Imagine a large tartan gathering of the areas best Irish and Scottish music and undoubtedly the Scottish & Irish Music Festival and Fair is what comes to mind. This festival combines all the tradition of the green isles with the energy of a rock concert. The music runs into the evening and the fun doesn’t stop till the weekend is over. A convention hall filled two stories high showcases nearly two dozen bands that play multiple sets in a weekend and sometimes multiple set in a day. In short: this is the Celtic festival you have been waiting for.
There is an insane amount of music at the Scottish & Irish music festival. With multiple stages, planning is necessary to catch all your favorite bands. This is no small feat as this festival brings in some of the biggest acts from around the nation and world. Showcasing the finest in Irish and Scottish voice and dance has the obvious benefit that every show promises to be “the best”. Classes on traditional Celtic song and dance elements are taught multiple times a day over the weekend, so even visitors new to the musical genre can learn to appreciate its finer points and everyone is encouraged to join in on the fun.
The festival starts with a massive Friday Night concert. The days then start with a skirl of bagpipes. And while the music keeps everyone jigging, the great selection of food and shops delight and enthrall. Find your fisherman’s knit, Claddagh rings, and luckenbrooch at the Irish shops set up all weekend. Be sure to sample in the whiskey tasting. Though there are tamer American foods available, but fare runs on the European side and includes meat pies, fish and chips, and traditional pastries.
Day passes are moderately priced but parking is free. A nearby hotel offers discounted rates for festival visitors.