Plan Your Day At the Festival
You're at the Festival...now what? Check out some of what we have to offer, and plan your day!
At 11:00am on Saturday, we have a parade within the Festival grounds, followed by our opening ceremonies on the athletic fields.
Don't miss our parade at 11am on Saturday!
Sheep herding demonstrations happen throughout the day on the Saturday of the Festival on the hill near the entrance. Watch this historic tradition happen led by master sheep herder Jim Valley!
Our Festival hosts an International Highland Dance competition!
Wee Folks Island features arts and crafts, games, and entertainment for kids. Open from 12-5 on the Saturday of the Festival, everything on the Island is free! (Except for the ducky races, which are a fundraiser for the kids' activities!)
A large variety of food is available to purchase
Located in the center of the festival, the beer tent offers over a dozen types of craft beer, hard cider, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.
On the south side of our Festival grounds you'll find live competition jousting! Today’s modern Mounted Martial Equestrian Games include elements from thousands of years of military and war horse training. These elements include Dressage, Jumping, Jousting, Archery, Firearms, Swordsmanship and Cavalry.
Friday night we have our Mr. Pretty Legs in a Kilt competition - open to the public!
We have live Celtic music throughout our Festival! See our Entertainment page for more info
On a field near the music stage, you'll find our Ancient Athletics - each year we run an amateur open event for men and women of all ages. Events: Heavy and Light Weight for Distance, Weight Over Bar, Sheaf Toss, Caber Toss, and Braemar and Open Stone. (7 events!)
Near the middle of the Festival grounds, you'll find a variety of merchants selling Celtic goods. Need a kilt? We've got you covered!
Our Festival also features a large number of local merchants who sell a variety of goods!
Visit Millie the Mill Pond Monster and her family in the river!
Throughout the Festival, you'll find various characters in costume! Feel free to wear a costume of your own!
On the Saturday of our Festival, master weavers give demonstrations throughout the day. The presentations change from year to year, but may include weaving, indigo dying, waulking, spinning, and more! Best of all, they're a fun group guaranteed to give you plenty of info and laughs!
Several bands perform at our Festival. These bands represent the best in Michigan and generally place in the top positions in local competitions such as the games at Alma, MI and the St. Andrew’s games in Livonia, MI. This year's bands include: Cabar Feidh Pipes and Drums (Royal Oak, MI); Glen Erin Pipe Band (Lansing, MI); Flint Scottish Pipe Band (Flint, MI); and Motor City Pipes and Drums (Troy, MI).
We have a number of dance troupes who perform around the festival!
Several groups of creative reenactors attend our Festival each year, and do traditional Celtic Weaponry and Fencing Demonstrations. The Ann Arbor Sword Club does demos and has interactive sword play throughout the day.
Our Celtic Canine venue is home to a virtual family reunion of several Celtic dog breeds. Festival guests will be able to see and pet Celtic breeds, including the Irish Wolfhound, Bearded Collies, Dandie Dinmonts, Border Collies and more.
End your day with a fire show by Ring of Steel! Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe is a theatrical combat organization providing classes, training, custom fight choreography, fight direction, weapons rentals, and many other services to the public at large. They will be showing demonstrations all Saturday afternoon, and will perform their fire show Friday & Saturday evenings.