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The Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games was formed in Autumn of 2001. The two day event draws about 13,000 guests and participants, and has become an important tradition for locals and visitors alike.

Located less than an hour from both Buffalo and Rochester, NY, guests are immersed in the traditions and pageantry of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and all things Celtic! If you haven't attended before, join us this year and celebrate Celtic culture in an amazingly memorable way. rack card (pdf)

 
 

Thank you to our supporters:

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Amanda M. Detschner
Bittner-Singer Orchards
Bob Loveland
Bruce S. McLeod
City & Town of Lockport
Clan Chiefs & Representatives
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County
Guinness & CH Wright Distributing
Grigg Lewis Foundation
Hiller's Sweet Corn Farm
Jacquelyn Minchen
Lockport Senior Class & Honor Society
MacFarlane's Company
Monte & Marcia Jones
Newfane American Legion Post 873
Newfane Leo's
Newfane Senior Class & Honor Society
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Department
Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
Olcott Fire Company
O/N BOCES Security Class
Philip "Shakespeare" Frey & The Shakespeare Company of Greater Rochester
Rowlings Recycling
ScottishStoreOnline.com
Thomas O'Connor
Pete Robinson
Wrights Corners Fire Company

special thanks to:

Irish Wake Band- for their V.I.P. Concert Performance

Honored Patrons:

Count Paul Breslin
Count Daniel Hoffman
Countess Murphy McConnell
Count Jason & Countess Tabitha Miller
Laird Larry & Lady Jeanine Allen
Laird James Lengyel
Lady Elaine Moon
Lady Nancy Miller
Lady Angela Taggart
Dame Syvlia Bryan
Dame Barbara M Crandall
Dame Paula Greenwald
Dame Sarah Harvey
Dame Michelle Joyce
Dame Lisa MacKay
Dame Stefanie Pezzino
Dame Melissa Walker
Sir Kenneth Fanton
Sir Michael Opalinski
Sir Douglas Specht Jr.
Sir Willis Utter
Squire Tammy Albone
Squire Channing Blake
Squire Cynthia Draper
Squire Joyce Hodgson
Squire Trish Miller
Squire Annette Panek
 
 

Contests

 

**2019 Door Prize Winners will be announced in October.

 
wiishing tree contest

Wishing Tree Contest

10 winners will receive two (2) Day Passes to this year's Niagara Celtic!

Congratulations to our winners:

Mary Abraham | Cliff Brown | Maur DeLaney | Jeffrey Dixon Tina Doyle | Frank Golpl | Kristine Kaminsky | Annette Kulyk | Dawn & John Loeffler | Margaret & John McBride

 
 
2019 Niagara County Fair Ticket Giveaway
Congratulations to the winners!

One (1) Winner: Laird Patron Package
Larry Allen

Two (2) Winners: 2 Weekend Passes
Lorinda Bennett | Jordan Brawley

Ten (10) Winners: 1 Day Pass
Marty Brownsey | Jennifer Budde | Paul Drinkwalter | Laurie Ferris | Kyle Lefort | Von Maulucci | Jane McCollum | Kathie Minter | Nancy Nagy | Danielle Soluri

 
 

Guest Feedback

All feedback shown is unsolicited. Thanks so much to everyone for such kind words!
Leave your feedback on our Facebook Page! Your comments help improve our festival every year. You may even see your comments added to this page!

I would like to tell you how much we enjoyed our two days at your Festival...it is one of the best Celtic Festivals we have attended. You and your committee covered all the bases one likes to see and hear at these events. It was a wonderful couple of days, I loved it all from beginning to end: the arrival of Bonnie Prince was a real treat! We spent Sunday at the end of the day at The Glen listening to the wonderful pipers and Tom Keefer and the Penny Whistles. It was great to hear the music playing all day with the different bands, and to hear the different kinds of music. I thought we would only do one day but we put in two full days as there was so much to do, hear, and see. It was great to see the folk dressed in period costumes [really lovely touch]. If I could personally thank everyone for the hard work they put into making the festival a success I would because we fairly enjoyed it. They were a group of wonderful friendly folk, you should all stand proud. I feel we just have to Thank you all, we will be sure to come back next year. -Bernadette
 
