Photo: Mack Barham, courtesy of Celtic Heritage Society

CelticFest Mississippi, the Celtic Heritage Society’s annual weekend of cultural celebration is in its 21st year and takes place tomorrow through Sunday on the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. The festival features a variety of Irish and Scottish music and dance on 8 stages, plus free Celtic music, dance and heritage workshops, specialty vendors and more. Because much of the festival takes place indoors, the event is rain or shine!

Festivities begin Friday night 7pm to midnight with music and dance on multiple stages, vendors and an open tune session. On Saturday, gates open at 10am with more entertainment, workshops, The Highland Games, and a massive Ceili Mor continuously until midnight. Featured Dancemaster Co. native, Eamonn de Cogain, will lead the Ceili for its fifth year running. All ages will enjoy the Highland Games demonstration which exhibits the caber toss, Braernar throw and other Highland games. Gates open again Sunday morning at 10am with a non-denominational service followed by Celtic sacred music.

Celticfest is bursting with lots of fun for children: performances include music, dancing and storytelling plus the Highland Games demonstration on Saturday. The Celtic Kids area offers artistic crafts for kids and parents to complete together. Children can step into action with free dance workshops throughout the day. Other attractions include a bounce castle, The Ag Museum’s small town Mississippi and animals and fresh-made ice cream vendors.

Admission is $15 for an adult weekend pass, $10 for seniors, $5 for children ages 5-17 and $1 for children under 4. For more information, visit CelticFest.org.

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