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.
The Celtic Performing Arts Centre at The College of Piping is usually a very vibrant and busy space, filled with performers and musicians using the stage to showcase their talents to full audiences. The venue was ready to host a show earlier this year and the cast was in place for the final rehearsal with some specially invited guests in the crowd. It was an unusually eerie night. The night was dark and quiet, the air was heavy. The performers and guests were ready. The lights were lowered and the show began, but never finished. No one ever left the building, no one really knows what transpired and no bodies were ever found. Then, with the venue being closed for many months, some unruly phantoms took up residence and are ready to welcome you into their Haunted Theatre.
As you may know, theatre staff all over the world tell stories of having ghosts haunting their venues, some are tall tales and some are true, but with our venue being only two years old, could we really have any ghosts haunting it? The Celtic Performing Arts Centre at The College of Piping in fact, has been taken over by ghouls and scary creatures that travelled through a portal during the closure. These macabre residents welcome you to visit them in the Haunted Theatre…if you dare!
Come for a visitation and make friends with our new inhabitants…don’t be afraid of the blood curdling screams you hear in the distance, or the cackling of witches as they conjure up potions from their cauldron, ignore the walking dead…they mean you no harm…probably.
The Haunted Theatre at the Celtic Performing Arts Centre is at 619 Water Street East in Summerside. Visitation tours will run in small groups on a first come, first served basis starting at 7pm on Oct 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30th.
Tickets are $15 including taxes and fees, please visit www.collegeofpiping.com for more information or to book tickets. This event is not recommended for family members under 13 years of age and attendees will be required to wear a non-medical mask while attending this event.