17th Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games

September 16 & 17, 2017

Saturday 10am-10pm | Sunday 10am-6pm

Events

Ceilidh Celebration | Special Events | Off-Site Events

ceilidh celebration

A visit to Niagara Celtic is not complete without attending our Saturday evening Ceilidh (kay-lee). It's the one time each weekend when guests and participants celebrate together. Enjoy a concert at the Pavilion Stage, relax by the bonfires, and visit Gaelic Libations for drinks. Areas of Food Court West and the Marketplace will remain open so you can shop under the moonlight. Be sure to join us for this wonderful tradition!

 

 

 

 

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Opening

Penny Whiskey

glengarry bhoys
Headlining

Glengarry Bhoys

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Special Performance by

McMahon School of Irish Dance

Not everything during the festival occurs all weekend. Some productions happen for a short time, while others are constantly on the move. Take a look at the special events you can join in on this year.

Bards of Bruery

Bards of Bruery

Nevermind heading to the concert stages, these jubilant traveling minstrels will find you! The “Bards,” William Edward Drynkette and Phillip McGlass, wander about hoping someone will grace them with enough coin to purchase their next meal...usually 12 oz. or more. Willy & Phil (and the occasional guest) will return the favor with a song if they know it and feel so inclined. You never know where they’ll turn up, but be sure to stay and visit for a while.

 

British Car Club of WNY

British Car Club of WNY Display

**Saturday Only**

Come see just a few of the wonderful cars displayed by the BCC of WNY. Their primary purpose is two-fold: to foster camaraderie and good will among enthusiasts of British cars, and to exchange ideas and technical expertise attendant to the restoration and preservation of British cars.

 

calling of the clans

Calling of the Clans Ceremony

**Saturday Only**

Saturday at sunhigh Region 2, join us in the finale of our Opening Ceremonies. This special ceremony will introduce and honor all the Scottish clans in attendance for the weekend. Historically, the Calling of the Clans was a gathering of clans in preparation for battle, unifying all the clans as one. Today, it signifies the connections we share within our families, heritage and community.

 

Cannon Firing and Arms Demonstrations

Cannon Firing and Arms Demonstrations

Each afternoon, Region 1 is filled with the sounds of cannons and muskets. Clann of the Wolfe hosts an amazing spectacle complete with swordsmanship, muskets, cannon and Highland charge. Before the event is over, you'll have learned a great deal and seen plenty of action!

 

Celtic Angels Gaelic Youth Choir

Celtic Angels Gaelic Youth Choir

**Sunday Only**

During Sunday's Ceremonial Parade on the Highland athletic field you'll have a chance to hear the growing youth choir, who's songs are straight from Gaelic and Celtic songbooks.

 

Ceremonial Parades

Ceremonial Parades

Participants include Clans, Groups, Reenactors and Massed Band performances. They are held in conjunction with the Highland Games’ Opening and Closing Ceremonies, along with a third stand-alone parade on Sunday at sunhigh- see the schedule for times.

 

church service

Church Service with Vicar Bill Jeffery

**Sunday Only**

Join Clann of the Wolfe, living historians, and festival participants and volunteers for this unique worship service. Held outside, you will feel renewed and inspired by the vicar.

 

Haggis Eating Competition

Haggis Eating Competition

**Saturday Only**

Sponsored by ScottishStoreOnline.com. Do you have what it takes to eat your way to the top prize? Enter our annual Haggis Eating Competition, held at our Patron Tent in Region 5. This is sure to again be great fun for both participants and spectators! Limited participation so sign-up early; details coming soon.

 

Highland Games' Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Highland Games' Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Of the many traditions Highland Games have, none hold more honor than the ceremonies which signify the beginning and ending to the athletic competitions. Ceremonies are held Saturday at 12noon, and Sunday at 5pm. They include full parades, Official March of the Scottish Clans, Massed Bagpipe Band Ceremonies, prayers, athlete awards, festival awards, memorials and yearly surprises.

 

Memorial Service

Memorial Service

**Sunday Only**

As our festival draws to a close late Sunday afternoon, the Highland Games Closing Ceremonies begin. Included in this lovely tradition is our Memorial Service, which honors those volunteers and community supporters who have passed away in the past year. The service includes dedications, remembrances and gifts to their loved ones.

 

music at the bonfire

Music at the Bonfire

**Saturday Only**

As the sun begins to set, head towards Region 2 for a one-of-a-kind experience. Pipers and musicians unite, surrounding our bonfires as they kick-off the Ceilidh Celebration with wonderful performances and sing-a-longs. Don't miss being a part of this very special event!

 

Traditional Seisiun

Traditional Seisiun

**Saturday Only**

All are welcome! Bring your instrument to the Celtic Arts Stage around sunset (check the schedule) and join in this traditional style jam session. Or just come to listen to the one-time only music you’ll experience.

We're honored to have local businesses and groups joining in on the celebration. Here's a list of activities happening during Niagara Celtic which are not on festival grounds.

More Coming Soon!

Are you a business interested in joining in the fun? Contact beth@niagaraceltic.com or call 716-778-5730 today!

Niagara Celtic 5K

5th Niagara Celtic 5K

Sunday the 17th at 10am

Beginning and ending on festival grounds, the race itself is a scenic route around Olcott. Join other runners in the completion of this wonderful course-certified 5K. Includes passes to the festival plus more. So grab your running shoes and be a part of this amazing run! Benefits the Newfane Women's Lacrosse Club. Learn more

 

96th Highlanders

Rugby Football Club Match: Tri-County v. South Buffalo

Saturday the 16th at 1pm

Head over to Krull Park South and watch a match between these two local clubs. Their games are always fun to watch, and you can enjoy a beautiful day in the park while cheering on amazing local athletes.

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