Celtic Fest

Celtic Fest: March 11, 2023

Is spring in the air already? Or is that just the feeling of Celtic Fest, fast approaching?

Celtic Fest is back this year for another celebration of all things Irish–and Scottish, Welsh, Breton–you get the idea. Kick off St. Patrick’s Day early by visiting Old Town Winchester to explore various venues for food, drink, live music, cultural displays, dancing, retail sales, artisan vendors, and more!

We will have the following vendors along the Loudoun St. Pedestrian Mall on Saturday from 12-5:

  • Hello Haberdashery (handcrafted headwear & accessories)
  • It’s All About Jewelry (jewelry)
  • Mad Celt Creations (handmade knitwear)
  • Etched in Darkness (medieval & celtic jewelry and corsets)
  • Jennifer Mackenroth (wire-wrapped stones & jewelry)
  • Poverty Ridge Farm (handmade fiber goods)

We will also have booths, activities, performances, or demonstrations from:

  • Ravenwood Faire (local Renaissance faire and nonprofit foundation) | 12-5 PM; Civil War Museum Lawn & Taylor Pavilion
  • Armstrong Irish Dance Academy | 2 PM & 3 PM @ South Loudoun St. Walking Mall; other performances variable
  • Misneach Irish Dance Academy | 1 PM, 3 PM @ South Loudoun St. Walking Mall
  • Fiddle Mama Music (hands-on “petting zoo” of traditional Celtic instruments) | 12-3 PM; Taylor Pavilion
  • Kaitlyn Likas (traditional Irish fiddler) | 4-6 PM; South Loudoun St. Walking Mall
  • City of Winchester Pipes & Drums | 2-5 PM; variable locations
  • Poverty Ridge Farm (alpaca petting zoo) | 12-5 PM; Civil War Museum Lawn

Other participating businesses/performances include:

  • 50/50 Taphouse | AIDA Performance @ 1 PM
  • Winchester Brew Works | Merlin’s Beard Band @ 3PM; onsite food specials from Roaming Bistro
  • Posh Pets Boutique | Pet Adoption Event @ 12:30-3 PM
  • Ellie’s Irish Pub | The Dogs Among the Bushes @ 6-9 PM
  • Macado’s | Celtic Cocktail Specials
  • Sage & Co | 17% Off storewide

And we are encouraging visitors to stop in at all of our local businesses, many of whom will have special entertainment or offerings throughout the day—or who offer a fantastic Celtic atmosphere every day of the year, such as Ellie’s Irish Pub, Piper Dan’s Keltic Shoppe, and Union Jack!

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