Celtic Music & Heritage Festival
Friday – Sunday, March 9 - 11, 2018 at Francis Field
Visitors are invited to come to the 2018 Celtic Music and Heritage Festival that will be held at Francis Field in St. Augustine from Friday through Sunday, March 9 through 11, 2018. The Celtic Festival celebrates St. Patrick's Day and the sights, sounds and tastes of the ancient peoples of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and other parts of Europe. Celtic clans from around the world come to show their ancestral pride, athletes demonstrate their strength at the Highland Games, and Celtic folk music and rock rings out throughout the weekend. Vendors and local downtown restaurants offer up Celtic cuisine and handmade crafts, and the St. Patrick's Day Parade marches through the streets of the nation's oldest city.
Friday, March 9, 2018: Whiskey Tasting at 7:00 p.m. in the VIP Tent at Francis Field. The tasting event is $45 per person and features seven premium brands of Irish and Scotch whiskeys for visitors to sample.
Saturday, March 10, 2018: The St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place on Saturday at 10:00 am. The St. Augustine St. Patrick's Day Parade is an annual celebration of the Emerald Isle's most revered saint. Festival gates at Francis Field open at 11:00 am and live entertainment begins at 12:00 pm. Entertainment will be held on two stages.
Sunday, March 11, 2018: Gates open at 10:00 am and the festival ends at 7:00 pm. Throughout the day, live entertainment will be on the main stage at Francis Field as well as on a secondary stage.
Celtic Clans: Clans from throughout Scotland and Ireland will show off their family pride and represent their ancient heritage. That family's music, colors, language and stories will educate and entertain visitors.
Highland Games: This Scottish tradition dates back to the King of Scots Malcolm III who summoned contestants to a race in order to find the fastest runner in the land to serve as royal messenger. The games have expanded to include piping, drumming, dancing and more. Visitors will see firsthand some of the talents that Gaelic culture has to offer.
Music: Traditional and modern Celtic music will be performed by regional and national bands. Each day features different bands on two stages. For a complete schedule of entertainment, visit here.
Admission: General Admission is $10, ticket is valid for either Saturday or Sunday. Children 12 and under are FREE. Retired and active duty military with I.D. are FREE.
VIP Tickets are $65 before March 1, and $75 on March 1 and later. Tickets include admission for both days, free festival t-shirt, 2 free beers or wine, and separate VIP seating, bars, and bathrooms. Children who accompany a VIP adult are free.
When: Friday through Sunday, March 9 - 11, 2018.
Friday: Whiskey Tasting
Saturday: Gates open at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday: Gates open at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Francis Field is located at 25 W. Castillo Drive St. Augustine, FL 32084, behind the parking garage in downtown St. Augustine.
The City of St. Augustine offers a free park and ride shuttle service on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Visit here for more information.
Celtic Bands on the Main Stage for 2018
These Celtic bands will perform on the main stage this year, many of them returning from the 2016 Festival. The full schedule of live entertainment can be found on the Festival website here.
This band was born and bred in Scotland and plays authentic Scottish music. Albannach's music includes a championship winning piper, talented main drummer, bass drummers and bodhran musician bringing visitors a new style of energetic music.
The Dublin City Ramblers
This band was voted Ireland's No. 1 Ballad and Folk Group of the Year by The Irish Country Music Association. They have played worldwide and continue to thrill audiences. This 35-year veteran band infuses their music with humor and wit to keep the performance exciting and has performed at every major venue in Ireland and abroad. They will perform on Saturday and Sunday.
New York natives, Emish, have forged their own Americana folk rock sound. The band's high-energy live performances and distinctive sound have brought Emish to national attention.
Emmet Cahill, formerly with the world-renowned Irish music show Celtic Thunder, has embarked on a solo career and will perform at the Celtic Festival on Sunday only.
The name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galicia, the Isle of Man and Brittany. The band got its start in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass, and have gained fame over the years with tours in Europe and Canada and performances on PBS and CNN. Seven Nations will perform on both Saturday and Sunday.
Enter the Haggis
A Toronto-based Celtic folk rock band with eight studio albums. Their hits include "One Last Drink", "Down With The Ship", "Gasoline", and "Mrs. Elliott".
For a complete schedule of musical entertainment, visit here.
This year, the Celtic Festival will be giving away 8 free ticket pairs to the highly-anticipated concert by Celtic Woman in Jacksonville on March 13. The winners will be drawn from advance-ticket sales for the Celtic Music & Heritage Festival purchased by February 28. Winners will be notified by email on March 1 and must confirm by March 5.
Visit www.celticstaugustine.com for additional details.
Schedule of Events
Springfield, Missouri Central High School Kilties
John Miles - Lecture - The Viking Colonization of the British Isles.
Dublin City Ramblers
Steel City Rovers
House of Hamill
Enter the Haggis
Clan Parade & Awards
Dublin City Ramblers
John Miles - Lecture - The History of Scottish Tartans