CelticFest Vancouver, the city’s annual celebration of Celtic culture, will host a week-long series of celebrations with music, comedy and entertainment March 11-18, 2023. The signature event is a free all-ages festival happening the weekend of March 17-18 in Downtown Vancouver.
CelticFest Vancouver Free All-Ages Festival
- When: Friday March 17 – Saturday March 18, 2023
- Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square – North of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Kicking off on Saint Patrick’s Day, the weekend’s festivities include live music, performances, a beer tent, food trucks, Irish dancing, a Celtic-themed market, Irish Wolfhounds, a family zone, sports demonstrations and more.
The festival will showcase a range of performances including music from local Celtic favourites The Whiskeydicks and Fight Outside featuring Brian O’Brien and Paul Caldwell. Lavengro, a pop-indie band from Derry, Ireland will be in Vancouver to perform in addition to rising singer/songwriter Shane Beirne from Carrick on Shannon in Roscommon, Ireland.
Throughout the weekend across two stages at the Vancouver Art Gallery, acts like Jas Minh, the Irish Dancing Drag Queen will entertain audiences and Eire Born Irish Dancers will perform traditional dance.
Family favourite, Music with Marnie will delight young festival-goers while the family zone has games and activities for all ages. A curated marketplace will offer everything from baked goodies, O’Neills sportswear, a photo booth from sponsor Swim Recruiting, locally made crafts and games with community groups from the Irish and Scottish communities.
Find a full schedule of events online soon, and follow CelticFest Vancouver on Facebook for updates.