Countdown to the 2019 Celtic Festival


Welcome to our Website!

We’re glad you found us. There are many ways to feel welcome with us, for starters:

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”)


The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; we provide grants, scholarships, donations, and support—singly or in cooperation with other organizations—events of a Celtic cultural or historical nature. There is no other organization in the Southern Maryland region that does this. We look for folks to join us and continue our mission.

We embrace what are considered the “modern” Celtic Nations (Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia/Asturias, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales) and all the more ancient homes of the Celts who underpin their history (Spain, France, England, etc.). Celebrate the heritage that gives the French their Gallic attitude, the Northern Italians their blonde hair, and just about the best music and entertainment anywhere.

CSSM holds no ethnic requirements. If you like the music, join us. If you like the food, join us. If you like the history, join us. Join our tribe!

The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland, Inc., and all CSSM functions are strictly non-political.

The Celtic Society contributes a portion of our Festival proceeds to Farming4Hunger, which is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 to grow, aggregate and distribute fresh, local food to those in need.

Our 2018 Festival was a great success. We’d like to thank all off our attendees, performers, competitors, and vendors. Most of all we’d like to thank all the Festival volunteers and those who work throughout the year to make this Festival possible. They’re doing more with less volunteers. If you enjoy the Festival as much as they do, please volunteer some of your time to keep this Festival going. Thank you!

Now we are planning for the 41st Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Games, which will be held on Saturday April 27, 2019. Volunteers are greatly needed for the Festival and for events throughout the year. Please consider becoming a volunteer.

Become a Volunteer