The Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games was formed in Autumn of 2001. The two day event draws about 13,000 guests and participants, and has become an important tradition for locals and visitors alike.

Located less than an hour from both Buffalo and Rochester, NY, guests are immersed in the traditions and pageantry of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and all things Celtic! If you haven't attended before, join us this year and celebrate Celtic culture in an amazingly memorable way. rack card (pdf)

Due to the current worldwide pandemic, we have moved our 20th anniversary festival to September 18 & 19, 2021. But we're still hosting a smaller gathering this year! We hope to still gather and celebrate Celtic culture within a smaller and more exclusive weekend. Tickets are limited so buy yours now before they sell out!

Gathering Details: release (pdf) | flyer (pdf)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

*Please email info@niagaraceltic.com with additional other questions.

General Questions | New Operational Procedures 

 
New Operational Procedures

Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice. Any updates to CDC or state regulations will be adapted into this plan, and we will notify all ticket buyers with a final list prior to the gathering. We appreciate your cooperation during this unprecedented time.

 
What new operational procedures are in place for Niagara Celtic?

We are implementing specific procedures and practices that are in line with CDC guidelines for the safety and health of our volunteers, participants and guests. These new procedures will cover three areas - screening, spacing and sanitization. We will update the list in September based on the most up to date protocols, but attendees should prepare for the following:

  • All attendees are required to wear face coverings, except those under 3 years of age.
  • All attendees are required to undergo temperature screenings; anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be admitted.
  • We will be limiting daily attendance.
  • We will increase cleaning and disinfection throughout the grounds, paying high attention to bathrooms, buildings, food locations and high traffic areas.
  • Physical distancing for everyone at all times.
  • Large physical distancing from all performers.
  • We will offer at least one 'Mask Free Zone' for attendees to have a brief reprieve; there will be limited time to stay and they will be monitored and cleaned between use.
  • We will offer cashless payments and “no touch” policies when possible.
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    The CDC advises that older adults and any people with serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. People who are infected but show no symptoms can spread COVID-19, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of exposure, and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. Your participation means you understand and accept any personal risks associated with your visit.

     
    What can I do before I arrive to make my visit smoother?
  • Check your temperature to ensure it is below the required 100.4 F.
  • Have face coverings ready to wear as soon as you step outside your car.
  • Bring any wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. to better assist personal safety.
  • Be prepared to follow all rules set forth to help keep everyone safe.
  • People who know they have Covid-19 or who are experiencing symptoms should not attend.
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    Tickets
    Can I purchase tickets when at the gathering?

    No, tickets are only sold through our website, and there is a limited amount.  Purchase here.

    Can I get a refund if I purchase a ticket?

    No. Due to the uncertain climate we are all facing, all tickets are non-refundable even if the event is cancelled. As we are a 501c3 not-for-profit, your ticket would become a tax deductible donation. This is a requirement for us to ensure we can afford the high costs associated with planning and hosting this year’s gathering. This unusual measure is in place to keep us financially secure so we can keep hosting festivals, starting with our 20th anniversary next year. We realize this is not a risk you may feel comfortable with, and understand if you choose to wait and join us next year.

    I can no longer attend. Can I give my tickets to someone else?

    Everyone must be properly registered this year. If you decide to transfer tickets, please email vicki@niagaraceltic.com to complete an approved transfer. Any tickets improperly transferred or resold will not be valid for use.

    Why are ticket limits in place?

    Guests are limited in the number of tickets they can purchase as a security measure, and to help allow as many people as possible the option to buy tickets.

     
    Temperature Screenings
    Where do I go to get my temperature taken?

    Temperatures will be taken in a screening area at the start of the entrances.

    What will happen if someone has a high temperature?

    Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be able to enter, and are encouraged to see a doctor.

     
    Face Coverings
    Will I be required to wear a face covering?

    Yes. We are following CDC guidelines as well as local health protocols. The only exception is children under the age of three who are not required to wear facial coverings.

    Anyone found not wearing a face covering at any time (except during a meal) will be removed from the premises by security. Only performers are permitted to remove face coverings temporarily during their performance, but they will be kept a good distance from attendees.

    What is considered an appropriate facial covering for my visit?
      • They must cover an individual’s nose and mouth, and remain safely attached to your head.
      • Costume masks and veils are not proper facial coverings.
      • Guests who cannot wear a mask due to disability or medical issues must alternatively wear a plastic face shield.
    What about wearing face coverings while eating?

