St. Augustine’s Celtic Music & Heritage Festival

CANCELED – Celtic Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Due to an abundance of caution concerning the coronavirus, the City is cancelling the permit for the Celtic Festival. Romanza, the nonprofit producer of the Celtic Festival, deeply regrets disappointing our fans and followers. Romanza is also severely impacted by the last-minute cancellation of our annual fundraiser, and the further losses due to the Festivals costs which have already been spent. This double financial blow threatens our ability to bring the Celtic Festival back.

If you would like to contribute to help us defray those costs, we will be setting up a donation page shortly. For those of you who purchased advance tickets, we ask that you consider your payment to be a donation, which is tax-deductible since Romanza is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Please be safe and take the recommended precautions to avoid infection.

10th St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival

Date: March 14 – 15, 2020
Time:

  • Friday (Exclusive Whiskey-Tasting): 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm

Location: Francis Field, 25 West Castillo Drive

Join us for the St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival in the Nation’s Oldest City. This annual, three-day event begins with an ‘early-bird’ whiskey tasting followed by two days of live music by the top Celtic performers in the world as well as authentic Celtic food, highland games, and the only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Northeast Florida. Additionally, this year’s 10th Celtic Music & Heritage Festival features a special edition called “Celtic Noir”. Celtic Noir is a lineup of signings, readings, and Q&A discussions led by Irish mystery and crime writers.

As the sounds, tastes, and traditions of the Celtic peoples surround you, you too will find the Celt in you! 

Celtic Festival Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for the Celtic Music & Heritage Festival! They can be purchased:

  • Online
  • Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub (23 Orange St, St. Augustine)
  • General tickets can be at the festival gates; they are the only tickets you can purchase at the gate.

Tickets:

Additionally, all tickets purchased before March 10, 2020 are at a discounted price. Admission is free for children 12 and under and  retired or active U.S. Military (with ID). Tickets are non-refundable. The prices below are at a discounted price.

  • Whiskey Tasting ($50): These tickets include admission to the Friday night whiskey tasting event only.
  • VIP Tickets ($75): Includes admission to the festival on both Saturday and Sunday, a festival t-shirt, two free drinks as well as exclusive access to the VIP tent, bar, bathrooms, and front stage seating.
  • General Ticket ($10):  Includes admission on Saturday or Sunday.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Date: March 14, 2020
Time: Begins at 10 am
Parade Route: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Map

Join us for the only St. Patricks Day Parade in Northeast Florida. This event is an anunal celebration of St. Augustine’s Celtic hertiage and the Emerald Isle’s most-revered saint. Afterall, the very first St. Patricks celebration took place in St. Augustine in 1600 and rumor has it the first St. Patricks Parade also took place in St. Augustine (not in Boston or New York), in 1601! Note: The parade route loops through the Historic District and ends on Francis Field where the Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is held.

Parade Grand Marshall

In 2019, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 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. Check back soon to find out who will be the parades Grand Marshalls in 2020.

Celtic Noir

To celebrate the tenth year of the Celtic Festival, Celtic Noir has been added to this year’s lineup. During Celtic Noir, renowned Irish mystery and crime writers will partake in a series of book readings, book signings, discussions, and Q&A sessions about their famous, award-winning novels.

A lantern on a dark, foggy, cobblestone street.

Highland Games

During the Highland Games, Celtic clans and individuals show their ancestral pride through garb and talent as they demonstrate their incredible strength in a series of games. This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation and is a celebration of Scottish and Gaelic culture.

Celtic Highland Games

Musical Performances

Each year, world-famous Celtic artists bring the melodies, rhythms, and beats of the Celtic people to two stages at the Celtic Festival. Paired with instruments like the drum, bagpipe, fiddle, tin windle, mandalin (as well as more common instruments), artists perform a variety of Celtic tunes that fill the Historic District.

a photo of performers at a celtic festival

Celtic Music & Heritage Festival Schedule

Celtic Music & Heritage Festival Musical Lineup

The information below is from the festival’s music lineup in 2019. Check back soon for the 2020 lineup.

SAUTRDAY: May 14

Main Stage – Saturday, March 14

8:00 – 10:00 am:   Stage Set Up/Sound Check
10:00 – 11:15 am:   Festival Gates Open
11:15 – 11:45 am:   Bagpipe Jam
12:00 – 12:15 pm:   St. Patrick’s Day Parade Awards
12:30 – 1:15 pm:   Celtic Noir Author’s Panel Discussion
1:30 – 2:15 pm:   Albannach
2:30 – 3:45 pm:   Dublin City Ramblers
4:00 – 5:30 pm:   Steel City Rovers
5:45 – 7:15 pm:   Syr
7:30 – 9:00 pm:   Jamison
10:00 pm:   Festival Ends

Second Stage

12:00 – 12:30 pm:   Tartantrum (Music/Comedy)
12:30 – 1:15 pm:   Captain Mayhem, The Pirate Magician
1:30 – 2:30 pm:   Steel City Rovers, Celtic Music Workshop
2:45 – 3:30 pm:   Blue Lotus World Dance Company
3:45 – 4:30 pm:   First Coast Highlanders
5:00 – 6:00 pm:   Lecturer John, Topic: “The Loch Ness Monster”
6:15 – 6:45 pm:   Tartantrum (Music/Comedy)
7:00 – 7:45 pm:   Captain Mayhem, The Pirate Magician
10:00 pm:   Festival Ends

SUNDAY: March 15

Main Stage

8:00 – 10:00 am:   Stage Set Up/Sound Check
10:00 – 10:30 am:   Festival Gates Open
10:30 – 10:45 am:   Clan Parade & Awards
11:00 – 11:45 am:   Albannach
12:00 – 1:15 pm:   Dublin City Ramblers
1:30 – 3:00 pm:   Seven Nations
3:15 – 4:45 pm:   Steel City Rovers
5:00 – 6:00 pm:   Emmet Cahill
6:15 – 7:00 pm:   Albannach
7:00 pm:   Festival Ends

Second Stage

12:00 – 1:00 pm:   Celtic Noir Authors – Q&A Session
1:15 – 1:45 pm:   Tartantrum (Music/Comedy)
2:00 – 2:45 pm:   Captain Mayhem, The Pirate Magician
3:00 – 4:00 pm:   Lecturer John Miles – Topic: “Did Henry Sinclair of Scotland Discover America?”
4:15 – 4:45 pm:   Tartantrum (Music/Comedy)
5:00 – 5:45 pm:   Captain Mayhem, The Pirate Magician
7:00 pm:   Festival Ends