Discover heritage and culture at the Saline Celtic Festival (July 7-9) with Celtic dance competitions, pipe bands, sheep herding demonstrations, jousting showcases, and Gaelic Football. This family-friendly event is held outdoors in Millpond Park, only 10 miles Southwest of Ann Arbor.
Mastodon Celtic Challenge
Show your strength at this “bootcamp style” obstacle course. Spread over a 3-mile course, this challenge pushes participants to the limit with hills, mud, woods, water, and more. This year the event will include a corporate team challenge on Friday, July 8 and the traditional family and kids challenge, along with the adult challenge on Saturday, July 9.
Highland Dance Competition
Experience a variety of traditional dances at the Saline Celtic Festival. From Highland Flings, Sword Dancing, and Scottish Lilts - these friendly competitions are sure to inspire a crowd to move!
The Saline Celtic Festival has an amazing lineup for live music. Nearly a dozen Celtic bands will grace the stage in Millpond Park including Bill Grogan’s Goat, Dragon Wagon, Equinox, Stone Clover, Brother Crowe, Roane, Corktown Popes, Peat in the Creel, Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, The Diggers, Blue Caledonia, and the Ann Arbor Celtic Harpers.
In case you missed the Mastodon Celtic Challenge, there are more ways to flex your muscles at the Saline Celtic Festival. These events are open to men and women of all ages and include heavy and light weight distance, weight over bar, sheaf toss, and caber toss. Also, a Gaelic Football event will take place on the athletic field in Millpond Park!
The pipe bands appearing at the Saline Celtic Festival represent the best in Michigan and generally place in the top positions at competitions around the state. Each band will perform a thirty-minute concert set at the top of each hour throughout the afternoon starting at 1:00 pm followed by a massed bands at 5:00 pm. Living History The Saline Celtic Festival brings history back to life with weaponry and fencing demonstrations, jousting, sheep herding demonstrations, and a Clan Tent.
Learn more information on this celebration of Celtic culture at www.salineceltic.org.