The 19th Annual DUNEDIN CELTIC MUSIC & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL is coming on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Presented by the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation, this annual event centers around Celtic traditional and rock music and craft beer! This festival is held every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and is a day filled with a wide variety of music, dancing, food, and celtic crafts & merchandise. This is a rain or shine outdoor festival featuring a variety of bands beginning at noon till 10 pm. Each year the main stage features regional, national, and international Celtic music artists along with the City of Dunedin Pipe Band. On the Lake stage the Dunedin Highland Middle School and Dunedin Scottish Highlander High School Bands perform for the crowds. We take pride in offering a great selection of Celtic crafts from regional and local artisans. And, there’s nothing that goes better with craft beer than food! Each year we have food vendors serving up traditional Celtic cuisine, good ole American, and more. Bring a friend, a lawn chair, and enjoy the day in Dunedin.
This year’s Celtic Festival lineup is going to be terrific: OFF KILTER, BROTHER, THE GLENGARRY BHOYS, THE TARTAN TERRORS AND THE YOUNG DUBLINERS!
We will be kicking off the Festival with the CELTIC COUNTDOWN, a FREE CONCERT ON THE EVENING BEFORE (FRIDAY NIGHT) IN THE PARK! We’ve already got the stage, vendors and beer tents set up, so why not start the party early! With a minimal charge of $5 per carload to park, with admission to the show free.
The 2016 Dunedin Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival was a great day! For the first time ever, we held a Celtic Countdown the night before at Highlander Park! It was a free-admission-$5 per car event, and was very successful! We had traditional Celtic music all evening long. Below are some photos from last year’s event.
On Saturday, we featured the following bands: Enter The Haggis, The Screaming Orphans, Off Kilter, Seven Nations, MacGilliossa, and Whiskey Dregs. Also on the main stage was the City of Dunedin’s Grade 2 Pipe Band, fresh from their win in Canada at the North American Championships! In between the music acts was performances by Highland dancers from the Margaret Morrison Howard and Isle of Skye’s Highland Dancers. Great Bay Distributors provided over 20 craft beers and cider, and Stirling Wines of Dunedin provided a nice selection of wine. Children 12 and Under are free, and we had a Kidz Zone – face painting, a balloon artist, and an arts and crafts area.
Below is a slide show from the 2015 Festival featuring the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and buckets of rain! It was a wonderful day despite the weather and as you can see from the photos, it couldn’t keep the fans away!