My first time attending and will definitely be back. Absolutely LOVED it! Went two times on Saturday and was totally blown away. I knew it was big, but OMG! The music was incredible! Loved Penny Whiskey, bought a beautiful Celtic cuff bracelet and a wooden beer sign for my husband. So well organized and in control! Great job to the organizers and all the tons of volunteers. Everyone was so happy and having a blast. See ya next year! – Terri
First time yesterday! Certainly won't be the last. Music everywhere, loved the games food is great. We thought everything was reasonably priced from the beer to the jewelry. It was so well run in every way. The way it's laid out with the shopping and games in the middle and music and food at either end is perfect. The park is so beautiful with the lake in the background. And the added bonus of gorgeous weather wasn't too shabby either!! We used the shuttle with minimal wait times and the driver was a very friendly guy. Perfect again. See you next year! – Suzie
 
What an incredible festival! We were there to see Barry's Crossing perform, and couldn't believe the variety of things to do, great vendors, kids activities. Well done! We'll definitely be back next year. -Missy
 
Had a great time!! We went both days, did the 5K, had some mead, enjoyed some haggis, chowed on the Reuben Rolls, watched sooo many great bands and so much more!! -Michael
 
Congrats to all the people who put this event on. It is my favorite Festival. I always bring my 2 Irish wolfhounds & I enjoy when other people bring theirs. Everyone is always so nice there. I just love it!!!!!!! - Janelle
 
Great, great time at the festival Sunday! Thanks to everyone who makes it possible and all of the people who contribute time and energy for this family friendly, musically delightful, marvelous weekend! -Cheryle
 
I love this festival. 5/5 because my whole family has fun and enjoys it. We have 7, 18, 21, 41, 44 year-olds and gram loves it too, 75. Food is great, lots of heritage food. Some just regular foods if you want. We look forward to it every year. It’s a good time. – Mark
 
It is a phenomenal location for the festival. The trees give shade create a pleasant breeze, the people are amazingly nice & kind, the variety is rich, and the event is FUN! It is a beautiful and relaxing drive from Rochester. I recommend it highly. – Kennan
 
Oh my goodness, there was so much to do and see!!! I spent the whole weekend at the festival and just covered everything. They really go all out to try to make the atmosphere feel authentic. It’s so exciting! I may not be able to go visit Scotland just yet, but the Celtic festival is the next best thing! – Tonya
 
Love this festival, have been going for many years. Love enjoying the Celebration of all the Irish heritages and good food and fabulous bands for the Saturday night Celebration, and of course the bonfire and just everything is amazing. If you haven't been to this festival you are truly missing out on something amazing and wonderful, it's a great time. – Jennifer
 
Great festival! Beautiful location, plenty of parking, so many activities! I've gone for years and it just keeps getting better and better! – Marilyn
 
Beautiful venue, with a wide variety of events and vendors (both food and souvenirs). There's nothing quite like walking across the lush grass, enjoying Celtic-themed food and drink, while the live music is playing and the cannons are firing in the background. – John
 
I always have a great time at the Celtic Festival. The food is great, the highland games are fun to watch, and the overall experience is just fantastic. This is my 10th year going and will go again next year. – Tristan
 
A wonderful family experience and a celebration of Celtic traditions. The price of admission includes plenty of activities for everyone, good food, and lovely people. – Heather
 
The weather was perfect! The gathering was huge, the music played, the fire burned and thousands of wonderful Celtic folk, families and Clans made a perfect weekend. Personally, I am still working on my seven dozen Welsh Cakes. Can't wait for next year’s event! – Kim
 
We look forward to going every year! Sandee's meat pies are our favorite tasty treat and we are so glad they are there every year! The dogs have a great time meeting new friends (kids, adults, and other fur babies alike) and enjoy sniffing the sheep, goats, and other farm animals! Going to Celtic Fest every September is one of our favorite family traditions! – Lindsay
 
I had a wonderful time!! I own a wolfie [Irish wolfhound] and I get to talk with other owners and learn from them!! – Janna
 
