March 10-12, 2017: America’s Oldest CELTIC City celebrates its heritage with arguably the finest Celtic event in the United States, featuring Celtic music, St. Patrick Day Parade, Highland Games, Celtic shopping & food, and much more.
Today, over half the residents of St. Augustine proudly claim Irish, Scottish, Welsh or other Celtic ancestry. And every year more lads and lasses converge upon the Ancient City from across the world, donning their tartans, sashes, tams, and green attire to celebrate their culture and heritage.
The St. Augustine CELTIC Music & Heritage Festival has been called ”the finest collaboration of Celtic artists in the United States”, by the international bands who perform here. Also voted Best Festival in St. Augustine and “Bold City Best” Concert or Event in the Jacksonville region.
Founded in 1565 by colonists from the northern Celtic region of Spain, St. Augustine has an amazing Celtic history, including Colonial Governors and historic vicars of Celtic descent, historic Irish and Scottish military garrisons stationed here by both Spain and Britain, and many related stories of romance and mystery.
St. Augustine is also “The Nation’s Oldest City”, with narrow European streets that date back to the 1500’s, the oldest stone fortress in North America, a thriving arts community, striking historic architecture, scenic Bayfront setting, dozens of unique restaurants and B&Bs… all within walking distance of each other, as well as beautiful beaches.
The hands-down favorite of St. Augustine’s Celtic festival is the music. Internationally acclaimed Scottish and Irish bands playing both traditional tunes and modern renditions of the ancient Celtic music appear live on stage throughout this premier event, which also features two stages, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, vendors, kids games and a variety of entertainment… in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine.
Explore our “European” city, loaded with history, many cultures, beauty and great food!
Find the CELT in YOU in America’s Oldest CELTIC City.