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Events Calendar

This webpage lists events' links, location, and month. As I have less time now that I used too, this calendar will only be updated periodically. As such, I have sorted the events below into the months that they were last held, if events shift months I make changes as I update the page. Links that lead to temporarily dead sites will be marked with an asterisk (*) and will be removed if they are not fixed.

The main focus for each of the approximately three hundred events listed below is signified via the first column, the legend for this is below the navigation menu on the left. As this webpage was started with a focus mainly on Irish music festivals and Scottish highland games, most will be marked with M or HG. However, traditionally these events offer a wide variety of activities, depending on size. Please view the event's website for all activities and the most recent date, location, schedule, and fee information.

If any changes are needed, or if you wish to have an event added, please email me.

Click here for the history of this page. Also, check out this testimonial from the The Gothard Sisters.

Cornish & Welsh
* Name Location Date
M Ontario Welsh Festival London, Ontario April
H Malad Valley Welsh Festival Malad City, ID June
A International Celtic Congress Aberystwyth, Wales July
M Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Llangollen, Wales July
H Welsh Heritage Week Llithfaen, Wales July
H International Gathering of Cornish Cousins Mineral Point, WI Sept.
T North American Festival of Wales Philadelphia, PA Sept.

Irish
* Name Location
January
M Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival *2021: Canceled* Fort Myers, FL
T Florida Keys Celtic Festival *2021: Canceled* Marathon, FL
T Temple Bar Trad Irish Music & Cultural Festival *2021: See website for new format.* Dublin, Ireland
February
M Asheville Celtic Festival *2021: Canceled* Asheville, NC
T Capital Irish Film Festival *2021: Online* Washington, DC
March
H Burlington Irish Heritage Festival Burlington, VT
H Calaveras Celtic Faire Calaveras, CA
M CelticFest Mississippi Jackson, MS
M Church Hill Irish Festival* Richmond, VA
T Corofin Traditional Festival Corofin, Ireland
L The Craic Film Festival *2021: Online* New York, NY
U Crossroads Irish-American Festival San Francisco, CA
L Dublin International Film Festival *2021: Online* Dublin, Ireland
L Ennis Book Club Festival Ennis, Ireland
M Grand Parade & Irish Fest New London, WI
U Irish Festival *2021: Online* Seattle, WA
M Manhattan Irish Fest *2021: Canceled* Manhattan, IL
L Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival *2021: Online* Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
M Music City Irish Festival Nashville, TN
M North Texas Irish Festival *2021: Online* Dallas, TX
M Shamrock the Block Richmond, VA
M ShamrockFest *2021: Canceled* Washington, DC
M St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival *2021: Canceled* St. Augustine, FL
U St. Patrick's Festival *2021: Online* Dublin, Ireland
T Walled City Music Festival Derry, Northern Ireland
T Wild Atlantic Fleadh *2021: Canceled* Virtual
April
T Baltimore Irish Trad Fest Baltimore, MD
A Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Belfast, Ireland
L Cúirt International Festival of Literature Galway, Ireland
H Féile na Gaeilge Washington, DC
M Mount Prospect Irish Fest Mount Prospect, IL
T Sean-Nós Cois Life Dublin, Ireland
L Southern Maryland Celtic Festival St. Leonard, MD
M Tionól St. Louis, IL
May
M Australian Celtic Festival Glen Innes, Australia
L Celtic Media Festival Quimper, France
M Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest Chicago, IL
M Clancy Brothers Music & Arts Festival Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland
M Comhaltas Irish Dance Festival Emmitsburg, MD
M Dublin Dance Festival Dublin, Ireland
M East Durham Irish Festival East Durham, NY
A Festival of Fools Belfast, Northern Ireland
T Fleadh Nua Ennis, Ireland
A Medieval Dublin Symposium Dublin, Ireland
T Murphy Roche eComórtas Ceoil Northbrook, IL
M Missouri River Irish Fest St. Charles, MO
M Ormond Beach Celtic Festival Ormond Beach, FL
T Philadelphia Fleadh Festival Philadelphia, PA
June
M Annapolis Irish Festival Crownsville, MD
M Big Irish Fair & Music Festival, The Irvine, CA
M Boston Irish Festival Canton, MA
N Burren in Bloom Festival The Burren, Ireland
M Connecticut Irish Festival New Haven, CT
M Kalamazoo Irish Fest Kalamazoo, MI
T Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Parsippany, NJ
M Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival Frederick, MD
U National Celtic Festival Portarlington, Victoria
M New Jersey Irish Festival Oceanport, NJ
M Penn-Mar Irish Festival Glen Rock, PA
M Riverfront Irish Festival Cuyahoga Falls, OH
M Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival Ballyshannon, Ireland
H Seafest Galway, Ireland
F Street Feast Various, Ireland
F Taste of Dublin Dublin, Ireland
T Water Valley Traditional Celtic Folk Festival Water Valley, Alberta
July
M Almonte Celtfest Almonte, Ontario
M Arlington Heights Historical Museum Irish Fest Arlington Heights, IL
M Canada's Irish Festival Miramichi, New Brunswick
A Catskills Irish Fall Arts Week East Durham, NY
M CCÉ Musical Arts & Dance (MAD) Week Bethesda, MD
M Colorado Irish Festival Littleton, CO
M Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival Berea, OH
H Dalriada Festival Glenarm, Northern Ireland
M Dayton Celtic Fest Dayton, OH
M Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH
A Earagail Arts Festival Donegal, Ireland
A Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week Chicago, IL
A Galway International Arts Festival Galway, Ireland
M HebCelt Stornoway, Scotland
M Mary from Dungloe International Festival Dungloe, Ireland
D Nation's Capital Feis & All-American Championships Vienna, VA
M Saline Celtic Festival Saline, MI
T Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week Asheville, NC
L West Cork Literary Festival Bantry, Ireland
A Willie Clancy Summer School Milltown Malbay, Ireland
A Yeats International Summer School Sligo, Ireland
August
M An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival Butte, MT
M Buffalo Irish Festival Buffalo, NY
M East Durham Feis East Durham, NY
T Feakle Traditional Music Festival Feakle, Ireland
M Feile an Phobail Belfast, Ireland
U Festival Interceltique de Lorient Lorient, France
T Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Drogheda, Ireland
A The Genealogy Event Adare, Ireland
M Goderich Celtic Roots Festival Goderich, Ontario
M Greenbridge Celtic Folk Festival Nashville, TN
M Irish Fair Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
M Irish Festival Alexandria, VA
M Irish Hooley Music Festival Dubuque, IA
M Irishfest La Crosse La Crosse, WI
A Kilkenny Arts Festival Kilkenny, Ireland
M Milwaukee Irish Fest Milwaukee, WI
H National Heritage Week Throughout Ireland
M Peoria Irish Fest Peoria, IL
H Puck Fair Killorglin, Ireland
U Rose of Tralee International Festival Tralee, Ireland
A Spraoi International Street Arts Festival Waterford, Ireland
L Town of Books Festival Graiguenamanagh, Ireland
M Will County Celtic Festival Joliet, IL
September
T Belfast International Tattoo Belfast, Northern Ireland
T CCÉ Irish Folk Festival Fairfax, VA
H Celtic Classic Irish Fest Bethlehem, PA
M Celtic Craic Music Fest Mechanicsburg, PA
A Dublin Theate Festival Dublin, Ireland
M Erie Irish Festival Erie, PA
F East Cork Food & Drink Festival Midleton, Ireland
F Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival Galway, Ireland
M Great American Irish Festival Frankfort, NY
M Indy's Irish Fest Indianapolis, IN
M Irish American Movie Hooley Chicago, IL
M Kansas City Irish Fest Kansas City, MO
H Kennedy Summer School & Festival New Ross, Ireland
M KVMR Celtic Festival & Marketplace Grass Valley, CA
U Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival Lisdoonvarna, Ireland
M Michigan Irish Music Festival Muskegon, MI
M Milford Irish Festival Milford, CT
M Ohio Celtic Festival Mentor, OH
M Pittsburgh Irish Fest West Homestead, PA
T Spirit of Folk Festival Dunderry, Ireland
M Syracuse Irish Festival Syracuse, NY
F Taste of Togher Annagassan, Ireland
F A Taste of West Cork Food Festival Skibbereen, Ireland
F Waterford Harvest Festival Waterford, Ireland
October
L Belfast Book Fair Belfast, Northern Ireland
M Celtic Colours International Festival Sydney, Nova Scotia
T Cork Folk Festival Cork, Ireland
F Dingle Food Festival Dingle, Ireland
L Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival Dromineer, Ireland
A Harvard Celtic Colloquium Cambridge, MA
A/L Irish Books Arts & Music Celebration Chicago, IL
M Irish Festival of Oulu Oulu, Finland
A Irish Language and Culture Weekend Madison, WI
F Northwest Celtic Fest Hoffman Estates, IL
T O'Carolan Harp Festival Nobber, Ireland
T O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat Midlothian, TX
T Return to Camden Town Festival London, England
F Savour Kilkenny Kilkenny, Ireland
L Showcase of Contemporary Irish Film New York City, New York
M Weston Irish Festival Weston, MO
T Winnipeg Irish Festival Winnipeg, Manitoba
November
M Austin Celtic Festival Austin, TX
T Copenhagen Irish Festival Copenhagen, Denmark
M Cork Film Festival Cork, Ireland
M Dublin Book Festival Dublin, Ireland
M Dunedin Celtic Festival Dunedin, FL
T Ennis Trad Festival Ennis, Ireland
F Listowel Food Fair Listowel, Ireland
A Maryland Irish Festival* Timonium, MD
H Sneem International Storytelling & Folklore Festival Sneem, Ireland
L Waterford Film Festival Waterford, Ireland

