St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival: March 10-12, 2023

Celebrate the Celt in you!

October 12, 2022
St Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival Irish dancers

It’s back and it’s better than ever! Get your green on because at this year’s festival it’s all about Celtic cuisine, culture, crafts, music and exciting highland games. Bring the family and spend the day enjoying the best of Celtic heritage.

Did you know St. Augustine is America’s oldest Celtic city? The ancient city hosted the original St. Patrick Parade in 1601 and has hosted the multi-award winning St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival since 2011. If you’ve never been, now is the time to experience this great weekend event featuring top international and U.S. Celtic bands, highland games, parade, whiskey tasting, workshops, lectures, Celtic food and artisan crafts, Kid’s Zone and much more!

Schedule of Events

Whiskey Tasting, Friday, March 10, 7-9 p.m.

Kick off the celebration with this very limited seated event where you can savor the taste of seven Irish Whiskeys and Scotches and learn about their history from Jameson® Brand Ambassador. *This event is not included in the VIP ticket price.

The St. Patrick Parade, Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.

Wear your green, bring the family and join the clan to celebrate the St. Patrick Parade as it travels through St. Augustine. Hear the pipes & drums bands as they lead the parade starting at Orange Street and march along the Bayfront, past the Castillo to the Plaza de la Constitucion on Cathedral Street, then along Cordova Street, winding up at Francis Field, the site of the Celtic Festival events.

Highland Games, Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12

Come see some of the most impressive kilt-wearing athletes around challenge one another in traditional Scottish heavy athletics and strength competitions, including open stone put, hammer throw and caber toss. The Highland Games originated in the Scottish Highlands during the 11th century when Malcolm III, King of Scots, summoned contestants to a footrace in order to find the fastest runner to serve as royal messenger.

Special Keg Carry Event, Saturday, March 11, 1 p.m.

Members of the general public (age 21+) are invited to sign up by noon to participate in this fun event. The man who who carries an 87-pound keg the farthest distance in one minute and the woman who carries a lighter weight keg the farthest distance are awarded a $50 gift card. Not to mention, bragging rights!

Music at Main Stage, Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, March 12, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

From traditional Scottish bands to award-winning Irish bands, fusion bands that combine bagpipes, reggae, bluegrass and ballads, you’ll be dancing and singing to your heart’s delight. Performers include Bagpipe Jam, Albannach, Dublin City Ramblers, Syr, Steel City Rovers, Seven Nations, Jamison and more.

Performances at the Side Stage, Saturday, March 11, noon – 7:45 p.m. and Sunday, March 12, noon – 5:45 p.m.

A mix of dance performers, magicians, bagpipers giving lessons, storytellers and lecturers sharing legends and exploring topics about Celtic heritage, you’ll be thoroughly entertained and delighted. Performances include Music & Storytelling with Zach Briggs, Celtic Dance with Blue Lotus, Magic & Mayhem with Captain Mayhem, Bagpipe workshop, Historical Presentations and more.

Click here for performer bios and more details.

VIP All-Weekend, General Admission and Whiskey Tasting Event tickets available here.

Free admission to the Festival for active and retired military with ID. Children under 12 free.

To learn more about St. Augustine's rich Celtic Heritage, click here.