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Friday, July 25, 2014
- 11:00 PM
Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday, July 27, 2014 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
|Venue:|| Riverscape MetroPark|
111 E. Monument Avenue, Dayton, OH 45402 [map]
There's only one time in this city when you can run a 5K and then taste Irish whisky, 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. Please join us July 25-27, 2014 at Riverscape MetroPark in Downtown Dayton.
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 this weekend's Celtic Festival, 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.
Headliners for 2014 include crowd favorites Gaelic Storm - who are the only act to headline every year since the inception of the festival in 2002. Also returning are Scythian, with their gypsy-infused Celtic Americana. Full Set also return as the traditional headliners for the second year, and finally, Socks in the Frying Pan will make their United States debut at this years festival.
Dayton Celtic Festival goers can also enjoy performances from another sixteen regional and local musical and dance groups: Dulahan; Father, Son and Friends; Brendan Loughrey; Two 2 Many; The Roving Rogues; Sons O'Blarney; Ben-David Warner; The Drowsy Lads; Changeling; Éamonn de Cógáin - Céilí Mór; Máire de Cógáin - Céilí Mór; Celtic Academy of Irish Dance; McGovern Ceili Dancers; Dwyer School of Irish Dance; Miami Valley Pipes and Drums; and Larry Fortson, Military Piper.
The Dayton Celtic Festival always promises plenty of Irish food and of course, beer, but there are also many other activities, including a 5K run and walk and a 10K run (Saturday at 10am, registration 8.30am), Celtic Bike Ride (Sunday at 8.30am), Celtic Breakfast (Sunday 9-12.30am) and Sunday Mass (Sunday at 10am).
Also featured this year's festival is The Parade of Kilts. Head over to the Desdin Glen Historic area under the Cultural tent Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and immediately after Mass on Sunday (around 11:30 a.m.). 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.
Have you ever been to a Whiskey Tasting? For $35, participants are guided through five tastings of selected Irish Whiskeys, while the cultural and historic significance of Irish Whiskey and the scientific and artistic complexities of the distilling and aging processes are discussed. There is one tasting on Friday (7 p.m.), two tastings on Saturday (4 p.m. and 7 p.m.), and one tasting on Sunday (4 p.m.).
Another popular returning cultural feature is Clan Desdin, a group portraying an historical re-enactment of Highland Scots newly arrived in the Colonies. They will camp next to the river in a period-correct 18th Scottish camp and demonstrate authentic 18th century cooking skills, break out into sword fights, interact with the public, perform improvisations and small skits depicting typical Scottish behavior and historical scenes, crafting exhibits, and conduct conversations with the public answering questions and explaining the connection between the Scots and the early Appalachians who inhabited this 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.
With cultural demonstrations, music, and a special area for kids, the festival successfully appeals to a wide range of people - younger attendees like the music while families gravitate to the other activities. For more information, head over to the new festival website at DaytonCelticFestival.com.
Gaelic Storm returns to the 2014 United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival, the only headliner to appear every year since the inception of the festival in 2002. Gaelic Storm is back with the #1 Billboard World Album The Boathouse, a seafaring album of traditional songs of the ocean, recorded in one whiskey fueled week in a converted boathouse on The Chesapeake Bay. The Boathouse is the first release from Gaelic Storm's "Small Batch Sessions," a new series that will offer truly exclusive releases only available for purchase on the band's website and at their live shows.
Scythian return to the Dayton Celtic Festival for their seventh appearance. Rousing and raucous, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility.
FullSet returns to the Dayton Celtic Fest as trad headliners for the second year. All accomplished young musicians in their own right, FullSet create a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, whilst all the time remaining true to their traditional roots.
Socks in the Frying Pan will make their US debut at the 2014 Dayton Celtic Festival. This young trad trio from Country Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with and innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish.
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