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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 Kingston, Ontario April
H Malad Valley Welsh Festival Malad City, ID June
A International Celtic Congress Kemper, Brittany July
M Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Llangollen, Wales July
H Welsh Heritage Week Richmond, VA July
T North American Festival of Wales Alexandria, VA Aug.
H International Gathering of Cornish Cousins Mineral Point, WI Sept.

Irish
* Name Location
January
M Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival Fort Myers, FL
T Florida Keys Celtic Festival Marathon, FL
T Temple Bar Trad Irish Music & Cultural Festival Dublin, Ireland
February
T Corofin Traditional Festival Corofin, Ireland
F Dine in Dublin Dublin, Ireland
L Dublin International Film Festival Dublin, Ireland
T The Gathering Traditional Music Festival Killarney, Ireland
M Knysna Celtic Festival Knysna, South Africa
M Savannah Irish Festival Savannah, GA
March
H Burlington Irish Heritage Festival Burlington, VT
T Capital Irish Film Festival Washington, DC
M CelticFest Mississippi Jackson, MS
M Church Hill Irish Festival Richmond, VA
U Crossroads Irish-American Festival San Francisco, CA
L Ennis Book Club Festival Ennis, Ireland
F Galway Food Festival Galway, Ireland
M Grand Parade & Irish Fest New London, WI
U Irish Festival Seattle, WA
M Manhattan Irish Fest Manhattan, IL
L Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
M Music City Irish Festival Nashville, TN
M North Texas Irish Festival Dallas, TX
M Shamrock the Block Richmond, VA
M ShamrockFest Washington, DC
H Sonora Celtic Faire Sonora, CA
M St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival St. Augustine, FL
U St. Patrick's Festival Dublin, Ireland
April
T Baltimore Irish Trad Fest Baltimore, MD
M Cape Town Celtic Festival Cape Town, South Africa
T Clifden Traditional Music Festival Clifden, Ireland
L The Craic Film Festival New York, NY
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
M Big Irish Fair & Music Festival, The Irvine, CA
N Burren in Bloom Festival The Burren, Ireland
F Burren Slow Food Festival Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Ireland
A Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Belfast, Ireland
L Celtic Media Festival Carmarthenshire, Wales
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 Midwest Regional Fleadh Cheoil St. Louis, MO
M Missouri River Irish Fest St. Charles, MO
M Philadelphia Fleadh Festival Philadelphia, PA
M Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival Ballyshannon, Ireland
T Walled City Music Festival Derry, Northern Ireland
June
M Annapolis Irish Festival Crownsville, MD
M Boston Irish Festival Canton, MA
M Connecticut Irish Festival New Haven, CT
M Fairfield County Irish Festival Fairfield, CT
T Galway Sessions Galway, Ireland
M Kalamazoo Irish Fest Kalamazoo, MI
T Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Parsippany, NJ
M Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival Frederick, MD
N Mourne International Walking Festival* Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland
U National Celtic Festival Portarlington, Victoria
M New Jersey Irish Festival Oceanport, NJ
M Oshkosh Irish Fest Oshkosh, WI
M Penn-Mar Irish Festival Glen Rock, PA
M Riverfront Irish Festival Cuyahoga Falls, OH
H Seafest Galway, Ireland
M Staten Island Irish Fair Staten Island, NY
F Street Feast Various, Ireland
F Taste of Dublin Dublin, Ireland
T Water Valley Traditional Celtic Folk Festival Water Valley, Alberta
F Westport Food Festival Westport, Ireland
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
A Earagail Arts Festival Donegal, Ireland
A Galway Arts Festival Galway, Ireland
M Great American Irish Festival Frankfort, NY
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
T Belfast Tattoo Belfast, Northern Ireland
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 Ennis, Ireland
A Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week Chicago, IL
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 Ohio Celtic Festival Eastlake, OH
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
M The Beach Celtic Festival Toronto, Ontario
N Burren Peaks Walking Festival Ballyvaughan, Ireland
T CCÉ Irish Folk Festival Fairfax, VA
H Celtic Classic Irish Fest Bethlehem, PA
M Celtic Craic Music Fest Harrisburg, PA
T Cork Folk Festival Cork, Ireland
F Dingle Food Festival Dingle, Ireland
T Dingle Tradfest Dingle, Ireland
M Erie Irish Festival Erie, PA
F Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival Galway, Ireland
M Indy's Irish Fest Indianapolis, IN
M Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival Ballston Spa, NY
M Irish American Movie Hooley Chicago, IL
M Irish Festival at the Jersey Shore Sea Girt, NJ
L Irish Screen America New York City, New York
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 Louisville Irish Fest Louisville, KY
M Michigan Irish Music Festival Muskegon, MI
F East Cork Food & Drink Festival Midleton, Ireland
M Milford Irish Festival Milford, CT
T O'Carolan Harp Festival Nobber, Ireland
M Pittsburgh Irish Fest West Homestead, PA
U Quebec Celtic Festival Quebec City, Quebec
M Rochester Celtic Festival Rochester, NY
T Spirit of Folk Festival Dunderry, Ireland
M Syracuse Irish Festival Syracuse, NY
F Taste of Togher Louth, Ireland
F A Taste of West Cork Food Festival Skibbereen, Ireland
F Waterford Harvest Festival Waterford, Ireland
T Winnipeg Irish Festival Winnipeg, Manitoba
October
L Belfast Book Fair Belfast, Northern Ireland
F Bia Bó Finne Inishbofin, Ireland
M Celtic Harvest Festival Clear Spring, MD
M Celtic Colours International Festival Sydney, Nova Scotia
M Chesapeake Celtic Festival Snow Hill, MD
H Dorcester Irish Heritage Festival Dorchester, MA
L Dromineer Literary Festival Dromineer, Ireland
A Harvard Celtic Colloquium Cambridge, MA
A/L iBAM Celebration Chicago, IL
M Irish Festival of Oulu Oulu, Finland
A Irish Language and Culture Weekend Madison, WI
N Nire Valley Autumn Walking Festival Ballymacarbry, Ireland
F Northwest Celtic Fest Hoffman Estates, IL
T O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat Midlothian, TX
T Return to Camden Town Festival London, England
F Savour Kilkenny Kilkenny, Ireland
M Sligo Live Folk Roots & Indie Festival Sligo, Ireland
U Southern Illinois Irish Festival Carterville, IL
M Weston Irish Festival Weston, MO
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
December
T New Year's Eve Dublin, Ireland

