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Mabou Ceilidh Days Festival

An annual community tradition for over 50 years, the community of Mabou, Nova Scotia celebrates each July with fun for all ages. Join us this July 14-18!


5:30pm-8:00pm: Hike to MacPhee ruins ~ Ceilidh at Donald & Margaret’s old place on the hill

Meet at Mabou Coal Mines trail head  |  lead by members of the Mabou Gaelic and Historical Society  |  if rain, held the following Thursday

7:00pm-10:00pm: Darrell Keigan  |  $10  |  Red Shoe Pub  |  19+

9:00pm-12:00am: Teen Dance with DJ Ryan MacDonald  |  $10  |  Mabou Arena


LIGHT UP THE VILLAGE: Community members are encouraged to light up the town with some festive lights for the occasion! Dig out some old Christmas lights, leave the porch light on, and celebrate our village all weekend with a little extra life and light.

4:30pm-6:30pm: The Ceilidh Crawl  |  FREE  |  Click to REGISTER HERE

This fun and free event is back by popular demand after a great showing in 2021. Stroll the village with fellow enthusiasts, guided to Mabou hot spots where each will feature surprise local musicians. We meet and end up back at the Marina and walk from there. Register for free with the link above.

6:00pm-9:00pm: Eddie Cummings Live  |  Kenzie Beaton’s Gazebo, Mabou Marina + Celtic Touch Dancers + BBQ + CWL Bake Sale + Beaton’s Delight Food Truck + Boat Parade Viewing

7:00pm: Ecumenical Service  |  Mabou Harbour Wharf

7:30pm: Boat Parade Begins  |  Mabou Harbour Wharf

8:00pm-11:00pm: Shelly Campbell & Friends  |  $10  |  Red Shoe Pub  |  19+


9:00am: 40th Annual Hugh Arnold Campbell Memorial Road Race  |  Mabou Fire Hall

Registration is at 8:00am. 10km: timed, 5km: timed, 1.2km: fun run

2:00pm-4:00pm: Sand Castle Contest  |  West Mabou Beach

Prizes for age groups under 8, under 12, under 18 and over 18. Registration is from 1pm-2pm

2:00pm-5:00pm: Spike Ball Tournament  |  West Mabou Beach

$10 fee per team of 2. Prizes will be awarded. Click Here to Register

9:00pm-12:00am: Family Square Dance with Neil Beaton & Hilda Chiasson  |  $10  |  West Mabou Hall

9:00pm-12:00am: Pub Night with the MacQuarrie Brothers  |  $20  |  Mabou Hall  |  19+

Happy hour from 9pm-10pm


10:00am-11:00am: Pioneer Mass  |  St. Mary’s Parish Cementary

11:00am-2:00pm: Mabou Farmer’s Market  |  Mabou Arena

2:00pm: Lucky Duck Race  |  MacMillan’s Farm, Glendyer  |  $5/duck  |  text 902-258-7584 to purchase yours, or keep your eye out in local shops for pop-up in-person sales. Name your duck, etransfer your payment, then watch the ducks race Sunday afternoon. Folks can attend or watch live online via Facebook. Have fun and support the Mabou Ceilidh Days fundraiser!

4:00pm-7:00pm: Troy MacGillivray & Friends  |  $10  |  Red Shoe Pub

7:30pm-9:30pm: Annual Mabou Ceilidh Concert in memory of Daniel Rankin  |  $10  |  Mabou Hall


8:30pm: Trad Jam Session  |  Red Shoe Pub

9:00pm-12:30am: Adult Square Dance with Rodney MacDonald, Troy MacGillivray, and James MacLean  |  $10  |  Brook Village Hall  |  19+

9:00pm-12:00am: Family Square Dance with Neil Beaton & Amanda MacDougall  |  $10  |  Glencoe Mills Hall

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