    You are allowed to remove your face covering to eat, provided you stay a safe distance from those not in your party. Seating areas will be spaced out appropriately.

    Will you be supplying face coverings?

    You are required to bring your own to enter the gathering; they will not be available for purchase or free at the entrances.

     
    Are you still hosting many of your usual attractions?

    Some attractions and events will remain part of the gathering, all of which are safe enough to continue. A large amount of annual activities will not happen for the gathering, due to their hands-on nature, but will return for our festivals. Please peruse through our website for specifics, which will be updated all summer.


    General Questions
     
    Do you allow on site camping?

    No, the entire grounds are used for parking and the festival itself. For nearby campsites please check lodging.

    What does admission include?

    Includes parking, all entertainment, events, attractions, and kids activities. You may choose to purchase food or products from vendors.

    Do you offer ticket discounts?

    For this year's gathering, we're offering one price per day only.

    Where do I park? What is the cost?

    All parking is FREE, no matter the length of your stay. Once you reach the grounds we will help direct you to the closest possible parking spot based on your arrival time.

    Is there Handicap Accessibility?

    There is a special parking area along the entrance (simply ask the traffic staff for directions once you reach the grounds). The festival has accessible facilities and large paths for wheelchairs.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    • Our grounds are large, so be prepared to do plenty of walking! We do not have on-site wheelchairs, canes or other personal needs, so please remember you will need to bring your own.
    • Anything othen than single-rider scooters/ people movers will not be allowed on the grounds. Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, hoverboards, etc. are not permitted.
    • We do not permit our transportation to be used for any private deliveries, tours or other personal trips. Vehicles are on-site strictly for emergencies and grounds/ staff use only.
    How do I find out about lodging?

    Click Here to view places to stay nearby, which includes nearby hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds and more.

    Do you have an ATM?

    Yes, we have ATMs inside festival grounds.

    Can I leave and re-enter the festival?

    Tickets include wristbands which allow same day re-entry anytime at all our gates.

    What Can We Bring With Us?

    What is Allowed?

    • Lawn chairs, chairs, jackets, sweaters and blankets are encouraged
    • Dogs are permitted. See Rules Under 'Bring Your Dog'.
    • Water
    • Your own supply of wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. to better assist personal safety. 

    What is Not Allowed?

    • Animals other than dogs
    • Smoking
    • Outside Alcohol
    • Outside food & drink
    • Coolers and baskets
    • Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, hoverboards, etc.
    • Peddling or soliciting
    • Drones

    Any items brought onto the grounds from this list, or which are deemed a nuisance or danger to others, must be removed from the property upon request. Persons may be removed from the premises with no refunds.

    Can I come in costume?

    Absolutely, provided they do not restrict required face coverings. We encourage all guests to come in costume. Looking for an outfit before you arrive? Visit our Resource Center for ideas.

    Is there shade on the festival grounds?

    The fairgrounds has trees, buildings and shelters. During the gathering, many tents will also help act as cover for any type of weather.

    Are there Restrooms?

    There are restrooms on site, along with several portable sanitary facilities and hand washing areas. We will also offer many hand sanitizer stations.

    Will my kids enjoy the gathering?

    Yes, it is a wonderful event for children of all ages, and 12 & Under are FREE. There are special performances, kid-friendly food and an  area filled with activities and crafts. Nearly everything offered for kids is FREE (except food and vendor purchase)! The paths through the fairgrounds are suitable for strollers. Sorry, but we do not host carnival rides. Click here for more info.

    Can I bring a cooler?

    No, coolers, baskets, and all outside food and drink (except water) are NOT permitted on the grounds. You will be turned away at the gates, so please leave your items at home or in your car.

    Are you open during inclement weather?

    We are open rain or shine, and do not offer refunds in the event of inclement weather.

    Can I bring my pet with me?

    Only dogs are permitted at the fairgrounds during our festival. Please read our rules here before you come!

    **No other animals/ pets are allowed for their safety and the security of others.

    I lost something at the festival, whom do I contact to see if it has been found?

    Lost items may be turned in to Guest Services, located at the Ticket Entrance. All items will be kept for at least 30 days after the Festival. To inquire about lost items, call 716-778-5730 or email vicki@niagaraceltic.com.

