The Celtic Heritage Society was founded in Jackson, Mississippi in May 1992 after the first CelticFest MS was held in Sept 1991. We are a 501(c)3 federally tax exempt civic and educational nonprofit organization focused on the study, promotion, and preservation of Celtic traditions and culture. This includes music, dance, history, language, literature, art and other activities native to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man. In addition to CelticFest Mississippi, the CHS sponsors céilís during the year (pronounced “kay-lee”)–a Celtic celebration featuring traditional music and dance, as well as music events.
All CHS Board members & Directors of CelticFest are Volunteers and receive no monetary compensation.
CHS functions are intentionally family events–children are always welcome.
By its charter, membership in the CHS and participation in society functions are open to all. Immigrants from Celtic nations contributed much of their own heritage to Southern culture. We encourage participation in all CHS activities regardless of your own personal ethnic background.
Full Annual Membership in the Celtic Heritage Society runs from January to December and is $25. You will receive a membership card and CelticFest Bumper Sticker in the mail.
Members get one Free Admission ticket to the next CelticFest. Your Membership Card serves as your Ticket. If you’re joining now through the end of the year, the Festival has already taken place for 2022 but we’ll honor your free entry for the next festival which will be the Second Weekend in October beginning in 2023. And if you renew your membership in 2023 you’ll get a second free Fest ticket!
Benefits of Membership also include updates and information before the general public via our members only email list, discounts to Society functions and most importantly, helping us to provide Celtic events here in Mississippi!