With skin a 'delightful' shade of Elmers and a crop of dark red hair, my Celtic heritage is on the fairly obvious side. But you don't have to be even remotely sunburnt and clown-haired to have a rabble-rousing good time at the 2012 Dayton Celtic Festival.
What: The Dayton Celtic Festival, a celebration of Celtic music, food and wares.
When: Friday, July 27th- Sunday, July 29th, 2012
Where: RiverScape Metro Park
The United Irish of Dayton have been putting on the Dayton Celtic Festival since 2002, offering a free family weekend of Celtic culture. In it's tenth year, the Dayton Celtic Festival will be serving up traditional food, shopping and entertainment to represent Irish and Scottish traditions.
2012 Dayton Celtic Festival Hours:
Friday July 27: 6-11 pm
Saturday July 28: 12 pm – 11 pm
Sunday July 29: 9 am – 6 pm
Entertainment and Kids Activities: The Dayton Celtic Festival is a place where ancient Celtic traditions are brought to life. With traditional dance and music and plenty of beer to taste, this is a great night out for adults. The Children's area also provides lots for the kids to do, with authentic crafts and fun games that will teach a bit about Celtic customs while keeping the kiddos engaged.
Food: Kids will also delight in the array of food vendors at the Dayton Celtic Festival. From haggis to a less traditional cheesecake-on-a-stick, there are a lot of mouth-watering options to choose from that kids will love (okay, maybe not the haggis, but it's worth a try just to see their faces).
The food is reasonably priced; it costs what you would normally expect to spend on event vendor foods. To save money, eat before you go, pack some light snacks and save your spending to explore the treats that really catch your eye instead of trying to feed everyone dinner at this event.
Dayton Celtic Festival Schedule of Events: A free schedule can be downloaded here in PDF format. The Dayton Celtic Festival will present music and dance on three different stages, as well as a cultural area. My can't-miss suggestions are the Celtic Academy of Irish Dance and Gaelic Storm.
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