Dayton Celtic Festival, downtown Dayton's largest summer festival has been canceled for a second year. The festival vow to return in 2022.
Smaller events at various downtown locations are being planned - stay tuned for details on the Dayton Celtic ‘Knot’
Sad news tonight, as downtown Dayton's largest summer festival has been canceled for the second year in a row. The wildly popular Dayton Celtic Festival, held at Riverscape Metropark had been scheduled for July 30 - August 1.
The United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival committee said in a statement released this evening that the recent lifting of COVID-19 public health restrictions did not happen in time to make this year's festival possible.
The full statement read as follows:
It is with heavy hearts we regret to announce, due to circumstances beyond our control, we must cancel your festival for July 2021. Unfortunately cancellation is necessary due to the late lifting of COVID-19 health restrictions. We find that due to the late lifting of restrictions we are unable to present the same caliber event we have proudly produced these past two decades. We are unable to secure any international artists due to the on-going world-wide pandemic, unable to provide imported beers at sufficient quantity, unable to present a full cultural area, unable to provide whiskey tastings, and unable to create the required new festival layout needed due to significant construction taking place at our festival site. In addition to the previous reasons listed, we also believe that a full festival at this time would financially damage our nonprofit organization’s ability to present festivals in the years to come.
We are already planning our return in 2022 so that we can deliver the high quality event we all know and love.
Please mark your calendars for the 2022 Dayton Celtic Festival: July 29-31, 2022.
In lieu of our full 2021 Dayton Celtic Festival, which we usually hold at Riverscape MetroPark, we will present smaller events at various downtown locations as part of an event we are calling the Dayton Celtic ‘Knot’ Festival Celebration - keeping the Celtic spirit alive in downtown Dayton the last weekend in July. Details for the 2021 Dayton Celtic ‘Knot’ Festival Celebration will follow.
Officers, Trustees, and Committee
United Irish of Dayton, Inc.
An estimated 90,000 people visit the three-day festival each year at Riverscape. The popular family festival celebrates the culture of Ireland, Scotland and Wales through authentic Celtic music, dance, food, Irish beverages, craft beers and more. The event offers four stages with continuous live entertainment featuring several headliner bands, as well as regional and local musical and dance groups.