History will come alive at this weekend’s Saline Celtic Festival, when Mill Pond Park will resound with clanging swords, thundering hooves and clashing lances in jousting tournaments and much more.
New to the lineup is Gaesatae, representing a group of warriors from Gaul who lived in the Alps and fought against the Romans. Their small encampment will give a glimpse of daily life in medieval times.
Gaesatae will join several returning favorites including The Barony of Cynnabar, a part of The Society of Creative Anachronism, recreating crafts and activities from before the Viking age to the late Middle Ages, and demonstrating armored combat, rapier swordplay and ax-throwing.
The Ann Arbor Sword Club will give demos and lessons; the crusader encampment group the Noble Company and Order of Saint Maurice will provide historical re-enactments, swordplay, fencing and more; and Ring of Steel Theatre and Stunt Troupe will give fight demonstrations all afternoon, as well as perform their thrilling fire show at Friday’s Pub Night and again on Saturday evening.
In a quieter mode, festivalgoers can enjoy textile demonstrations, watch dogs herding sheep, and visit clan tents.
Thursday, July 1: CrossBow to perform 7-9 p.m. at Summer Music Series, downtown Saline.
Friday, July 13: CrossBow and Brother Crowe to perform at Pub Night in Mill Pond Park that also features Ring of Steel; Limerick Contest; Mr. Pretty Legs competition; and workshops. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission $5, under 13 free.
Saturday, July 14: Opening ceremonies at Mill Pond Park 11 a.m.
Corktown Popes, Steel City Rovers, Brother Crowe, CrossBow, Finvarra’s Wren, Peat in the Creel, Roane, the Leprecons, Saline Fiddlers, and many more.
Jousting, historical reenactments, Highland dance, Millie the Mill Pond Monster, Wee Folks Island, the Kilted Magician, sheep herding, Highland Athletics, pipe bands, textile arts, merchant village, and a Craft Beer Festival
$15/adults; $10/ages 65 and up; $5/ages 13-17; free/ages 12 and under, and active military.
Advance tickets at salineceltic.org and Saline City Hall: $10/ adults; group of 10/$80.
Free parking with shuttles.
No pets allowed.