St. Augustine’s Celtic Music & Heritage Festival
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10th St Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival
Date: March 13 – 15, 2020
Location: Francis Field, 25 West Castillo Drive
Find the CELT in YOU in America’s Oldest Celtic City! Join us for the 10th 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.
Celtic Festival Tickets
Tickets for the Celtic Festival in 2020 are not for sale yet.
In the few months leading up the festival, you can purchase tickets online or at Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub (23 Orange St, St. Augustine); they can also be purchased on the day of the festival at the gates. Tickets are non-refundable; general admission for each day is $10.00. Additionally, children 12 and under and retired and active duty U.S. Military (with ID) are admitted free.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off on Saturday, March 14, 2020, 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!
Parade Grand Marshall
The Grand Marshall for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2020 has not been announced.
Each year, a Grand Marshall is appointed to lead the St. Patricks Day Parade. In 2019, the Grand Marshalls were current and former presidents (Dr. William Proctor, Dr. William Abare, Jr., and Dr. Joseph Joyner) of Flagler College in honor of the school’s 50th anniversary.
Friday, March 13
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 14
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 14
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.
Celtic Music & Heritage Festival Musical Lineup
The following information is the musical lineup for the festival in 2019. The lineup for the 2020 Celtic Festival has not been announced.
- 10:00-11:00 am – St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- 10:00 am – Festival Gates Open (Filler Music/Announcements)
- 11:15–11:45 am – Bagpipe Jam
- 12:00-12:15 pm – Parade Awards
- 12:30-1:15 pm – Albannach
- 1:30-2:30 pm – Emmet Cahill
- 2:45-4:15 pm – Screaming Orphans
- 4:30-5:30 pm – Dublin City Ramlers
- 5:45-7:15 pm – Steel City Rovers
- 7:30-9:00 pm – Poor Angus
- 9:15-10:00 pm – Albannach
- 12:00-12:30 pm – Tartantrum
- 12:30-1:15 pm – Captain Mayhem
- 1:30-2:30 pm – Steel City Rovers (Celtic Music Workshop)
- 2:45-3:45 pm – John Miles – Lecture: Darien, GA-How Scottish Highlanders kept the British Colony of Georgia from becoming Spanish
- 4:00-4:30 pm – Robert Burns
- 4:45-5:15 pm – Tartantrum
- 5:30-6:15 pm – Captain Mayhem
- 10:00 am – Festiva Gates Open (Filler Music/Announcements)
- 10:30-10:45 am – Clan Parade & Awards
- 11:00-11:45 am – Albannanch
- 12:00-1:00 pm- Dublin City Ramblers
- 1:15-2:45 pm – Seven Nations
- 3:00-4:30 pm – Poor Angus
- 4:45-6:00 pm – The Gothard Sisters
- 6:15-7:00 pm – Albannach
- 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 – Celtic Seasonal Festivals
- 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