Maine Celtic Celebration 2024

A Belfast Maine's annual event. Spectacular setting, outstanding music, competition, and enticing food made for a wonderful festival by beautiful Belfast Bay.

When: July 19th to 21st, 2024

Where: Various venues on Belfast, Maine's waterfront.

Hours: See schedule below (or link)

The complete event schedule for all venues can be found HERE


Friday, July 21

Main Stage

4:00 – 5:30 Belfast Session Group at the Beer Garden
5:30 - 6:30 Gus LaCasse
6:40 - 7:45 John Whelan
8:00 - 9:15 Hamer, Knowles, O’Leary

Saturday, July 22, 2023


9:30 AM - The day begins with Bagpiper Catherine Pearce at the Steamboat Stage as she gathers the dogs together for the Dog Parade. All dogs (and their owners) are welcome to walk.

Main Stage

11:00 Catherine Pearce
11:30 - 12:30 Belfast Bay Fiddlers
12:50 – 1:50 Dun Creagan
2:10 - 3:10 Vacationland Ceili Band
3:30 - 4:30 Laouen
4:50 - 6:05 Copley Street
6:25 - 7:40 Hamer, Knowles, O’Leary
8:00 - 9:15 Cantrip
9:15 PM Fireworks over the Harbor

Steamboat Stage
10:00 - 11:45 Celtic Dog Show
12:00 - 1:00 Gus LaCasse
1:15 - 2:15 Stanley & Grimm
2:30 - 3:00 Kilt Kontest
3:15 - 4:15 Skylark (Family Show)
4:30 – 5:30 Will Woodson & Caitlin Finley

Boathouse Workshops
9:30 - 10:45 Breakfast Session
11:00 - 12:00 Maine Ulster Scots Project
12:15 - 1:15 Sea Chantey Tradition with Skylark
1:30 - 2:30 Breton Dance with Claire Boucher
2:45 - 3:45 Fiddle with Liz Knowles
4:00 – 5:00 Songs & Tunes of Mick Moloney with Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary
9:15 PM - ?? A Mighty Session at the Boathouse (Open Session - BYOB)

Sunday, July 23, 2023

9:00 - 3:00 Heavy Games Open with Bagpiper Catherine Pearce on Steamboat Landing.

Main Stage
11:00 – 11:20 Bagpiper Catherine Pearce
11:30 - 12:30 Will Woodson & Caitlin Finley
12:45 - 1:45 Dun Creagan
1:45 - 2:30 National Cheese Roll Championship
2:30 – 3:30 Skylark
3:45 - 4:45 Cantrip
5:00 – 6:00 Copley Street

Steamboat Stage
11:00 - 12:00 Home Port
12:15 - 1:15 Laouen
1:30- 2:30 Vacationland Ceili Band
2:45 – 3:45 Squeezy Does It
4:00 – 5:00 Stanley & Grimm

Boathouse Workshops
9:30 – 10:45 Open Jam
11:00-12:00 Tin Whistle with Will Woodson
12:15 - 1:15 Sean-nos Dance with Jackie O’Riley
1:30- 2:30 Scottish Fiddle with Alastair White & Jon Bews
2:45 – 3:45 Senior Sing-A-Long with Stanley & Grimm
4:00 – 5:00 Scottish Song & Dance with Dun Creagan

Here are answers to a few questions we get asked a lot!

•  What is the cost of admission?  There is a $15 per person suggested donation that can be contributed at the many entrances to the park on the weekend of the festival

•  Can I bring my kids? Yes! All ages are very welcome. There will be activities for children all weekend long.

•  Can I bring my dog? We love your dog! Please keep him or her on a leash and be mindful of picking up any waste. Well behaved dogs are very welcome and we’ll have watering stations for pets and their owners.

•  What are the hours of the festival?  Saturday starts at 10am and wraps up with fireworks around 9:15pm. Sunday again at 10am until about 5pm.

The Celebration takes place at two adjacent parks in downtown Belfast, Steamboat Landing and Belfast Common. Steamboat Landing is a 2.5 acre flat grassy park right on the waterfront, and serves as the southern terminus of the Belfast Harbor Walk. It includes the park, a gazebo, and The Boathouse. Belfast Common is located just uphill from Steamboat Landing, on a large, open hillside that overlooks Belfast Bay and provides a natural seating area for our Main Stage, with the beautiful bay as the backdrop. Please note the Celebration is a smoke-free environment.

Directions: From Route 1 north or south, exit at the Route 3 interchange and follow signs for downtown Belfast (this is Main Street). Follow Main Street through the traffic light in the center of town and down the hill towards the harbor. Turn right at either Cross Street or Front Street and the parks are just two blocks away.

Parking: Free all-day parking is available in several city owned lots around the downtown area. The largest lot is located on Washington Street, behind Traci’s Diner and Rollie’s Bar and Grill. There is additional free parking in the lot on Beaver Street and in a small lot on Cross Street (behind the Belfast Co-op). On street parking on most downtown streets is time limited, and parking rules are enforced by the Belfast Police Department. All of these lots are just a short walk from the Celebration and from the downtown business area.

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