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.
When is CelticFest Mississippi?
For the first 25 years or so CelticFest Mississippi was in September but beginning with the next festival scheduled for the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day 2018 we happily offer everyone the same fun with cooler temperatures in the Spring!
Where does CelticFest Mississippi take place?
Our festival takes place on the grounds of the Mississippi Agricultural and 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 festival day 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 rain contingency plan, so CelticFest goes on RAIN OR SHINE!!!
Our vendors, some stages, and some workshop tents are outdoors, but everything else is inside (more stages, another workshop area, bathrooms…) You can bring food and drink purchased from our vendors inside/outside 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!
Multiple performers on multiple stages, from dancing to music to storytelling. There are several workshop areas (dance, music, and heritage) free for festival-goers. Performer announcements will be made as confirmations are received. Schedules will be posted before the event.
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. 😉
What if I wanted to get in for free?
There are certainly ways to do so. We often give away passes (in pairs, bring a friend) on local radio give-aways. Or you could volunteer for a shift and get in free — we always need a good man or woman! See the Volunteer page.
Should I bring the kids?
Absolutely and yes! CelticFest MS is a family-friendly event with plenty of things that all audiences can attend together. Additionally, the Ag Museum exhibits will be open from 9-5 and are included in your admission.
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.
Can I take pictures?
To your heart’s content. There is plenty going on, and plenty of things to capture your and your camera’s attention. You also have access to the rest of the Ag Museum grounds, and there are plenty of interesting things to fill your camera with!
Make sure you tag @CelticFestMS on Twitter and Facebook!
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 Tshirts 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 do have a host hotel, and there is an RV park across the street from CelticFest’s grounds. All of that information can be found on the general info page.
I’m a Celtic musician. Are there any sessions?
Yes! There are ample opportunities for tune and song sessions on the festival grounds. .
Does the Celtic Heritage Society have a mailing list?
We definitely do, and we use it to get the word out about CelticFest, concerts, ceilis (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 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?
Bless your heart! We always need a few good men and women. Visit our Volunteers page or contact Keegan Burt (email@example.com) to let her know when you can work and what areas you’re interested in. Students can earn community service credit by volunteering.
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. You can also apply by requesting an application by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What about clans? We’re people, too.
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 an application. We would love to have you!
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 post those materials to:
P.O. Box 5166
Jackson, MS 39296
If these materials are available online, that works too. Just email the CelticFest MS Performer Review Committee (email@example.com).