I love the Niagara Celtic festival. Always have a wonderful time. People there are so friendly and helpful. -Barbara
 
Not only is this the best run festival that I attend, it has the best feeling of being with family. If you only go to one, make it this one. – Steven
There was such a wide variety of things to do, not just for the adults but kids too! We didn't have to wait in line for food more than 2 min. and the shade from the trees made it even better. – Kimberly
 
Love this festival, each year we go our group gets a bit larger- kids, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and friends! Great food and music! Already looking forward to next year! – Colleen
 
Fourth year attending - and already looking forward to next year!!! Amazing, Wonderful, Magical, Musical & Fun. -Scarlet
 
This was my first time going, and it was great!!!! My sister & brother in law (who is Scottish) go just about every year, I'm sure glad I tagged along- I'll be back. -Cheryl
 
This is a wonderful festival that is doing all the right things when it comes to vendors and music. -Barry's Crossing
 
We look forward to attending the Niagara Celtic Fest each year. It just keeps growing and we keep attending. It's just awesome! -Judy
 
This year was my 12th in a row totally AWESOME!!!!!! – Erein
 
As Dr. Cameron I thoroughly enjoy the Niagara Celtic festival which provides a great venue for our living history group. -Brian, Clann Wolfe
 
We have been going to the festival since it's inception, and we love it. Look forward to it every year- it's a tradition. -Deborah
 
We had a fantastic time! Kudos to the organizers and volunteers! It gets better and better every year! Thank you so much! -Suzanne
 
Had a great time! We actually look forward to the Haggis and Irish Stew. And I LOVE the turkey that is walking around :) -Elizabeth
 
We have been coming since back in the day when it was in the RV camp parking lot. Every year is bigger and better. Congrats for another successful year. Keep up the good work. -Mark
 
A great, many wonderful thanks to all the coordinators, volunteers and everyone else for another awesome festival. You allowed me to be a part of it all and I'll have wonderful memories to last a lifetime! Slainte! -Eileen
 
Had a fantastic time yesterday - This festival is great! Thanks to all who plan, coordinate, perform, demonstrate, teach, etc. It all fits together and is appreciated! -Cheryle
 
Absolutely crackin' time by the Niagara Celtic, you guys really out did yourselves this year. Now that you raised the bar one notch higher, can't wait to see how you top it next year! -Ian
 
his Niagara Celtic Fest was a lot of fun! I will be back next year for sure!!!!! One of the highlights for is the food......Dragon Scottish Egg Balls! Next the selection of Beer, for me, Guinness and Three Heads Scotch Ale!!!! The vendors are plentiful, one of my favorites is "ScottchStoreOnline"! There you can buy cans of Haggis!!! Great selection of Kilts and Tim and Tracy are great people to hang out with! For dessert........The Welsh Cookie Company is a definite stop and if only I could remember the gentleman's booth selling the Shortbread cookies of which I walked away with 3 boxes. Overall, worth the price of admission! See you next year!!!! - Wilson
 
We went yesterday for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Never have I ever seen so many beautiful kilts and outfits worn by all ages and even by very well behaved dogs who seemed to be having a good time. The park was alive with sunshine and people having fun and music and singing and Celtic dancing and Highland games. It was great! We definitely look forward to going again next year. - Judi
 
This weekend was great! Everyone makes you feel at home with family and that is the best part. -Kathy
 
I had a wonderful time!! I own a wolfie [Irish wolfhound] and I get to talk with other owners and learn from them!! – Janna
 
The festival just keeps getting better every year! It was a wonderful time, as usual. Easily the best festival in WNY! -Lisa
 
Had a GREAT Saturday there. Love to see how the fest continues to grow and improve!! -Kathleen
 
I had a great weekend at the Festival & Games. I learn about my "Jenkins was part of Johnston ", found the location they were from and family history. Thank you all for this event and look forward to seeing you next year. - Richard
 
I can't say enough good things about all the special volunteers and staff for their hard work!! Without their patience and dedication this would never happen!! Thank YOU!!!! – Bruce
 
Had an awesome weekend!! I love this festival, it is such a beautiful setting!!!! -Connie
 
