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Check back for more info on the 2018 Festival, July 13-14, 2018!

(In the meantime, please see the 2017 schedule below to see what sorts of treasures might be in store this year!)

Thursday, July 13, 2017 – Downtown Saline

Celtic Festival Festivities kick off on Thursday, July 13th at 7pm at Saline’s downtown Summer Music Series (Saline-Ann Arbor Rd. north of Michigan Ave), where you can get a sneak peek of the music and events the festival has to offer.  Country/Indie/Celtic fusion band Brother Crowe will be performing and while you listen, check out some demos from some of our field event athletes!  O’Kennedy Irish Dance Academy will also perform in between Brother Crowe’s sets!

Friday, July 14, 2017 – Pub Night and Music & Dance Workshops at Mill Pond Park

Gates open at 5:30pm, and the food and drink will be waiting for you!  Featuring all Michigan beers and local food vendors to fuel you for a fun evening!

Red Dragon Stage
6:30pm – Brother Crowe
7:45pm – The Limerick Competition (PG-13) is back!  Come enter and see if you have the lyrical savvy to win!
8:15pm – Brother Crowe keeps you on your feet and moving!
9:30pm – Mr. Pretty Legs in a Kilt – we know you’ve missed it, so it’s here again!  Get your kilt on, do some calf exercises, and come down and enter!
10:00 to 10:30 pm Fire Performance by Ring of Steel
10:30pm – Brother Crowe takes the stage again to keep the party going!!

Brecon & Edinburgh Stages
Friday night will also feature music & dance sessions with the Detroit Irish Music Association.  Bring your instruments and jam, or take a workshop on beginning bodrán, tin whistle, Irish fiddle, Contra/English line dancing or step dancing.  For more details see our Music & Dance page

Saturday, July 15, 2017 – Mill Pond Park

This is a tentative schedule and may be subject to change.

7:00 am  Shuttle Service Begins

10:00 am  Highland Dance Registration, Edinburgh

10:30 am – 5:00 pm  Highland Dance Competition, Edinburgh

11:00 am
Opening Ceremony with Massed Bands
Peat in the Creel, Brecon

11:30 am  Indigo Dyeing Demonstration, Textile Tent

12:00 pm
Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, Red Dragon
Motor City Irish, Brecon
Purcell Irish Pipers of Detroit-Uilleann piping demonstration, Glasgow
Ancient Athletic Games Begin
Wee Folks Island Opens

12:15 pm  Princess Merida Story Time, Wee Folks Island

12:30 pm
Golf Chipping, Field
Ring of Steel

1:00 pm
Sheep Herding
Tartan & Thistle Dance, Brecon
Ducky Race, Wee Folks Island

1:10 pm  Princess Merida Story Time, Wee Folks Island

1:15 pm Try-An-Instrument hosted by the Detroit Irish Music Association, Glasgow

1:30 pm Haggis Hurl, Field Event

1:35 pm  Peat in the Creel, Red Dragon

2:00 pm
Indigo Dyeing Demonstration, Textile Tent
Irish Dance Company of Lansing, Brecon
Ring of Steel
Ducky Race, Wee Folks Island
Pipe Band, Glasgow 

2:10 pm
Princess Merida Story Time, Wee Folks Island
Motor City Irish Dancers, Red Dragon Stage

2:30 pm  Golf Chipping, Field

2:35 pm
Nutshell Ann Arbor, Red Dragon

3:00 pm
Sheep Herding
Ducky Race, Wee Folks Island
Damsha Uisce Ban Mor, Brecon – Participatory ceili dancing
Pipe Band, Glasgow

3:15 pm  Music Workshop with Steel City Rovers, Wee Folks Island

3:25 pm  A2 Celtic Harpers, Red Dragon

3:30 pm
Haggis Hurl, Field Event
Ring of Steel

4:00 pm
Indigo Dyeing Demonstration, Textile Tent
Commonwealth Dance Collective, Brecon
Ducky Race, Wee Folks Island
Pipe Band, Glasgow

4:10 pm  Princess Merida Story Time, Wee Folks Island

4:15 pm  ROANE, Red Dragon

4:30 pm
Golf Chipping, Field
Wee Folks Parade, Festival Field

4:50 pm   A2 Morris dancers, Red Dragon

5:00 pm
Sheep Herding
Ring of Steel
Dancin’ Feet School of Gaelic Culture and Dance, Brecon
Steel City Rovers, Edinburgh
Massed Pipe Bands, Piper’s Hill

5:15 pm  Brother Crowe, Red Dragon

5:30 pm
Haggis Hurl, Field Event

6:00 pm
Ann Arbor Morris, Brecon
Ring of Steel

6:15 pm  Celtic Jam, Edinburgh

6:35 pm  Irish Dance Company of Lansing, Red Dragon

7:00 pm
Steel City Rovers, Red Dragon
O’Kennedy Irish Dance Academy, Brecon

7:30 pm Participatory Music Session led by Celtic Jam, Edinburgh

8:45 pm  CrossBow, Red Dragon

10:00 pm Fire Performance by Ring of Steel outside of Red Dragon tent

10:30 pm Stone Clover, Red Dragon

Midnight  Shuttle Service Ends