Music, Festivals & Events

Don’t forget to join in our celebrations of music at one of our numerous festivals and events in 2013! Come dance to the rhythm of our fiddles and bagpipes at one of our lively Cape Breton Ceilidhs! Or take to the highlands during the Cabot Trail Relay Race through some of the world’s most stunning scenery!

Christmas in Baddeck

Join us on November 30th the 18th Annual Baddeck Christmas Parade.  Check out all the details about this year's Christmas in Baddeck celebrations!


Cabot Trail Relay Race

May 25-26, 2013
A 185 mile / 298km, 17 stage relay race through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. This event involves 70 teams with over 1100 runners.

Canada Day

July 1, 2013

Come to Baddeck to celebrate Canada Day with lots of activities, music and fireworks.

Baddeck Gathering Ceilidhs

July & August 2013
Cape Breton fiddle music and dance. Live performances 7 nights a week from 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Bras d'Or Yacht Club

100th Annual Regatta Week

August 4-10, 2013

Sail past, races and evening entertainment.

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
Enjoy Children's Corner daily with kite-making and experiments along with the 2013 Special Events - to be announced.

October 11-19, 2013
Cape Breton-wide festival including square dances, concerts, workshops and community events.

Evening Entertainment in Baddeck

Silver Dart Lodge

Lynwood Inn

Inverary Resort

Telegraph House ( Mon-Thurs & Sat)

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 53

Colaisde na Gaidhlig / Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts

Resides on more than 350 acres in St. Ann's and is the only institution of its kind in North America. Daily music and dance demonstrations, Wednesday evening summer ceilidhs, Feis Colaisde na Gaidhlig, and Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling are just some of the events scheduled this summer & fall. Just 20 minutes from Baddeck.


April 26-28 - Spring Gaelic Weekend
June 14 - Seafood Ceilidh
June 30 - July 6 - Gaelic College 75th Anniversary Celebrations
July 1 - August 30 - Blas Math - Lunchtime Ceilidhs
July 3 - August 28, 2013 -
Wednesday Night Ceilidhs
July 19 - Seafood Ceilidh

August 9 - Seafood Ceilidh
August 16-18 - 40th Anniversary Festival of Cape Breton Fiddling
September 20-22 - Fall Gaelic Weekend
November 29 - December 1 - Christmas Gaelic Weekend


Highland Village Museum / An Clachain Gaidhealach
Immerse yourself in over 120 years of the Scottish Gaels' life in Nova Scotia. Visit the only scottish living museum in the province. Enjoy the Highland Village Day concert - first Saturday in August and other great events such as codfish suppers, candlelight tours and much more. Just a 40 minute drive from Baddeck.

Aug 3 - 52nd Annual Highland Village Day Concert
Sept. 7 - Pioneer Day

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