Celtic Music & Heritage Festival
Friday – Sunday, March 13 - 15, 2020 at Francis Field
St. Augustine's popular annual Celtic Music and Heritage Festival will be held at Francis Field from Friday through Sunday, March 13 through 15, 2020. This is the 10th Annual Celtic Festival, celebrating 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 world's oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade marches through the streets of the nation's oldest city. St. Augustine's own Chad Light will serve as the Festival Emcee in 2020.
Friday, March 13, 2020: Whiskey Tasting at 7:00 p.m. in the VIP Tent at Francis Field. The tasting event is $50.00 per person and features seven premium brands of Irish and Scotch whiskeys for visitors to sample. A limited number of tickets are available, and only online here.
Saturday, March 14, 2020: The St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. St. Augustine's St. Patrick's Day Parade is the oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world (it first happened here in 1601) and the ONLY St. Patrick's Day Parade in Northeast Florida. Festival gates at Francis Field open at 10:00 a.m. and live entertainment begins at 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 15, 2020: Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and the festival ends at 7:00 p.m. Throughout the day, live entertainment will be on the main stage at Francis Field (beginning at 12:00 p.m.) 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. The Parade of Clans will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 15.
The 2020 Festival will include "Celtic Noir," a workshop and presentation featuring Irish mystery and crime writers, on Saturday and Sunday.
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. Many of the headlining musicians are returning from earlier festivals, including fan favorites Dublin City Ramblers, Albannach, Seven Nations, Emmet Cahill, Jamison, and Steel City Rovers.
Admission: General Admission is $10.00 until March 10, 2020, after which the price is raised to $15.00 A general admission ticket is valid for EITHER Saturday or Sunday. Children 12 and under are FREE. Retired and active duty military with I.D. are FREE. Visit here to purchase tickets online. Tickets are also available at Ann O'Malley's Irish Pub at 23 Orange St.
VIP 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. VIP tickets are available at a discounted rate of $62.50 online only from November 28 through December 2, 2019, here. The price goes up to $75.00 from December 3 until February 29, 2020, and $85 thereafter.
When: Friday through Sunday, March 13 - 15, 2020.
Whiskey Tasting ... Friday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: Gates open at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday: Gates open at 10:00 a.m., close at 7:00 p.m.
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 2020
These Celtic bands will perform on the main stage this year, many of them returning from earlier festivals. The full schedule of live entertainment will be included here when the information is available.
Albannach (Saturday and Sunday)
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.
Emmet Cahill (Sunday Only)
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 Dublin City Ramblers (Saturday and Sunday)
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. Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2020, this 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.
Seven Nations (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.
Steel City Rovers (Saturday and Sunday)
With a sophisticated sound that is influenced by American styles, such as bluegrass, folk, and root music, as much as traditional Celtic music, Steel City Rovers are known for their emotive vocals and the amazing crafted replicas of historical instruments that they feature on their tours. Visit www.celticstaugustine.com for additional details.
Parking and Shuttle Services
Parking is available at the downtown parking facility right next to Francis Field.
Additionally, the City of St. Augustine will operate a Free Park and Ride Shuttle Service during spring festival season. Details on the shuttle service will be available here as soon as they are made available.