Scottish
* Name Location
January
T Celtic Connections Glasgow, Scotland
HG Central Florida Scottish Highland Games *2021: Canceled* Winter Springs, FL
Feburary
M Inverness Music Festival *2021: Online* Inverness, Scotland
HG Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival Green Cove Springs, FL
March
HG Scottish Games *2021: Canceled* Phoenix, AZ
T Niel Gow Festival *2021: Canceled* Dunkeld & Birnam, Scotland
HG Scottish Festival & Highland Games *2021: Canceled* Plantation, FL
HG Winnipeg Scottish Festival Winnipeg, Manitoba
April
HG Dunedin Highland Games Dunedin, FL
HG Hawaiian Scottish Festival & Highland Games Honolulu, HI
HG Las Vegas Celtic Gathering & Highland Games Las Vegas, NV
H Tartan Day South Highland Games & Celtic Festival Columbia, SC
H Tartan Week New York City, NY
T TradFest Edinburgh, Scotland
T Virginia International Tatoo Norfolk, VA
May
HG Alma Highland Festival Alma, MI
HG Blackford Highland Games Blackford, Scotland
HG Fair Hill Scottish Games Elkton, MD
HG Gallabrae Highland Games Greenville, SC
F Girvan Traditional Folk Festival Girvan, Scotland
U Islay Festival of Malt & Music Islay, Scotland
T Orkney Folk Festival Stromness, Scotland
HG Reno Celtic Celebration Reno, NV
HG Saskatchewan Highland Gathering & Celtic Festival Regina, Saskatchewan
HG Savannah Scottish Games Savannah, GA
T Shetland Folk Festival Shetland, Scotland
HG Smoky Mountain Highland Games Maryville, TN
F Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Spreyside, Scotland
HG Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games Decatur, TX
HG Victoria Highland Games Victoria, British Columbia
June
HG Alaska Scottish Highland Games Palmer, AK
HG Ardrossan Highland Games Ardrossan, Scotland
HG Bearsden & Milngavie Highland Games Milngavie, Scotland
HG Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games Blairsville, GA
HG Celtic Fling & Highland Games Manheim, PA
HG Ceres Highland Games Ceres, Scotland
HG Cobourg Highland Games Festival Cobourg, Ontario
HG Cornhill Highland Games Cornhill, Scotland
HG Cupar Highland Games Cupar, Scotland
HG Garrett County Celtic Festival Friendsville, MD
HG Glasgow Highland Games Glasgow, KY
HG Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games Helensburgh, Scotland
HG Manitoba Highland Gathering Selkirk, Manitoba
HG Milwaukee Highland Games Milwaukee, WI
HG Ohio Scottish Games Wellington, OH
HG Rockland County A.O.H. Feis & Fields Games Tappan, NY
HG Red Deer Highland Games Red Deer, Alberta
N Royal Highland Show Edinburgh, Scotland
T Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, The Halifax, Nova Scotia
HG San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans Vista, CA
HG Scottish Festival & Highland Games Itasca, IL
N Scottish Game Fair Perthshire, Scotland
HG Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans Modesto, CA
HG Shotts Highland Games Shotts, Scotland
HG Tacoma Highland Games Graham, WA
F Taste of Grampian Inverurie, Scotland
July
HG Aberdeen Highland Games Aberdeen, Scotland
HG Antigonish Highland Games Antigonish, Nova Scotia
HG Arizona Highland Celtic Festival Flagstaff, AZ
HG Athena Caledonian Games Athena, OR
A Ceòlas Summer School Dalabrog, Scotland
HG Durness Highland Games Durness, Scotland
HG Elizabeth Celtic Festival Elizabeth, CO
HG Embro Highland Games Zorra, Ontario
HG Famous Alva Games Alva, Scotland
HG Forres Highland Games Forres, Scotland
M Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival Florence, MA
HG Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Linville, NC
HG Halkirk Highland Games Halkirk, Scotland
HG Inveraray Highland Games Inveraray, Scotland
HG Inverness Highland Games Inverness, Scotland
HG Lochcarron Highland Games Attadale, Scotland
HG Lochearnhead Highland Games Lochearnhead, Scotland
HG Luss Highland Gathering Luss, Scotland
HG Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games Eagan, MN
HG New Brunswick Highland Games Festival Fredericton, New Brunswick
