october, 2018

sat27oct10:00 am5:00 pmSamhain Celtic New Year FestivalCelebrate Celtic Culture through live music, dance, performance, workshops, food and more10:00 am - 5:00 pm Willamette Heritage Center


Event Details

Celtic culture comes alive at the Ceili of the Valley’s third annual Samhain Celtic New Year Festival, which features a day of hands-on experience 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. New this year, the event is being held in the Spinning Room at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St. SE.

Honoring the seven Celtic Nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia and Isle of Man), the event is a day of immersive live music, speakers, workshops and educational hands-on activities that are fun for the whole community.

Learn about Celtic history and heritage. See demonstrations of art, cooking and dance. Take part in a workshop for fiddle, whistle, uilleann pipes and bodhran. Listen to stories of the wee folk and faeries. Visit the children’s area for opportunities in printmaking, clay working, coloring, knot creation and more, plus don’t forget to step outside where kids can take part in a mini highland games and test their skills at the caber toss, sheaf toss, and welly throw.

This year’s headlining band is Biddy on the Bench, a Portland band blending the versatile combination of banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle and four part vocal harmony in high-energy Irish rebel songs and shanties, lively session tunes, and mournful Gaelic ballads. Grounded primarily in the folk/traditional style of Irish music pioneered by such bands as “The Dubliners”, “Planxty”, and “The Bothy Band”, Biddy on the Bench breathes life and authenticity into old standbys of the genre and lesser-known tunes alike.

Come hungry and ready for lunch as Celtic culinary delights, such as potato soup, cock-a-leekie soup, and bubble and squeak soup (prepared by local eatery Sassy Onion), as well as other sweet and savory treats will be available for purchase.

Admission to the Samhain Festival is $10 adult and $5 students. Free for children younger than 12. Purchase tickets in advance at: https://orcelticfest2018.brownpapertickets.com/

Learn more about the presenters, exhibitors and vendors at our website: www.celticfestival.info.

The Samhain Celtic New Year Festival is supported by a grant of Transient Occupancy Tax from the City of Salem, and also made possible with support from Rich Duncan Construction, Inc.

The Samhain Celtic New Year Festival is organized by the Ceili of the Valley Society, a Salem-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and perpetuating Irish heritage and culture in the Willamette Valley primarily through social events that incorporate music and dance. An all-volunteer organization, the society teaches weekly classes, and holds dances with live music on the second Friday of the month. For more information, visit www.ceiliofthevalley.org.


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Willamette Heritage Center