Since 2008 we go every year for my birthday and every year is better than the last! -Sunny
 
This was my first year participating! A job well done! -Bruce
 
Excellent festival! Job well done, see you next year!! -Ed
 
Excellent time on Saturday. Very well done festival. Can't wait til next year!! -Nancy
 
The puppet show was the funniest thing I've ever seen. I saw it twice. -Gemil
 
This was my 2nd year attending! Loved it both years! The new expanded grounds this year was wonderful! Looking forward to next year! -Deanna
 
We really enjoyed the festival this year. Keep up the good work! I found out the mead is definitely something wonderful! -Rhonda
 
Such fun, yet so cold this year! Keep up the good work, we love this fest! -Kathi
 
This was my 6th year attending The Festival and it just gets better each year, seeing old friends & meeting new folks who you want to remember for a long time! The fact that the Festival has always been "dog friendly" is a plus! Thank you to all of the great people who make this weekend come together, you folks are the best!!! Thanks again for some wonderful memories! -Daniel
 
WOW what a first day! Though I find looking at Chihuahuas in kilts really strange! I've got to say this was a great event though, and hopefully Sunday I get to spend some more time there. What very special event this is been, I'm amazed at the amount of people who participate, along with a variety of vendors that have... never seen before. This is my first year there and my wizard friend is correct this is quite an event! -Howard
 
OMG way to go, day one was awesome can't wait to get there for day two! -Mark
 
Wonderful job. I attended both days, everything was great. The Fest is one of the highlights of my year. -Peter
 
I was just thinking this morning that I can't wait for next year's festival! It is phenomenal! -Cheryle, writing in late November
 
Awesome festival this year. Well done!! -Dotty
 
My kids and 2 little pugs loved it!! Can't wait till next year!! -Jennifer
 
Job well down guys! I have been to every event since the start and you have grown well in your shoes! So many events, when faced with growth, loose something in the transition. You have not compromised the air of the weekend a bit. Wonderful experience! – Diane
 
This is my favorite festival (3rd year). Everything was excellent! I would like to compliment the refreshingly clear & understandable announcer & sound system. Also a special thanks to the gents for the clean & stocked restrooms. Much appreciation to all for a great time! -Roberta
 
Hi there, I participated in the heavy events this year at your festival. Had a great time. so many things to see and do. I was amazed at the variety of food available. lots of tasty treats. One of my friends commented, that there was a lot of vendors she wanted to visit because she had seen so many things she wanted to buy, but we ran out of time. I was thrilled to see some Irish Wolf hounds. I got a chance to show my husband these beautiful dogs. He has never seen one, and he has been told to expect one in our house hold soon!!! Your volunteer staff was very helpful and courteous when we first arrived and told us all we needed to know. The view from the park is spectacular and I look forward to next year. thanks for the memories. -Tammy
 
This year's festival was awesome -- probably the best festival ever in my life -- no kidding. It was flawless and organized and magic. I do not think the committee has any idea how good they are. If there are any problems, the public and the participants never know, which is the sign of a good event. Keep up the good work and thank you so much for dedicating your free time to the execution of such an amazing time for all of us! -Karen
 
A HUGE thank you to the organizers for another fantastic event! Well organized, nicely paced, lots of representation, beautiful venue and so. much. fun. The Niagara Celtic has to be one of the best festivals going. WELL DONE!! -Christine
 
Just a quick note to thank the organizers of the festival for an outstanding weekend. I have competed in more than 200 games and yours is one of the best!! Thank you for all the hard work and please continue with the great work. -Terry
 
Perfect event, perfect weather. Next year I'm spending both days at the festival. -Len
 
I love the many folks who say "My kids played your games at the 1st or 2nd festival and now they are in college or have little ones of their own now! -Karen, MacFarlane's Company
 
What a fantastic job the organizers of the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival do every year! The best festival anywhere! -Laura
 
Awesome weekend!!! Thanks sooo much for a wonderful festival. It seemed there was more music this year and just more going on at all times which was super great! -Andrew
 
One of the best "family based" festivals of the year, great food, amazing music, and some of the nicest people, what else could you ask for! -Daniel
 