Scottish
* Name Location
January
T Celtic Connections Glasgow, Scotland
HG Central Florida Scottish Highland Games Winter Springs, FL
Feburary
M Inverness Music Festival Inverness, Scotland
HG Northeast Florida Scottish Games & Festival Green Cove Springs, FL
March
HG Scottish Games Phoenix, AZ
T Niel Gow Festival Dunkeld & Birnam, Scotland
HG Scottish Festival & Highland Games Ft. Lauderdale, FL
H Tartan Day South Highland Games & Celtic Festival Cayce, SC
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
HG Loch Norman Highland Games Huntersville, NC
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 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 Dundee Scottish Festival Dundee, NY
HG Durness Highland Games Durness, Scotland
HG Elizabeth Celtic Festival Elizabeth, CO
HG Embro Highland Games Woodstock, 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 Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival Mount Vernon, WA
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 Argyllshire Gathering 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 Celtic Festival & Gathering of the Clans Mayville, NY
HG Colorado Scottish Festival Snowmass, CO
HG Cowal Highland Gathering Dunoon, Scotland
HG Crieff Highland Games Perthshire, Scotland
HG Detroit Highland Games Livonia, MI
M Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH
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 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 Strathardle Highland Games & Agricultural Show Bannerfield, Scotland
HG Wisconsin Highland Games Waukesha, WI
M World Pipe Band Championships Glasgow, Scotland
September
T Blas Festival Highlands, Scotland
HG Braemar Gathering, The Aberdeenshire, Scotland
HG Calgary Highland Games Calgary, Alberta
HG Canmore Highland Games Canmore, Alberta
HG Capital District Scottish Games Altamont, NY
HG Charleston Scottish Games & Highland Gathering Mount Pleasant, SC
HG Columbus Scottish Festival Columbus, IN
H Doors Open Days Throughout Scotland
HG Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival Edinboro, PA
HG Invercharron Highland Games Kyle, Scotland
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 Tulsa, OK
F Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight Throughout Scotland
HG Scottish Highland Gathering & Games Pleasanton, CA
HG Southwest Missouri Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games Buffalo, MO
HG Triad Highland Games Greensboro, NC
HG Treasure Valley Celtic Festival & Highland Games Boise, ID
HG Virginia Scottish Games & Festival The Plains, VA
L Wigtown Book Festival Wigtown, Scotland
October
HG Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland Games Richmond, VA
HG Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games and Festival Indianapolis, Indiana
M Radford Highlanders Festival Radford, VA
HG Reno Celtic Celebration Reno, NV
A Royal National Mod, The Oban, Scotland
HG Scotland Connecticut Highland Games Scotland, CT
L Scottish International Storytelling Festival Edinburgh, Scotland
November
HG Clover Scottish Games & Scotch-Irish Festival Clover, SC
T Perthshire Amber Festival Perthshire, Scotland
N Scottish Mountain Biking Conference Peebles, 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 stream online every Monday between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM CST. So ever since then, I've listened to most every show that I can catch. (Blarney on the Air continues to this day every Monday between 7:00 and 8:00 CST, with Ireland Tonight streaming from 8:00 to 9:00 CST.)

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 purposes. (Note: Some of the links have been deleted as they went dead.)