What’s CelticFest Mississippi and why do you do it?
CelticFest Mississippi is the main outgrowth of the Celtic Heritage Society’s mission to promote awareness and appreciation of the music, dance and culture of our ancestry from the Celtic Nations of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany & Galicia.
The Celtic Heritage Society (CHS) is a nonprofit organization run on 100% volunteer power. The CHS has no paid staff and money raised at CelticFest pays the costs incurred while organizing the event. It also pays for other CHS projects like Monthly Irish Music Sessions & Concert Series.
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When is CelticFest Mississippi?
For the first 25 years CelticFest Mississippi was held in September but beginning with the 2018 festival we happily moved out of Football Season and to the cooler temperatures in the Spring! Join us the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day March 20-21, 2020
Where does CelticFest Mississippi take place?
Our festival takes place on the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum in Jackson, MS. It’s state property, is wheelchair accessible, and is an idyllic spot. We can help you get directions here. All museum buildings are open until 5:00 pm on Saturday and included in your admission price.
What if it rains? CelticFest is a festival, so it’s outdoors, right?
We have it covered — literally! Most of the festival stages are indoors anyway, and we have a severe weather contingency plan, so CelticFest goes on RAIN OR SHINE!!! Our vendors and some stages are outdoors but everything else is inside (more stages, workshop areas, bathrooms…) You can bring food and drink purchased from our vendors inside the buildings as you please.
Do we bring chairs or blankets?
All of the stages and workshop areas have chairs available, so no lawn chairs or blankets are necessary. However, if spreading a blanket on the grass is your thing don’t let us stop you!
I hear you, but I need a visual. Are there photos available from previous CelticFests?
Sure, and you can see them on our social media pages or on this website
Is it pronounced KELticFest or SELticFest?
It’s a hard “C”, so KELtikFest is correct. The Romans identified the “Celtae” as one of the crowds they conquered in Gaul, and Romans pronounced hard “C”s. The Boston Celtics ™ are mispronouncing their own name. 😉
Can I buy tickets in advance or online?
Tickets are available at the door.
How much is the admission?
March 20, 2020
Friday: 5:00 -10:00pm
Kids 3-17 -$4
March 21, 2020
Seniors 62+/Active Duty/Retired Military/Students w/ ID – $12
Children 3-17 – $8
What if I wanted to get in for free?
Closer to Festival time we will be giving away passes either on our Social Media pages, Instagram, Twitter & Facebook @celticfestms or our partners. Follow US! The guaranteed way to get in free is to VOLUNTEER for a shift –See the Volunteer Page
Should I bring the kids?
Absolutely! CelticFest MS is a family-friendly event with plenty of things for all audiences can attend together including live animal exhibits. Additionally, the Ag Museum exhibits will be open until 5pm and are included in your admission.
What’s “Celtic” about a ‘Moonwalk’?It’s well known that in about 530 A.D. St. Brendan’s ship landed on the moon, making the Celts truly the first people on the moon.
Is CelticFest wheelchair accessible? How about stroller-friendly?
The Ag Museum grounds are completely wheelchair accessible, has accessible bathrooms and handicap parking. We can handle strollers, too.
What types of Payment do you take?
We accept Cash or Card for admission. Most Vendors take credit card payments and the CHS Booth where you will buy Beer & Wine Tickets, Artist Merchandise, Raffle Tickets and your Limited Edition CelticFest T-Shirt takes Cash & Card. An ATM will be available onsite at the Entry Gate but we suggest you come with cash before hand to beat the crowd.
Can I take pictures or video?
To your heart’s content! There is plenty going on! Make sure you tag @CelticFestMS on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!
Can I bring my Celtic dog?
We love animals, but the facility has a “no animals” policy in place to protect attendees from allergies and bites. Service dogs are the only exceptions.
Will there be any Security on site?
Certainly. First Aid too. Serious injuries will need to be handled by 911 however. We only do the bandage type of First Aid.
What about Lost and Found?
If you have lost or found a child or personal property, please head for the CHS Booth. We will do our best to reunite people and property. After the festival, unclaimed items will be turned over to the Ag Museum’s front desk and you can call them during normal operating hours to retrieve your items.
Where can I park? Is it Free?
The MS Ag and Forestry Museum has FREE parking shared with MS Sports Hall of Fame and Smith Wills Stadium to the west of the Museum grounds.
If I come in from out of town, where should I stay?
There are many hotels within an easy drive of the festival grounds for every budget. There is also a beautiful RV park nearby on the grounds at LeFleur’s Bluff. See our Accommodations page for details.
Does the Celtic Heritage Society have a mailing list?
We definitely do, and we use it to get the word out about CelticFest, concerts, céilís (dance events), et cetera. We never do anything smarmy, like trading or selling email addresses. We LIKE you, so we keep that information safe! We are also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can sign up for our email list located on the menu at the top of the page.
I’d like to volunteer to help . How do I do that?
You are our favorite people! We cannot put on this festival without help. Visit our Volunteers page . Students can earn community service credit by volunteering. If you work for a company who has a community outreach team we would love to have them get on board!
I’d like to be a Vendor. How do I do that?
Check out our Vendor Info & Registration page. Everything you need to know including the application and PayPal link to pay vendor fees is available there. If you have further questions about being a vendor that aren’t addressed on the info page please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What about Clans?
We would love to have you! Please follow the directions on the Vendor Info & Registration page to Register for a space. It is Free to set up a Clan Booth and includes free admission for up to 6 members.
I’d like to perform at CelticFest Mississippi. How do I start the process?
Be advised that we are a Traditional Celtic Music Festival. We will only consider artists in this genre. Performers undergo a committee review, so we will need a bio of the performing group and a representative recording of the performers who wish to come to CelticFest MS. You can mail those materials to:
P.O. Box 5166
Jackson, MS 39296
If these materials are available online (preferred) just email the CelticFest MS Performer Review Committee (email@example.com).
How do I contact the Festival?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org