KVMR Celtic Festival is October 2-4 in Grass Valley

11236549_10153505832802948_5071219804508561294_nTHE 19th ANNUAL KVMR CELTIC FESTIVAL & Marketplace mixes Celtic music and magic October 2-4 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. A bucolic setting on 100 acres that is transformed into a Celtic village with eight stages and performance areas host many of the world’s best Celtic musicians.

Main Stage music headliners for this year include Galician piper Carlos Núñez, Irish squeeze-box master Sharon Shannon, Irish sister quartet Screaming Orphans, Boston fiddler Hanneke Cassel, Irish singer-song-writers Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, Celtic rockers Dàimh, local duo Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Sacramento’s own One Eyed Reilly and others.

Shopping and dining opportunities abound with over 50 vendors and a complete Irish Pub. Hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers roam the fairgrounds.

A free Friday Youth Arts program gives local students ages 10-18 the opportunity to participate in workshops with headline performers. Also returning will be the Friday night Ceilidh — a Celtic party with music, dancing and revelry featuring Reel of Seven.

Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in with jam sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the weekend. History buffs can explore encampments of “Guilds” who re-create points and places in time. Exciting and educational, the Celtic Animals exhibit houses falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, sheep and ponies.

Amateur and professional athletes test their strength and skill in Scottish Games. Children are kept engaged with arts and crafts, storytelling, and romping on straw bales. Revelers make music into the night in the campgrounds complete with tall trees and a lake. Camping and RV hookups are available on-site.

For tickets and more information visit KVMRCelticFestival.org.

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