Celtic conventions and festivals are becoming more popular because they provide a wonderful mixture of song, dance, traditional Irish food and drink, and most of all, great hospitality to all visitors.
The best conventions and festivals offer a fun, warm atmosphere that all generations can enjoy. Even children can get into the spirit of things at these gatherings, which often feature face-painting and other activities designed to entertain little ones.
Song and dance are often a primary focus of today’s conventions and festivals. The best Celtic musicians from The British Isles and America meet to play music from all genres.
At festivals, there are many examples of traditional Irish music, with its signature pipes, bodhrans, and fiddles. There are also many new bands that add rock, jazz and alternative elements to their music.
At most festivals and conventions, there is also a focus on crafts fashioned by Celtic artisans. The rich tradition of Celtic art and history comes alive in handmade Celtic jewelry designs, Aran sweaters, paintings, and ceramics.
Finding beautiful Celtic keepsakes at these meeting places can be a pleasant adventure. Look for symbols such as spirals, Celtic crosses, and interlace (knot work) as well as the Shamrock and Claddagh symbols that remain so popular today.
Consider finding some Celtic symbols to wear when you arrive to enjoy the festivities. A Shamrock pendant inlaid with tiny diamonds will be a fun addition to your outfit. A traditional gold Claddagh ring will also evoke the spirit of Ireland. These timeless Celtic jewelry choices will become favorites long after you return from the festival. Celtic jewelry designs are always a stunning addition to a jewelry wardrobe.
The warmth and friendly spirit of an evening spent at an Irish pub with good friends is a big part of most Celtic festivals and conventions. There will always be a pub or two where you can slip away and enjoy music and conversation amidst old and new friends. Sharing a pint of Guinness and sampling some traditional pub fare while chatting can be a very pleasant experience.
Everyone attends these gatherings in order to meet people of shared ancestry. In this sense, you will have something in common with everyone there. Expect to form some lasting friendships as you enjoy all of the featured activities.
Currently, some great Celtic conventions and festivals are being planned in America. Here is some information about summer festivals that feature the best Celtic music and hospitality:
Arizona Highland Celtic Festival – July 18 & 19, 2009 – This festival promises to be an awesome summer event! This year’s events will feature live concerts, whiskey tasting, and a Fun Run (or walk) called The Celtic Mile. Highland Games with traditional Scottish athletics will be performed, possibly to the accompaniment of bagpipes.
Children can enjoy some fun activities designed for them (the gooey Oatmeal Toss will be a favorite) while Mom and Dad enjoy the festival.
Fort Collins Irish Festival – June 20-21st, 2009 – This Colorado festival sounds like an amazing event! The Young Dubliners and The Elders will be headline musical acts on the main stage.
Held at Civic Center Park in historic Fort Collins, the festival will also feature activities such as a place where children can safely pet beautiful horses. Mulligan’s Pub will be a popular locale for pints of Guinness, and it will feature live musicians throughout the festivals.
The first 300 men who come through the doors on opening day will receive a souvenir pint glass from Guinness, the event’s main sponsor.