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The festival theme for 2024 is: Mabou, Home of the Tigers - Hear Us Roar!


  • 5:00pm: Hike at MacFarlane Woods  |  Mull River  |  in partnership with the Mabou Gaelic and Historical Society

  • 7:00pm-8:30pm: Pre-teen CDMF (Ceilidh Days Music Fest!) Sock-Hop Dance with DJ Ryan MacDonald (Grades 5-8)  |  Mabou Arena  |  $10  |  in partnership with the Mabou Arena

  • 7:30pm-10:00pm: Trivia + Family Feud Game Night  |  Hillsborough Hall  |  19+  |  6 per team/$20 ~ Click to Register Here

  • 9:00pm-12:00am: CDMF Teen Dance with DJ Ryan MacDonald (Grades 9-12)  |  Mabou Arena  |  $10  | Doors close at 10pm  |  in partnership with the Mabou Arena


  • 1:00pm-3:00pm: Grading Day at the Beach  |  Spike Ball Tournament & Sand Sculpture Competition |  West Mabou Beach  |  $20/Spikeball team

To register for Spike Ball, click here!    To register for the Sand Sculpture Competition, click here!  Sponsored by Cape Breton Eagles,

and B.P. Fraser Excavations


  • 5:00-7:00pm: The Kids’ Ceilidh  |  Petting Zoo with Six Little Farmers + Face Painting with Melinda Crawford (donations go toward Becky Beaton Bursary) + BBQ in partnership with the Mabou Development + Beaton’s Delight Coffee and Ice Cream  |  Mabou Marina

  • 6:00pm: Boat Parade Begins  |  Meet at Mabou Harbour Wharf, head to Mabou Marina


  • 7:00pm: Ecumenical Service  |  Mabou Marina (if rain, moved into church)


  • 7:30pm-9:30pm: Music on the Marina with Steve Luxton + Celtic Touch Dancers + BBQ + Beaton’s Delight + Free S’mores for the kids  |  Kenzie Beaton’s Gazebo, Mabou Marina


  • 7:30pm-10:30pm: KitchenFest! with Ian MacDougall, Mac Morin, Patrick Gillis, and Vincent McDonald  |  Red Shoe Pub  |  $10  |  19+


  • 7:30am-9:30am: Pancake Breakfast  |  Mabou Hall  |  $10  |  in partnership with the Mabou Hall Committee and the South West Mabou 4-H Club


  • 8:00am: Annual Hugh Arnold Campbell Memorial Road Race  |  Mabou Fire Hall  |  Registration at 8am, Race to start at 9am  |  10km timed, 5km timed, 1.2km Fun Run  |  in partnership with the Campbell family

  • 9:00am: Morning Yoga on the Beach with Gerri MacDonald  |  West Mabou Beach  |  $10

  • 12:00pm: Parade  |  Theme: Home of the Tigers, Hear Us Roar!  |  Mabou Hall to Mabou Arena  |  Floats to meet from 11-11:30am

2024 Parade Marshall, Betty Jane Cameron and 2024 Ceilidh Couple, Jackie and Pamela MacDonnell

Prizes available for: Best community float, best theme, and best business

Kids are encouraged to get involved! Decorate your bike and enter or get dressed up and walk with us! Those under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. To get involved, please fill out our form by clicking here!

  • 1:00pm-3:00pm: The Big Picnic: MCS Reunion + Bouncy Castles + Live Music with Caper + Beer Tent + Old School Games + Face Painting + BBQ in partnership with the Mabou Volunteer Fire Department + Lemonade Stand in partnership with Taigh Sgoile na Drochaide + Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, & Popcorn  |  Mabou Arena Grounds  |  Sponsored by The Corner Store by missbrenna

  • 2:00pm: 41st Annual Luathadh Mòr Mhàbu - Mabou Milling Frolic  |  An Drochaid, The Bridge Museum  |  Admission by donation, tea will be served  |  in partnership with the Mabou Gaelic & Historical Society

  • 2:00pm: “Futon” Don Campbell Memorial Horseshoe Tournament  |  Tulloch Field, Brook Village  |  in partnership with Brook Village Recreation Association

  • 7:30pm-10:30pm: KitchenFest! with Brian MacDonald, John Pellerin, Abigail MacDonald, and Malcolm MacNeil  |  Red Shoe Pub  |  $10  |. 19+

  • 9:00pm-12:00am: KitchenFest! Family Square Dance with Kenneth MacKenzie, Neil Beaton, Joël Chiasson, &  Brent Chaisson  |  West Mabou Hall  |  $10

  • 10:00pm-2:00am: Outdoor Pub Night with Beech Hill + Andrea Beaton and Margie Beaton  |  Mabou Arena Outdoor Stage  |  $20  |  19+  |  Bar and food services available, cash only  |  in partnership with the Mabou Arena


  • 10:30am: Outdoor Pioneer Mass  |  St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery  |  in partnership with St. Mary's Parish

  • 11:30am-1:30pm: Roast Beef Dinner  |  Mabou Hall  |  $22  in partnership with the Mabou Hall Committee

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


  • 2:00pm: Lucky Duck Race + Teddy Bear Picnic + Children’s Book Reading: Oh Milly, So Silly with Beverly Hagen  |  MacMillan’s Farm, Glendyer

Duck Race: Name your duck, e-transfer your payment ($5/duck) to then watch the ducks race Sunday afternoon.

Picnic: After the race, bring your favourite teddy bear along and join us in the meadow (or barn if rain) for storytime with Beverly as she reads from her book Oh Milly, So SIlly. Snacks will be served.

  • Following Tug-of-War: Outdoor Pub with Back Pack  |  Brook Village  |  Free!  |  in partnership with Brook Village Recreation Association


  • 7:30pm-10:30pm: KitchenFest! with Donny LeBlanc, Kolten MacDonell, Jackie Dunn-MacIsaac, and Chris Babineau  |  Red Shoe Pub  |  $10

  • 9:00pm-12:00am: Family Square Dance with Ian MacDougall and friends |  Glencoe Mills  |  $10


  • 12:00pm-2:00pm: Canada Day Celebrations  |  MCS Reunion + Cake + BBQ + Kids Activities + Lawn Mower Races on Back Street  |  Mabou Hall

  • 4:00pm-7:00pm: KitchenFest! with Howie MacDonald, Wendy MacIsaac, Iain MacQuarrie, and Brent Chaisson  |  Red Shoe Pub  |  $10

  • 6:00pm-8:00pm: Family Movie Night  |  Beinn Mhàbu  |  Free  |  Cash canteen available  |  in partnership with Beinn Mhàbu

  • 9:00pm-12:30am: KitchenFest! Adult Square Dance with Ian MacDougall, Douglas Cameron, Adam Young, & Patrick Gillis  |  Brook Village Hall  |  $10, 19+

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