Attending a Celtic festival is the perfect way to experience the unique history and culture of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, while also making new friends and enjoying a range of fun and inspiring activities.
All over America, Irish and Celtic festivals are scheduled each summer, and each one of these all-ages get-togethers has so much to offer to attendees.
At Irish Celtic Jewels, we make a point of letting our clients know when these festivals are on the horizon, so that they may find the ideal events for their regions.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some upcoming summer festivals.
To find the perfect Irish or Celtic festival for this summer, why not browse our links, and then decide to go to a nearby event that you’re bound to really enjoy?
Features of Irish and Celtic Festivals
While the vast majority of these festivals are Irish, there will occasionally be celebrations of Scottish culture that include Highland Games, Haggis (an acquired taste, admittedly) and bagpipes.
Welsh festivals are rarer still, but they do exist, and these get-togethers may feature Welsh folk music, Welsh language lessons, and rugby tournaments.
In general, Irish festivals, which are more popular than ever these days, will include step dancing, Irish music, traditional Gaelic ales, whiskies and cuisine, fun pub nights, pancake breakfasts, and family-friendly face painting, pony rides, and parades.
Often, these festivals will also feature workshops where attendees may learn more about their own genealogy, or about other uniquely Irish topics. Sometimes, notable Irish authors and poets will perform readings and sign their work during these events.
Now that you know more about Celtic festivals and their many attributes, here is some timely information regarding upcoming Irish festivals in the USA.
Upcoming Irish and Celtic Festivals in the USA
However, we thought it would be nice to compile a handy list of links to relevant festival information, since many of these fun-filled events are right around the corner.
If you see a festival listed that’s in your area (or where you’re going to be this summer), and the dates sound workable to you, just click the link to read our original post about the festival (or to visit the festival’s official website).
When you hit the link, you’ll be able to see exactly which performers are appearing at a particular Irish festival, and you’ll also be able to learn about any special events that will be happening at that get-together (such as Fun Runs, parades, and kid’s activities).
Be sure and treat yourself to an Irish festival this summer. If you do, you’ll create memories that last a lifetime, and you may decide to make your attendance at your preferred festival into a yearly ritual.
Dublin Irish Festival – August 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2012 – Ohio, USA
Spokane Highland Games – August 4th, 2012 – Washington, USA
Irish Fair of Minnesota – August 10th-12th, 2012 – Minnesota, USA
Irish Fest La Crosse – August 10th-12th, 2012 – Wisconsin, USA
Milwaukee Irish Fest – August 16th-19th, 2012 – Milwaukee, USA
Kansas City Irish Fest – August 31st-September 2nd, 2012 – Kansas, USA
Ohio’s Celtic and International Fall Fest August 31st – September 3rd, Painsville, Ohio, USA
Pittsburgh Irish Festival – September 7th, 8th and 9th, 2012 – Pittsburgh, USA
Indy’s Irish Fest – September 13th-16th, 2012 – Indiana, USA
Celebrate Ireland with a Traditional Claddagh Ring
One of the most traditional and meaningful expressions of Gaelic roots is wearing an Irish Claddagh ring, with its touching symbols of love and loyalty.
Every Irish Claddagh ring that we offer (such as the Silver Claddagh Birthstone Ring shown at left) is handmade right in Ireland and stamped at the Assay Office of Dublin Castle.
Each ring features a personalized birthstone for a custom design that is still so very affordable.
When you order, simply choose your ring size and preferred birthstone from our convenient drop-down menu to get the ideal ring for you (or for a special lady).
For centuries, the Irish have exchanged these rings as tokens of friendship or romantic love. Today, the Claddagh tradition continues, allowing you to celebrate the culture of Ireland, even if an Irish festival is out of reach.