The Ultimate Guide to Free CelticFest Events

The Ultimate Guide to Free CelticFest Events

There is no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Vancouver than CelticFest. It is the city’s largest and most popular free event, and Western Canada’s biggest annual Celtic festival. Taking place from March 6 to March 17, more than 250,000 people will take part in 12 days of music, dance, theatre, spoken word, film, food, drink, shopping, and activities in this annual festival of Celtic heritage, art and culture.

Sure there are plenty of pub events and concerts going on during CelticFest as well. You can check out the festival website for more listings, but with so many interesting events being offered for free, we think the best way to enjoy CelticFest is by keeping your money in your pockets.

###Celtic Village

What: Doolin’s music stage featuring live Celtic bands, street market, artisan and craft booths, food and shopping, Celtic Kids Corner

Where: Granville Street (between Robson and Nelson Streets)

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday, March 15, 2015, 10 am – 5:30 pm

Ages: All ages

Price: Free

###CelticFest Vancouver – Celtic Kids Corner

What: Face-painting by Marie-Helene Babin, swordplay demonstrations by Academie Duello International Centre for Swordplay, live entertainment by the Society for Creative Anachronism clad in medieval costumes and playing musical instruments and ancient board games

Where: Granville Street (between Robson and Nelson Streets)

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday, March 15, 2015, 10 am – 5:30 pm

Ages: All ages

Price: Free

###Royal Scottish Country Dance Demonstration

What: The Vancouver branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Association performs fun and colourful social dances, ancient and new, from full-tilt reels to the beautiful slow airs of traditional Scottish music.

Where: Tom Lee Music Hall

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 12 pm – 1 pm

Ages: All ages

Price: Free

###Fiddle Workshop

What: Learn about the fiddle and the music from four time Canadian Grand Masters (National Fiddling Competition) top ten finalist Kalissa Landa.

Where: Tom Lee Music Hall

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Ages: All ages

Price: Free

###Uilleann Pipes and Whistle Workshop

What: Learn about traditional piping, Irish life, music and culture from award-winning musician and Connemara, Ireland native Riachra O’Regan.

Where: Tom Lee Music Hall

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 4 pm – 5 pm

Ages: All ages

Price: Free

###St. Patrick’s Day Parade

What: Join thousands of your fellow Vancouver residents and visitors for a colourfully-costumed parade or pipe bands, Irish & Scottish dancers, floats, vintage cars and much more.

Where: Howe St (between Davie and West Georgia)

When: Sunday, March 15, 2015, 11 am

Ages: All ages

Price: Free

###O’Connor – O’Brien Irish Dancers

What: The O’Connor – O’Brien School of Irish Dance performs traditional Irish step dance and ceili dancing.

Where: Tom Lee Music Hall

When: Sunday, March 15, 2015, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Ages: All ages

Price: Free

###Dylan Thomas 100 (1914 – 2014)

What: One man play about Wales’ most famous poet produced by The Dylan Thomas Circle of Vancouver, featuring Damon Calderwood as Dylan, with live music by Tim Readman.

Where: Tom Lee Music Hall

When: Sunday, March 15, 2015, 3 pm – 4:30 pm

Ages: All ages

Price: Free