My Family and I have enjoyed the Festival for several years! So much so that we now volunteer for the event and look forward to it like a "holiday" every year! Can’t wait for 2013! Blessings to Clan Banks and all their efforts for our Community! -Michael
 
For its deep roots in Celtic Culture, to the myriad branches of Art, Games, Good Food and libations… Mightily will I stand tall with thee! Niagara Celtic Heritage wears the crown of stars among the circle of festivals. -Franklin
 
Go every year, love to dress up, hear the sounds of the pipes over the lake and enjoy the bonfire! -Kathleen
 
Thank you to all the planners & workers, my family and I had a great time. God Bless you all! -June
 
Amazing time as usual...great to see the festival continue to grow each year. -Deanna
 
You throw a fine party, we hope to come back for many more! Slainte -Patrick
 
Can't wait to kilt up again next year for another great time. -Gary
 
Well done! Had a great time both days. Already got my calendar marked for next year. -Peter
 
We had an awesome time at the festival - both days. Looking forward to next year! Always a great time! -Mark
 
Stayed till almost 10 last night, sitting at a picnic table chatting with old friends, sipping brew and Irish Coffees until they closed, listening to wonderful music, watching people having a GREAT time, we had a WONDERFUL NIGHT!!! Thank you for your efforts! -Richard
 
Our band "Wingin' It," absolutely loved the festival. We were the early crew at 10:30 a.m., but were pleasantly surprised to see folks milling about and collecting near us to have a listen. What a wonderful, beautiful setting! Your festival is top notch and we were privileged to be a part of it. Thank you! -Peg, Wingin' It
 
Great Festival, always enjoy doing the Clan Hall Society tent for this one! -Lee, Clan Hall Society
 
Great Festival, thanks for making this happen. We have enjoyed it every year so far and hope for many more! -Sue
 
On behalf of Catch & Release, kudos to Beth, Phil, and everyone involved! This festival is a real gem for Western New York, something the entire region should be proud of! This was our 3rd year performing and once again it was a blast. It is one of the shows we really look forward to and we already can't wait for year #4! -Terry, Catch & Release Band
 
It was great! I talked a few folks from this area into coming next year. All of you did so much work, and it showed. Congratulations on a great turnout. -Melissa
 
Had an awesome weekend! Can't wait until next year. -Linda
 
It was our first year and we will be back! -Monica
 
I think this year's festival was the BEST one yet, well done!!!! -Darcy
 
What fun! We can't wait until next year. -Lisa
 
I spent all day Saturday and Sunday at the festival, it was amazing I enjoyed all the just the people of the activities looking forward to next year – Kim
 
We always have a good time. So much to see and do and it seems to get better every year!! – Catherine C.
 
Hello. Just want to let you know my wife and I enjoyed our two days at your festival. Thanks and keep up the good work. -Bill
 
It was my husbands and my first time there and we plan on coming every year. Congrats on a fabulous event. -Dena
 
Clan Gordon will be there next year! We had a wonderful time and look forward to next year. -Holly
 
We had a great time on saturday ~ every year its gets bigger and BETTER! Great job everyone~ Hopeful we can help out next year! -Stacy
 
This was my first year visiting the festival and I loved it! My husband wore his kilt with a long sleeved t-shirt, but we didn't know people came dressed in full costume. Next year we're definitely wearing our full Renaissance Faire outfits! -Kira
 
This will absolutely be on the yearly calendar. BEST Festival I've ever been to. Greatest vendors with the coolest items, 2 stages of constant entertainment and probably 50 choices of food. Great time! Oh, and go with your Love, makes everything 10x better! – John
 
Of the many Scottish/Celtic festivals I've attended, the Niagara Celtic Festival is the one my wife and I enjoy the most. We are there with the Clan Claus Society. The setting is beautiful, the participants varied and interesting with the clans, pipe bands, athletes, storytellers, kids events, re-enactors, food and music stages. Fun one for and all. -Wallace, Clan Claus Society
 
Had a great time, seeing all the people with Clan MacFarlane, loved meeting Santa Claus. -Cathy
 
