Southern Maryland Celtic Festival
April 25, 2015 marks the 37th year for the oldest Celtic celebration in Maryland. Chosen in 2000 by Congressman Steny Hoyer to represent Southern Maryland in the national “Local Legacy” project of the Library of Congress’ bicentennial celebration, the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering highlights the heritage of the Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scots, and Welsh.
The festival is scheduled on the last Saturday of April every year from 10 AM to 6 PM, rain or shine, on the 560-acre Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Look for our flyers each year and you can start inviting friends and neighbors to go with you and share our common heritage (or learn about someone else’s!). While the park will allow pets, it would be less stressful for them if you left your furry friends at home.
More than 50 clans and societies have information to share. Three performing stages offer continuous music and dance featuring internationally known recording artists and groups. Watch craft and country-dance demonstrations and listen to harp, and Scottish fiddling while storytellers weave tales alongside historical displays, crafts and food. There is a Celtic market place for foods and gifts that provide an old world atmosphere. All-day competitions include pipers, fiddlers, highland dancers, athletes, drummers, pipe bands and Celtic Harpers. After closing ceremonies, join us in the dance pavilion for the free evening ceilidh (dance party with live music until 9:00 p.m.).
It’s always a good idea to bring an extra set of car keys to your vehicle, just in case. If inclement conditions are in the forecast, please remember that trees and tents do not make for safe refuge. Here is a link to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Safety Preparedness Guide. Additionally, if you plan to stay past dark we recommend having a flashlight.
All lost and found, including human beings, should report to the General Admission gate for pick up.
- $20 Adults (13 and over) at the gate
- Children (12 and under) Free with the purchase of an Adult Ticket at the gate or Adult Advance Sale Ticket
- $15 Adult Advance Sale Tickets only until midnight the night before the Festival
For a brochure write:
The Celtic Festival
P.O. Box 209
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
or Telephone: 410-449-0096
or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to participate at the Festival as an Entertainer, Competitor, Celtic Vendor, in Living History, or attend Genealogy seminars?Parking is a must read!
Lodging for the festival is available in the following hotels in Prince Frederick, MD:
Spring Hill Suites by Marriott 410-414-5217;
Super 8 Motel 410-535-8668;
Holiday Inn Express 410-535-6800
Hilton Garden Inn 410-326-0303 (Sponsor);
Holiday Inn Select 410-326-6311;
Comfort Inn 410-326-6303
Directions to the Festival at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685
From Washington Beltway: (approx. 1 hour) Take Exit-11, MD-4 South (towards Upper Marlboro) 34 miles to Prince Frederick. Continue on MD-4 (beyond Prince Frederick) for 3 miles; Turn right on MD-264 (Broomes Island Road). Then follow Route 264 for two miles, turn left on Route 265 (Mackall Road) and follow for six miles. Turn right into the first Park entrance.
From Baltimore: (approx. 1hr 45 min.) Take I-695 to I-97 (left exit). Take Route 3 South to Route 301 South. At Upper Marlboro, take Route 4 South through Prince Frederick for three miles. Turn right on Route 264 (Broomes Island Road). Then follow Route 264 for two miles, turn left on Route 265 (Mackall Road) and follow for six miles. Turn right into the first Park entrance.
From Waldorf: (approx. 45 minutes) Take Route 5 to Hughesville and turn left on Route 231. Follow 231 for 13 miles to Prince Frederick. Turn right (south) on Route 4. Follow Route 4 for three miles; turn right on Route 264 (Broomes Island Road). Then follow Route 264 for two miles, turn left on Route 265 (Mackall Road) and follow for six miles. Turn right into the first Park entrance.
From Lexington Park: (approx. 45 minutes.) Take Route 235 North to Route 4. Turn right (North) on Route 4 towards Prince Frederick. Turn left on Parran Road. Follow Parran Road to its end at Mackall Road. Turn left onto Mackall Road and go three miles to the Park entrance on the right. Turn right into the first Park entrance.