List of Celtic festivals

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This is an incomplete list of festivals that celebrate Celtic culture, which in modern times may be via dance, Celtic music, food, Celtic art, or other mediums. Ancient Celtic festivals included religious and seasonal events such as bonfires, harvest festivals, storytelling and music festivals, and dance festivals. This list overlaps with list of Celtic music festivals, and may have some overlap with list of folk festivals, list of eisteddfodau, list of mods, and list of feiseanna.


There are several specific and often ancient types of Celtic festivals. A feis (plural feiseannan) is a traditional Gaelic arts and culture festival, currently used referring to Irish dance competitions. In Ancient Ireland communities placed great importance on local festivals, where Gaels could come together in song, dance, music, theatre and sport. Today the Feis has experienced something of a rebirth, both for ethnic Gaels and for enthusiasts of the Gaelic culture in Ireland and Scotland, and worldwide.[1] Other ancient festivals include the eisteddfod, which is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance dating back to at least the 12th century. The present-day format owes much to an eighteenth-century revival arising out of a number of informal eisteddfodau.[2] Comparable to the eisteddfod but without the ancient roots, the mod is a festival of Scottish Gaelic song, arts and culture. There are both local mods and an annual national mod, the Royal National Mod, which take the form of formal competitions, with choral events and traditional music including fiddle, bagpipe and folk groups. There are spoken word events, original dramas, and competitions in written literature.

The concept of modern Celtic identity evolved during the course of the 19th-century into the Celtic Revival and the growth of Celtic nations. After World War II, the focus of the Celticity movement shifted to linguistic revival and protectionism, e.g. protecting Celtic languages.[3] The Celtic revival also led to the emergence of musical and artistic styles identified as Celtic. Music typically drew on folk traditions within the Celtic nations, and instruments such as Celtic harp. Art drew on decorative styles associated with the ancient Celts and with early medieval Celtic Christianity, along with folk-styles. Cultural events to promote "inter-Celtic" cultural exchange also emerged, including festivals.

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Celtic festivals by country[edit]













United Kingdom[edit]

  • AberFest, held in Falmouth (Aberfal) (alternating with Breizh-Kernow Festival in Brittany)
  • Perranzabuloe, Lowender Peran, held at Perranporth, Cornwall, in honour of St Piran
Isle of Man

North America[edit]


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South Africa[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Feiseanna for dummies : a comprehensive explanation of the basics of feiseanna
  2. ^ Harper, Douglas (2001–2011). "Eisteddfod". Online Etymological Dictionary. Retrieved October 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Celtic League – About us". 
  4. ^ Australia Day Celtic Festival
  5. ^ Australian Celtic Festival
  6. ^ Balaklava Eisteddfod
  7. ^ Beechworth Celtic Festival
  8. ^ Berry Celtic Festival
  9. ^ Celtica Festival
  10. ^ Kangaroo Valley Celtic Gala Day
  11. ^ Kapunda Celtic Festival
  12. ^ Kernewek Lowender - Copper Coast Cornish Festival
  13. ^ Kilmore Celtic Festival
  14. ^ National Celtic Festival
  15. ^ Scots Day Out
  16. ^ Guinness Irish Festival
  17. ^ "Site Officiel du Festival Interceltique de Lorient". Festival Interceltique de Lorient website. Festival Interceltique de Lorient. 2009. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ [2]
  20. ^ Abruzzo Irish Festival
  21. ^ Bundan Celtic Festival
  22. ^ Celtica
  23. ^ Montelago Celtic Festival
  24. ^ Triskell Celtic Festival
  25. ^ Celtival
  26. ^ Celtic Folk
  27. ^ Celtic Night "Noche Celta" Festival
  28. ^ [3]
  29. ^ Zamek Festival
  30. ^ Archived 2008-12-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  31. ^ [4]
  32. ^ "Celtic connections:Scotland's premier winter music festival". Celtic connections website. Celtic Connections. 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  33. ^ "Hebridean Celtic Festival 2010 - the biggest homecoming party of the year". Hebridean Celtic Festival website. Hebridean Celtic Festival. 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  34. ^ Russell CelticFest, in Russell, Ontario
  35. ^ Almonte Celtfest in Almonte, Ontario
  36. ^
  37. ^ "Festival Celtique de Québec". 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  38. ^ Celtic Music & Heritage Festival
  39. ^ Milwaukee Irish Fest
  40. ^ Finger Lakes Highland Games and Celtic Festival
  41. ^ Houston Celtic Festival & Highland Games
  42. ^ Saline Celtic Festival
  43. ^ Dunedin Celtic Music Craft Beer Festival
  44. ^ Dublin Irish Festival
  45. ^ Celtic Classic
  46. ^ Malad Valley Welsh Festival
  47. ^ Celtic Harvest Festival
  48. ^ Dayton Celtic Festival
  49. ^ Ormond Beach Celtic Festival
  50. ^ Celtic Fest Mississippi
  51. ^ Tampa Bay Tartan Ball
  52. ^ Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Quad Cities
  53. ^ North Texas Irish Festival
  54. ^ Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games
  55. ^ Scottish Festival & Celtic Gathering
  56. ^ Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games
  57. ^ Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games
  58. ^ Sherwood Celtic Music Festival
  59. ^ Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
  60. ^ San Antonio Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival
  61. ^ Celtic Festival Barbados
  62. ^ CeltFest Cuba
  63. ^ Celtic Fest South Africa