Fun as always. Like to see how much it grows each year! -Nancy
 
This was my first time here and what a blast my family had! Everyone was so friendly and inviting...this will be a yearly event for us from now on! Thank you so much. -WW
 
The Sterling Invaders had a blast! Love the expanded site, the music was fantastic both days, and the Highland Games were (as always) the highlight! Looking forward to another 10 years. -Lori, Sterling Invaders
 
Just got home from the Celtic Fest and- as usual the festival was awesomely awesome and I had a grand time. I love to look at everything and especially watch the people. Lots of dogs and cute kids there too. Great job, Niagara Celtic Society. You've outdone yourselves once again. Can't wait 'till next year!! -Cyndi
 
The Daughters of Erin along with the Knights of Equity (Buffalo Irish Center) have exhibited at this wonderful festival for two years now. It is one of the very best summer events in Western New York and should not be missed.....a big thank you to the Banks family and everyone who helps in this endeavor which honors our collective Celtic heritage in such a beautiful way. -Renee, The Daughters of Erin
 
Thanks to the Banks family & all your helpers. You presented a wonderful festival. We know we are hearty & can withstand all kinds of weather. The bonfires that were going all day were great. The entertainment was awesome, the vendors had so many wonderful wares... and the foods so yummy. Already looking forward to next year's festival, which I'm sure, will be bigger & better since it will be your fifteenth year. GREAT JOB! -Dolores
 
Hello: Lords of the Seas wanted to congratulate all of you for a wonderful festival. We look forward to being a vendor at your festival. Throughout our other festivals in New York and Pennsylvania we rave about your festival and encourage people to attend. Sometimes there is a great vendor that we run into that has different products, and we encourage them to visit NiagaraCeltic.com and contact you. We loved the location of our booth, and think the traffic pattern flowed very smoothly. Thank you for a job well done! -Joan, Lords of the Seas
 
This is a great festival. I was there yesterday and it was well attended and the entertainment was everywhere! The vendors were reasonably priced and I LOVE the Scotch Eggs!!!!!!! Yes, I was in my kilt! – Wilson
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

*Please email info@niagaraceltic.com with additional other questions.

 
 
Do you allow on site camping?

No, we do not have the space for camping as the entire grounds are used for parking and the festival. We also cannot carry insurance or handle any liabilities related to guests to staying on site. For nearby campsites please check our 'Stay Nearby' tab above.

What does admission include?

Free parking, all entertainment, events, attractions, and kids activities. You may choose to purchase food or products from vendors. Occasionally we offer special events for an additional price, but in this event costs are listed prominently in our advertising.

Do you offer ticket discounts?

Pre-sale discounts, special discounts and group tickets are available, View our Ticket page for options: Click Here to purchase

Where do I park? What is the cost?

All parking is FREE, no matter the length of your stay. Once you reach the grounds we will help direct you to the closest possible parking spot based on your arrival time.

Is there Handicap Accessibility?

There is a special parking area along the entrance in Parking Lot 4 (simply ask the traffic staff for directions once you reach the grounds). The festival has accessible facilities and large paths for wheelchairs.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • 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.
  • Anything othen than single-rider scooters/ people movers will not be allowed on the grounds. Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, hoverboards, etc. are not permitted.
  • 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 places to stay nearby, which includes nearby hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds and more.

Do you have an ATM?

Yes, we have ATMs inside festival grounds.

Can I leave and re-enter the festival?

Tickets include wristbands which allow same day re-entry anytime at all our gates.

What Can We Bring With Us?

What is Allowed?

What is Not Allowed?

  • Animals other than dogs
  • Smoking
  • Outside Alcohol
  • Outside food & drink
  • Coolers and baskets
  • Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, hoverboards, etc.
  • Peddling or soliciting
  • Drones

Any items brought onto the festival grounds from this list, or which are deemed a nuisance or danger to others, must be removed from the property upon request. Guests may be removed from the premises as well with no refunds.

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 will be stocked with everything from kilts to chain maile, head garland to cloaks. Looking for an outfit before you arrive? Visit our Resource Center for ideas.

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.

Is there shade on the festival grounds?

The fairgrounds has hundreds of trees, along with many buildings and shelters. During the festival, many tents are also brought in to help act as cover for any type of weather.

