As part of #KitchenFest! 2024, we are thrilled to invite you to the Big Bash at Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College! Set against the stunning backdrop of St. Ann’s Bay, our outdoor performance centre will come alive with the sounds of music during this spectacular event. Running from 3 pm to 10 pm, rain or shine, this licensed affair (for ages 19 and above) promises a lineup of six headline acts to keep you entertained all day long. With on-site food and bar services available, attendees will have all they need to go the distance. Plus, if staying nearby, we can help with transportation—we’ll be offering a complimentary shuttle service between our venue and Baddeck. To enjoy the full day to the max, we encourage patrons to bring their own seating. Click the Eventbrite ticket link to secure your spot and prepare for an unforgettable day in St. Ann’s! (Please note, tickets are non-refundable)

Frequently Asked Questions

The Big Bash is happening at Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College, 51779 Cabot Trail, St. Ann's, Nova Scotia. The show will happen in our Outdoor Performance Centre overlooking St. Ann's Bay. Security will be on site and at all entrances.
Tickets are now available through EventBrite in the link above at $80/person. In order to fulfill the purchase, an account with EventBrite will need to be set up.
The show will go on, rain or shine! Bring clothing and accessories suitable for the weather.
During KitchenFest!, our accommodations are in use by performers and festival workers. There are many excellent options for places to stay in nearby communities.
No, there are no options to camp or park an RV on site. However, there are several great options for tenting or RVs near St. Ann's, Baddeck or Boularderie that are all within a half hour drive from the Gaelic College.
Yes! Thanks to our partners at Cape Breton University, a free shuttle service will be provided to and from the village of Baddeck throughout the day long event. Book your overnight stay now and take advantage of this great service.

🚐 Look for vehicles with Big Bash signage on the windows indicating event.
🚐 Vehicles will be stationed at:
Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay, Auberge Giseles Inn, downtown Baddeck and Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College
🚐 Vehicles will be transporting event patrons between Baddeck and Gaelic College commencing at 1:00pm.
🚐 Vehicles will be transporting to/from Baddeck/Gaelic College every 20 minutes.
🚐 Vehicles will be available on-call to service Trailsman Motel, KOA Campgrounds and other establishments in between these locations.
🚐 Patrons can call 902-574-5468 for specific pickup/drop-off at non-Baddeck locations.
🚐 All 5 vehicles will available at Gaelic College at the end of concert and every 20 minutes thereafter until 11:45pm to transport patrons back to original pickup locations.
No refunds will be issued. Tickets are transferable, so you will be able to pass your ticket on to someone else if you can't make it.
Jimmy Rankin
Gunning & Cormier
Rankin MacInnis and the Broken Reeds
Rachel Davis and Darren McMullen
Pretty Archie
Yes, this is a 19+ event and there will be a bar on site during the show. You must have your ID on you at all times and be ready to show it when entering and when purchasing alcohol.
There is a limited amount of bench seating available, but you might want to bring your own chair or blanket. There will be plenty of space to set up on the grassy hillside.
There is a paved flat path leading to the concert site. However, the concert site itself contains a short gravel path at the top of the hill and then a grassy hillside leading down to the stage.
Yes, you may bring your service animal. Any animals that are not service animals will not be permitted to enter.
Yes, there is an accessible washroom on the site.
There will be food available from vendors on the concert grounds. It's okay to bring a snack from home.
Yes, you will need to show proof in order to get back in, but you may leave and re-enter the concert grounds.
Bring a blanket or chair, a sunshade, sunscreen, layers for the weather, whatever you need to feel comfortable during your time here.
Alcohol - anyone that brings their own liquor will be asked to leave. Security will be monitoring parking areas as well as the concert site.
Drugs with the exception of prescribed medications
No professional recording equipment for audio, video or photography will be permitted.
Yes, there are parking lots at Colaisde na Gàidhlig and free parking will be available.
No, pets will not be allowed entry.
The gates will open at 2 pm and the show will begin at 3 pm.
No, no smoking, vaping or cannabis use will be permitted within the concert grounds.
Anyone under 19 will be removed from the concert grounds immediately.

Offensive behaviour such as verbal abuse, intimidation, or harassment or sexual harassment, or vandalism, will not be tolerated. Remember that all our attendees are here to enjoy the show, and do not make assumptions about anyone’s interests, skill level, or profession based on their appearance or background.

If you are caught breaking any of our rules or the law, you will be evicted without refund.

Please do not drink and drive.

With these laws and rules in mind, please show respect for everyone at the festival. We take the safety of all fans, volunteers, artists, and workers very seriously.
Cash or debit will be available.
Please get in touch with Joyce MacDonald at
The tap water at Colaisde na Gàidhlig is drinkable. Water bottles may be refilled in the indoor washrooms.
There will be a first aid station on site.