North Cape Coastal Drive music, food and agricultural festivals take place throughout the spring, summer, fall and winter. Theatre experiences also abound, from larger productions at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside to wildly entertaining community theatre and dinner-theatre shows all around the region.
You can check our calendar to see what’s going on monthly. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights of our Festivals and Events.
The Festival of Small Halls, a much appreciated and particularly popular music festival, takes place in June. It features local and visiting talent at dozens of cozy venues all over the Island.
The Indian River Festival is one of the most popular music festivals on the Island, featuring folk, jazz, blues, classical, Maritime, and world music by the finest artists from Prince Edward Island and across Canada
You won’t want to miss the charm of Chautauqua in Summerside in the month of July. The first Chautauqua came to Summerside in 1919 and today, The Spirit of Chautauqua is a cultural festival consisting of talks, demonstrations and musical performances for all ages and interests.
The Tignish Irish Moss Festival takes place late Juneat the north-western tip of our Island.
Do you like musical entertainment, games, period costumes and delicious strawberry shortcake with ice cream? Then be sure to check out any one of numerous strawberry socials, happening in communities all over the North Cape Touring Region in July.
You are equally sure to enjoy the fun at the Summerside Lobster Carnival where you can feast on lobster and enjoy the excitement of harness racing.
TheTyne Valley Oyster Festival is a week-long celebration, complete with soap box derby, singing competition and a parade, that happens at the very beginning of August. The spotlight is on the Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship, with the winner going to Galloway, Ireland, to compete on the international stage.
Our beloved potato is celebrated at the O’Leary Potato Blossom Festival in mid-July.
Don’t miss the Evangeline Area Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival at the end of August.
An extremely popular newcomer to the festival scene is the delicious Fall Flavours Festival in September. It pairs Island chefs with local communities and the best produce from land and sea that PEI has to offer.
In October, we have Open Farm Days, when visitors and locals alike can visit potato, dairy and alpaca farms to get a close-up look at our farming heritage – and celebrate our innovations.
Over the fall and winter, Sunday acoustic music jams are organized by the Acadian Musical Village and the Evangeline Bluegrass Festival at the Acadian Musical Village in Abram-Village.
Pride, tradition, folklore, family, stories, music, cuisine, livelihood – when we talk about celebrating the coast, we’re really talking about celebrating an entire way of life. We’re talking about the people of the North Cape Coastal region. And of course we’re talking about where you fit into the celebration equation.
“PEI Nature Inspires Craft”, this year’s Celebration of Craft exhibit, will feature fine craft inspired by PEI’s natural history. The inspiration pieces include birds, plants, nests, fossils, bones, etc. “PEI Nature Inspires Craft” will showcase the wide variety of craft produced on the Island. This exhibition is mounted in partnership with the PEI Crafts Council, with the support of Innovation PEI. All are welcome to attend the official opening on Sunday, June 9th at 2 pm. This exhibition will be on display until October. Eptek Centre will also be hosting a special, one-night only, art exhibition featuring the work of a group of early learning students on Tuesday, June 18th at 6 pm. The Reggio Art Exhibit will display artwork created using the Reggio Emilia approach, a student-centered educational philosophy that uses self-directed, experiential learning in relationship-driven environments. There is no admission fee for these two opening events and refreshments will be served. The on-site gift shop carries only Island art and craft, as well as books on local themes. Be sure to visit the permanent exhibition on the history and architecture of Summerside, too. Admission is by donation. Eptek Art & Culture Centre is a site of the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation and is located at 130 Heather Moyse Drive on the Summerside waterfront, adjacent to the Harbourfront Theatre. For more information call 902-888-8373 (or visit us online at www.peimuseum.com or www.facebook.com/EptekCentre).
JUNO Award recipient and winner of the 2018 prestigious Polaris Music Prize, this Tobique First Nation classically-trained tenor, musicologist, activist, and performer’s art is rooted in his Wolastoq heritage, where tradition and cutting edge modernity ignite.
OPEN STAGE – FREE (donations welcome)
If you have ever wanted to opportunity to perform at the incredible Historic St. Mary’s Church, now is your chance! We will host two Open Stage events this season! If you are a musician, vocalist, amateur or otherwise, come out to experience the amazing acoustics of this beautiful church!
Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a musical tour-de-force partnership planted on the Canadian Prairies. Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories is a partnership that could almost make you believe in fate.
With a stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have a way of making time disappear, rooms shrink, and audiences feel as they are right there on the stage with the band — writing the songs, living the songs, performing the songs. It’s not uncommon for listeners to find themselves laughing, dancing, crying, or caught up in a good ol’ fashioned sing-along. “We’re folk singers, we try to write stuff that people can relate to,” says the multi-instrumentalist Edwards, whose looming stage presence and penetrating eyes find him the yin to Luft’s petite, snort-laughing yang. The material of a Small Glories concert is rootsily welcoming in terms of subject, folk-pop melody and instrumentation — songs of love, loss, and environment, delivered with soaring, interwoven vocals on various combinations of stomping clawhammer banjo, guitar and harmonica. However, a Small Glories performance is really about what happens in-between the songs. “The feedback we get from a lot of audiences is that it’s not just about the music for them,” Luft says. “It’s the whole package.”