Celebration – At-A-Glance

Here is everything there is to know about the Celtic Celebration on one page:

Join us May 18, 2019 for an unforgettable family-friendly experience celebrating Celtic Culture in Northern Nevada!

Tickets can be bought in advance here:

Advance Ticket Purchase Here

Tickets are $15 general admission, parking on park site is an additional $5 (no charge to park on street outside Bartley Ranch Regional Park) 

Children 12 and under are free.

WCSD employees get a $5 discount for up to two tickets with current district ID.

Celebration hours are from 9am-5pm.

Scottish Highland Athletics happen in the Horse Arena 

Registration page here:

Schedule for 2019

TIME BLOCKEVENT
8 A.M. – 9 A.M.Registration, warm-ups, safety meeting
9 A.M. – 12 P.M.Morning Events
12 P.M. – 1 P.M.Lunch
1 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.Afternoon Events
3:30 P.M. – 4 P.M.Scoring & Announcing Results

*Approximate – depends on number of participating athletes

Events:

Stagger start!

Braemar stone, Open stone, Heavy Weight for Distance, Light Weight for Distance, Heavy Scottish Hammer, Light Scottish Hammer, Weight for Height, Caber Toss, Sheaf Toss

Classes:

Men’s C/B/A, Men’s Master’s (40+), Men’s Lightweight (<200 lbs) 

Women’s C, Women’s B/A, Women’s Master’s (40+)

BAG PIPE BANDS will be featured in three different areas, seen below:

12 pm – All Bands – Lawn Area Near Dance Stage for Opening Ceremonies

12:40 pm – Sierra Highlanders – Hawkins Amphitheater

1:20 pm – Sierra Highlanders – North Lawn by Living History

1:45 pm – Emerald Society – Hawkins Amphitheater

2:15 pm – Emerald Society – North Lawn by Living History

3:00 pm – City of Sacramento – Hawkins Amphitheater

3:40 pm – City of Sacramento – North Lawn by Living History

5:00 pm – All Bands – Lawn Area Near Dance Stage for Closing Ceremonies

The Clan Tent Area features representations from some of the area and regional collaborating groups as well as Clans where folks can look for Scottish and/or Irish Heritage and connect with family histories. 

2019 Listing of Clans

Irish storytelling from author and historian David McDonnell in our Clan Tent Area, where you will also find Children’s games and information about your Irish/Scottish Heritage!

David will be performing in the CLAN TENT Area (Plaza Picnic Area) at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

A living history encampment featuring Pirates, Sword fighting, period clothing, the Bronze Age Players and Spinning and Weaving yarn crafts. This takes place near the Last Chance Picnic Area and Lawn.

A dance and main stage featuring local, regional and international talent!

Dance Stage (Flying B Picnic Area) :

10:00 Red Thistle Dancers                                              

10:15 Sierra Silverstrings                                              

10:45 Northern Nevada Scottish Highland Dance                              

11:15 Kennelly School of Irish Dance

11:45 Red Thistle Dancers 

12:00 Dance Stage Dark for Opening Ceremonies*

1:00 Dunsmuir Dancers

1:30 Sierra Silverstrings

2:00 Silver State Scottish Country Dancers

2:30 Kennelly School of Irish Dance                                       

2:50 Northern Nevada Scottish Highland Dance

3:20 Truckee River Dance Company

3:50 Dunsmuir Dancers

4:20 Silver State Scottish Country Dancers

5:00 Dance Stage Dark for Closing Ceremonies*

Dance stage group bios can be found here:

Dance Stage Performer/Group Bios

Main Stage (Hawkins Amphitheater):

10:25 AM – Intro and Welcome

10:30 AM – 317 and friends

12:00-12:40 PM – Dark (opening ceremony)

12:40 – Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band

1:00 PM – Dust in my Coffee

1:45 PM – Emerald Society Pipe Band

2:00 PM – The Sophie and Fiachra Trio

3:00 PM – City of Sacramento Pipe Band

3:20 PM – Tempest

5:00 PM – Closing Ceremony, Athletics Awards Announcement at the Grass Field near Dance Stage

Artist bios for entertainment acts can be found here:

Musical Entertainment Bios

Our Vendor Area features food, craft, local business and authentic Celtic merchandise including kilts, Irish goods, and lots of yummy foods! A list of vendors can be found here:

2019 Vendors

Finally this year we are excited and heartened to feature, on the lawn in the area between the dance stage and the beer booth, trainers from Eyes for Tomorrow, who will be showcasing their puppies in training at our event this year. While all the puppies won’t be of Celtic descent, their coming to our Celebration gives them valuable social interaction and socialization and allows our patrons to snuggle some cute! Check out their Facebook Page, too! Throughout the day there will be 12 puppies in training and their handlers, come by for a snuggle and observe the cute!

Finally, here is our Festival Map for the year:

If you’d like to see the Celebration Program before you arrive, please download here:

2019 Celebration Program

2019 Main Stage…and TEMPEST!

Man, when things start to heat up, they REALLY start to heat up! In just the last few days, it never ceases to amaze me how with just a little time and effort, things start to come together the way they need to…

Without further ado, we want to announce that Celtic Rock Legends TEMPEST have agreed to play the Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration for 2019!

Lief Sorbye has been a past collaborator and is a great addition to the Celebration! Check out their bio and other stuff on our music page.

www.tempestmusic.com
twitter.com/sorbye
www.facebook.com/TempestCelticRock

We are also featuring the Sophie and Fiachra Trio, hailing from Quebec, Canada:

We are also honored to welcome back Dust in my Coffee, who have been with us before and are actually performing this weekend (February 22nd at the Saint in Reno)

We will also be featuring local favorites 317

Check out artist bio’s on all the groups playing the Celebration on our music page.

Welcome Sligo Rags to Reno Celtic for 2017!

We are excited to announce that our headline act for 2017 is SLIGO RAGS. 

The darlings of Disneyland‟s “Paradise Garden Bandstand,” this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk (and so much more) with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all–great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.” Their debut studio recording, “The Night Before the Morning After”, was called “the best I’ve heard from a stateside band” by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” (called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News), was named one of the top 10 of 2008 by Folkworks. Don‟t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Olivier Prud‟homme, and percussion whiz-kid Jonathan Baer are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.

“Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show.”
–Music Connection

“…A „money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled‟ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles.”
—Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage

We are excited to welcome Sligo Rags to Reno! We know you all will help us make them feel right at home!

Slainte’!