Countdown to the 2020 Celtic Festival

Always the last Saturday in April!

Southern Maryland Celtic Festival

The Southern Maryland Celtic Festival for 2020 will be held on Saturday April 25, 2020 at the Jefferson-Patterson Park and Museum.

No outside alcoholic beverages of any kind are allowed into the festival. Alcoholic
beverages are available for sale at multiple locations throughout the festival grounds.

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April 25, 2020 will mark the 42nd 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.

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All lost and found, including human beings, should report to the General Admission gate for pick up.

Entry Prices:

  • $25 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

Advance Sales

  • $20 Adult Advance Sale Tickets

For a brochure write:
The Celtic Festival
P.O. Box 209
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

or Telephone: 410-449-0096
or Email:

Want to participate at the Festival as an Entertainer, Competitor, Celtic Vendor, in Living History, or attend Genealogy seminars?

Separate Links to: Celtic Vendor, Competitions, Living History, Genealogy

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Available Accommodations:

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

In Solomons:
Hilton Garden Inn 410-326-0303 (Sponsor);
Holiday Inn Select 410-326-6311;
Comfort Inn 410-326-6303

For more information go to: and select Southern region or for bed and breakfast go to: (select Southern region and then select Solomon’s).

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.

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