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List of Celtic festivals

List of Celtic festivals

General Information
Related genres Celtic music, sea shanty, folk music, choral music, early music
Location Worldwide
Related events List of Celtic music festivals, Celtic festivals, Category:Celtic music festivals, music festivals, folk festivals, early music festivals, maritime music festivals, Eisteddfod, Cèilidh, Mod (Scotland), Fest Noz, Balfolk, Feis
Related topics Celtic identity, Celtic music, Celtic harp

This is an incomplete list of festivals that celebrate Celtic culture, which in modern times may be via dance, Celtic music, food, Celtic art, or other mediums. Ancient Celtic festivals included religious and seasonal events such as bonfires, harvest festivals, storytelling and music festivals, and dance festivals. This list overlaps with list of Celtic music festivals, and may have some overlap with list of folk festivals, list of eisteddfodau, list of mods, and list of feiseanna.


  • History 1
  • Related lists and categories 2
  • Celtic festivals by country 3
    • Oceania 3.1
      • Australia 3.1.1
    • Europe 3.2
      • Switzerland 3.2.1
      • France 3.2.2
      • Germany 3.2.3
      • Ireland (Republic of Ireland) 3.2.4
      • Italy 3.2.5
      • Spain 3.2.6
      • Poland 3.2.7
      • Portugal 3.2.8
      • Romania 3.2.9
      • United Kingdom 3.2.10
    • North America 3.3
      • Canada 3.3.1
      • United States 3.3.2
    • Caribbean 3.4
      • Barbados 3.4.1
      • Cuba 3.4.2
    • Africa 3.5
      • South Africa 3.5.1
  • Gallery 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


There are several specific and often ancient types of Celtic festivals. A feis (plural feiseannan) is a traditional Gaelic arts and culture festival, currently used referring to Irish dance competitions. In Ancient Ireland communities placed great importance on local festivals, where Gaels could come together in song, dance, music, theatre and sport. Today the Feis has experienced something of a rebirth, both for ethnic Gaels and for enthusiasts of the Gaelic culture in Ireland and Scotland, and worldwide.[1] Other ancient festivals include the eisteddfod, which is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance dating back to at least the 12th century. The present-day format owes much to an eighteenth-century revival arising out of a number of informal eisteddfodau.[2] Comparable to the eisteddfod but without the ancient roots, the mod is a festival of Scottish Gaelic song, arts and culture. There are both local mods and an annual national mod, the Royal National Mod, which take the form of formal competitions, with choral events and traditional music including fiddle, bagpipe and folk groups. There are spoken word events, original dramas, and competitions in written literature.

The concept of modern Celtic identity evolved during the course of the 19th-century into the Celtic Revival and the growth of Celtic nations. After World War II, the focus of the Celticity movement shifted to linguistic revival and protectionism, e.g. protecting Celtic languages.[3] The Celtic revival also led to the emergence of musical and artistic styles identified as Celtic. Music typically drew on folk traditions within the Celtic nations, and instruments such as Celtic harp. Art drew on decorative styles associated with the ancient Celts and with early medieval Celtic Christianity, along with folk-styles. Cultural events to promote "inter-Celtic" cultural exchange also emerged, including festivals.

Related lists and categories

The following lists may have some overlap:

The following categories are related:

Celtic festivals by country







Ireland (Republic of Ireland)






United Kingdom


North America


United States





South Africa


See also


  1. ^ Feiseanna for dummies : a comprehensive explanation of the basics of feiseanna
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ Australia Day Celtic Festival
  5. ^ Australian Celtic Festival
  6. ^ Balaklava Eisteddfod
  7. ^ Beechworth Celtic Festival
  8. ^ Berry Celtic Festival
  9. ^ Celtica Festival
  10. ^ Kangaroo Valley Celtic Gala Day
  11. ^ Kapunda Celtic Festival
  12. ^ Kernewek Lowender - Copper Coast Cornish Festival
  13. ^ Kilmore Celtic Festival
  14. ^ National Celtic Festival
  15. ^ Scots Day Out
  16. ^ Guinness Irish Festival
  17. ^
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ [2]
  20. ^ Abruzzo Irish Festival
  21. ^ Bundan Celtic Festival
  22. ^ Celtica
  23. ^ Montelago Celtic Festival
  24. ^ Triskell Celtic Festival
  25. ^ Celtival
  26. ^ Celtic Folk
  27. ^ Celtic Night "Noche Celta" Festival
  28. ^ [3]
  29. ^ Zamek Festival
  30. ^
  31. ^ [4]
  32. ^
  33. ^
  34. ^ Russell CelticFest, in Russell, Ontario
  35. ^ Almonte Celtfest in Almonte, Ontario
  36. ^
  37. ^
  38. ^ Celtic Music & Heritage Festival
  39. ^ Finger Lakes Highland Games and Celtic Festival
  40. ^ Houston Celtic Festival & Highland Games
  41. ^ Saline Celtic Festival
  42. ^ Dunedin Celtic Music Craft Beer Festival
  43. ^ Dublin Irish Festival
  44. ^ Celtic Classic
  45. ^ Malad Valley Welsh Festival
  46. ^ Celtic Harvest Festival
  47. ^ Dayton Celtic Festival
  48. ^ Ormond Beach Celtic Festival
  49. ^ Celtic Fest Mississippi
  50. ^ Tampa Bay Tartan Ball
  51. ^ Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Quad Cities
  52. ^ North Texas Irish Festival
  53. ^ Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games
  54. ^ Scottish Festival & Celtic Gathering
  55. ^ Tucson Celtic Festival and Highland Games
  56. ^ Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games
  57. ^ Sherwood Celtic Music Festival
  58. ^ Scottish Gathering and Highland Games
  59. ^ Celtic Festival Barbados
  60. ^ CeltFest Cuba
  61. ^ Celtic Fest South Africa

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