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Fencing Lesson at Saline Celtic Festival

5 Tips for Visiting the 2024 Saline Celtic Festival

The Saline Celtic Festival is an annual tradition that returns for 2024 with a celebration of traditional Irish and Celtic culture. In 2023 they moved from Saline’s Mill Pond Park to the Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds and return to the fairgrounds this year.

Have you ever been to the Saline Celtic Festival? We have visited a couple of times and . Based on our experience, I’ve put together some information about the Saline Celtic Festival and 5 Tips for Visiting. We were not able

About the Saline Celtic Festival

The Saline Celtic Festival developed from Saline’s sister city relationship with Brecon Wales. The volunteer run event highlights traditional Celtic culture.

The Festival includes Friday night Pub Night (5-11p), and Saturday’s main Festival event (10a-midnight).

Last year’s move from Mill Pond Park to Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds provided several advantages.

  • Ample free parking on site
  • Many activities are indoors providing protection from rain or extreme heat
  • Bathrooms with running water and flushing toilets

Typical Saline Celtic Festival Activities

We are still waiting for 2024 details.

The Wee Folks Island is definitely the place to be for young kids. The island will open at noon with Arts & Crafts and games. Throughout the afternoon there will be ducky races, dancing with fairies, story time and more. Wee Folks Island will wrap up with the Wee Folks Parade at 4:30p and close at 5p.

The Saline Celtic Festival offers a chance to watch activities like Jousting, Ancient Athletic Games, Highland Dancing, and more. Definitely make time to watch some of these activities. The Ancient Athletic Games are our favorite spectator activity.

Throughout the festival, there are typically activities for kids to try their hand at. My daughter loved participating in a mini highland games challenge and fencing lessons.

Fencing Lesson at Saline Celtic Festival

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Past Years at Saline Celtic Festival

We had a great time at both the 2014 and 2015 Saline Celtic Festival as shown in the video below and in our 2014 review.

In 2014, my daughter’s highlights were the Wee Folks Island and watching the Highland Games. In 2015, the highlight was taking on the kids challenge course and taking a fencing lesson with Ring of Steel. At 9, she decided to skip the Wee Folks Island in favor of the other activities.

Five Tips for the Saline Celtic Festival

1 – Buy Tickets in Advance

Saline Celtic Festival Tickets are cheaper if you buy them in advance. Online tickets are available for $15 for Adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for youth. At the festival they are $18/adults, $10/seniors, $5/youth. Online ticket sales end on June 30.

2 – What to Bring

With cool temperatures and rain in the 2023 forecast the new location at the Farm Council Fairgrounds has some indoor activities including Wee Folks Island.

If you will be visiting Wee Folks Island, bring a bag for your child’s creations – preferably one that you wouldn’t mind getting paint on if their creations are still wet.

Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. There is plenty of walking at the Saline Celtic Festival. However, many of the paths through the fairgrounds are dirt or gravel. Be prepared for these to be muddy after rain.

3 – Getting to the Festival

Getting to the Festival is even easier this year. The Fairgrounds offers plenty of FREE parking. There is no longer a need to take a shuttle or park blocks away.

4 – Plan Your Day – Check the Schedule

Be sure to check the schedule and plan your visit accordingly to make sure you hit the highlights. The first time that we went, we spent about 45 minutes on Wee Folks Island partially because I had bought my daughter an entry into the hourly duck race and we had to wait for the race. I do suggest visiting Wee Folks Island early in the afternoon as they ran short on some craft activities in 2014.

5 – Don’t Miss These Activities

Obviously for each family, different activities will be at the top of their activity list. Both years we really enjoyed watching the Ancient Athletic Games activities. For my parents and I it brought back memories of a Nintendo NES game that we had that featured the caber toss.

I also recommend watching some of the Highland Dancing and Jousting. I also suggest walking around the entire festival to see the artisans and other demonstrations.

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