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15 Cape Breton Events in 2015

To get to know the true spirit and personality of Cape Breton Island, we highly recommend experiencing Cape Breton’s Events with Heart. These top 15 events of 2015 showcase Cape Breton’s living culture, exceptional venues and unique lifestyle.

From culture and music festivals to hiking trails throughout the Cape Breton Highlands National Park along the majestic Cabot Trail, these 15 in 15 will inspire and entertain you. As you plan your adventure to Cape Breton Island, be sure to include one, two or all 15 of these Events with Heart!


Roots to Boots Festival

June 11-14, 2015

The first annual Roots to Boots Festival will be held in the communities of Chéticamp and Louisbourg from June 11 to 14, 2015 with a unique blend of entertainment engineered to please cultural enthusiasts: Storytelling, hiking, food, local-flavour concerts, song writers’ circle and late night square dances. Enjoy Cape Breton and Newfoundland & Labrador’s finest talent presented on hiking trails and small stages in many different venues.

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June 27 - July 4, 2015

Back for year two, bigger and better than before, Coaisde na Gaidhlig/The Gaelic College proudly presents KitchenFest! KitchenFest is an annual celebration of Cape Breton-based traditional music, locals and visitors alike are given up close and personal insight into this distinct and vibrant culture like never before. Activities include nightly music in venues around the island, daily events on the Gaelic College Campus, and opening and closing concert, community meals, and much more!

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July 2-5, 2015

The shores of Baddeck Bay in the historic village of Baddeck will come alive with the ringing of anvils and the fires of the forge as we welcome you to CanIRON X, a celebration and convention on the craft of blacksmithing. Attend lectures, watch blacksmithing demonstrations, or take instructional classes. You can also visit an ironworks gallery, learn about the heritage of blacksmithing in Canada, stroll through a vendors market, and enjoy food, drink and conversation with the international blacksmithing community.

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Makin' Waves

July 2-30, 2015

Makin’ Waves is a month long concert serious occurring on Thursday evenings in July from 6-8pm. The concerts will feature a headlining set by an established artist recognized on the regional, national, and international stage. The festival will bridge Canada Day, the perceived start of the summer festival season in the CBRM, and the Sydney Action Week festival in early August, thus extending the season as well as rallying the downtown area around a new flagship summer event.

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The Bells of Baddeck

July 3 - August 2, 2015

From kites and flights to schools and libraries, Alexander Graham and Mabel Bell changed the world. Deaf from childhood, Mabel never heard the ring of the telephone nor the roar of the Silver Dart, but she became one of the century’s most influential advocates for women, children, the arts, and science. 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.

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Granville Green Concert Series

Sundays, July 5 - August 9, 2015

Each summer, regional and national artists visit Port Hawkesbury to perform in the popular Granville Green Concert Series. These outdoor concerts are held each Sunday evening on the stage located along the Port Hawkesbury waterfront, overlooking the beautiful Strait of Canso. Bring your blanket or chair for your own comfort, and join us for some amazing music.

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Race the Cape

July 12-18, 2015

Enjoy seven nights of legendary food, hospitality and entertainment and let your sailing adventure begin with five days of challenging point to point racing over 175 nautical miles on beautiful Cape Breton Island. Starting in St. Peter's, the race will run legs to Ben Eoin, Baddeck, North Sydney, Ingonish, and Sydney. Feasting and entertainment take place each night with awards after the final leg. Come join this exciting sail race and celebrate on beautiful Cape Breton Island!


The Cape Breton Summertime Revue: The Next Generation

August 2-4, 2015

In 1986, the Summertime Revue opened at the Savoy Theatre with sketches and original music based on themes exploring life on Cape Breton Island. The songs and stories of the Revue reflect the essence of Cape Breton Culture. The time has come for the “Next Generation” and Cape Breton Island has no shortage of talented performers who love nothing better than to celebrate what it means to live here.

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CultureFête / SuperFête

July 24-26 & August 22-23, 2015

CultureFête (July 24-26) - Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Cape Breton's diverse heritage as the streets of Louisbourg come alive during this vibrant multicultural fair.
SuperFête (August 22-23) - Find yourself surrounded by historical military demonstrations, parades, performers, food, music and dancing during this event. LouisRocks concerts will be held on the evening of the 22nd and the afternoon of the 23rd.


Cape Breton Bike Rally

July 31 - August 3, 2015

Beginning at Centre 200 and broadening to include the world-renowned Cabot Trail, the Fortress of Louisbourg, and more, participants will enjoy guided tours of our beautiful trails and can register for fantastic deals. Come explore the thousands of kilometers of spectacular coastline that Cape Breton has to offer. Visit our family friendly area, filled with activities such as guided tours, games, concerts, Reptile zoo, and much more, and stroll through our vendor village where there will be something for everyone!


Acoustic Roots Festival

September 4-6, 2015

The Acoustic Roots Festival offers a variety of acoustic music spanning the genres of Folk, Blues, Celtic, Country and Bluegrass. This annual event showcases Atlantic Canadian talent including a strong Cape Breton component. The Acoustic Roots Festival not only provides excellent entertainment for the entire family but also serves as an important fundraiser for Two Rivers Wildlife Park, a popular family recreation area for local residents and visitors alike.

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PGA TOUR Canada Cape Breton Celtic Classic

September 7-13, 2015

The Cape Breton Celtic Classic will be a week-long festival of golf, bringing some of the world’s top emerging golfers back to the East Coast. The experience delivered for the players and the memories they’ll take away from spending a week in one of the world’s most beautiful destination will be unparalleled.

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September 11-13, 2015

Cape Breton Paddlefest is a 3-day celebration of paddling - kayak, canoe, and SUP - that will combine paddling skills and safety clinics, retail of paddling gear, guided tours, and time for networking and socializing. Steeped in history and brimming with wildlife and natural beauty, Richmond County boasts a variety of waterways - lakes, rivers, sheltered inlets, surf, and open ocean - suitable for paddlers of all experience levels.

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Hike the Highlands

September 11-20, 2015

Hike the Highlands is a ten day hiking festival that takes hikers from around the world out on hiking trails along the Cabot Trail in Northern Cape Breton. The festival features daily guided hikes, evening activities & presentations, the hiker distance award, opening & closing ceremonies and a photo contest.

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Celtic Colours International Festival

October 9-17, 2015

Celebrating its 19th year in 2015, the Celtic Colours International Festival will present 47 concerts and more than 200 community cultural events all over Cape Breton Island. Artists travel from all over the Celtic world to join the finest Cape Breton’s musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers, and tradition-bearers. This nine day event, which also includes a nightly Festival Club, is held during Cape Breton’s most spectacular season, autumn, delighting festival goers as they make their way from event to event.

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