Attractions

 
 

Living History

Throughout the weekend you'll see history come alive in various ways, all thanks to those who honor centuries of Celtic culture. Better yet, you can join in! Hear stories, join a sing along, learn about swordfighting and even prepare for battle against the British!

 
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13th realm

The 13th Realm

The 13th Realm are re-enactors who recreate European 13th century. Their family friendly demonstrations and activities allow guests to have first-hand experiences with this wonderful part of our past.

 

 

clann of the wolfe

Clann of the Wolfe: 1745 Jacobite Rebellion

The Jacobite Rebellion (1745-1746), under the command of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, was the last attempt to reclaim the throne of Great Britain & Ireland. This rebellion threw Scotland into such turmoil that it effectively ended the Clan system as it had existed for centuries. As a confederation of living historians, Clann of the Wolfe comes together each year to recreate this period in history and bring it to life for ourselves and the general public.

 

 

clann of the wolfe

Clann of the Wolfe: Highland Camp Life

Clann of the Wolfe remains on festival grounds the entire weekend, complete with a full schedule of living history activities with men, women and children. Visit the camp to see the activities of daily life during the 18th century: food preparation, spinning, tea, ceremonies, open fire cooking and more.

 

 

Common Threads Fiber Group

Common Threads Fiber Group

Watch a live demonstration of the amazing art of spinning wool, with this talented group. All are trained with old-fashioned techniques, and love sharing this knowledge with others.

 

 

macfarlanes company

MacFarlane's Company

MacFarlane's Company is a volunteer organization that uses Living History presentations to teach people, primarily about the rich history and culture of Scotland and the Scottish diaspora in North America. By their efforts, MacFarlane's Company raises funds to support the outstanding stewardship and preservation work done by The National Trust for Scotland.

 

 

clan stewart presentations
Clan Stewart Presentations

Mary, Queen of Scots

Come and learn about the life of Mary Stuart, one of the most legendary Queens of Scotland. The presentation runs all weekend-long.

 

 

old fort niagara

Old Fort Niagara New!

Niagara Celtic is honored to welcome representatives from Old Fort Niagara. All year-long the fort delights visitors, bringing history to life through soldiers, camp life, music, craftsmanship and more. Old Fort Niagara is located where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario, in a strategic location called “the key to the continent.” Since 1927, the site has been operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association.

 

 

shft

Society for Historical & Fantasy Times (SHFT)

Gain wonderful knowledge and hands-on experience with ancient weapons and battle skills. SHFT members perform demos all weekend long, giving presentations and letting guests join in as well.

 

 

spangler forge

Spangler Forge New!

Spangler Forge is a true blacksmith shop: no power hammers, hydraulic presses, or propane forges. They combine traditional hand-forging techniques with modern metallurgy to create unique and lasting pieces. Human spirit meets hot iron, just like it has for thousands of years.

 

 

sterling invaders

Sterling Invaders

Direct from The Sterling Renaissance Festival, these invaders are here to share in the fun and joviality of the Ren Faire with our guests. You never know where you’ll meet them, but they’re sure to make your visit more wonderful. They may even get you involved in their fun as well!

 

 

wishing tree

Wishing tree

The tree's origins come from old traditions in Celtic nations; variations include Fairy Trees, May Trees, Votive Trees, and more. Visitors add their wishes as offerings to local saints, deities or wee folk, in hopes they can receive help or guidance towards their wish or prayer. At the end of the weekend all wishes are ceremoniously sent to the heavens with help from the Fire Sculpters, where we hope many receive help in coming true!

 

 
 

Clan Village

The History and pride of the Scottish people thrives in the descendants of the original families of Scotland and Ireland, known as Clans. They honor their ancestors by celebrating the traditions and heritage that have held their families together for generations. A visit is highly recommended, as the living history of Clan Village cannot be missed!

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Celtic College

Celebrating history and heritage of the Celts is a priority for the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival. The Celtic College hosts a series of cultural classes and lectures designed to educate and enlighten you. Here's your chance to learn first-hand about bagpipes, Celtic poetry, genealogy and more- new topics every year!

