17th Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games

September 16 & 17, 2017

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

General Information

Entrance Details | Contests | Guest Feedback | Thank You's

The Niagara Celtic Heritage Society invites you to their 17th Annual Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games. Located less than an hour from both Buffalo and Rochester, NY, guest are immersed in the traditions and pageantry of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and all things Celtic! Join the 12,000 others who come and celebrate this amazing culture.

**LOCATION: Krull Park, 6108 Lake Rd. Olcott, NY 14126

Entrance Details

  • Admission includes a free festival guidebook and a chance to win a door prize!
  • Parking is FREE
  • Handicapped Parking Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • ATMs are available inside festival grounds

Free Bus Service:

Saturday 10am-7pm | Sunday 12-6pm. Save walking for the festival! Our new bus service will shuttle guests between the festival entrance, nearby parking areas and Krull Park south. *Bus route does not cross the Rte. 18 bridge.

Guest Relations:

Need help while at the festival? Our friendly staff is at the Front Entrance and can answer your questions, give directions and even tips for enjoying your visit to the fullest. Also visit us for lost & found and emergency services.

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Buffalo Irish Classical Theatre Co.
Bittner-Singer Orchards
Countess Linda Clark
Christine Demmin
Countess Patricia Flanders
Countess Angela Taggart
Dame Amber Ford (for a double donation!)
Dame Deborah Hastings
Duchess Amy Cifelli
Duke Daniel Hoffman
Duke Jason & Duchess Tabitha Miller
Gateway Harbor Inc.
Gordie Harper's Bazaar
The Grigg Lewis Foundation
Guinness & CH Wright Distributing
Hiller's Sweet Corn Farm Market
The Kirkpatrick Family
Lady Sarah Bonse
Lady Catherine Close
Lady Barbara Crandall
Lady Sherryl Dominesey
Laird Kenneth Fanton
Lady Amanda Fox
Laird James Gray
Lady Paula Greenwald
Lady Susan Johns
Lady Michelle Joyce
Lady Lisa MacKay
Laird Robert McCartin
Lady Stefanie Pezzino
Lady Janet Philbrook (for a double donation!)
Lady Sarah Pratt
Laird Michael Pryor
Laird Brian M. Quigley
Lady Karen Wehn
Bob Loveland
MacFarlane's Company
Maedl Woodcraft
Niagara County Legistlature
Niagara County Parks Employees
Olcott Fire Company
Prince Mitch Dunn & Princess Helayna Banks-Dunn
Sir Tristan Wilson
Sir Douglas Specht Jr
Dr. John Syracuse
The Town of Newfane & Tim Horanburg
VIPER Business Development
A special Thank You to The Blarney Bunch for their special pre-festival performance!
And of course thanks to all our guests!


Comments after attending Niagara Celtic in September

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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
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
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 the Niagara Celtic festival. Always have a wonderful time. People there are so friendly and helpful. -Barbara
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
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
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
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
I just wanted to say that for the first time ever my husband and I were able to attend the Celtic Festival on Sunday. We thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope we can make it there again in the future. We were impressed by the size of it and it is such a beautiful setting along the lake! -Alanna
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
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
This weekend was great! Everyone makes you feel at home with family and that is the best part. -Kathy
The festival just keeps getting better every year! It was a wonderful time, as usual. Easily the best festival in WNY! -Lisa
My kids and 2 little pugs loved it!! Can't wait till next year!! -Jennifer
Had a GREAT Saturday there. Love to see how the fest continues to grow and improve!! -Kathleen
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
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
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
Such fun, yet so cold this year! Keep up the good work, we love this fest! -Kathi
OMG way to go, day one was awesome can't wait to get there for day two! -Mark
I was just thinking this morning that I can't wait for next year's festival! It is phenomenal! -Cheryle, writing in late November
Wonderful job. I attended both days, everything was great. The Fest is one of the highlights of my year. -Peter
Awesome festival this year. Well done!! -Dotty
Can't wait to kilt up again next year for another great time. -Gary
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
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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
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
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
THANK YOU and everyone involved for all the hard work that goes into preparing for this event. It is so fantastic to be with kindred spirits, such a peaceful gathering of Celts just enjoying all that happens in the setting of Krull Park. -Sandy
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
My first time and I had a blast. Thank you for a wonderful event. So much effort and hard work went into the festival. -Mary
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
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
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
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
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
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
I think this year's festival was the BEST one yet, well done!!!! -Darcy
Had an awesome weekend! Can't wait until next year. -Linda
What fun! We can't wait until next year. -Lisa
It was our first year and we will be back! -Monica
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
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
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 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
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
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
Going on Sunday!!!! So much jewelry to buy!! Where to start, the vendors have really cool stuff. And Festival is the only place to find good silver, Celtic rings :) SO EXCITED!!!!!! Need a torque for the man, too! -Scarlet
Fun as always. Like to see how much it grows each year! -Nancy
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
Had a great time, seeing all the people with Clan MacFarlane, loved meeting Santa Claus. -Cathy
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
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
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
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
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