    The Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival staff and volunteers take no responsibility for personal effects and possessions left on premises during or after any event. We do, however, maintain a lost and found and will hold recovered items at least 30 days. Every attempt will be made to return any recovered item to its rightful owner.

    Who do I contact if I would like to volunteer?

    Please email: volunteers@niagaraceltic.com or visit our Volunteer Page for information.

    What is your protocol for a lost child?

    If anyone in your party goes missing please notify the nearest security staff. They will commence a sweep of the grounds and work with the entire festival staff, using safety protocols, until the missing person(s) are found.

    What should I do in the event of an emergency if I am on grounds?

    Our First-Aid station, run by local fire safety and medics, is located next to The Great Hall. If you're unable to reach the station, notify the nearest festival volunteer or security staffer and they will ensure the first-aid staff comes to you.

    In the event of a large emergency, information and instructions will be announced on stages and over the fairground-wide sound system. In a suspension of operations, guests are encouraged to seek shelter in the permanent structures of the property, or to vacate the grounds if it is safe to do so.

    Why do you charge a fee at the gate?

    Contrary to occasional beliefs, few events anywhere are free to attend. Most require parking fees, tickets for highlight events, free to enter but charged per activity, or like us and many others: admission. Why? We pay for nearly everything happening on our grounds: hundreds of performers, historians and special guests, security, insurance, electricity, kid's activities, tents, chairs, benches, animal farms, and on and on and on. Any festivals that are free are either small, government supported, or have no bills. Niagara Celtic is proud to be self-sustaining, while continuing to give back to countless other businesses, groups and performers by including them in our weekend events.

    Niagara Celtic is held only one weekend a year, but we are no different from The Sterling Renaissance Festival, Darien Lake or any other place that has activities from sunrise to sunset included in the fare. Plus, parking is free and children 12 & under are not charged admission...and we spend a large budget annually to ensure there's plenty of free crafts, games and activities for kids.

    So to sum up, your admission covers all the wonderful things you see and do all weekend-long, and towards the next year's festival (with any minor surplus supporting other local and Celtic groups/ activities...so it all goes back to our community). We're so grateful for all the support throughout the years, which allows our festival to continue growing, making it bigger, better and more worth the admission every year!

    2019 Festival Organizers

    Festival Director: Beth Banks

    Associate Directors: Cate Banks, Vicki Banks

    Administration: Phil M. Banks

    Care & Insight: Wallace Orr, Olivia Dickenson

    Clans: Chris Nelson, Tim Nelson

    Electric: Ian Dinse, Ryan Johnson

    Entertainment:

    Celtic Arts Theatre: Diana Straube, Tim Straube
    Celtic College: Gretchen Schweigert
    Dragonfly Stage: Michael Tomaino, Kendyl Glena
    Fireside Stage: Jacki Minchen, Aaron Greenwald
    Motte & Bailey Arena: Rebecca Schweigert
    Historical Groups: Phil Dickenson
    Pipe Band Logistics: Sharon Tomaino

    Entrance: Deb Bronschidle, Afton Brousse

    Fire Sculpting: Chris Banks

    Greeters: Paula Banks-Dahlke

    Grounds: Bob Loveland

    Grounds Hospitality: Amy Miner-Loveland

    Guidebook: Kathy Lamont

    Highland Games: Paul Krest

    Office: Phil M. Banks, Ryan Johnson

    Participant Check-In: Jamie Ketch, Kelly Ketch

    Patron Hospitality: Nicola King, Kathleen Leibensperger

    Pubs & Bar: Ryan Flore, Talan Pomeroy, Benjamin Martin, Wallace Orr, John Howard

    Radios: Matt Tomaino, Ashton Wallak

    Security: Richard Schweigert, Gregg Forsman, Justin Chang

    Souvenirs: Jamie Keller, Sharidan Hathaway

    Ticket Booth: Kim Dickenson, Matthew Seib, Wendy Clark, Melissa Schaefer

    Traffic: Brian Minchen, Drew Clark

    Vendors, Food: Catherine Chapman

    Vendors, Retail & Community Groups: Liz Allore

    Volunteers: Sheena Bakos, Duane Bakos

    Wee Folk Shire: Kristine DeGlopper-Banks, Kathy O'Keefe, Jordan Black

     

    Thank you to our 2019 supporters:

