18th Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games

September 15 & 16, 2018

Saturday 10am-10pm | Sunday 10am-6pm


Ceilidh Celebration | Special Events | Off-Site Events

ceilidh celebration

A visit to Niagara Celtic is not complete without attending our Saturday evening Ceilidh (kay-lee). It's the one time each weekend when guests and participants celebrate together. Enjoy a concert at the Pavilion Stage, relax by the bonfires, and visit Gaelic Libations for drinks. Areas of Food Court West and the Marketplace will remain open so you can shop under the moonlight. Be sure to join us for this wonderful tradition!







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The American Rogues

The American Rogues have mastered the art of creating an immediate connection with audiences. They are known for their epic sounds that cross the musical landscape, making them a household name with music lovers around the world.

haggis eating competition

Intermission Entertainment

Haggis Eating Competition

sponsored by ScottishStoreOnline.com

Do you have what it takes to eat your way to the top prize? This is sure to again be great fun for both participants and spectators! Limited participation so sign-up early; enter at ScottishStoreOnline's vendor booth, located in the Marketplace inside Region 4.



Not everything during the festival occurs all weekend. Some productions happen for a short time, while others are constantly on the move. Take a look at the special events you can join in on this year.


Athletic Challenge: Tug-O-War New!

Tug of War is one of the oldest athletic contests known throughout recorded history. Far from the schoolyard variety is the serious leagues and sponsors in Scotland and Ireland.

This new event at Niagara Celtic pits athlete v. athlete in a variety of exciting rounds to thrill spectators! *Only eligible athletes will participate.


Bards of Bruery

Bards of Bruery

Nevermind heading to the concert stages, these jubilant traveling minstrels will find you! The “Bards,” William Edward Drynkette and Phillip McGlass, wander about hoping someone will grace them with enough coin to purchase their next meal...usually 12 oz. or more. Willy & Phil (and the occasional guest) will return the favor with a song if they know it and feel so inclined. You never know where they’ll turn up, but be sure to stay and visit for a while.


British Car Club of WNY

British Car Club of WNY Display

**Saturday Only**

Come see just a few of the wonderful cars displayed by the BCC of WNY. Their primary purpose is two-fold: to foster camaraderie and good will among enthusiasts of British cars, and to exchange ideas and technical expertise attendant to the restoration and preservation of British cars.


calling of the clans

Calling of the Clans Ceremony

**Saturday Only**

Saturday at sunhigh in Region 2, join us in the final part of our Opening Ceremonies. This special ceremony will introduce and honor all the Scottish clans in attendance for the weekend. Historically, the Calling of the Clans was a gathering of clans in preparation for battle, unifying all the clans as one. Today, it signifies the connections we share within our families, heritage and community.


Cannon Firing and Arms Demonstrations

Cannon Firing and Arms Demonstrations

Each afternoon, Region 1 is filled with the sounds of cannons and muskets. Clann of the Wolfe hosts an amazing spectacle complete with swordsmanship, muskets, cannon and Highland charge. Before the event is over, you'll have learned a great deal and seen plenty of action!


Ceremonial Parades

Ceremonial Parades

Participants include Clans, Groups, Reenactors and Massed Band performances. They are held in conjunction with the Highland Games’ Opening and Closing Ceremonies, along with a third stand-alone parade on Sunday at sunhigh- see the schedule for times.


Catch and Release Band

Exclusive VIP Concert starring Catch and Release

Become a Patron or Volunteer to join the fun!

Ever since their first festival performance, Catch and Release has become one of the more popular bands attending each year. Their high energy sounds will delight festival participants and patrons as we celebrate the launch of Niagara Celtic's 18th year.


Haggis Eating Competition

Haggis Eating Competition

**Saturday during the Ceilidh!**

Sponsored by ScottishStoreOnline.com. Do you have what it takes to eat your way to the top prize? Enter our annual Haggis Eating Competition, held this year at The Pavilion Stage during the Ceilidh Celebration. This is sure to again be great fun for both participants and spectators! Limited participation so sign-up early: register at ScottishStoreOnline's vendor booth in the Marketplace.


Highland Games' Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Highland Games' Opening & Closing Ceremonies

Of the many traditions Highland Games have, none hold more honor than the ceremonies which signify the beginning and ending to the athletic competitions. Ceremonies are held Saturday at 12noon, and Sunday at 5pm. They include full parades, Official March of the Scottish Clans, Massed Bagpipe Band Ceremonies, prayers, athlete and festival awards, memorials and yearly surprises.


Memorial Service

Memorial Service

**Sunday Only**

As our festival draws to a close late Sunday afternoon, the Highland Games Closing Ceremonies begin. Included in this lovely tradition is our Memorial Service, which honors those volunteers and community supporters who have passed away in the past year. The service includes dedications, remembrances and gifts to their loved ones.


music at the bonfire

Music at the Bonfire

**Saturday Only**

As the sun begins to set, head towards Region 2 for a one-of-a-kind experience. Pipers and musicians unite, surrounding our bonfires as they kick-off the Ceilidh Celebration with wonderful performances and sing-a-longs. Don't miss being a part of this very special event!


Traditional Seisiun

Traditional Seisiun

**Saturday Only**

All are welcome! Bring your instrument to the Celtic Arts Stage around sunset (check the schedule) and join in this traditional style jam session. Or just come to listen to the one-time only music you’ll experience.

We're honored to have local businesses and groups joining in on the celebration. Here's a list of activities happening during Niagara Celtic which are not on festival grounds.

Are you a business interested in joining in the fun? Contact beth@niagaraceltic.com or call 716-778-5730 today.

Woodcock Brothers Brewery

Dust Off Your Kilt Party!

at Woodcock Brothers Brewery

638 Lake St, Wilson, New York 14172

Saturday, Sept. 8th starting at 6pm

The awesome team at Woodcock throw a great kick-off party to help everyone prepare for the arrival of Niagara Celtic! No admission; live music from 6-10pm by Poor Ould Goat. Food specials include corned beef dinners and open-faced skillet reubens. Facebook Event Page


Niagara Celtic 5K

6th Niagara Celtic 5K

Sunday the 16th at 10am

Beginning and ending on festival grounds, the race itself is a scenic route around Olcott. Join other runners in the completion of this wonderful course-certified 5K. Includes passes to the festival plus more. So grab your running shoes and be a part of this amazing run! Benefits the Newfane Women's Lacrosse Club. Learn more


96th Highlanders

Rugby Football Club Match: TBA

Saturday the 15th at 1pm (tent.)

Head over to Krull Park South and watch a match between these two local clubs. Their games are always fun to watch, and you can enjoy a beautiful day in the park while cheering on amazing local athletes.

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