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This year, CelticFest brings live music, dance performances and a beer tent to Vancouverites

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If you’re starting to write an itinerary for a local, family-friendly spring break, the 17th edition deserves a spot on the list. After taking on a virtual format last year, the city’s annual celebration of Celtic culture is thrilled to return with .

CelticFest returns with live programming March 16-20, including a free outdoor public festival at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square – north of the Vancouver Art Gallery on March 19-20. The event invites people of all ages to enjoy live music performances, Irish and Scottish dancing, pop-up market, Irish Wolfhounds, family zone, sports demonstrations and more.

Because no event is complete without tasty groceries, food trucks and a beer tent will serve Celtic-inspired food and drinks to hungry attendees.

As the largest annual Celtic festival in Western Canada, the event provides a rich cultural celebration of kinship and community of nations year after year.

“We have incredible performances from local artists and are thrilled to bring the community together to celebrate Celtic culture in BC,” shares Harry Cussen, Chairman of the Board of CelticFest Vancouver. “Spring is in the air and we are ready to reestablish our physical presence and bring the festival back to its former glory days in this city.”

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Vancouver Celtic Festival

As for groove-worthy tunes, the two-day festival will feature performances from local Celtic favorites like Blackthorn and the Fight Outside, featuring Brian O’Brien and Paul Caldwell. The Mom Bop Band will play pop songs for children and the North Shore Celtic Ensemble will offer festival-goers a whole new musical experience.

Talented dancers from the O’Brien School of Irish Dance and the Eire Born Irish Dance Company will also grace the main stage. Audiences won’t be able to take their eyes off Vancouver’s river dancing star Queen Jas Minh, who is due to perform on March 19.

Performances take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For those with kids to entertain, the Family Zone will offer face painting and games for energetic kids – a blessing for weary parents. The event’s presenting sponsor, Community Savings Credit Union, will be hosting a photo booth at the festival plaza.

Other must-see CelticFest events include Donnellan’s Irish Pub on March 16 and this one hosted by the Ireland Canada Vancouver Chamber of Commerce on March 17.

For the festival program and more details on paid events, .

Video of CelticFest Vancouver 2021