    Amanda M. Detschner
    Bittner-Singer Orchards
    Bob Loveland
    Bruce S. McLeod
    City & Town of Lockport
    Clan Chiefs & Representatives
    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County
    Guinness & CH Wright Distributing
    Grigg Lewis Foundation
    Hiller's Sweet Corn Farm
    Jacquelyn Minchen
    Lockport Senior Class & Honor Society
    MacFarlane's Company
    Monte & Marcia Jones
    Newfane American Legion Post 873
    Newfane Leo's
    Newfane Senior Class & Honor Society
    The Niagara County Sheriff’s Department
    Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
    Olcott Fire Company
    O/N BOCES Security Class
    Philip "Shakespeare" Frey & The Shakespeare Company of Greater Rochester
    Rowlings Recycling
    ScottishStoreOnline.com
    Thomas O'Connor
    Pete Robinson
    Wrights Corners Fire Company

    special thanks to:

    Irish Wake Band- for their V.I.P. Concert Performance

    Honored Patrons:

    Count Paul Breslin
    Count Daniel Hoffman
    Countess Murphy McConnell
    Count Jason & Countess Tabitha Miller
    Laird Larry & Lady Jeanine Allen
    Laird James Lengyel
    Lady Elaine Moon
    Lady Nancy Miller
    Lady Angela Taggart
    Dame Syvlia Bryan
    Dame Barbara M Crandall
    Dame Paula Greenwald
    Dame Sarah Harvey
    Dame Michelle Joyce
    Dame Lisa MacKay
    Dame Stefanie Pezzino
    Dame Melissa Walker
    Sir Kenneth Fanton
    Sir Michael Opalinski
    Sir Douglas Specht Jr.
    Sir Willis Utter
    Squire Tammy Albone
    Squire Channing Blake
    Squire Cynthia Draper
    Squire Joyce Hodgson
    Squire Trish Miller
    Squire Annette Panek
     

    Guest Feedback

    All feedback shown is unsolicited. Thanks so much to everyone for such kind words!

    Leave your feedback on our Facebook Page! Your comments help improve our festival every year. You may even see your comments added to this page!

    I would like to tell you how much we enjoyed our two days at your Festival...it is one of the best Celtic Festivals we have attended. You and your committee covered all the bases one likes to see and hear at these events. It was a wonderful couple of days, I loved it all from beginning to end: the arrival of Bonnie Prince was a real treat! We spent Sunday at the end of the day at The Glen listening to the wonderful pipers and Tom Keefer and the Penny Whistles. It was great to hear the music playing all day with the different bands, and to hear the different kinds of music. I thought we would only do one day but we put in two full days as there was so much to do, hear, and see. It was great to see the folk dressed in period costumes [really lovely touch]. If I could personally thank everyone for the hard work they put into making the festival a success I would because we fairly enjoyed it. They were a group of wonderful friendly folk, you should all stand proud. I feel we just have to Thank you all, we will be sure to come back next year. -Bernadette
     
    My first time attending and will definitely be back. Absolutely LOVED it! Went two times on Saturday and was totally blown away. I knew it was big, but OMG! The music was incredible! Loved Penny Whiskey, bought a beautiful Celtic cuff bracelet and a wooden beer sign for my husband. So well organized and in control! Great job to the organizers and all the tons of volunteers. Everyone was so happy and having a blast. See ya next year! – Terri
    First time yesterday! Certainly won't be the last. Music everywhere, loved the games food is great. We thought everything was reasonably priced from the beer to the jewelry. It was so well run in every way. The way it's laid out with the shopping and games in the middle and music and food at either end is perfect. The park is so beautiful with the lake in the background. And the added bonus of gorgeous weather wasn't too shabby either!! We used the shuttle with minimal wait times and the driver was a very friendly guy. Perfect again. See you next year! – Suzie
     
    What an incredible festival! We were there to see Barry's Crossing perform, and couldn't believe the variety of things to do, great vendors, kids activities. Well done! We'll definitely be back next year. -Missy
     
    Had a great time!! We went both days, did the 5K, had some mead, enjoyed some haggis, chowed on the Reuben Rolls, watched sooo many great bands and so much more!! -Michael
     
    Congrats to all the people who put this event on. It is my favorite Festival. I always bring my 2 Irish wolfhounds & I enjoy when other people bring theirs. Everyone is always so nice there. I just love it!!!!!!! - Janelle
     
    Great, great time at the festival Sunday! Thanks to everyone who makes it possible and all of the people who contribute time and energy for this family friendly, musically delightful, marvelous weekend! -Cheryle
     
    I love this festival. 5/5 because my whole family has fun and enjoys it. We have 7, 18, 21, 41, 44 year-olds and gram loves it too, 75. Food is great, lots of heritage food. Some just regular foods if you want. We look forward to it every year. It’s a good time. – Mark
     
    It is a phenomenal location for the festival. The trees give shade create a pleasant breeze, the people are amazingly nice & kind, the variety is rich, and the event is FUN! It is a beautiful and relaxing drive from Rochester. I recommend it highly. – Kennan
     
    Oh my goodness, there was so much to do and see!!! I spent the whole weekend at the festival and just covered everything. They really go all out to try to make the atmosphere feel authentic. It’s so exciting! I may not be able to go visit Scotland just yet, but the Celtic festival is the next best thing! – Tonya
     
    Love this festival, have been going for many years. Love enjoying the Celebration of all the Irish heritages and good food and fabulous bands for the Saturday night Celebration, and of course the bonfire and just everything is amazing. If you haven't been to this festival you are truly missing out on something amazing and wonderful, it's a great time. – Jennifer
     
    Great festival! Beautiful location, plenty of parking, so many activities! I've gone for years and it just keeps getting better and better! – Marilyn
     
    Beautiful venue, with a wide variety of events and vendors (both food and souvenirs). There's nothing quite like walking across the lush grass, enjoying Celtic-themed food and drink, while the live music is playing and the cannons are firing in the background. – John
     
    I always have a great time at the Celtic Festival. The food is great, the highland games are fun to watch, and the overall experience is just fantastic. This is my 10th year going and will go again next year. – Tristan
     
    A wonderful family experience and a celebration of Celtic traditions. The price of admission includes plenty of activities for everyone, good food, and lovely people. – Heather
     
    The weather was perfect! The gathering was huge, the music played, the fire burned and thousands of wonderful Celtic folk, families and Clans made a perfect weekend. Personally, I am still working on my seven dozen Welsh Cakes. Can't wait for next year’s event! – Kim
     
    We look forward to going every year! Sandee's meat pies are our favorite tasty treat and we are so glad they are there every year! The dogs have a great time meeting new friends (kids, adults, and other fur babies alike) and enjoy sniffing the sheep, goats, and other farm animals! Going to Celtic Fest every September is one of our favorite family traditions! – Lindsay
     
    I had a wonderful time!! I own a wolfie [Irish wolfhound] and I get to talk with other owners and learn from them!! – Janna
     
    I love the Niagara Celtic festival. Always have a wonderful time. People there are so friendly and helpful. -Barbara
     
    Not only is this the best run festival that I attend, it has the best feeling of being with family. If you only go to one, make it this one. – Steven
    There was such a wide variety of things to do, not just for the adults but kids too! We didn't have to wait in line for food more than 2 min. and the shade from the trees made it even better. – Kimberly
     
    Love this festival, each year we go our group gets a bit larger- kids, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and friends! Great food and music! Already looking forward to next year! – Colleen
     
    Fourth year attending - and already looking forward to next year!!! Amazing, Wonderful, Magical, Musical & Fun. -Scarlet
     
    This was my first time going, and it was great!!!! My sister & brother in law (who is Scottish) go just about every year, I'm sure glad I tagged along- I'll be back. -Cheryl
     
    This is a wonderful festival that is doing all the right things when it comes to vendors and music. -Barry's Crossing
     
    We look forward to attending the Niagara Celtic Fest each year. It just keeps growing and we keep attending. It's just awesome! -Judy
     
    This year was my 12th in a row totally AWESOME!!!!!! – Erein
     
    As Dr. Cameron I thoroughly enjoy the Niagara Celtic festival which provides a great venue for our living history group. -Brian, Clann Wolfe
     
    We have been going to the festival since it's inception, and we love it. Look forward to it every year- it's a tradition. -Deborah
     
    We had a fantastic time! Kudos to the organizers and volunteers! It gets better and better every year! Thank you so much! -Suzanne
     
    Had a great time! We actually look forward to the Haggis and Irish Stew. And I LOVE the turkey that is walking around :) -Elizabeth
     
