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. This heritage three-day festival celebrates St. Patrick's Day and the sights, sounds and tastes of the ancient Celtic peoples of Scotland and Ireland. Celtic clans from around the world come to show their ancestral pride, athletes demonstrate their strength at the Highland Games, and Celtic music rings out throughout the weekend. Vendors as well as 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.
The schedule and lineup of artists below are from the 2017 Celtic Festival. We will update this information as details become available for 2018.
Friday, March 10, 2017: 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 11, 2017: 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 12, 2017: Gates open at 11:00 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 for 2018 Festival is TBA.
When: Friday through Sunday, March 9 - 11, 2018.
Where: Francis Field is located at 25 W. Castillo Drive St. Augustine, FL 32084, behind the parking garage in downtown St. Augustine.
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.
Visit www.celticstaugustine.com for additional details.