Are there Restrooms?

There are 3 pairs of restrooms on site. Several areas will also be set up with portable sanitary facilities and hand washing areas for everyone.

Will my kids enjoy the festival?

Yes, it is a wonderful event for children of all ages, and 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. Better yet, nearly everything offered for kids is FREE (except food and vendor purchase)! The paths through the fairgrounds are suitable for strollers. Sorry, but we do not host carnival rides! Click here for more info.

Can I bring a cooler?

No, coolers, baskets, and all outside food and drink (except water) 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.

Are you open during inclement weather?

We are open rain or shine, and do not offer refunds in the event of inclement weather.

Can I bring my pet with me?

Only dogs are permitted at the fairgrounds during our festival. Please read our rules here before you come!

**No other animals/ pets are allowed for their safety and the security of others.

Are you still hosting a 5K Race?

Not for 2019, but it may return in the future.

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 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 vicki@niagaraceltic.com.

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 volunteer at the festival?

Please email: volunteers@niagaraceltic.com or visit our Volunteer Page for information.

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 | Consider becoming a sponsor- click here!

What is your protocol for a lost child?

If anyone in your party goes missing please notify the nearest security staff. They will commence a sweep of the grounds and work with the entire festival staff, using safety protocols, until the missing person(s) are found.

What should I do in the event of an emergency if I am on festival grounds?

Our First-Aid station, run by local fire safety and medics, is located at the Front Entrance. If you are unable to reach the entrance, notify the nearest festival volunteer or security staffer and they will ensure the first-aid staff comes to you.

In the event of a large emergency, information and instructions will be announced on stages and over the fairground-wide sound system. In a suspension of operations, guests are encouraged to seek shelter in the permanent structures of the property, or to vacate the grounds if it is safe to do so.

Why do you charge a fee at the gate?

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? We 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!

 

Location

Now held at the Niagara County Fairgrounds, 4487 Lake Ave. (Rte. 78) Lockport, NY 14094

Our festival takes great advantage of the historic fairgrounds, using the property in a unique way to truly show off both the festival and the grounds' hidden beauty.

The fairgrounds are located on the north-end of the city of Lockport, less than 2 miles from their historic district and the Erie Canal. Locally you can enjoy the wine trail, history sites, and we're only 25 miles away from the Niagara Fall's tourist area. If you aren't from Western New York, consider extending your trip to include all the region has to offer!

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Stay Nearby

B&Bs | Campgrounds | Cottages | Hotels | Houses | Inns & Suites | Motels
*Each listing shows distance from the festival.

**If you're missing the shores of Lake Ontario, you can still stay in Olcott. The festival is only a 15 minute drive away!

 

Bed & Breakfasts

Bayside Guest House

10 miles away

1572 Lockport-Olcott Road
Olcott, NY 14126
(716) 778-7767

Cooke’s Creekview B&B

8 miles away

2244 Lockport-Olcott Road
Newfane, NY 14108
(716) 534-0920
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The Hendricks House

7 miles away

2666 North Main Street
Newfane, NY 14108
(716) 778-7342
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Campgrounds

Golden Hill State Park

21 miles away

9691 Lower Lake Rd.
Barker, NY 14102
(716) 795-3885
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Medina/ Wildwood Lake KOA

16 miles away

2711 County Line Rd.
Medina, NY 14103
(585) 735-3310
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Niagara County Camping Resort

4.5 miles away

7369 Wheeler Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 434-3991
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Niagara Falls North/ Lewiston KOA

19 miles away

1250 Pletcher Rd.
Youngstown 14174
Tim Vine: (716) 778-8568/ 6419
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Niagara Hartland RV Resort

11.5 miles away

2383 Hartland Rd.
Gasport, NY 14067
(716) 795-3812
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Niagara's Lazy Lakes RV Camping Resort Inc.