    We have been coming since back in the day when it was in the RV camp parking lot. Every year is bigger and better. Congrats for another successful year. Keep up the good work. -Mark
     
    A great, many wonderful thanks to all the coordinators, volunteers and everyone else for another awesome festival. You allowed me to be a part of it all and I'll have wonderful memories to last a lifetime! Slainte! -Eileen
     
    Had a fantastic time yesterday - This festival is great! Thanks to all who plan, coordinate, perform, demonstrate, teach, etc. It all fits together and is appreciated! -Cheryle
     
    Absolutely crackin' time by the Niagara Celtic, you guys really out did yourselves this year. Now that you raised the bar one notch higher, can't wait to see how you top it next year! -Ian
     
    his Niagara Celtic Fest was a lot of fun! I will be back next year for sure!!!!! One of the highlights for is the food......Dragon Scottish Egg Balls! Next the selection of Beer, for me, Guinness and Three Heads Scotch Ale!!!! The vendors are plentiful, one of my favorites is "ScottchStoreOnline"! There you can buy cans of Haggis!!! Great selection of Kilts and Tim and Tracy are great people to hang out with! For dessert........The Welsh Cookie Company is a definite stop and if only I could remember the gentleman's booth selling the Shortbread cookies of which I walked away with 3 boxes. Overall, worth the price of admission! See you next year!!!! - Wilson
     
    We went yesterday for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Never have I ever seen so many beautiful kilts and outfits worn by all ages and even by very well behaved dogs who seemed to be having a good time. The park was alive with sunshine and people having fun and music and singing and Celtic dancing and Highland games. It was great! We definitely look forward to going again next year. - Judi
     
    This weekend was great! Everyone makes you feel at home with family and that is the best part. -Kathy
     
    I had a wonderful time!! I own a wolfie [Irish wolfhound] and I get to talk with other owners and learn from them!! – Janna
     
    The festival just keeps getting better every year! It was a wonderful time, as usual. Easily the best festival in WNY! -Lisa
     
    Had a GREAT Saturday there. Love to see how the fest continues to grow and improve!! -Kathleen
     
    I had a great weekend at the Festival & Games. I learn about my "Jenkins was part of Johnston ", found the location they were from and family history. Thank you all for this event and look forward to seeing you next year. - Richard
     
    I can't say enough good things about all the special volunteers and staff for their hard work!! Without their patience and dedication this would never happen!! Thank YOU!!!! – Bruce
     
    Had an awesome weekend!! I love this festival, it is such a beautiful setting!!!! -Connie
     
    Since 2008 we go every year for my birthday and every year is better than the last! -Sunny
     
    This was my first year participating! A job well done! -Bruce
     
    Excellent festival! Job well done, see you next year!! -Ed
     
    Excellent time on Saturday. Very well done festival. Can't wait til next year!! -Nancy
     
    The puppet show was the funniest thing I've ever seen. I saw it twice. -Gemil
     
    This was my 2nd year attending! Loved it both years! The new expanded grounds this year was wonderful! Looking forward to next year! -Deanna
     
    We really enjoyed the festival this year. Keep up the good work! I found out the mead is definitely something wonderful! -Rhonda
     
    Such fun, yet so cold this year! Keep up the good work, we love this fest! -Kathi
     
    This was my 6th year attending The Festival and it just gets better each year, seeing old friends & meeting new folks who you want to remember for a long time! The fact that the Festival has always been "dog friendly" is a plus! Thank you to all of the great people who make this weekend come together, you folks are the best!!! Thanks again for some wonderful memories! -Daniel
     
    WOW what a first day! Though I find looking at Chihuahuas in kilts really strange! I've got to say this was a great event though, and hopefully Sunday I get to spend some more time there. What very special event this is been, I'm amazed at the amount of people who participate, along with a variety of vendors that have... never seen before. This is my first year there and my wizard friend is correct this is quite an event! -Howard
     
    OMG way to go, day one was awesome can't wait to get there for day two! -Mark
     
    Wonderful job. I attended both days, everything was great. The Fest is one of the highlights of my year. -Peter
     
    I was just thinking this morning that I can't wait for next year's festival! It is phenomenal! -Cheryle, writing in late November
     
