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There's only one time in Dayton when you can run a 5K, attend a Gaelic mass and watch high energy Celtic-themed performers - that weekend is Celtic Fest!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Celtic Fest July 29-31, 2016 at Riverscape MetroPark in Downtown Dayton.
There's only one time in this city when you can run a 5K, attend a Gaelic mass and watch high energy Celtic-themed performers - or Irish linen and wool workers if you're so inclined – all in the same weekend. That weekend is Celtic Fest.
Dayton has plenty of festivals, but the ones that keep people coming back have a good mix of food, culture, and entertainment for people of all ages. And it's Free!
An anticipated 80,000 people crowd into RiverScape MetroPark for Celtic Fest, and as always, there will be plenty of Irish food, music, culture and entertainment.
The Celtic Festival, a celebration of Celtic culture, is held annually by United Irish of Dayton, a group promoting Irish heritage in the Dayton area. Celtic Fest is continually rated the top festival in Dayton, and it boasts three solid days of nonstop entertainment.
Also see: Celtic Fest Partners with Uber.
Fan favorite Gaelic Storm returns to headline the 2015 Dayton Celtic Festival. Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish - The Best of Gaelic Storm.
Mixing crowd favorites and concert staples, Gaelic Storm is the only band to appear in Dayton every year since the festival began.
Back by popular demand, Scythian plays immigrant rock with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and storytelling songwriting, beckoning crowds into a barn-dance rock concert experience.
Scythian returns to the Dayton Celtic Festival for their seventh appearance in 2015.
After a successful debut at the 2014 United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival, Socks in the Frying Pan return as traditional headliners for the 2015 festival. This young trad trio from County Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with an innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish.
Do not miss Socks in the Frying Pan at this years Dayton Celtic Festival!
Award-winning quartet We Banjo 3 from Galway, Ireland, combines Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots.
Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals, and percussion We Banjo 3 make a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Creativity, sensitivity and passion are present in full measure and Irish music is at the heart of what they play.
5K RUN/WALK and 10K RUN
Sponsored by Kettering Sports Medicine The race will be held on Saturday and is open to runners and walkers of all ages. Refreshments will be available at the finish. There will be awards for the top 3 in each age group and the overall Male and Female runner and walkers. Race day registration begins at 8:30 am at the United Irish of Dayton Main Stage. The 10K will start at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K will start at 10:00 a.m. Awards at 12:00 p.m. at the Riverscape Festival Fountains.
The Celtic Breakfast
The Celtic Breakfast will be held Sunday at the "Top of the Morn'n Cafe" located in the Pub Tent in front of the Wright Flyer on Monument Ave. Breakfast will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a nominal fee. All proceeds benefit the festival.
Celtic Bike Ride
Cyclists, make sure to join us for the Celtic Bike Ride. Meet at the Don Crawford Plaza in front of 5/3 Field Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Kickstands go up at 9:00 a.m. Cyclists should have good road bikes, wear a helmet, and bring water.
Join us Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the United Irish of Dayton Stage in the new Five Rivers MetroParks Pavilion to celebrate Sunday Mass. Mass will be presented in Gaelic and English. Irish dancers and pipers will be present.
Cultural Area Exhibits and Demonstrations
Located on Don Crawford Plaza in front of Fifth Third Field and open during festival operating hours.
Rainbow's End Children's Area
Children will also be able to enjoy the Celtic experience over the weekend. The Rainbow's End Children's Area has special activities set up just for the wee ones! There are games, picture boards, and Celtic crafts and tattoos. Magic can be found as the children play a round of putt putt golf, walk through the Blarney castle, build a fairy house, and search for a Leprechaun's pot of gold. Open Sat/Sun only.
Beer Tastings take place in the Key Ads Pub Tent.
Parade of Kilts
A call to arms! Men of the kilt, join us! Do you own a kilt? Are you full of Celtic pride? Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to show this off? Join us under the Cultural tent Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and immediately after Mass on Sunday (around 11:30 a.m.) for the Parade of Kilts. Bagpipers and flag bearers will lead us through the festival grounds in a display of Celtic pride unseen in these parts for a generation or more.
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