T Okanagan Military Tattoo Vernon, British Columbia
HG Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering Enumclaw, WA
HG Portland Highland Games Gresham, OR
HG St Andrews Highland Games St. Andrews, Scotland
HG Taynuilt Highland Games Taynuilt, Scotland
U Virginia Highlands Festival Abingdon, VA
August
HG Abernethy Highland Games Nethy Bridge, Scotland
HG Aboyne Highland Games Aboyne, Scotland
HG Agyllshire Gathering's Oban Games Oban, Scotland
N Atholl & Breadalbane Agricultural Show & Highland Gathering Aberfeldy, Scotland
HG Ballater Highland Games Ballater, Scotland
HG Bridge of Allan Highland Games Stirling, Scotland
HG Calgary Highland Games Calgary, Alberta
HG Capital District Scottish Games Altamont, NY
HG Celtic Festival & Gathering of the Clans Mayville, NY
HG Colorado Scottish Festival Edgewater, CO
HG Cowal Highland Gathering Dunoon, Scotland
HG Crieff Highland Games Perthshire, Scotland
HG Detroit Highland Games Livonia, MI
HG Dundee Scottish Festival Dundee, NY
HG Dundonald Highland Games Ayrshire, Scotland
L Edinburgh International Book Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
A Edinburgh International Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
T Edinburgh Military Tattoo Edinburgh, Scotland
HG Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games Fergus, Ontario
F Foodies Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
HG Glengarry Highland Games Maxville, Ontario
HG Glenisla Highland Games Angus, Scotland
HG Glenurquhart Highland Gathering & Games Drumnadrochit, Scotland
HG Isle of Skye Highland Games Portree, Scotland
HG Killin Highland Games Killin, Scotland
HG Loch Norman Highland Games Huntersville, NC
HG Lonach Highland Gathering & Games Lonach, Scotland
HG Long Island Scottish Festival & Games Old Westbury, NY
HG Monterey Highland Games & Celtic Festival Salinas, CA
HG Montreal Highland Games & Festival Verdun, Quebec
HG Newtonmore Highland Games Newtonmore, Scotland
HG North Berwick Highland Games North Berwick, Scotland
HG North Lanark Highland Games Almonte, Ontario
M Piping Live! International Piping Festival Glasgow, Scotland
HG Spokane Highland Games Spokane, WA
HG Scottish Highland Gathering & Games Pleasanton, CA
HG Strathardle Highland Games & Agricultural Show Bannerfield, Scotland
HG Virginia Scottish Games & Festival The Plains, VA
HG Wisconsin Highland Games Waukesha, WI
M World Pipe Band Championships Glasgow, Scotland
September
HG Braemar Gathering, The Aberdeenshire, Scotland
HG Canmore Highland Games Canmore, Alberta
HG Columbus Scottish Festival Columbus, IN
H Doors Open Days Throughout Scotland
HG Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival Edinboro, PA
HG Kelso Highlander Festival Kelso, WA
HG Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Festival Estes Park, CO
HG McLain Celtic Festival Carlisle, PA
HG New Hampshire Highland Games Lincoln, NH
HG Pitlochry Highland Games Pitlochry, Scotland
HG SCOTFEST Broken Arrow, OK
F Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight Throughout Scotland
HG Southwest Missouri Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games Buffalo, MO
HG Treasure Valley Celtic Festival & Highland Games Boise, ID
L Wigtown Book Festival Wigtown, Scotland
October
HG Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games and Festival Indianapolis, Indiana
M Radford Highlanders Festival Radford, VA
HG Richmond Highland Games Richmond, VA
A Royal National Mod, The Inverness, Scotland
HG Scotland Connecticut Highland Games Scotland, CT
L Scottish International Storytelling Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
November
T Blas Festival Highlands, Scotland
HG Charleston Scottish Games & Highland Gathering Mount Pleasant, SC
HG Clover Highland Games Clover, SC
T Perthshire Amber Festival Perthshire, Scotland
HG Tucson Celtic Festival & Highland Games Tuscon, AZ
December
H Hogmanay Edinburgh, Scotland