Make sure your visit includes one or more of these FREE classes!

celtic college
 
 
 

Saturday, Sept. 14th

Times

Class

Classroom

11am-12pm

Haunted Places of Ireland with Eileen Canning Calton

Ireland's rich in history and ghost stories. This presentation showcases several sites with reported hauntings.

Calton Room

1-2pm

The Green Man: An Ancient Mystery with Ken McIntosh

You may have seem drawings of him: a human visage sprouting leaves. What dd he mean to medieval people, and what does he mean today? Join us as we venture into the insight of lengthy research.

Calton Room

2-3pm

Bodhrán Demo & Session with Steel City Rovers

Calton Room

2:30-3:30pm

Brigid of Kildare: From the Ancient Well to Solas Bhride with Jeanne Crane

Trinity Room

 

Sunday, Sept. 15th

Times

Class

Classroom

11am-12pm

The Legacy of Rabbie Burns with Step in Time

The life and times of Robert Burns through poetry, prose & song.

Calton Room

1-2pm

Welsh Traditional Music 101 with Sally Schaefer (MA in Ethnomusicology from Cardiff University, Wales)

Dive into Welsh music and discover its rich history, wonderful instruments, and unque styles. Hear field recordings and hear live demonstrations.

Calton Room

2-3pm

Finding Your Celtic Roots with Michelle Kratz

Learn how to research your family history; includes special focus on Celtic origins.

Calton Room

2:30-3:30pm

Celtic Influence on American Folk Music with Brian Quigley

Ireland's rich in history and ghost stories. This presentation showcases several sites with reported hauntings.

Trinity Room

 
 

Animals

Niagara Celtic hosts a wonderful array of demonstrations and hands-on experience with a variety of animals, including breeds direct from the British Isles.

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agility dream dogs

Agility Dream Dogs New!

Enjoy the amazing skills and tricks of some wonderful Shelties (a Scottish breed) and their friends. Catch their show twice daily near The Great Hall.

 

 

dexter cow

Ardan the Dexter Ox New!

Stop by The Grove and meet Ardan, who's making his first visit to Niagara Celtic! Arriving from Nature's Way Farm, he's a member of the smallest cattle breed in the world. He's sure to delight fairgoers all weekend.

 

Dexter cattle originated in southern Ireland during the early 1800s. It was developed from the Kerry, an Irish dairy breed, through selection for smaller size and improved beef qualities.

 

spirit wind farm

Pony Rides by Spirit Wind Farm

Come and meet these beautiful ponies, who love our guests- especially the wee ones. Your kids can enjoy a free pony ride, allowing hands-on fun plus great photo opportunities.

 

 

red plaid farm

Scottish Sheep from Red Plaid Farm

Fairgoer favorites, the blackfaced Scottish sheep always add spontaneous fun and memorable experiences with our guests. Come and make friends with this small herd of friendly animals.

 

 

wild spirit

Wild Spirits Birds of Prey New!

**Saturday Only**

Wild Spirit Education is one of the premier environmental education facilities in WNY. Their educational programs span a variety of nature topics, from survival skills to birds of prey to nature games.

 

 

 

Family Friendly

Kids of all ages can find endless fun throughout the grounds from the music to the food, demonstrations to attractions. We've made it easier for your to plan your outing by highlighting amazing family-friendly activities you won't want to miss!

family friendly
 
13th realm

The 13th Realm

The 13th Realm are re-enactors who recreate European 13th century. Their family friendly demonstrations and activities allow guests to have first-hand experiences with this wonderful part of our past.

 

 

fairy realm

Fairy Quest

Each year the Fairy Queen searches for new Knights. Do your kids have what it takes to complete the quest and be knighted? This fun hunt is always a highlight of kids' adventures at Niagara Celtic.

 

 

fairy realm

Meet the Fairy Court

At various times each day, kids are delighted to meet the Fairy Queen and other visitors from the Fairy Realm. Your children will remember these special moments long after you leave.

 

 

macfarlanes company

MacFarlane's Company

MacFarlane's Company uses Living History presentations to teach people, primarily about the rich history and culture of Scotland and the Scottish diaspora in North America. Their fun hands-on activities always put smiles on the faces of those willing to become soldiers, test their strength or smarts...and more!

