Celtic Festival in Grass Valley September 27- 29
Grass Valley, California - The 17th annual KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace mixes Celtic music and magic with world-class musicians, dance, pageantry, living history, falconry, athletics, storytelling, jam sessions and shopping.
The outdoor event takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 27, 28 & 29 in Grass Valley, California at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, a bucolic setting on 100 acres among giant ponderosa pines . There are eight stages and performance areas. The main stage hosts many of the best Celtic musicians on the world stage.
The 2013 main-stage headliners include the award-winning Scottish band Mánran, returning favorite Cathie Ryan, legendary Irish piper Paddy Keenan, top Irish performers Bua, festival verterans Molly's Revenge, fiddler Deby Benton Grosjean, from Portland the Colleen Raney Band and Celtic rockers Ninteen Sixteen.
As late summer begins to cool, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be transformed into a Celtic village where world-famous Celtic musicians perform, shopping and dining opportunities abound and O'Dea's Irish Pub celebrates the change of season. Hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers roam the fairgrounds.
Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in with jam sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the weekend. Revelers make music into the night in the campgrounds complete with tall trees and a lake.
History buffs explore encampments of "Guilds" who re-create points and places in time. Royalty and their subjects demonstrate how peasants and gentry lived in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Exciting and educational, the Celtic Animals exhibit houses falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, sheep and ponies.
Amateur and professional athletes test their strength and skill in Scottish Games. Children are kept engaged with arts and crafts, story telling, and romping in a straw bale castle. Seniors are admitted an hour before the event opens on Sunday and treated to scones and tea. The festival is disabled accessible. Camping and RV hookups are available on-site.
Tickets are $10 - $48. Tickets at www.kvmr.org/celticfestival/tickets.htm or by calling 530-265-9073. www.kvmrcelticfestival.org
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