Don’t miss this weekend’s Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival in Olcott. They’ve been doing this for 8 years now and it gets better every year. You don’t have to be of Irish, Scottish or Welsh heritage to enjoy the music, pageantry and fun. It all starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and runs into the Ceilidh at night, a rollicking, musical party around a blazing bonfire. On Sunday the hours are 10a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is free, admission is $8 or $15 for a double pass, and children under 12 are free. It’s very affordable for the whole family and there’s so much to see and do.
There are highland games, (mini-games for kids), parades, a gathering of the clans, amazing food (try a Scotch Egg) and absolutely beautiful music and dance. Celtic Society members will all be in kilts and traditional garb and guests are invited to dress up as well. It’s like a trip to the British Isles! The market place offers everything from hand-crafted jewelry to blown glass or beautiful sweaters. You’ll love to watch the Celtic dancers, and the bagpipes echoing in the vast, shady park are haunting. New this year are baking contests for Irish Soda Bread and Scottish Shortbread.
Get all the details, and see great photos of past festivals at www.niagaraceltic.com You’ll find a complete schedule of events, but you might want to just take your chair, a blanket to ward off lake breezes, and plan on settling in for a while. Grab yourself a pint o’ ale and immerse yourself in everything Celtic!