Cape Breton Island’s award winning event Celtic Colours International Festival, attracts hundreds of Celtic musicians and fans from all over the world in October, when the fall foliage is at its peak. For nine days Cape Breton Island is alive with music, energy and excitement as together we celebrate our rich culture. From concerts and dances to workshops and community suppers, Celtic Colours International Music Festival offers a full range of events. At one of the many world class concerts you’ll find some of the world’s finest musicians sharing the stage with Cape Breton’s best singers, dancers, players, story-tellers and culture bearers in venues that range from community halls and churches to modern schools and theatres. Whether it’s Gaelic singing, Cape Breton fiddling, local dance traditions, or an afternoon of world-class bagpiping, you can tailor your musical experiences to suit your tastes. The festival is held during Cape Breton’s most spectacular season when the leaves are turning colour and the vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges bring the breathtaking scenery to life as you travel from event to event.
Celtic Colours International Festival begins on the Friday of each Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.
2017 – October 6th to October 14th
2018 – October 5th to October 13th
2019 – October 11th to October 19th
2020 – October 9th to October 17th