17th Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games

September 16 & 17, 2017

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


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!





penny whiskey

Penny Whiskey

glengarry bhoys

Glengarry Bhoys

mcmahon school of Irish dance
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.


Raising the Standard Presentation

1745 Raising the Standard Presentation

**Saturday Only**

A part of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, the Bonnie Prince Charles Edward Stewart will arrive on Saturday and be greeted by his men and the villagers, before joining the rebellion at sun high on festival grounds. Be sure to arrive early to see this moment!


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.


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 Wolf 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!


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.


Haggis Eating Competition

Haggis Eating Competition

**One Day Only, Details TBA**

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

Begins and ends on festival grounds; race 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! The benefits the Newfane Women's Lacrosse Club. Learn more


96th Highlanders

Rugby Match

Details TBA

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d & t graphics, inc.
scottish store online
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May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

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