Celtic Fest Chicago
End the Summer on a High Note with Free Music and
Entertainment at the 8th Annual Celtic Fest Chicago
The 8th Annual Celtic Fest Chicago will once again take Chicagoans to
another time and place with free music and entertainment coming from
such distant lands as Brittany, France; Ireland; Galicia, Spain;
Scotland; Isle of Man; Cornwall; Wales; and across the United States and
Take a vacation without ever leaving Chicago on Saturday, September 18
and Sunday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Grant Park,
located at Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard.
Ten performance areas will showcase different varieties of Celtic music
coming from various geographical areas and backgrounds. Celtic music is
rich in culture and tradition and this year's Chicago Celtic Festival
celebrates the history through song and art.
This year's headliners include Mary Black, The Saw Doctors,
Ronsed-Mor-Kevrenn Alre--a 21-piece French pipe band, Kila, and Llan de
Cabel. Other performers include Flook, Song of the Lakes, Susan McKeown,
The Cottars, Robin Huw Bowen, Genticorum and John Williams. Many others
will grace the stages to bring their unique blends of music to enchant
With music in the air, make your way through the tents dedicated to
Celtic dance and strorytelling. The Celtic Art Fair displays hand-made
jewelry, paintings ceramics, glass, and sweaters from artisans all over
Truly a family event, Celtic Fest Chicago will feature a children's
area as well as games such as the Scottish Heavy Athletics Competition,
featuring the popular caber toss and the always entertaining bagpiper's
circle, ethnic food and much more.
New this year is something fun for people of all ages! A sheepherding
demonstration from 2-2:30 p.m. each day in Butler Field.
Two preview concerts will take listeners across the Atlantic and can be
enjoyed Wednesday, September 8 at Daley Plaza at Noon, and Friday,
September 17 at the Chicago Cultural Center at 7pm featuring Mary Jane
Campbell and Genticorum. Both concerts are free admission.
Celtic Fest Chicago is presented by the Mayor's Office of Special
Events with the generous support of the Chicago Tribune, Pepsi, Ford,
The Irish Boutique Long Grove, Stewart's Coffee, TCF Bank, Hinckley
Springs, Alf McConnell & Assoc., Popcornchicago.com, Southwest Airlines,
LaGrou, CLTV, 93XRT, Communications Direct, WGN Television, Hyatt
Regency McCormick Place Chicago, Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza,
Click here for the Celtic Fest Chicago Performance Schedule: