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St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival 2019-01-14T11:10:32+00:00

St. Augustine’s Celtic Music & Heritage Festival

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9th St Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival

Date: March 8 – 10, 2019

Location: Francis Field, 25 West Castillo Drive

Find the CELT in YOU in America’s Oldest Celtic City! Join us for the 9th St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival as the sounds of the ancient Celtic peoples of Scotland and Ireland come alive with Celtic music. Celtic clans from around the world show their ancestral pride, Highland game athletes demonstrate their mind-boggling strength, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches through the streets of St. Augustine, and vendors offer up Celtic cuisine and hand-made crafts.

Friday night features a Whiskey Tasting event at the VIP Tent on Francis Field, seating is limited and tickets are sold separately. Scottish and Irish bands, playing both traditional tunes and modernized renditions of the ancient Celtic music, appear live on stage throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday – arguably the best collaboration of Celtic artists assembled in the United States. Bands include Albannach, Dublin City Ramblers, Emish, Emmet Cahill (formerly of Celtic Thunder), Seven Nations, Enter the Haggis, House of Hamill, Rathkeltair, and The Steel City Rovers. Tickets are on sale at CelticStAugustine.com.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 10:00 am. You don’t want to miss it, it’s the only parade of its kind in Northeast Florida. The Parade is an annual celebration of St. Augustine’s Celtic heritage and the Emerald Isle’s most revered saint. It follows a route through downtown and finishes at Francis Field where the Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is held!

Festival Events

Friday, March 8

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Clinic for the Highland Games offering training to beginners.

6:30 pm – Gates open at Francis Field.

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm – This year the Celtic Festival will kick off with a Whiskey-Tasking Event. A VIP tent will be set up on Francis Field where tasters are invited to taste test top-shelf whiskey and enjoy a whiskey lesson by a Jameson Brand Ambassador.

Saturday, March 9

10:00 am to 11:00 am – St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

10:00 am – The Highland Games begin.

11:15 am to 10:00 pm – Live music on the main stage.

12:00 pm to 12:15 pm – Awards for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade are announced on the main stage.

12:00 pm to 5: 30 pm – Live music on the second stage.

10:00 pm – Festival ends.

Sunday, March 10

10:00 am – The Highland Games begin.

11:00 am to 11:15 pm – Awards announced on the main stage for Clans participating in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

11:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Live music on the main stage.

12:00 pm to 5:15 pm – Live music on the second stage.

1:00 pm – Keg Carry begins. The Keg Carry is a modern Celtic tradition. Contestants are tasked with carrying an 87lb full Keg as far as they can in 60 seconds. The competition is open to the public, 21 years of age or older.

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm – A lecture by John Miles: The History of Scottish Tartans, on the second stage.

7:00 pm – Festival ends.

Visit the Celtic St. Augustine’s official website to find out how to participate in the Highland Games.

Celtic Music & Heritage Festival Musical Lineup

The following information is from the Celtic Music & Heritage Festival in 2018. The musical lineup for 2019 has not been announced.

Saturday

Main Stage

  • 11:15 am to 11:45 am – Bagpipe Jam
  • 12:00 pm to 12:15 am – Parade Awards
  • 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm – Albannach
  • 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm – Emish
  • 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Dublin City Ramblers
  • 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm – Seven Nations
  • 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm – Steel City Rovers
  • 6:30 to 7:15 pm – Albannach
  • 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm – House of Hamil
  • 8:45 pm to 10:00 pm – Enter the Haggis

Second Stage

  • 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm – Tartantrum
  • 12:45 to 1:30 pm – Captain Mayhem
  • 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm – Lecture by John Miles.
  • 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Robert Burns
  • 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm – Tartantrum
  • 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm – Captain Mayhem

Sunday

Main Stage

  • 11:30 am to 12:15 pm – Albannach
  • 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Emish
  • 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm – Dublin City Ramblers
  • 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm – Albannach
  • 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm – Emmet Cahill
  • 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm – Rathkeltair

Second Stage

  • 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm – Tartantrum
  • 12:45 to 1:30 pm – Captain Mayhem
  • 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm – Lecture by John Miles.
  • 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Robert Burns
  • 3:45 pm to 4:15 pm – Tartantrum
  • 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm – Captain Mayhem
  • 7:00 pm – Festival Ends

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