Saturate your senses in the sights, sounds and tastes of Celtic heritage when the Ormond Beach Celtic Festival returns to Rockefeller Gardens with folk music, food and fun from the seven Celtic Nations and beyond. Arriving this year on April 13 & 14, 2019, this nine-year old festival occupies two downtown parks along the Halifax River and fills them with 5 music stages, a Highland Games, clans and Celtic societies from throughout the region as well as a host of other activities. Voted the Best Local Event in the 2017 News-Journal’s Readers Choice poll, the weekend attracts more than 8,000 locals and visitors each year. Admission is $10 each day for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted free. There is plenty of free parking, including free off-site parking at Ormond Beach City Hall, with free shuttle service to allow everyone access to the Festival activities.
On the south side of the Granada bridge in Rockefeller Gardens festival-goers will find 3 stages of continuous music, a tent featuring jam sessions and master teachers, Celtic food, crafts and jewelry and, of course, plenty of Guinness. Twenty-five bands and four Celtic dance troupes from the United States, Canada and the British Isles will appear throughout the weekend playing traditional Celtic and folk music. In addition to all the music on stage, there are the Festival’s pipe bands, leading daily parades by all the attending Clans.
Fortunato Park, on the north side of the bridge, is home to the Highland Games and Sunday’s sheep herding demonstrations as well as a party tent sponsored by Southern Stone featuring more bands and a second beer garden. The Highland Games are sanctioned by the North American Scottish Games Athletics organization so its competitors rack up points toward the ultimate goal of competing in Scotland. More than 60 male and female athletes from around the region are expected to attend the Games and demonstrate their strength by throwing the caber, the hammer or the stone put. Senior competition goes on all day Saturday, while Sunday is reserved for beginners, demonstrations and classes.
Whether you’re celebrating your Celtic heritage or can’t tell haggis from colcannon, the Ormond Beach Celtic Festival has something to love. Visit our Celtic vendors and food stalls in the Celtic Village. Relax with a pint of Guinness along the beautiful Halifax River. Get your own kilt. Play a game. Discover your inner Celt. Take home something beautiful. Experience the Ormond Beach Celtic Festival!
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