July 12-13 – Come see why Bloomberg Business Week and Money Magazine recognize the Saline Celtic Festival as one of the reasons Saline is a great place to live and the #1 city in Michigan to raise a family.
New this year.
The Michigan Brewers Guild will bring a little more “beer” culture to the cities signature event with craft beers from Bell’s, Arcadia Ales, Ann Arbor Brewing Company and New Holland Brewing Company.
The Mastodon Mayhem Challenge Run organized by the Saline Main Street group will open the festival with a unique obstacle run. This 3 mile dash thru the park will feature mud pits, wall climbing, tire cross, log carry, sit-up and push-up stations water obstacle and more.
The 18th Annual Saline Celtic Festival kicks off on Thursday, July 11 with a Highland Athletics demonstration downtown at the Summer Music Series. Friday, July 12th with Pub in the Park starting at 5:30 p.m. Good food, Michigan craft beers, great music and entertainment. The popular Tartan Terrors band will provide the music. There will also be dance and music workshops for participants to enjoy for only $8.00. Additionally, families can come and enjoy a free evening of jousters, merchants, and enjoy a great night! Come hang out and relax with neighbors and friends while strolling through the beautiful Millpond park. Friday will also host the popular Mr. Pretty Legs Kilt competition. Saturday, July 13, is Festival Day! The festivities begin Saturday with the Mastodon Mayhem Obstacle run. Followed by the opening ceremonies with an “inside the park” parade, mass pipe bands, national anthem, dignitaries and more starting at 11am.
And what would the festival be without the Highland Pipe Bands? The bands, individual pipers, and drummers will compete for medals and bragging rights. The color and sounds will lift your heart.The performances begin at 9:00 am with the Scottish and Highland Dance Competition followed throughout the day with Irish Dance Competitions. The always popular Highland Athletes with the caber and sheaf toss will highlight a 7-event competition. Saturday’s stage entertainment will begin at noon with three stages of live entertainment throughout the day and will feature rock and traditional Celtic music by Solas, Brother and Blackthorn bands. Great activities for families to enjoy on Saturday include Jousting Knights on Horseback, Clans and Societies, Golf chipping, Celtic Survivor, Haggis Hurl, Textile Arts. Shopping, Sheep Dog Demonstrations, The Wee Folk Area, Medieval Reenactments, Tug-of-War and Millie the Millpond Monster.
There will be food and many merchant vendors available at a variety of locations within the park selling authentic Celtic food and great merchandise. There’s something for everyone to enjoy during the Saline Celtic Festival! The Festival runs through 11:00 pm. Tickets will be available at the Celtic Festival Office, Saline City Hall and other local businesses beginning June 1st. Please visit the festival’s website for ticket locations at salineceltic.org. Would you like to attend the Festival for free? Just become a volunteer. For a few hours of work (really more like play) you are given free admission as part of the great party.
For more information on the Celtic Festival or to volunteer, contact the Saline Celtic Festival office at 734-944-2810, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come and enjoy the party!
SATURDAY TICKET PRICES:
• Children under 12 -Free
• Active Military -Free.
• Advance tickets are $10.00.
• Tickets purchased at the gate for adults 18 +: $15.00
• Tickets purchased at the gate for youth ages 13-17: $5.00
• Tickets purchased at the gate after 8:00 p.m.: $5.00
All parking and shuttle rides are free.