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Festivals & Events, Prince Edward Island

Canada

There is a seemingly endless array of events and fun happenings on Prince Edward Island during the summer months. This is just a smattering to choose from.

Late June
SUMMERSIDE HIGHLAND GATHERING, Summerside.
Competitions for pipe bands, solo pipers and drummers, highland dancers and heavyweight athletes. First-rate Celtic entertainment with concerts, ceilidhs, fiddling and step-dancing. Clans, vendors, children's activities, displays and demonstrations.

Late June to late September
VICTORIA PLAYHOUSE SUMMER FESTIVAL, Victoria.
15 years of exciting professional repertory theatre and musical concerts presented in an intimate and historic theatre. For season brochure, call (902) 658-2025.

Early July
July 4, 5, 6
PEI BLUEGRASS & OLDTIME MUSIC FESTIVAL, Rollo Bay PEI.
Instrument and vocal workshops, guitar draw, children's activities, great music and more.

Early July
CARDIGAN CANADA DAY PARADE, Village of Cardigan.
Floats, entertainment, flag raising.

July & August-every Wednesday
SUMMER CEILIDHS, Kensington Train Station
Music, drama, dance and dessert. These evenings are pure entertainment for the whole family. Bring your singing voice, your funny stories, dance shoes or musical instrument and come entertain while being entertained! The evening is fun-filled with loads of local and guest entertainers ready and waiting to meet you.

July & August-every Wednesday
MID-WEEK CEILIDH, Eastern Kings Community Center.
Local musicians. Visitors welcome to participate. Tea and biscuits served. Starts at 8 p.m.

Early July to late August-every Sunday
WOODLEIGH "CONCERT ON THE GREEN," Burlington.
Traditional Celtic and Acadian music in an outdoor setting.

Early July through September
SONGS & LEGENDS OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND WITH SINGER TERESA DOYLE, Belfast.
A modern troubadour with tales of Island ghosts, witches, stowaways...

Mid-July
LADY SLIPPER KENNEL CLUB ALL-BREED DOG SHOW & OBEDIENCE TRIALS, Kensington Community Gardens.
Trials Calender
Up to 60 different breeds from Maritime Provinces and Eastern USA.

Mid-July
BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, Fairview.
Bluegrass bands from Maritime Canada and Eastern USA.

Mid-July
CHARLOTTETOWN RACE WEEK, Charlottetown. Regatta featuring keel-boat races, harbour racing. Nightly entertainment.

Mid-July to mid-August-every Saturday and Sunday
THE TRADITIONAL MUSIC & SONG OF PEI, South Rustico.
Live traditional Celtic, Acadian and bluegrass concerts on Wheatley River at Cafe St. Jean.

Mid-July
NORTHPORT AQUATIC DAYS, Northport.
Lobster-boat races, fishers' competitions, boat parade, children's actrivities, special attractions on the wharf. Outdoor talent competition. Fishing boat Festival of Lights competition, fireworks, dance.

Late July
PEI POTATO BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, O'Leary.
Midway, giant parade, bingo, banquet and annual awards presentations, PEI Potato Ambassadorship, 5 and 10 km road race at Mill River, children's activities, horse races, co-ed softball tournament, outdoor music fest dance and fireworks.

Late July
SOURIS REGATTA (A CELEBRATION OF THE SEA!), Town of Souris.
Boat races, arm wrestling and tug-of-war, entertainment, etc.

Late July
SUMMERSIDE LOBSTER CARNIVAL, Summerside.
The 41st anniversary (in 1996) of the Lobster Carnival. Street sales, world-class entertainment, mammoth street parade, lobster suppers, talent competitions, harness racing, giant midway, children's entertainment and much, much more.

Late July
NORTHUMBERLAND PROVINCIAL FISHERIES FESTIVAL, Murray River.
"Miss Northumberland" Pageant, softball tournament, fish-filleting and scallop-shucking demonstration, races, contests, lobster suppers, local entertainment, adult dance.

Late July
PEI JAZZ & BLUES SOCIETY FESTIVAL, Charlottetown.
Major jazz and blues performers from Atlantic and Eastern Canada.

Late July/Early August
ST. PETER'S BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL AND HOMECOMING, St. Peter's Park.
Open-air concert, dances, entertainment, Blueberry Race, surf-and-turn barbecue, pancake brunch, parade.

Early August
ANNUAL HIGHLAND GAMES, Eldon, Lord Selkirk Provincial Park.
Piping, dancing and traditional athletic competitions. Concerts on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Piping and dancing competitions on Saturday.

Early August
ANNUAL "FIDDLERS & FOLLOWERS" WEEKEND, Cavendish. Three big fiddle shows, scores of fiddlers, including Maritime Fiddle Champions, piano accompanists, step-dancers, barbecues, lobster parties, picnics. Sunday morning hymn sing and fancy fish chowder dinner.

Early-mid-August
OLD HOME WEEK PROVINCIAL EXHIBITION, Charlottetown. Harness racing, horse/livestock shows, midway, parade, exhibits, musical entertainment.

Mid-August ANNUAL ABEGWEIT POW-W0W, Panmure Island Provincial Park.
Sponsored by the Native Council of PEI. Sweats, sunrise ceremonies, games. Traditional dancing and drumming. Breakfast and supper provided. Lunch sold on park grounds. No drugs or alcohol.

Mid-August
GOLD CUP & SAUCER RACE AND GOLD CUP PARADE, Charlottetown Driving Park. One of Eastern Canada's most prestigious harness races. The largest parade in Atlantic Canada is the day before the race.

Mid-August
ANNUAL LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY FESTIVAL, Cavendish. Daily performances by "Anne" and "Diana," traditional music, readings from L.M. Montgomery's work (including Anne of Green Gables), period games, ice cream social, barn dance, fish-tasting feast, memorial service for L.M. Montgomery, and more.

Late August
NATIONAL MILTON ACORN FESTIVAL, Charlottetown and across PEI.
Poetry, stories and music plus much more in honor of poet Milton Acorn.

Late August/early September
EXPOSITION AGRICOLE ET FESTIVAL ACADIEN DE LA REGION EVANGELINE, Abram Village.
Livestock, flowers, craft judging, Acadian entertainment, parade, lobster suppers, etc.

Late August/early September
FESTIVAL OF THE FATHERS, Charlottetown.
On the historic waterfront in the vicinity of Great George Street National Historic District. Commemorating the "Birthplace of Confederation" and the Charlottetown Confederence of 1864. Buskers, musicians, ten-tavern tour, vintage Victorian events, dances, traditional foods and entertainment. Family fun. Festival website

Mid-September
FESTIVAL ON THE HARBOUR, Summerside.
Dancing, fiddlers, buskers, quilts, derby, antique cars and furniture displays, log-rolling, raft tug-of-war, farmer's market and great foods!

Mid-September
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, Province-wide.
Schedule of activities includes traditional and contemporary music, theatre performances, children's day, crafts demonstrations, readings and visual arts display.

Late September
"COME TO THE CEILIDH," Charlottetown.
A cast of more than 80 pipers, drummers, Highland dancers, step-dancers, fiddlers and singers. The finest in Island Celtic entertainment.

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