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

Ch Ch Ch Changes….

Reno Celtic Festival Name Change, Move to May 18-19, 2019 

For almost three decades, the Reno Celtic Celebration has entertained over 10,000 visitors and residents, giving them experiences and education about cultures and activities rooted in the seven Celtic Nations: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Galicia, Isle of Mann, Brittany and Cornwall. 
 
From Bag Pipe competitions to Scottish Athletics, Living History demonstrations, Celtic Animal exhibits and Celtic live music and dancing, attendees have experienced and enjoyed all that is the Reno Celtic Celebration. The governing board for the Reno Celtic Celebration is broadening its scope and reach in hopes of continuing to grow this unique event.
 
In recognition of the growth of the area, the festival will be named the “Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration.” The festival date has been changed to May 18-19, 2019. This means the event will not be held on October 6-7th, 2018 as earlier scheduled. The event will continue to be held at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Southwest Reno, where it has been held for the last decade.
 
“We made the strategic decision to move our event to late spring in order to promote it’s growth during the middle of the Celtic games season in our region,” said Danielle Gann-Lind, the board’s president. “We are excited about this change and look forward to the positive opportunities the move presents.”
  
The Celtic Celebration was originally created as an event sponsored by the former Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino and was previously held in Downtown Reno, Wingfield Park and the Livestock Events Center before moving to it’s current Bartley Ranch location in 2007. The new May 18-19, 2019 date will be the festival’s 28th annual event.
 
The Northern Nevada Celtic Celebration is governed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Celtic Celebration, Inc., and is comprised of a board of directors.
 
For more information, visit renoceltic.org or call 775-378-0931.

Less than a month, Main Stage Schedule!

We are super pleased to welcome back old friends on the Reno Celtic Main stage, and hope to introduce you to new friends!

We are super please to introduce Sligo Rags to the Truckee Meadows Area:

Many of you will remember “Dusty in My Coffee” from a couple years ago. We thought their style would blend well with “Sligo Rags”, so we decided to ask them back. Many folks enjoyed them here last time:

Below is our Main Stage Schedule for 2017:

Saturday, Oct. 7

Main Stage

10:00 AM- Intro and Welcome

10:05 AM- 317 and friends

11:00 AM – Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band

11:15 AM – Ciana

12:00-1:00 PM – Dark (opening ceremony)

1:00 PM – Dust in my Coffee

1:45 PM – Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band

2:00 PM – Ciana

3:00 PM – Sligo Rags

4:00 PM – Closing Ceremony, Piping band award announcement

Sunday October 8

Main Stage

10:00 AM – 317 and friends

11:00 AM – Fortunate Strangers

12:00 PM – Dust in my Coffee

1:00 PM – 317 and friends

2:00 PM – Dust in my Coffee

3:00 PM – Sligo Rags

4:15 PM – Closing Ceremonies

Last Updated 9/25/17 – Subject to change, please keep checking back.