An Irish or Celtic festival is, quite simply, a meeting ground for people of Celtic heritage, and anyone else interested in experiencing the joys of Irish & Celtic music, dance and culture.
Now, more than ever, these festivals are gaining popularity in North America, where they’ve become a vibrant, stimulating way to enjoy a weekend, near home or far away.
Things To Do
The main components of most Irish and Celtic festivals are musical entertainment and other performances. Usually, there are multiple stages where performers can display their proficiency in dance or music, allowing the festival-goer to pick and choose what they want to see.
Music and Dance Are Highlights
Some festivals bring the best Celtic musicians and dancers from the British Isles, as well as featuring other Celtic musicians from around the globe. A mixture of genres makes it a fantastic melting pot that everyone can enjoy.
Crafts and Artwork Will Be Featured
Aside from the centerpieces of music and dance, there are other things to enjoy at any Irish or Celtic festival.
Often, there will be a special venue for artisans to show off and sell their wares, which will include Celtic handcrafts, paintings, clothing, etc. These craft fairs are a great way to get to know people while sampling a taste of Irish and Celtic folkloric art and design.
To get into the spirit of things, consider choosing a traditional piece of Celtic or Irish jewelry to wear to an event. A classic Claddagh ring with a diamond center will become a treasured heirloom, or consider a chic charm bracelet filled with centuries of Celtic symbolism.
The Tara’s Diary Charm Bracelet is a great way to honor your heritage, and it’ll be an excellent conversation piece to wear to a festival. You can enjoy adding charms that feature the symbols and meanings of Celtic culture. Here is a look at the
As you can see, colorful enamels and silver engraving make the charms stand out.
Celtic spirals, Claddagh symbols, and Celtic crosses evoke the spirit of the Celtic people in a modern and charming way.
Food and Drink From Ireland Are There To Enjoy
Food and drink are featured at every festival, where an abundance of pub nights and picnics are enjoyed by attendees. For families, there are often pancake breakfasts and other wholesome group dinners, etc.
For those of drinking age, the pubs will be a hot spot for conversation, more music, and fine pub fare. Often, a pub will sponsor the event, and become a hub for festival-goers during the weekend.
Family Activities Make It Fun For All Ages
At some Celtic festivals, you will find a range of family activities. Children can enjoy face-painting, parades, pony rides, and children’s entertainers.
Highland Games May Be Scheduled
If you’re a fan of Highland Games, such as the Caber Toss, you’ll be pleased to know that larger Celtic festivals often have their own version of the Highland Games, adding a little competitive spirit and athleticism to their festival. Watching traditional Highland Games is a fascinating glimpse into the past.
Now that you know a bit more about these festivals and how enjoyable they are, you may be wondering where you can attend one in the near future. Luckily, there is a great festival coming up in Austin, Texas.
Austin Celtic Fest – Austin, Texas
This popular Celtic festival will be held on Nov. 7th and 8th, 2009, in the vibrant, exciting city of Austin. Voted one of America’s most livable cities, Austin has so much to offer festival-goers.
You can enjoy the cities restaurants, museums, and landmarks when you aren’t busy enjoying everything the festival has to offer.
Fun activities like Celtic guitar workshops, live entertainment (featuring Scottish musician Brian McNeill), and storytelling and Highland Games are just a few of the attractions at this large, established festival.
Visit Texas this November and experience the 13th Austin Celtic Fest for yourself – it may become a yearly ritual you really look forward to!