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Shawnee Celtic Festival

Shawnee Celtic Festival

screaming orphans

Overview

Kilts, Clans and Celtic Rock...Join us this weekend for tons of family fun!

Experience the sights and sounds of the Emerald Isles and Scottish Highlands in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Join us Memorial Day weekend for non-stop Celtic music on two stages, foot stomping bagpipers from the MacKay Pipe Band, Celtic jam, working sheep dogs, Irish step dancers and a variety of Celtic craft and food vendors.

Don't forget about the kids! There will be a Celtic Wizard magic show, leprechaun juggling show, face painting and a Celtic Farm animal petting zoo. 

Our Celtic Festival vendors will serve up Irish themed food including Bangers and Mash, Jameson’s beef on weck, fish and chips, and Celtic Corned Beef Wraps. 

Join us for a weekend of family fun & entertainment in the Pocono Mountains!

Entertainment

MAIN STAGE & FESTIVAL TENT

Seven Nations

Equally at home in front of 40,000 cheering fans at an international festival, with the widely recognized, Grammy award winning, symphony orchestras, or with 300 fans in a small Midwest club, SEVEN NATIONS has created a truly hybrid sound and transient live show. The depth and complexity of SEVEN NATIONS' music is astounding, each listen reveals a deeper layer of intricacy that has been embraced by an ever growing audience.

Screaming Orphans

The Screaming Orphans, an all-sister band from Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland, are one of the most sought after Celtic bands with a powerful, award-winning sound combining their own original melodic old-school pop songs with their unique and modern take on traditional Irish music and song, inherited from their family roots. From an early age, the Diver sisters performed with their mother Kathleen Fitzgerald (a well-known céilí singer in Ireland) and when they hit their teenage years, they formed their own Celtic pop/rock band, the Screaming Orphans, which led to a signing by Warner Music UK. The band was recently nominated by the Irish Music Awards for Best New Irish CD and have previously won the Top Celtic Rock band category.

Pocono Highland Dance Academy

The Pocono Highland Dancers are a cultural and educational group of young dancers that promote Scottish Culture in the Pocono Mountain Area.

McElligott School of Irish Dance

Our mission is to instill the "Love of the Dance" in all dancers. McElligott School of Irish Dance is proud to be a registered school with the An Comisiun le Rinci Gaelacha.

Gallagher School of Irish Dancing

Gallagher School of Irish Dancing is committed to promoting Irish Heritage through the learning of Irish Dance in competitive and non-competitive classes.

 

IRISH PUB STAGE

Seamus Kennedy

Originally from Belfast, but now based in Annapolis, MD, he has been entertaining audiences all over the United States from Alaska to Florida, from Maryland to California for more than four decades. At home in venues ranging from intimate house-concerts and folk-clubs to large concert halls and festivals, Seamus has been bringing tour groups to Ireland for 30 years to experience the music and culture of his homeland “up close and personal”.

An accomplished guitarist with a ready wit and a vast store of songs, he travels the country making folks laugh, sing and forget their cares for a while. Kennedy’s ability to combine a total command of the music with humor makes him unique in the industry. His strong interactive entertainment skills and his participation with the audience have helped him create an exceptionally loyal fan base everywhere he goes.

Rogue Diplomats

The Rogue Diplomats are an Irish-American Pub Band based in both New York City and Bethlehem, PA. They perform the spirited melodies and lyrical story-telling of traditional Irish jigs, shanties, drinking songs and ballads, with a dash of contemporary American folk songs and original compositions, all delivered in close harmony and with charmingly irreverent humor.

 

STROLLING & COURTYARD ENTERTAINMENT

MacKay Pipe Band

MacKay Pipe Band was formed in the late 1970's by Lee Lightle, in an effort to create a unique organization where its members could come together to celebrate their love of Scottish and Irish music in an noncompetitive environment. Originally located in Lansdale, PA the band relocated north to Bethlehem after Lee's passing away in the early 90's. Keeping true to Lee's traditions and principles, the band continues to grow and prosper. Proud to accept members from varied age, gender, and interests but all equal in their commitment and importance to the band.

More entertainment...

The Pie Man living statue, Celtic Fortune Teller and the World's Tallest Leprecaun will be entertaining festival goers as they explore the festival grounds.

Ski Slope & Demo Tent

HIGHLAND SKI SLOPE 

Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm

Working Sheep Dog shows from the Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm. Kids will have a chance to help herd the sheep during the demonstration.

Celtic Farm Animal Petting Zoo

Bunnies and goats, and pigs, oh my... Visit the Celtic Farm Petting Zoo and see the cute baby animals from the What-Knott Farm.

 

CRAFT & DEMONSTRATION TENT 

Blacksmith & Sawmill Demonstrations

Local artisans will be on hand giving blacksmith and sawmill demonstrations throughout the day. Stop by and learn more about each craft.

Bagpipe Q&A Sessions

Ever wonder what it takes to play the bagpipe or where the sound comes from? What about all the parts and pieces of a bagpipe? Are there different types of bagpipes? Learn about these questions and more in an interactive Q&A session with members of the MacKay Pipe Band.

small boy petting sheep

Kids Area

CELTIC KIDS SHOW AREA 

Fun for the kids (and the kids at heart) 
  • Celtic Wizard Magic Shows 
  • Leprechaun Juggling Shows 
  • World's Tallest Leprechaun 
  • Face Painting 
  • Celtic Farm Animal Petting Zoo

Schedule of Events

Click the link below for the complete schedule of events for the 2018 Shawnee Celtic Festival.

2018 Schedule of Events

Tickets & Parking

ADVANCE DISCOUNT 1-Day 2-Day
Adult $9 $15
Child (5-12) $7.50 $15
Child (4 & Under) Free Free
Discount tickets are available online until 4:00pm on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Additional tickets are available at the gate during the festival.
AT THE GATE 1-Day 2-Day
Adult $12.50 $17
Child (5-12) $8.50 $17
Child (4 & Under) Free Free

All festival parking is free.

All festival parking is free.

Cash and all major credit cards accepted at the gate. All coupons must be printed and presented at time of purchase. There is an ATM available on site.

Coolers and outside food are not permitted.

  • No Weapons
  • No Fireworks
  • No Alcohol
  • No Pets (Service animals are welcome)