History

In the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, the Celtic scene is a bit minimal, if nonexistent. There weren't any Irish Fests around, and even through I lived ten to thirty minutes away from the Williamsburg Scottish Festival, I never had the time to make it there. In fact the only real Celtic music scene was a local band called Coyote Run which played monthly at a local church, with scattered shows elsewhere in the Hampton Roads area. But even this went away as their popularity grew and they started to tour up and down the East Coast. So I was basically limited to listening to the Celtic music I had downloaded or the steaming radio stations (mainly Live Ireland and the now defunct Celtic Grove radio) over the Internet.

Well that all changed one night in the fall of 2005. The previous summer, I had left the little corner of Virginia where I had lived all my life and moved up to the Chicago area. One Monday night, NPR was playing jazz, which I don't normally listen to, so I decided to flip through the stations. And lo and behold, I came across a station that was playing Celtic music. After listening to the first song I was amazed that the Celtic music continued. Although, I didn't remember to get the call sign I found the station again a couple of weeks later. And then I learned that the station was WDCB 90.9 FM, and the show was Blarney on the Air. I also determined that they streamed online every Monday.

So what does this have to do with Fests? Well besides playing good music, the dialogue between the two hosts was very informative as well as amusing. I learned that there are events dedicated to Celtic music. So I started writing down the names of the fests they mentioned and found websites for them. This list grew as one page would link to another, which would link to another, and so forth. These pages are linked below for reference. (Note: Dead links have been removed.)