A Quick Guide to the Saline Celtic Festival

 07/02/2014 - 03:04

The Saline Celtic Festival – recently voted “Most Family-Friendly Festival” in Ann Arbor Family Magazine – will be held July 11-12, at Mill Pond Park on West Bennett Street.

  • A “Saline ShamRocks the Park” community party – a prelude to the July 12 festival – will be held Friday, July 11, at Mill Pond Park, featuring the Celtic band Barleyjuice from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and 80s retro band The Square Pegz from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., as well as an authentic Irish jam Seisun, an Irish Ceili dance, and an English Country/Contra Dance. The gates will open at 5 p.m., and close at midnight. Admission is $5.
  • The gates at Mill Pond Park will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. Activities will run all day until midnight.
  • Musicians include RUNA, Jeremy Kittel Band, Prydein, Barleyjuice, Finvarra’s Wren, Fiddlers Restrung, Chelsea House Orchestra, Ann Arbor Celtic Harpers, Celtic Connections and Celtic Jam.
  • Other festival activities include music and dance, children’s events, Millie the Mill Pond Monster, jousting, living history re-enactors, falconry and sheepherding demonstrations, Highland Athletics, pipe bands, Highland dance competitions, textile arts, Mastodon Celtic Challenge and crowd participation events, merchant village, food and drink, including Michigan craft beers.
  • Tickets at the gate on Saturday are $15 for adults; $5 for ages 13-17; free for children 12 and under, seniors, and active military.
  • Tickets at www.salinecelticfestival.org are $10 for adults; sales will close at 12 p.m. July 11. All tickets purchased online will be held at the festival gate at “Will Call.”
  • Group sales of 10 tickets are $80.
  • Pre-event tickets will also be available for $10 for adults at Saline City Hall, 100 N. Harris St., the week of the festival.
  • No pets allowed.
  • Handicap parking is available at the old Houghton Elementary School near Mill Pond Park.
  • Parking will be at Saline Middle School, Liberty School, and in city parking lots on Henry Street, East McKay, and North Ann Arbor-Saline Road.
  • Free shuttle buses will run between the parking areas and Mill Pond Park continuously on Saturday.
  • For complete information on festival events, visit www.salinecelticfestival.org.  
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Sheila Pursglove
Sheila Pursglove is a long-time Saline-area resident, and a freelance writer for several publications in Michigan, around the U.S. and abroad.