 

 

the puppet wagon

Puppet Wagon

Come one, come all! See the wonderful blend of puppetry and storytelling from yester-years. Puppeteer Franklin LaVoie's masterful skills delight audiences young and old. Showtimes are at 11:30am, 2:00pm & 4:00pm each day.

 

 

storyteller's tree

The Storyteller's Tree

Storytelling was vital during the time of ancient Celts, as a way to share history, lessons and fantasy. Come to the Storyteller's Tree and sit for a while as you enjoy tales covering everything from Celtic to local heritage. Whether it's a fanciful teller of tales or a talking tree, make sure to spend a little time relaxing with our storytellers. Showtimes and story lengths vary; visit often during festival weekend!

 

 
 
storyteller's tree
 

 

Wee Folk Shire

Wonder and adventure are found everywhere in Niagara Celtic's Wee Folk Shire. Journey through four mini-lands designed to encourage education, imagination, active play and togetherness.

Whimsy’s Knob

  • Brittany Bowling
  • Blocks for Building
  • Fishing at Turtle Bay
  • Gnome Hole
  • Pot O’ Gold Toss
  • An Bothán de Gobán Saor – The Hut of Gobban the Builder
  • Sandbox Play

Queen’s Keep

  • Fairy Queen’s Court
  • Balloon Sculpting
  • Celtic Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Mother’s Corner

Highlander’s Field

  • Caber Toss
  • Stone Throw
  • Finn McCool’s Giant Causeway

Vale of Glamorgan

  • Bubble Garden
  • Bug Toss
  • Daffodil Toss
  • Gaelic Mini-Golf
 
 

Dadga Faire

The Dagda, a giant and powerful Celtic god, watches over the faire held in his honor. Filled with fantasy, history and plenty of fun, you may feel as though you've stepped into another world. The Dagda Faire is included with your admission, so don't miss this unique chance to visit a festival...inside another festival!

 
13th realm

The 13th Realm

The 13th Realm are re-enactors who recreate European 13th century. Their family friendly demonstrations and activities allow guests to have first-hand experiences with this wonderful part of our past.

 

dragonfly stage

Dragonfly Stage

Music is alive at the Dagda Faire! The Dragonfly will host a variety of musical acts, all with the goal of keeping the faire's atmosphere full of fun and excitement!

 

Harpist Elizabeth Reiller

Nixie, the magical fairy harpist New!

**Saturday Only**

Enjoy the ethereal sounds of the harp from our newest visiting fairy! She will appear and perform at The Storyteller's Tree on Saturday at 10:00am, 12:30pm & 4:00pm, so if you hear the music playing, follow it and enjoy the show!

 

high striker

High Striker

Are you strong enough to ring the bell? Test your strength in the popular game that always entertains participants and spectators!

 

the puppet wagon

Puppet Wagon

Come one, come all! See the wonderful blend of puppetry and storytelling from yester-years. Puppeteer Franklin LaVoie's masterful skills delight audiences young and old. Showtimes are at 11:30am, 2:00pm & 4:00pm each day.

 

shft

Society for Historical & Fantasy Times (SHFT)

Gain wonderful knowledge and hands-on experience with ancient weapons and battle skills. SHFT members perform demos all weekend long, giving presentations and letting guests join in as well.

 

 



sterling invaders

Sterling Invaders

Direct from The Sterling Renaissance Festival, these invaders are here to share in the fun and joviality of the Ren Faire with our guests. You never know where you’ll meet them, but they’re sure to make your visit more wonderful. They may even get you involved in their fun as well!

 

storyteller's tree

The Storyteller's Tree

Storytelling was vital during the time of ancient Celts, as a way to share history, lessons and fantasy. Come to the Storyteller's Tree and sit for a while as you enjoy tales covering everything from Celtic to local heritage. Whether it's a fanciful teller of tales or the fan-favorite Bard of Basswood, make sure to spend a little time relaxing with our storytellers. Showtimes and story lengths vary; visit often during festival weekend!

 

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