Cincinnati Celtic Festival Returns To Washington Park This Weekend 9/14 & 9/15


This weekend Washington Park hosts two days of authentic Celtic-themed fun! Produced by 3CDC and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the 2013 Cincinnati Celtic Festival offers patrons a chance to savor plenty of traditional Celtic merchandise, art, food and music.  Festivities begin Saturday, September 14, at noon with an opening ceremony featuring the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Celtic dancers, and bagpipers. The fun continues through Sunday, September 15. A full entertainment line-up is listed below.

The Cincinnati Celtic Festival is a chance to experience traditional Irish fare, from piping hot shepherd’s pie and corned beef sandwiches, to sausages and potato pancakes. Festival favorites like cotton candy, funnel cakes and snow cones will also be available for purchase. Browse rows of artistic offerings, wood carvings, home décor and hand beaded jewelry from a variety of local craft vendors. See below for a complete list of merchandise and food vendors.

Festival-goers can also enter to win FREE tickets to the Aronoff Center’s November 19th presentation of “The Priests”, an award-winning classical music trio hailing all the way from Northern Ireland. Keep an eye out for the Cincinnati Art Association booth for your chance to enter the contest. The booth opens at noon both Saturday and Sunday, and drawings will be held four times a day. Please note that you must be present in order to win.

Admission to the 2013 Cincinnati Celtic Festival is FREE and open to the public. Convenient parking is located in the Washington Park Garage, directly beneath the Park. Concessions stands, merchandise tents and food vendors open promptly at noon. Full bar service, drink specials and plenty of ice cold Guinness is available. Visit to add this event to your Smartphone. Special thanks to our sponsors, Procter & Gamble, Guinness, Cincinnati Bell, Universal Windows Direct, Backbone Wellness and WNKU.

2013 Entertainment Schedule

Saturday Schedule:
Noon: Opening Ceremony with Parade, Dancers, Actors & Pipers – Bandstand to Main Stage
12:30PM: Drowsy Lads – Main Stage
1:30PM: Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick – Dance Stage
2:00PM: Irish American Theatre – Main Stage
2:00PM: The Clark Trio – Bandstand
2:45PM: The Erikson Academy of Irish Dance – Dance Stage
3:30PM: The Shakespeare Company – Bandstand
4:15PM: Caledonia Pipers – Dance Stage
4:30PM: Ceol Mohr – Main Stage
5:30PM: Celtic Font – Bandstand
6:15PM: McGing Irish Dancers – Dance Stage
7:00PM: Bloody Tinth – Main Stage

Sunday Schedule:
Noon: Emerald City Pipers – Dance Stage
Noon: Riley School – Cultural Area
12:30PM: Highland Reign Main Stage
1:15PM: Dark Moll – Bandstand
1:30PM: Celtic Rhythm Dancers – Dance Stage
2:00PM: Irish American Theatre – Main Stage
2:00PM: Jerome Scott – Bandstand
2:45PM: The Erikson Academy of Irish Dance – Dance Stage
3:30PM: Changeling – Main Stage
3:30PM: Rosie Carson – Bandstand
4:15PM: McGing Irish Dancers – Dance Stage
5:00PM: Blue Rock Boys – Main Stage

2013 Celtic Fest Vendors

Green Dragon Artist: Offers Celtic and European art and beaded jewelry
Madmor Creations: Offers Irish pub signs, Celtic art and various antiques
Face Painting by Devann’s Way: Offers professional face painting services
Colleen McAndrews Wood: Offers original oil paintings
Patricia Garry: Offers Celtic tarot card readings
James Munchel: Offers wood carving art and crafts
Bottle Crafters: Offers custom glassware crafted from recycled bottles
Spazz Monkey: Offers 3D art decals
Ashling Aine by Quantum: Offers authentic Celtic jewelry
Thirty One Gifts: Offers personalized bags
Usborne Books: Offers wide range of information and antique books
Cincinnati Arts Association: Offers upcoming event and tourist information
Compassionate Cincinnati: Offers merchandise promoting peace & love
Cincinnati Gaelic Athletic Association: Offers sporting event information

Food Vendors:

Madisono’s Gelato: Offers Gelato, Sorbet, Fruit Pops
Festival Concessions Services: Offers Shepherd’s Pie, Sausage, Fried Potatoes
Pita Pockets – Cajun Café: Offers Lamb, Chicken, Steak Pita Pockets
Cheeky Meat Pies: Offers Meat Pies, Fish & Chips
Tri State Special Events Inc.: Offers Fried Pickles, Pork Tenderloin
Lyle Yoest – Zoomer Inc.: Offers Funnel Cakes, Ribbon Fries, Fried PB&J’s, Brats