Countdown to the 2021 Celtic Festival

Always the last Saturday in April!

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 2019 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!

The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland does much more than out annual Festival. We carry out a number of events throughout the year. We do our own events, such as the Celtic Circles, join with others for concerts, dinners, and so forth. If you’re a member, or not, please take the time to volunteer and help celebrate the Celtic Heritage. It’s not too late to join the tribe!

Important Festival Announcement

Greetings to you all:

Sadly, we must begin this message by announcing that the 2020 Southern Maryland Celtic Festival will not happen this year. We’ve held off announcing it as long as possible, but government restrictions and bans of gatherings leave us no choice.

But, be of good cheer. The Celtic Society is solvent, and in a good financial place, so that our losses from this will not keep us from holding our Festival next year – April 24, 2021. We hope and expect to see you there.

Gathering bans will also affect any programs and other events, so we’ll be fairly quiet for a while.

This is your opportunity to read/buy online all those Celtic histories, novels, and poetry you’ve been putting off. And all those movies and BBC programs are out there just waiting for you. Not to mention all the whiskey tastings you can hold by and for yourselves.

If you like our works, please take out a membership.

Hold fast, keep the Celtic spirit alive.

In The News

Celtic Festival Vendors List

As you know, we sadly had to cancel our 2020 Southern Maryland Celtic Festival. This was the first time we’ve had to do such a thing. We fully expect to be back next year, on April 24 (always the last Saturday in April).

We want to help our vendors, and ensure that you have a chance to connect with them. So, we’ve compiled a list of all of our vendors who have given permission to let you know of their websites or other ways to contact them. We hope you will continue to support them so that they will be able to participate next year. They will be most appreciative of your patronage in this trying time.

For the full list of vendors, click here.