Celtic Colours International Festival begins on the Friday of each Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.
2024 – October 11th to October 19th
2025 – October 10th to October 18th
2026 – October 9th to October 17th
To Experience Celtic Colours
Is to Be Changed by It…
The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island’s living traditional culture. For nine days in October you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities taking place in communities across the Island.
World Class Concerts
At any one of the many 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. With Celtic Colours’ ambitious schedule (as many as eight concerts a day), it is simply impossible to see and hear everything. The organizers of the Festival realize this and take special care in the programming of each concert so that it is possible to get a taste of all that the Festival has to offer on any given day. Whether it’s Gaelic singing, Cape Breton fiddling, local dance traditions, or world-class bagpiping, you can tailor your musical experiences to suit your tastes.
Community Cultural Events
The Learning Opportunities series will entertain and enlighten you with a variety of workshops, presentations, demonstrations and lectures on Celtic history, music, dance, art, craft and community heritage.
At Participatory Events you are welcome as a spectator or to immerse yourself in the action and join in on a Square Dance, session, or milling frolic.
Get outside and enjoy the spectacular scenery at one of the Outdoor Events. Guided walks, hikes, and boat tours put you in the fresh air.
The Visual Art / Heritage Craft series offers a wide variety of fine art and heritage craft events. Exhibitions, demonstrations, and workshops celebrate the creative spirit that thrives on Cape Breton.
Break bread together and share a home-cooked meal at one of the many Community Meals or visit one of the Farmers’ Markets where you’ll find locally grown food, honey, and handmade goods.
Late Night Festival Club
Cape Breton’s Autumn Beauty
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. These travels may take you around the pristine Bras d’Or Lake, Canada’s largest saltwater lake, or around the Cabot Trail, often called North America’s most scenic drive. Wherever you go in Cape Breton at this time of year, you are bound to find amazing scenery around every turn.
Chief Executive Officer
Interim Office Manager
Box Office & Data Manager
Andy Gouthro, Riley Hill, Dale Fahey
Box Office Staff
Felicity Mkandawire, Madison Parsons, Morgan Toney, Breagh Kelly
CBU Student Interns
Blair Brown, Lee Price
Festival Club Manager
Festival Club Stage Manager
Vibe Creative Group
Festival Branding & Communication Design
Video and Livestream Production
Board of Directors
Marcel McKeough – Chair
Anna MacDonald – Vice Chair
Erin MacEachen – Treasurer
Alyce MacLean – Secretary
Bill Vokey – Past Chair
The Late Hon. Allan J. MacEachen
The Late John Allan Cameron