Almonte Celtfest promises more excitement again this year, July 6, 7, and 8, at Gemmill Park in the heart of Almonte.
Once again, this family-friendly festival known for its high-caliber music and up and coming artists, begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening with cabarets at the Almonte Old Town Hall, Legion, Crooked Mile Brewery, Equator Coffee, the Barley Mow and Naismith Pub.
Perhaps the greatest highlight this year is Canada’s beloved Heather Rankin who is scheduled to appear as the final act on Sunday. The much-loved Steel City Rovers, and many other fabulous performers precede Heather Rankin, promising to make this year’s Almonte Celtfest one of the best line-ups in recent memory! As always, admission to all the festival activities (except the Celtic College) is by donation at the gate.
Following Pub Night Friday evening, the excitement continues Saturday July 7th with Celtic College music workshops (topics to be announced later, keep checking our web site) in the morning. The day’s entertainment on the Main Stage in Gemmill Park begins with Opening Ceremonies at 12 Noon.
A wide-ranging sample of Celtic performers, including local, regional, nationally, and internationally acclaimed musicians appears in the day-long line-up, culminating with lots more foot-stomping music by the Steel City Rovers.
There is no going home for supper that day because you won’t want to miss any of the outstanding headliners, a few of whom include Miller|MacDonald | Cormier, Ian Foster, Heather Dale Band, and Shane Cook and the Woodchippers. This exceptional list of Celtic artists defies description, but one thing is certain—there is something for all Celtic-music lovers, no matter their favorite genre.
As all the plans unfold, be sure to check out the schedule on the Almonte Celtfest website, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to learn more about each of the bands and individual performers.
Sunday July 8th will dawn brightly no matter the weather with the beloved Fiddle Mass at 10:30 a.m., held at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, Almonte. At noon, the music continues in Gemmill Park as the Monday Night Fiddlers lead off a very special line-up. There won’t be a piece of grass available by the time Heather Rankin performs, so make sure you get there early to enjoy all the performers throughout the afternoon!
A traditional highlight of Celtfest is the announcement on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., of the Danny O’Connell Memorial Scholarship Award winner, followed by entertainment by this year’s award recipient. Since 2004, this financial recognition is awarded to an Ottawa Valley youth 25 years or younger whose talents are extraordinary in the Celtic music genre. This memorial fund was established to honour Danny O’Connell, a remarkable fiddler who frequented the Almonte Celtfest stage during his career.
While many people bring a picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy the outdoor festival, you can readily purchase food and refreshments from the many wagons and the beer gardens set up at the periphery of the park. In addition to an eclectic selection of foods, vendors will attend to sell their artistic wares and Celtic swag, making this a wonderful spot to get souvenirs of the festival. As well, the downtown merchants of Almonte welcome all visitors to Mill Street, just steps away from Gemmill Park, to enjoy street entertainment and buskers.
If this is your first time planning a trip to Almonte’s Celtfest, you are sure to be pleasantly surprised by the high quality of affordable entertainment and the friendliness of the town. We look forward to return visits from all our previous guests too! Come share in this summer’s special excitement as Almonte Celtfest celebrates 22 continuous years of music and dance, a tribute to its Celtic heritage! Find us at www.almonteceltfest.com or on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.