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Blásta Wine Tasting


Sunday, April 13, 2014
2-5 pm (arrive by 4)
Fenian's Pub, Jackson MS
$25 advance, $35 at the door
($25 for CHS members)

The 8th annual 'Blásta' Wine Tasting is NOT just another wine tasting. It's a fine selection of wines for regular folks in a casual, arrive-when-you-like-setting.

A self-paced event, Blásta (pronounced BLAW-sta) Tasting aims to introduce regular folks to great-yet-affordable wines while raising funds for CelticFest Mississippi.

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Echos in praise of CelticFest

Dan Neely, who will be headlining this weekend at CelticFest, authored an article in the Irish Echo about the Mississippi's own CelticFest.

"Jackson, Miss. might seem like an unlikely place for Irish music, but don't tell that to the organizers of CelticFest. Held on the grounds of Jackson's Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum, CelticFest - which will take place Sept. 6-8 this year - is a superb weekend of music, culture, and fun in a city not necessarily known for its Irish music. [Read more...]


Highland Games

stone tossHighland games are events held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss.

All athletes wishing to participate in the Guinness Highland Games must contact Jayson Tisdale at or 228-860-5642 to register. 


JaneTatting workshop

Meet our instructor, Jane Millette, in the country store on Saturday at 2:00 P.M. for an hour of creativity. This workshop will introduce participants to the art of creating lace from thread, in the time-honored tradition. Tatting is particularly tied to Celtic art because of its use of rings, loops, swirls, and interlocking elements. Participants will learn the basic tatting construction techniques during this hour. The first 15 participants will have an opportunity for a hands-on experience; others are welcome to look.


Consul General of Ireland to visit Mississippi at CelticFest

The Consul General of Ireland (Paul Gleeson) will be present for CelticFest Missisippi, making his first trip to the state. Mr. Gleeson will be saying a few words at the opening of the Ceili on Saturday.

GleesonPaul Gleeson was announced as Ireland’s first Consul General in Atlanta by former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Brian Cowen in July 2010. He took up office the following month and began the job of establishing Ireland’s first new Consulate in the United States since the 1930s.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the London School of Economics, Mr. Gleeson has served at the Embassy of Ireland in South Africa (where he had responsibility for reporting on political developments in Zimbabwe); at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union in Brussels; and at Ireland’s Mission to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

Prior to taking up his post as Consul General in Atlanta, Mr. Gleeson had responsibility for North-South cooperation within Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs, helping to implement the all-island aspects of Ireland’s landmark 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement. He has also worked in support of Ireland’s development cooperation and aid programmes in Mozambique and Lesotho.

Away from work, Paul is a fan of most sports, particularly football (soccer) and hurling. He is married to Alita Byrd. They have three children: Zach, Daniel and Ameliana.

CelticFest Mississippi is Coming

September 6, 7, &8
Ag Museum (Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Musem)
Jackson, MS


Early Bird Discount Available

Purchase your Weekend Pass for $12 (good for one adult) before Sept. 1

Advance FESTIVAL tickets are available through the Jackson Convention and Visitor's Bureau website.



CelticFest Mississippi is an annual celebration of the music, dance and culture of Celtic nations and will celebrate its 22nd year on September 6-8 at the Miss. Agricultural and Forestry Museum. CelticFest, founded and organized by the Celtic Heritage Society, will kick off the weekend events on Friday from 7:00 p.m. till midnight and run from 10:00 a.m. to midnight the following two days.

CelticFest will feature an exceptional variety of Irish and Scottish music and dance on eight stages, plus free Celtic music, dance, and heritage workshops, Celtic Kids area, Highland games demonstration, specialty vendors, and plenty of food and drink. Because much of the festival takes place indoors, CelticFest is a RAIN or SHINE event.

Don Penzien, Founder and Director of CelticFest MS, said, “One of the most gratifying things for me as the founder is walking into a local grocery store, wearing a CelticFest t-shirt and someone in the store will come up to me and say, ‘CelticFest! I go every year; you should make sure you go this year!’ For 22 years I have seen this festival grow and become a tradition in Mississippi and it is wonderful to see how people in the local community have made it their own.“

Some of New York’s top Irish musicians will be headlining the festival this year. Over 45 other talented music and dance groups will pack the eight stages throughout the weekend, travelling to Mississippi from other states and some from over-seas.

During the festival, competitors will face-off in the caber toss, Braemar stone throw and other Highland games in the sanctioned 2013 Guinness Highland Games on Saturday and Sunday. The massive Céilí Dance, An ever-popular highlight of CelticFest, will cap off Saturday night. No dance experience is required to participate and beginners are welcome. On Sunday morning, CelticFest musicians will gather to perform Celtic sacred music during a non-denominational church service. CelticFest also features fun for the kids, including our Celtic Kids craft area, jumpy castle, Irish dance workshops and children specific performers, the Ag. Museum’s Small Town Mississippi, barn animals and more.  

gamesAnother traditional event at CelticFest is the 15th Annual Kindred Spirits Whiskey Tasting happening on Friday, September 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m.  CelticFest partnered with Wine and Spirits in the Quarter to bring participants over 40 different whiskeys to sample and participants will also get to hear from experts in Scottish and Irish spirits.      

There is something for everyone. Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door for an adult weekend-pass, $10 for seniors and college students, $5 for children ages 5-17, and $1 for children ages 4 and under. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit the CelticFest MS website:




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CelticFest Mississippi receives grant funding from these institutions and agencies:
mac NEA SouthArts



Benefit Events for CelticFest Mississippi

Whiskey Tasting


Coming again Spring 2014:
Blasta Wine Tasting

Click for Jackson, Mississippi Forecast

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You can read the F.A.Q., or try searching the CelticFest site here.



Cad 'ta tharla?
What's Happening?

Afraid you might be left out? There's always the CHS email list, which announces Celtic event reminders periodically. A new feature of the CelticFest website is a Google Calendar specifically for CHS events. Check the calendar here, or add it to your own Google Calendar!


©The Celtic Heritage Society, 2013