The Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival is stocked with a variety of activities, food and music. Come enjoy and celebrate Scottish and Irish heritage May 13.The 17th annual Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival returns to the Mount Airy Fairgrounds May 13 and promises to be a foot stomping good time. The festival, formerly known as the Frederick Celtic Festival, is a one day festival that celebrates the culture and heritage of Scotland. The day is stocked full of activities and all things Scottish, from Highland Games to bagpipe playing, vendors, crafts, traditional Irish and Scottish Dancing and Celtic Rock musical performances. Recent additions to the festival lineup includes a British Car show and dog/herding events. The Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival is rain or shine, various activities are planned from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can checkout Fencing, Rugby and Scythe Demos on separate designated stages while the British Cars show takes place outside of the fences near the entrance. The festival will also feature dance performances starting at 9:30 a.m., with a performance by the Duffy School of Irish Dance followed by the Frederick Scottish Country Dancers at 10 a.m.. The dance action continues through the afternoon and closes out with the Carroll County Cloggers’ performance at 4:30 p.m. Also, on hand will be Beer and Whiskey tasting Tents, patrons can sample Scottish and Irish beers and whiskey throughout the day. Scottish and Irish whiskey is some of the best, if not the best, Whisky produced in the world. In the Whiskey tasting tent, world famous Glen Fiddich and The Malts of Belvenie will be sampled by visitors. Meanwhile in the beer tent, Guinness Beer Ambassador Sarah Hogan will take guests on a journey of the history of Guinness Brews which includes tasting of new and old beers produced by the Festival Sponsor. Of the beers, ticketholders can try included are Harp, Guinness Draught, Guinness Blonde American Lager, Smithwicks, Guinness Irish Wheat and Guinness Nitro IPA. Musical performances are scheduled on three different stages, and you can view the entire lineup here.
The festival also has an area to keep your kids occupied, including face painting, book reading and athletic games. The majority of the events and areas will run all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., leaving hardly any room for a dull moment at this year’s festival. Advanced tickets are just $15, general admission tickets at the gate are $20. Beer tasting tickets are an additional $10 and whiskey tasting tickets range from $25-$35. Purchase tickets here. What part are you looking forward to the most at the Celtic Festival? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!