March 21: Celtic Lands Culture Fest

Céad mile failte!

The 16th annual Celtic Lands Culture Fest offers an array of folklore and art from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Marvel at the fast and fancy footwork of traditional Celtic dancers, listen to Celtic folk tales told by skilled storytellers, enjoy music by local Celtic musicians and shop the vendors’ booths for authentic wares and baked goods.

Celtic Lands Marketplace
Buy handmade home décor, jewelry and more at our bustling marketplace filled with original goods.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rotunda

Red Cross
Learn about the work of the International Red Cross.  
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rotunda

Highland Athletic Games and Celtic Crafts
Bring the whole family for some awesome fun with Tuath an Ard Tire Ardai: The Celtic Studies Club as you play traditional Celtic games and earn your Passport stamp in the process.
Noon to 4 p.m., Private Dining Rooms

Celtic Dulcimer Performance
Meet Donald Drewry of the Drewry Family Historical Production Company as he plays the Celtic Dulcimer.
Noon to 4 p.m., Museum Concourse

McGing Irish Dancers
Enjoy a performance from the internationally-acclaimed Irish dance group.
Noon, Rotunda

Ohio Valley Scottish Society Dance Presentation
1 p.m., Rotunda

Riley School of Irish Music
Celebrate the unique sounds of Irish music!
1:30 p.m., Duke Energy Children’s Museum 

Scotland the Brave: A Brief History of Bagpipes    
Join Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes and Drums Captain Robert Reid to learn more about piping and drums.
1:30 p.m., Collett Gallery

Riley School of Irish Music
2 p.m., Rotunda

Hands-on Harp Workshop for Families
Learn the fundamentals of playing the harp from Holly from Holly’s Harps.     
2:30 p.m., Collett Gallery

Celtic Rhythm Dancers of Erickson Academy
3 p.m., Rotunda

Cincinnati Highland Dancers
Scottish dancing at its best! Enjoy this special performance by the Highland Dancers during Celtic Lands Culture Fest.
3 p.m., Duke Energy Children’s Museum

Cincinnati Highland Dancers
4 p.m., Rotunda      

Dig Deeper into Celtic Lands Culture!

Noon to 4 p.m.

Take your passport to the four Stamping Stations located around the Rotunda and surrounding areas. Once you collect all four stamps, enter to win four All Museum Passes!

Celtic Lands Culture Fest Stamps:

  1. Explore Highland Athletic Games with the Tuath an Ard Tire Ardai: Celtic Studies Club. Join us for fun Celtic activities and support your favorite museum clan when you compete in the games!
  2. Meet the Welsh Society of Cincinnati and learn about the boy wizard who revealed the dragons beneath Mount Snowdon.
  3. Did you know that Cincinnati’s Caledonian Society is the oldest Caledonian Society in continuing existence in the United States? Learn about the Caledonian Society of Cincinnati’s history of helping immigrants and how it is currently preserving and promoting Scottish culture and heritage.
  4. CONGRATULATIONS! You have just earned your final stamp and qualify to enter into a drawing for four All Museum Passes.

 Buy Tickets

Activities in the Rotunda and surrounding areas are free. Activities in our museums are free for Members or included with your All Museums Pass. Click here to buy tickets.


Thank you to our supporting partner:


"Luxottica’s culture of embracing employee diversity supports initiatives within our community and expands the way we see the world. The Passport to the World at Cincinnati Museum Center exemplifies such a program. Additionally, Luxottica is the founding global sponsor for OneSight, a non-profit committed to providing eye care and eyewear to underprivileged people around the world, literally helping them see a world of possibilities. We celebrate our 23rd year of service in our own city in 2012."

- Jason Singh, Director of OneSight