.

Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling - St. Ann's

August 15th - 16th

Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling
Step out and enjoy a weekend of fiddle music! Held at Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts in St. Ann's, on August 15th - 16th, 2015.

For a complete list of workshops and further information please visit:

Call 902-849-8476 or toll free 1-800-565-0000

Hike the Highlands Festival

September 11th-20th

Hike the Highlands Festival
This ten day hiking festival is set in the Cape Breton Highlands along the Cabot Trail.

It features more than 20 guided hikes, workshops, evening activities and more!

For information, please visit or email

Celtic Colours International Festival

October 9th-17th

Celtic Colours International Festival
Celtic Colours International Festival invites you to join us October October 9th-17th and experience all that Cape Breton Island has to offer. This year's Festival includes concerts presented at more than 200 community cultural events in communities throughout Cape Breton Island.

Visit for the full 2015 schedule.