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*Tentative 2019 Schedule

Friday Night Pub Tent - June 21, 2019

5:00pm - Gates Open
Food Vendors, Merchants & Beer Tent Open

Riverside Main Stage

5:30pm - Bill Craig
6:30pm - Schiehallian Dancers
7:30pm - Erin’s Marlore
8:30pm - Steel City Rovers
9:15pm - Break
9:30pm - Steel City Rovers

11:00pm - Gates Close

 
 
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*Tentative 2019 Schedule

Saturday Festivities - June 22, 2019

8:00am - Gates Open

8:00am - Scottish Dancing Registration Opens
9:00am - Merchants, Food Vendors, & Clans and Societies Avenue Open
9:00am - 5:00pm - Scotty Dog Information & Demonstrations (Heritage Tent)
10:00am - Heavy Events Registration Opens
11:00am - 2:00pm - SKIRL Celtic Funk Band Pop-Up Shows
1:00pm - Border Collies & Sheep Herding Demonstration
4:00pm - Border Collies & Sheep Herding Demonstration

8:00pm - Gates Close

Main Field

12:00pm - Parade & Opening Ceremonies w/ Special Tribute to Maeve Elizabeth Field
1:00 -5:00pm - Heavy Events
5:00pm - Closing Ceremonies

Riverside Main Stage

10:00am - Bill Craig
11:00am - NovEire Celtic Group
1:00pm - Steel City Rovers
2:00pm - Erin’s Marlore
3:00pm - NovEire Celtic Group
4:00pm - David Leask
5:45pm - Ferguson Young
6:45pm - Steel City Rovers
8:00pm - Gates Close

Highland Stage

10:15am - Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society Demo & Audience Participation
1:00pm - Royal Scottish Country Dancing Society Demo & Audience Participation
2:30pm - David Leask
3:30pm - Ferguson Young
4:30pm - Bill Craig
6:00pm - Erin’s Marlore

Highland Dancing Stage

9:00am - 5:00pm - Scottish Dancing Competitions

 
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Looking to get to the Caledonia Celtic Festival? We've got you covered.

 
 
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FROM TORONTO

Take Queen Elizabeth Way and ON-403 W to ON-6 S in Hamilton. Take the ON-6 S exit from ON-403 W

Merge onto Gardiner Expy W

Continue onto Queen Elizabeth Way

Continue onto Queen Elizabeth Way/ON-403 W

Keep right at the fork to stay on ON-403 W, follow signs for Hamilton/Brantford

Take the ON-6 S exit toward Caledonia/Port Dover

Continue on ON-6 S. Drive to Caithness St E/Haldimand County Hwy 54 in Caledonia

Continue onto ON-6 S

Continue straight onto Argyle St N

Turn left onto Caithness St E/Haldimand County Hwy 54 

Destination will be on the right


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FROM NIAGARA

Continue on QEW/Queen Elizabeth Way to Hamilton. Take the Upper James Street exit from Lincoln M. Alexander Pkwy W

Merge onto QEW/Queen Elizabeth Way

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 88-89 for Red Hill Valley Parkway

Continue onto Red Hill Valley Pkwy S

Continue onto Lincoln M. Alexander Pkwy W

Use the right 2 lanes to take the Upper James Street exit

Continue on Upper James St. Take ON-6 N to Caithness St E/Haldimand County Hwy 54 in Caledonia

Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Upper James St (signs for Upper James Street)

Continue onto ON-6 N

Continue straight onto Argyle St N

Turn left onto Caithness St E/Haldimand County Hwy 54 

Destination will be on the right


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FROM LONDON

Take ON-401 E toward Toronto

Keep right at the fork to continue on ON-403 E, follow signs for Brantford/Hamilton/Niagara Falls

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 61 for ON-6 S/South Caledonia Port Dover toward Caledonia/Port Dover

Continue on ON-6 S. Drive to Caithness St E/Haldimand County Hwy 54 in Caledonia

Continue onto ON-6 S

Continue straight onto Argyle St N

Turn left onto Caithness St E/Haldimand County Hwy 54
Destination will be on the right


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FROM GUELPH

Continue onto ON-6 S

Keep right at the fork, follow signs for ON-403 W/Ontario 6 S/Brantford and merge onto ON-403 W

Take the ON-6 S exit toward Caledonia/Port Dover

Continue onto ON-6 S

Continue on Argyle St N. Drive to Caithness St E/Haldimand County Hwy 54 in Caledonia

Continue straight onto Argyle St N

Turn left onto Caithness St E/Haldimand County Hwy 54

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Will there be an A.T.M.?

Yes. There is an ATM located on site at the Caledonia Fairgrounds.

Are dogs allowed at the fairgrounds?

Sorry, Scotty Dog will have to stay at home unless he's a service dog.

What happens if it rains? Is there a rain date?

The show must go on! Rain or shine the festival will go ahead as planned. Check the weather and dress accordingly.

Do I have to be Scottish or Irish to attend?

Of course not! While the Celtic Festival aims to celebrate all that is Celtic, everyone is welcome.

Is Celtic pronounced "Sell-tick" or "Kell-tick"?

Both. Traditionalists will tell you the hard 'k' sound is the only way to go because the Welsh and Irish use the 'c' as a hard 'k' sound. Though that pronunciation is actually believed to have only been adopted in the 20th century. The soft 's' sound isn't necessarily any more right, however. The argument is that in most cases in the English language  a 'c' followed by an 'e' produces a soft 's' sound - cereal, cedar, celebrity - and so on. But we all know how reliable and consistent the English language is - throw, beau, go... Continue to pronounce it how you like. Just be ready for a debate.

Can I come in costume?

YES! We can not stress enough how welcome you are to come in costume from a kilt to full Highland Dress.

Do I have to come in costume?

Not at all. If you're more comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt, that's just fine.

Is this going to be an annual event?

We sure hope so!

Will you be selling tickets at the door?

Yes we will. But you can save some money by buying them online now.

I took some great pics and want to share them on Instagram and Facebook. Do you have an official hastag?

We'd love to see you having a kiltastic time! Loop us into the fun by using #CaledoniaCelticFest so we can see you getting your Celtic on. 

Was Braveheart a real person?

He sure was. Though his name was Robert the Bruce, not William Wallace as portrayed in the movie. Both William Wallace and Robert the Bruce are credited in leading the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against England, however. The accuracy of the movie is up for debate.

Is Outlander based on a true story?

Um, sadly no. However, a cardboard cut-out of Jamie Fraser has been known to appear at the Fraser Clan Tent. You could keep an eye out for him there.

Is Game of Thrones Celtic?

Not really. George R. R. Martin's literature is purely fantasy. Though it's safe to say it borrows from Celtic lore pretty heavily. 

 
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