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Music & Family Fun

All eyes will be centre stage at Open Hearth Park in Sydney on July 12, 13 and 14 as an impressive array of music and family fun activities are offered at Rotary Ribfest 2024.

This year’s event features musicians from across various genres providing a selection of music for all including acoustic, kitchen party and traditional.

Also returning for another year are the Kids Fun Zone and the Rotary Ribfest Annual Fun Run with many other activities planned. So come on down and enjoy!


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Variety of Local Artists

Backhouse Brass

Backhouse Brass reimagines traditional brass chamber music by performing upbeat, funky arrangements of songs everyone loves. Originally envisioned as a one-off act for a senior high school concert, 2020’s Covid pandemic meant that the group had to get creative or give up. So, they took the extra free time to buckle down, practice, and arrange…Read More

Turnbull Brothers

The Turnbull Brothers are Evan and Aaron Turnbull 20 year old twins from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia who placed 3rd. in the finals of Canada Got Talent season two. They have been playing small cafes and restaurants since the age of 16 and always were a local crowd favorite . Since competing on Canada Got…Read More


Flo Sampson Group

Hearts of Kin

Hearts of Kin is an emerging East Coast Americana band fronted by sisters Danielle MacDonald and Shellie Ann Tobin. The singer songwriters have been capturing audiences with their sweet sibling harmonies and signature slide guitar. Well known for their soulful songwriting, the darling duo’s style has been flavored by the early influences of Sheryl Crow,…Read More

Andrew Doyle Music

For the past 27 plus years Andrew Doyle has been entertaining crowds far and wide with his energetic style and diverse musical repertoire.  Consistently performing more then 220 dates each year he remains one of the busiest entertainers in Cape Breton. Whether it is opening for bands like Aerosmith and Slash, hitting the stage at…Read More

Band of Thieves


Drift Away Music

With more than 45 years of combined professional music-making between them, each of these guys has made his own mark on the local music scene and beyond.  Some good-natured jamming in the kitchen uncovered a unique musical opportunity that neither could resist.    Drift Away is an opportunity for Brandon Collier and Jason Kempt to share…Read More

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Family Fun Activities

Kids Fun Zone

The Kids Fun Zone will be back at Rotary Ribfest, featuring inflatables, bounce houses, rock climbing and more!

Rotary Ribfest Annual Fun Run

We’re back!!  Shake off those dusty sneakers for the Rotary RibFest Annual 5km Fun Run!  The trail at Open Hearth Park is both flat, scenic, and the perfect run for those finishing up Learn to Run programs and an excellent interim run for those training for longer distances.

This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the United Way of Cape Breton and the Rotary Clubs of the CBRM.  

Date:  Saturday, July 13, 2024
Venue:  Open Hearth Park.

Online Registration (preferred):

On site registration and payment at RibFest Stage:  9:00AM
Race time: 9:30 AM
Cost: $20.00

Awards for the top runners, draws for door prizes

Soulvaria Virtual Reality Gaming

From small private parties to large events with thousands of people, Soulvaria VR provides guests with amazing and immersive Mobile VR Play Spaces jam packed with exciting experiences and adventures.

Music & Family Fun