10.5 miles away

4312 Church Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 433-2479
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Niagara Shores Campground and Conference Center

11.5 miles away

6419 Lake Rd.
Appleton, NY 14008
(716) 418-3849
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Cottages

Abe's On Main

7 miles away

2728 Main St.
Newfane, NY 14108

(716) 778-9206
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Beachfront Vacation Cottages

11 miles away

Beach Street
Olcott, NY 14126
(716) 304-9797
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Captain’s Corner Cottages

11 miles away

1581 Franklin Street
5798 West Main Street
Olcott, NY 14126
(716) 628-4890
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Dee's Bungalow

11 miles away

1568 Van Buren Street
Olcott, NY 14126
(716) 433-8139 or (716) 531-6332
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Olcott Lake House

12 miles away

5553 Lockwood Heights
Burt, NY 14028
(716) 583-2551
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McDonough’s

10.5 miles away

5867 Ontario Street
Olcott, NY 14126
(716) 778-7665

Ontario Shores Rentals

11 miles away

1554 Van Buren Street
Olcott Beach, NY 14126
(716) 778-9364
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Pauls Pad

14 miles away

4683 E. Lake Rd.
Wilson, NY 14172
(716) 778-9032

Pete's Place Guest House

11 miles away

5780 West Main Street
Olcott, NY 14126
(716) 438-9043

Airbnb.com

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VRBO.com

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A variety of local options, including apartments, cottages, homes and more

 

 

Hotels

Quality Inn

3.5 miles away

551 South Transit St.
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 434-4411
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Best Western Plus

3.5 miles away

515 S Transit Street
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 434-6151
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Hampton Inn by Hilton

5 miles away

(17 miles from Olcott)
6082 Transit Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 625-6900
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Houses

The Hardt House

11 miles away

1582 Clinton Street
Olcott, NY 14126
(716) 331-2170
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Lake House in Porter

20 miles away

1695 Lake Rd.
Youngstown, NY 14174
(716) 940-1073

Large house/duplex with 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living rooms and 2 fully equipped kitchens. Sleeps 14 people. Accepts weekend or weekly rentals.
Vineyard Manor House

5 miles away

5138 Lower Mountain Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 433-4136
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Wolf Ridge Guest House

6 miles away

4981 Ridge Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
(716) 479-1412
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Airbnb.com

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VRBO.com

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A variety of local options, including apartments, cottages, homes and more

 

 

Inns & Suites

Fisherman’s Mark

11 miles away

5790 West Main Street
Olcott, NY 14126
(716) 778-9655

The Fly Inn Lodge

10 miles away

1800 West Creek Rd.
Burt, NY 14028
(716) 778-6700
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Lockport Inn & Suites

3 miles away

315 S Transit St.
Lockport, NY 14094
Phone (716) 434-5595
Toll Free (877) 465-4100
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Milly's Inn

18 miles away

1 Sunset Island Rd.
Wilson, NY 14172
(716) 946-4781
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Old Olcott Beach Fire Station

11 miles away

1571 Lake St.
Olcott, NY 14126
Phone: (716) 778-4443
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Motels

Harbor Resort Motel and Campground

10 miles away

5764 W. Lake Road
Olcott 14126
(716) 778-5190

Lake Ontario Motel

4.5 miles away

3330 Lockport-Olcott Road
Newfane, NY 14108
(716) 778-5004
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The Lighthouse Motel

10 miles away

1563 Jackson Street
Olcott, NY 14126
(716) 778-7270

 

 

Bring Your Dog

The festival is dog friendly!

**No other animals/ pets are allowed on the grounds, for their safety and the security of others.**

 
Dog Rules

**Any dogs who fail to comply will be asked to leave, along with their owners.

  1. Dogs must be up to date on all shots and rabies vaccinations, and be wearing appropriate tags.
  2. No puppies under 6 months are allowed (for their own safety as they haven't received all vaccinations).
  3. Visiting dogs must behave well around other dogs/ animals and very large (unpredictable) crowds of people. We host  gunfire demos, loud performances and crowded areas, so we are not for shy or nervous puppers!
  4. All dogs must be leashed at all times.
  5. Owners must clean up after their dogs.
  6. Any incidents must be immediately reported to first aid at the Entrance.
  7. Non-Service dogs are not allowed in any buildings.
  8. Dogs are not allowed to enter any children focused areas (notices are posted nearby).

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