Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival?
In Autumn of 2001 the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games, the ultimate celebration of the local area and Celtic heritage, was formed. This two day event draws about 12,000 guests and hundreds of participants. Now in its 18th year, all are invited to become a part of the fun and festivities. No matter who you are, one weekend every September become Celtic and celebrate with us!
Do you offer presale tickets for the festival? What about group ticket sales?
Pre-sale and group tickets are available through our website: Click Here to purchase
Where do I park? What is the cost?
Once you reach the grounds you will find dozens of traffic staff to help direct you to the best and closest possible parking spot based on your arrival time each day. The cost of all parking is FREE, no matter the length of your stay.
Is there Handicapped Accessibility?
There is a special parking area along the entrance (simply ask the traffic staff for directions once you reach the grounds). The festival has accessible facilities and large paths for wheelchairs.
- Our grounds are very large, so be prepared to do plenty of walking! We do not have on-site wheelchairs, canes or other personal needs, so please remember you will need to bring your own.
- We do not permit our transportation to be used for any private deliveries, tours or other personal trips. Vehicles are on-site strictly for emergencies and grounds/ staff use only.
How do I find out about lodging?
Click Here to view our Lodgings page, which includes nearby hotels, motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Campgrounds and more.
Do you have an ATM?
We will have ATMs inside the festival grounds.
What Can We Bring With Us?
What is Allowed?
- Lawn chairs, chairs, jackets, sweaters and blankets are encouraged
- Festival Re-Entry: Tickets include wristbands which allow same day re-entry anytime at all our gates.
- Dogs are permitted in the county park. RULES: they must be leashed, cleaned up after, and behave well around other dogs/ animals and very large (unpredictable) crowds of people. Any dogs who fail to comply will be asked to leave, along with their owners with no ticket refunds.
What is Not Allowed?
- Animals other than dogs
- Outside food & drink
- Coolers and baskets
- Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, etc.
- Peddling or soliciting
Can I come in costume?
Absolutely! We encourage all guests to come in costume. If you want to dress up but have no outifts, no worries: vendors at our Marketplace will be stocked with everything from kilts to chain maile, head garland to cloaks.
Want to show off your Celtic pride but not ready to be decked out in full garb? You'll find a wonderful assortment of shirts, hats and more for sale celebrating everything Irish, Scottish, Welsh and more. Looking for an outfit before you arrive? Visit our Resource Center for ideas.
Is there shade on the festival grounds?
The festival is held at Krull Park in Historic Olcott Beach, New York. There are countless trees overhead for shelter, along with a large pavilion (maintained by the local Lion's Club). During the festival, many tents are also brought in to help act as cover for any type of weather.
Are there "Facilities"?
Several areas will be set up with portable sanitary facilities and hand washing areas. There is also a permanent building on the park grounds inside the festival that will be open (both men's and women's washrooms).
Will there be activites for kids?
Yes, it is a wonderful event for children of all ages (12 & Under are FREE). There are special performances for kids, souvenirs, kid-friendly food, mini highland games training, and a huge area filled with countless activities and crafts. The paths throughout the park are suitable for strollers. Click here for more info.
Can I bring a cooler?
Coolers, baskets, and all outside food and drink are NOT permitted on the grounds. You will be turned away at the gates, so please leave your items at home or in your car.
Can I bring my pet with me?
Dogs are permitted in the county park. Our requirements are that they are licensed, leashed, behave well around other dogs/ animals and very large (unpredictable) crowds of people, and are cleaned up after. Any dogs who fail to comply will be asked to leave, along with their owners.
We recommend leaving other animals/ pets at home both for their safety and the security of others on the grounds.
Can I exit and re-enter the Festival later in the day?
Same day re-entry is available, just keep your wristbands on.
Other than the Food Court, where else in Olcott can I eat?
There are a few restaurants located at Olcott Beach, and shops at The Olcott Boardwalk. You can even bring a picnic meal and enjoy it in the park surrounding the festival. Leaving the grounds for a short while is easy: keep your wristband on when you exit the festival, and when you return you can reenter immediately.
I lost something at the festival, whom do I contact to see if it has been found?
Lost items may be turned in to Guest Services, located at the Front Entrance. All items will be kept for at least 30 days after the Festival. To inquire about lost items, call 716-778-5730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival staff and volunteers take no responsibility for personal effects and possessions left on premises during or after any event. We do, however, maintain a lost and found and will hold recovered items at least 30 days. Every attempt will be made to return any recovered item to its rightful owner.
Who do I contact if I would like to be a volunteer at the festival?
I'm interested in donating or supporting the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival. How do I go about this?
We very much appreciate those interested in supporting our efforts! The best way to support us is to attend our festival as a guest. Your paying ticket allows us to keep the festival going, plus you help support our vendors and performers. Proceeds also give us the opportunity to "pay it forward" and donate to other groups in our local and Celtic communities.
Become A Patron: click here
Businesses: Consider becoming a sponsor (click here)!
Why do you charge a fee at the gate? No other local festivals charge that, and the event is also in a county-funded park.
Contrary to occasional beliefs, few festivals anywhere are free to attend. Most require parking fees, tickets for highlight events, free to enter but charged per activity, or like us and many others, admission. Why? Let's start here: the park is closed in September. We are granted permission (and pay rent) to temporarily re-open Krull Park and host our annual gathering. We also pay for nearly everything happening on our grounds...hundreds of performers, historians and special guests, pony rides, security, insurance, electricity, kid's activities, tents, chairs, benches, animal farms, and on and on and on. Any festivals that are free are either small, government supported, or have no bills. Niagara Celtic is proud to be self-sustaining, while continuing to give back to countless other businesses, groups and performers by including them in our weekend events.
Niagara Celtic is held only one weekend a year, but we are no different from The Sterling Renaissance Festival, Darien Lake or any other place that has activities from sunrise to sunset included in the fare. Plus, parking is free and children 12 & under are not charged admission...and we spend a large budget annually to ensure there's plenty of free crafts, games and activities for kids.
So to sum up, your admission covers all the wonderful things you see and do all weekend-long, and towards the next year's festival (with any minor surplus supporting other local and Celtic groups/ activities...so it all goes back to our community). We're so grateful for all the support throughout the years, which allows our festival to continue growing, making it bigger, better and more worth the admission every year!