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 Celtic nations music, dance, and culture in Mississippi and the region.
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. Please support the CHS by becoming a Member for just $15 per year! See About the Celtic Heritage Society page to join.
When is CelticFest Mississippi?
For the first 25 years CelticFest Mississippi was held in September but beginning with the 2018 festival we happily moved 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 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: 5:30 -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 true the first people on the moon.
Is CelticFest wheelchair accessible? How about stroller-friendly?
The Ag Museum grounds are completely wheelchair accessible, have accessible bathrooms, and handicap parking. We can handle strollers, too.
Is there an ATM nearby?
ATMs are available onsite at the Entry Gate.
Can I take pictures?
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 First Aid on site?
Certainly. Security, too. It’s very safe.
What about Lost and Found?
If you have lost or found a child or personal property, please head for the CHS Booth on the grounds (where the CelticFest T-Shirts are sold). 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.
Where can I park? Is it Free?
The MS Ag and Forestry Museum has FREE parking shared with Smith Wills Stadium, to the west of the Museum grounds. Parking is uncovered, and handicap parking is available there.
If I come in from out of town, where should I stay?
We will have a host hotel. There is also beautiful RV park across the street from CelticFest’s grounds at LeFleur’s Bluff. See our Accommodations page for details.
I’m a Celtic musician. Are there any sessions?
Yes! There are ample opportunities for tune and song sessions on the festival grounds as well as at the Host Hotel after hours. A perfect reason to stay there!
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 Vendors page. Everything you need to know including the application and PayPal link is available there. If you have further questions about being a vendor please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What about clans?
We would love to have you! If you want your clan to have a presence and a booth at the festival please follow the directions on the Vendors page. There is no fee to set up a Clan booth but we still need to know you’re coming so please fill out the online registration form.
I’d like to perform at CelticFest Mississippi. How do I start the process?
All 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