Celebrate Celtic culture and music this weekend
More than a music festival, the KVMR Celtic Festival brings together world-class main-stage entertainment, historic re-enactments, athletic demonstrations, animal exhibits, the festival marketplace, great food and drink and, yes, gnomes and fairies.
International headliners, singers, pipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers perform on eight stages and two performance greens
Feature performers include Scottish fiddle master Alasdair Fraser with cellist Natalie Haas, Canadian powerhouse Leahy, Celtic rock with The Elders, Vishten from Prince Edward Island, Irish duo Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne, guitar/flute duo Finnegan and Coulter and Irish guitarist John Doyle.
Also included are some of California’s best bands including Four Shillings Short, The Ragged Rogues, Good Company, Myra Tragot, Valerie Rose, Nina Clark and Nevada County Kitchen Sessions. White Hackle Pipe Band leads the opening parade and plays throughout the weekend.
In addition to continuous entertainment, the festival marketplace features over 50 vendors selling treasures from around the world. Delicious meals and treats abound for every taste and one of Ireland’s great neighborhood gathering places, O’Dea’s Pub, has been transported to the fairgrounds offering the finest libations and spirits.
New this year will be the Dauntless – a representation of a late 1500s square-rigged ship centered around a scale, 45-foot-tall, working main mast with upper and lower yard arms, rigging and sails. The Privateers of the Dauntless give demonstrations and performances of maritime life and skills including live canon fire.
History buffs can explore several encampments of “Guilds” who recreate brief points and places in time. Royal Saint Gyles Actors Guild is a living history reenactment group that creates the Court of Mary, Queen of Scots. Glenfinnen teaches plainfolk skills used in Scotland in 1746 to build homes, tools, weapons and grow food.
Scottish Highland games are demonstrated by the Magni Corps Throwers. View Celtic animal demonstrations by the Celtic Lurcher Dogs, Mountain & Moorland Ponies, Irish Wolfhounds and birds of prey.
Attendees are encouraged to bring instruments and join in with scheduled jam sessions and workshops. Just like a traditional pub setting, the “Session Stage” gives an opportunity for festival goers to play music alongside festival performers. You can join in singing, bring your instrument to play along or just listen.
Children will be engaged with Celtic arts and crafts, storytelling and romping on the straw bale jungle gym.
Seniors are admitted an hour before the event opens on Sunday and treated to scones and tea in the hospitality tent.
The festival is completely accessible by those using wheelchairs and walkers. An area near the main stage is reserved for disabled guests.
Tent and RV camping is available at the fairgrounds.
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