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, and learn about swordfighting.

 
living history  

13th realm

The 13th Realm ten years

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.

 

 

clan stewart presentations
Clan Stewart Presentations ten years

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.

 

 

challenger learning center

Mobile Planetarium  New!

from the Challenger Learning Center

Shows daily at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm inside The Great Hall. Limited to 20 persons per show, so please arrive very early!

Step inside and enjoy a show of constellations. Enjoy a journey through the same stars that ancient Celts saw in the night sky.   

 

 

shft

Society for Historical & Fantasy Times (SHFT) ten years

**Saturday Only**

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  

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 ten years

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!

 

 

stoney meadows alpacas

Stoney Meadows Alpacas five years

Come and see the age old tradition of fabric production through weaving. Stoney Meadows is bringing a wonderful display to show you start to finish what it takes to produce fine fleece cloth. You can also shop from their large assortment of beautiful,  completed works.

 

 

wishing tree

Wishing Tree five years

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.

 
clan village
 

Welcome to our 2021 Clans!

clan anderson

Anderson Society  New!

clan donald usa

Clan Donald USA 

clan donnachaidh

Clan Donnachaidh

graham society

Graham Society

clan gunn

Clan Gunn Host Clan!  ten years

clan hall

Clan Hall five years

clan hannay

Clan Hannay

clan hay

Clan Hay  New!

clan henderson

Clan Henderson ten years

clan home

Clan Home

clan hunter

Clan Hunter five years

clan lindsay

Clan Lindsay

clan macdougall

Clan MacDougall

clan maclean

Clan MacLean five years

clan masonic

Clan Masonic five years

clan stewart

Stewart Society in America

clan turnbull

Clan Turnbull
Host Clan!

clan wallace

Clan Wallace five years

 
 

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. 18th

Times

Class

11:00am-12:00pm

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

Dive into traditional Welsh music and discover its rich history and wonderful instruments. You'll also experience and compare the unique styles to other Celtic music, and enjoy some live demonstrations.

1:00-2:00pm

Titanic Revisited: Irish Connections to the Historic Ocean Liner by Ann Marie Linnabery

Come aboard the RMS Titanic and learn of the great ship's Irish connections. From Belfast to Queenstown (Cobh of Cork) to America, many Irish contributions are part of the historic tragedy.

2:00-3:00pm

A Blade Fit for a Legend with Ken McIntosh

Take a deeper look at the bronze age sword's creation, history and use.

3:00-4:00pm

Brigid: Saint and Goddess by Jeanne Crane

Discover the life of Brigid of Kildare, one of Ireland's most well-known patron saints.

4:00-5:00pm

Illuminated Lettering Class with Vic Thibault

Create your own illuminated letter in the style of Illuminated Manuscripts, such as The Book of Kells, which is currently housed at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

 

Sunday, Sept. 19th

Times

Class

11:00am-12:00pm

Haunted Places of Ireland by Eileen Canning

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

1:00-2:00pm

The Celts: An Ancient Game of Telephone from Kyle MacCallum (of SYR)

Celtic history and legends have evolved over centuries, blurring lines between fact and myth. Join us and learn truths about the ancient Celts, and origins of some tall tales and romanticism many believe are real today.

2:00-3:00pm

The Culture and Language of Ireland by Margaret McGrath

Enjoy a fascinating look at the Irish language. Learn about its roots and evolution through culture, customs and heritage.

3:30-5:00pm

[Cancelled] Bake Time! Irish Apple Cake
 

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.

animals
 

agility dream dogs

Agility Dream Dogs

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

 

 

spirit wind farm

Pony Rides by Spirit Wind Farm five years

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 fifteen years

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 Spirit's Birds of Prey

**Sunday 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

mr no the balloon guy

Balloon Art Fun by  Mr. NO the Balloon Guy New!

**Sunday Only**

Watch magic and art combine as Mr. NO creates balloon sculptures of all kinds! Kids will delight as ballons are transformed into delightful characters. Find him in the Wee Folk Shire on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

challenger learning center

Mobile Planetarium  New!

from the Challenger Learning Center

Shows daily at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm inside The Great Hall. Limited to 20 persons per show, so please arrive very early!

Step inside and enjoy a show of constellations. Enjoy a journey through the same stars that ancient Celts saw in the night sky.   

 

 

Harpist Elizabeth Reiller

Nixie, the Magical Fairy Harpist

**Saturday Only**

Enjoy the ethereal sounds of the harp from our visiting fairy! She will appear and perform in the Wee Folk Shire during the afternoon. So if you hear the music playing, follow it and enjoy the show!

 

 

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.

 

 

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 mini-lands designed to encourage education, imagination, active play and togetherness.


The Irish Pirates have taken over the Wee Folk Shire until the Fairy Queen and her court return from Fairyland! 

While visiting the Shire children can: 

  • Color a picture and include well wishes to the Fairy Queen
  • Find the special object hidden in the Pirate Hat Look & Find and win a prize!
  • Play games such as the Cannonball Toss, Buccaneer Bowling, Walk the Plank & Pot O'Gold Toss
  • Answer the Corsair's Question and win a doubloon!
  • Check out Wild Bill's Sword Display
  • Listen to music about the Erie Canal by Rick Heenan (Sunday)
  • And so much more!
 

wishing tree

Wishing Tree five years

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!

 

 

20th Anniversary Honors

The stars honor the amazing participants who've supported Niagara Celtic over the years. Each star shows (at least) how long they've been part of our amazing Celtic family. Thanks for everything you bring to make this festival what it is! 
20 years
15 years
10 years
5 years

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