    Awesome festival this year. Well done!! -Dotty
     
    My kids and 2 little pugs loved it!! Can't wait till next year!! -Jennifer
     
    Job well down guys! I have been to every event since the start and you have grown well in your shoes! So many events, when faced with growth, loose something in the transition. You have not compromised the air of the weekend a bit. Wonderful experience! – Diane
     
    This is my favorite festival (3rd year). Everything was excellent! I would like to compliment the refreshingly clear & understandable announcer & sound system. Also a special thanks to the gents for the clean & stocked restrooms. Much appreciation to all for a great time! -Roberta
     
    Hi there, I participated in the heavy events this year at your festival. Had a great time. so many things to see and do. I was amazed at the variety of food available. lots of tasty treats. One of my friends commented, that there was a lot of vendors she wanted to visit because she had seen so many things she wanted to buy, but we ran out of time. I was thrilled to see some Irish Wolf hounds. I got a chance to show my husband these beautiful dogs. He has never seen one, and he has been told to expect one in our house hold soon!!! Your volunteer staff was very helpful and courteous when we first arrived and told us all we needed to know. The view from the park is spectacular and I look forward to next year. thanks for the memories. -Tammy
     
    This year's festival was awesome -- probably the best festival ever in my life -- no kidding. It was flawless and organized and magic. I do not think the committee has any idea how good they are. If there are any problems, the public and the participants never know, which is the sign of a good event. Keep up the good work and thank you so much for dedicating your free time to the execution of such an amazing time for all of us! -Karen
     
    A HUGE thank you to the organizers for another fantastic event! Well organized, nicely paced, lots of representation, beautiful venue and so. much. fun. The Niagara Celtic has to be one of the best festivals going. WELL DONE!! -Christine
     
    Just a quick note to thank the organizers of the festival for an outstanding weekend. I have competed in more than 200 games and yours is one of the best!! Thank you for all the hard work and please continue with the great work. -Terry
     
    Perfect event, perfect weather. Next year I'm spending both days at the festival. -Len
     
    I love the many folks who say "My kids played your games at the 1st or 2nd festival and now they are in college or have little ones of their own now! -Karen, MacFarlane's Company
     
    What a fantastic job the organizers of the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival do every year! The best festival anywhere! -Laura
     
    Awesome weekend!!! Thanks sooo much for a wonderful festival. It seemed there was more music this year and just more going on at all times which was super great! -Andrew
     
    One of the best "family based" festivals of the year, great food, amazing music, and some of the nicest people, what else could you ask for! -Daniel
     
    My Family and I have enjoyed the Festival for several years! So much so that we now volunteer for the event and look forward to it like a "holiday" every year! Can’t wait for 2013! Blessings to Clan Banks and all their efforts for our Community! -Michael
     
    For its deep roots in Celtic Culture, to the myriad branches of Art, Games, Good Food and libations… Mightily will I stand tall with thee! Niagara Celtic Heritage wears the crown of stars among the circle of festivals. -Franklin
     
    Go every year, love to dress up, hear the sounds of the pipes over the lake and enjoy the bonfire! -Kathleen
     
    Thank you to all the planners & workers, my family and I had a great time. God Bless you all! -June
     
    Amazing time as usual...great to see the festival continue to grow each year. -Deanna
     
    You throw a fine party, we hope to come back for many more! Slainte -Patrick
     
    Can't wait to kilt up again next year for another great time. -Gary
     
    Well done! Had a great time both days. Already got my calendar marked for next year. -Peter
     
    We had an awesome time at the festival - both days. Looking forward to next year! Always a great time! -Mark
     
    Stayed till almost 10 last night, sitting at a picnic table chatting with old friends, sipping brew and Irish Coffees until they closed, listening to wonderful music, watching people having a GREAT time, we had a WONDERFUL NIGHT!!! Thank you for your efforts! -Richard
     
    Our band "Wingin' It," absolutely loved the festival. We were the early crew at 10:30 a.m., but were pleasantly surprised to see folks milling about and collecting near us to have a listen. What a wonderful, beautiful setting! Your festival is top notch and we were privileged to be a part of it. Thank you! -Peg, Wingin' It
     
    Great Festival, always enjoy doing the Clan Hall Society tent for this one! -Lee, Clan Hall Society
     
    Great Festival, thanks for making this happen. We have enjoyed it every year so far and hope for many more! -Sue
     
