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.
Come enjoy local food and refreshments and be the first of the season to walk through Historic St. Mary’s. Come for our official opening and experience this magnificent facility and find out why the space has been nominated and voted one of the best acoustical venues in the country. Special Guest performances by Logan Richard, Tara MacLean and more!
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!
Two of Canada’s finest award winning performers illuminate true miracles of music,
the violin and harpsichord sonatas of JS Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. Historic St. Mary’s
acoustical splendour ignites these magnificent Baroque masterpieces.
This popular Newfoundland folk trio is back to Historic St. Mary’s to perform a wonderful
mix of original and traditional material in beautiful three-part harmonies. They are
ECMA and JUNO nominees and have won Traditional Album of the Year award at the
Canadian Folk Music awards. We welcome back The Once!
The Indian River Festival Chorus is produced in partnership with Sirens Choral Association Inc.
The Saskatoon Children’s Choir has developed an international reputation for artistic excellence, creative performances and for their commitment to humanitarian initiatives. They hold the conviction that music crosses all cultures and borders, and that all young people can be a voice for peace, equality and global understanding. Recording credits include four compact discs, a DVD, and performances on national and international radio and television broadcasts. They are accompanied by the SCC principal accompanist, Michelle Aalders.