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The Ithaca Celtic Festival is an annual event held at beautiful Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY.  The festival will be held on October 8th from 10am to 6pm. Along with the History Center, we are also very pleased to announce that we have partnered with Zero Impact of Rochester, NY, a zero-waste solutions company that specializes in sustainable festivals.  Also helping with this years planning and organization is our very own Ithaca Pipes and Drums.

Many thanks to all of our organizers for what we feel is going to be our best year to date!  The Festival is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

This is a family friendly event with a focus on education and children’s activities, but it does not exclude the adults looking for a blast! We have a refreshment tent with local wines and international beers. 3 stages featuring amazing talent with the main stage headlined by The Brigadoons from Canada.

Unfolding throughout the day is a full line-up of musical entertainment, bagipes band performances and many cultural activities including; wool-spinning, weaving and kilt-making demonstrations, clan booths, Celtic foods and crafts, non-stop activities for children, Irish step-dancing, Gaelic language instruction, Scottish highland dancing and historical demonstrations such as Waulking the Tweed.

We are pleased to welcome back out headline band – The Brigadoons, a lively ceili band from Ontario, Canada.  Our music stages will be bustling with very talented bands of the Finger Lakes Region. The Finger Lakes region also boasts an abundance of winery’s and breweries. Enjoy wine from MacGregor Vinyards, or a beer on tap from Bacchus Brewery in our refreshment tent located near the music stage.

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.