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39th Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Games

April 29, 2017, 10 AM to 6 PM Rain or Shine
Advanced Sales ONLY available online

2017 Festival Tickets   2017 CSSM Membership
Our headliner this year is NORTH AMERICA’S CELTIC BAND, the American Rogues.

the American Rogues

If the 78th Fraser Pipe Band sat down with the Chieftains, Wolfstone, and the Waterboys and then asked some friends from a symphonic orchestra and a Japanese taiko group to join them at the table the resulting sound might resemble the AMERICAN ROGUES. For years the performances of this American/Canadian group have electrified audiences on three continents. Renowned for their musical skill, quick wit, compelling storytelling, and engaging stage show the AMERICAN ROGUES have mastered the art of creating an immediate connection with audiences who can’t stay in their seats!

The AMERICAN ROGUE family includes former members of the Army, the Marines, the Air Force, the Military Police, and the Navy. They have raised thousands of dollars for individual veterans, the National Navy SEAL Museum, the U.S. Air Force Aid Society, Homes for Our Troops, the Warrior Alliance, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Operation Ward 57 (on whose board of directors Nelson Stewart sits) at Walter Reed National Medical Center.

They are always searching for ways to help military charities so if you have any ideas please contact them.


The festival is held at the beautiful, 560-acre, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. 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, listen to harp, Scottish fiddling while storytellers weave tales near grazing sheep alongside historical displays, crafts and food. There is a Celtic market place for foods and gifts. Competitions include pipers, fiddlers, highland dancers, athletes, drummers, pipe bands and Celtic harpers.

Ceilidh (Celtic Music and Dance Party) 6pm-9pm in the Pavillian

Admission at Gate the Day of the Event

$20 Adults (13 and over)

Children (under 13) Free with the purchase of an Adult Ticket


New and renewal hardcopy (pdf) membership forms are now available on the Membership page, for those that prefer sending in a check. Please remember that you must renew by the last day of January or you will have to use a new membership type and will receive a new membership number.


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The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland Welcomes you in the languages of the seven Celtic Nations:

Benvidas (Galician (Galicia/Asturias, Spain) for “Welcome” [to men and women])

Ceud Mile Failte (Scots Gaelic for “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes”)

Céad Mile Fáilte (Irish Gaelic for “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes”)

Croeso (Welsh (Wales) for “Welcome”)

Digemer Mad (Breton (Brittany, France) for “Welcome”)

Dynnargh Dhis (Cornish (Cornwall) for “Welcome”)

Failt Erriu – (Manx (Isle of Man) for “Welcome”)

Our mission is to educate the general public through our celebrations and coordinating service, the Highland Games and Celtic Festival, music, dance, dress, heraldry, genealogy, and history as we celebrate the cultural heritage of the seven Celtic Nations: Ireland; Scotland; Wales; Isle of Man; Brittany; Cornwall; and Galicia/Asturias.

Thank you for visiting our website and supporting our events. We look forward to seeing you throughout the years as we share together the many aspects of this great culture.

Slainte!