    On behalf of Catch & Release, kudos to Beth, Phil, and everyone involved! This festival is a real gem for Western New York, something the entire region should be proud of! This was our 3rd year performing and once again it was a blast. It is one of the shows we really look forward to and we already can't wait for year #4! -Terry, Catch & Release Band
     
    It was great! I talked a few folks from this area into coming next year. All of you did so much work, and it showed. Congratulations on a great turnout. -Melissa
     
    Had an awesome weekend! Can't wait until next year. -Linda
     
    It was our first year and we will be back! -Monica
     
    I think this year's festival was the BEST one yet, well done!!!! -Darcy
     
    What fun! We can't wait until next year. -Lisa
     
    I spent all day Saturday and Sunday at the festival, it was amazing I enjoyed all the just the people of the activities looking forward to next year – Kim
     
    We always have a good time. So much to see and do and it seems to get better every year!! – Catherine C.
     
    Hello. Just want to let you know my wife and I enjoyed our two days at your festival. Thanks and keep up the good work. -Bill
     
    It was my husbands and my first time there and we plan on coming every year. Congrats on a fabulous event. -Dena
     
    Clan Gordon will be there next year! We had a wonderful time and look forward to next year. -Holly
     
    We had a great time on saturday ~ every year its gets bigger and BETTER! Great job everyone~ Hopeful we can help out next year! -Stacy
     
    This was my first year visiting the festival and I loved it! My husband wore his kilt with a long sleeved t-shirt, but we didn't know people came dressed in full costume. Next year we're definitely wearing our full Renaissance Faire outfits! -Kira
     
    This will absolutely be on the yearly calendar. BEST Festival I've ever been to. Greatest vendors with the coolest items, 2 stages of constant entertainment and probably 50 choices of food. Great time! Oh, and go with your Love, makes everything 10x better! – John
     
    Of the many Scottish/Celtic festivals I've attended, the Niagara Celtic Festival is the one my wife and I enjoy the most. We are there with the Clan Claus Society. The setting is beautiful, the participants varied and interesting with the clans, pipe bands, athletes, storytellers, kids events, re-enactors, food and music stages. Fun one for and all. -Wallace, Clan Claus Society
     
    Had a great time, seeing all the people with Clan MacFarlane, loved meeting Santa Claus. -Cathy
     
    Fun as always. Like to see how much it grows each year! -Nancy
     
    This was my first time here and what a blast my family had! Everyone was so friendly and inviting...this will be a yearly event for us from now on! Thank you so much. -WW
     
    The Sterling Invaders had a blast! Love the expanded site, the music was fantastic both days, and the Highland Games were (as always) the highlight! Looking forward to another 10 years. -Lori, Sterling Invaders
     
    Just got home from the Celtic Fest and- as usual the festival was awesomely awesome and I had a grand time. I love to look at everything and especially watch the people. Lots of dogs and cute kids there too. Great job, Niagara Celtic Society. You've outdone yourselves once again. Can't wait 'till next year!! -Cyndi
     
    The Daughters of Erin along with the Knights of Equity (Buffalo Irish Center) have exhibited at this wonderful festival for two years now. It is one of the very best summer events in Western New York and should not be missed.....a big thank you to the Banks family and everyone who helps in this endeavor which honors our collective Celtic heritage in such a beautiful way. -Renee, The Daughters of Erin
     
    Thanks to the Banks family & all your helpers. You presented a wonderful festival. We know we are hearty & can withstand all kinds of weather. The bonfires that were going all day were great. The entertainment was awesome, the vendors had so many wonderful wares... and the foods so yummy. Already looking forward to next year's festival, which I'm sure, will be bigger & better since it will be your fifteenth year. GREAT JOB! -Dolores
     
    Hello: Lords of the Seas wanted to congratulate all of you for a wonderful festival. We look forward to being a vendor at your festival. Throughout our other festivals in New York and Pennsylvania we rave about your festival and encourage people to attend. Sometimes there is a great vendor that we run into that has different products, and we encourage them to visit NiagaraCeltic.com and contact you. We loved the location of our booth, and think the traffic pattern flowed very smoothly. Thank you for a job well done! -Joan, Lords of the Seas
     
    This is a great festival. I was there yesterday and it was well attended and the entertainment was everywhere! The vendors were reasonably priced and I LOVE the Scotch Eggs!!!!!!! Yes, I was in my kilt! – Wilson
     

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