Join the fun at the second annual Corvallis Celtic Festival July 25-28, 2024!

Last year’s inaugural festival was a grand success, bringing together community partners and musicians from all over Oregon. The free event was supported by button sales and donations both large and small. This year’s festival will again be by donation and will feature 25 bands and 17 workshops.

Festivities begin with a kick-off concert on Thursday evening July 25 featuring three Corvallis-based bands. Common Fields in downtown Corvallis is hosting this free event and donating a percentage of food and beverage sales to the festival.

On Friday evening, July 26, the festival headliner Rakish, a fiddle and guitar duo from Boston, will perform at the newly opened state-of-the art PRAx concert hall on the Oregon State University campus. This is the only ticketed festival event and tickets will be available on the PRAx website. The acoustics and architecture of this new concert hall are spectacular.

Events on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 will take place in and around Central Park. Admission is free although festival buttons for a donation of $10 or more will be available. Each day starts with a bagpipers parade. Main Stage in Central Park will host 8 bands on Saturday and 4 bands on Sunday. The Corvallis library will host smaller performances including storytellers and singers, as well as workshops on beginning guitar, beginning and advanced Irish drum, pennywhistle, fiddle, and singing. Additional workshops on Saturday including dance steps, a band workshop, advanced guitar, advanced fiddle, Irish flute, and Cape Breton fiddle will be offered at the nearby First Presbyterian Church. The Corvallis Art Center will be a dedicated harp space and includes a hands on harp workshop (limit 12 and pre-registration required on the website), and performances from a variety of Celtic harpists.

And if that’s not enough, a table with children’s activities including Celtic arts and crafts, Irish drum decorating and playing, games, and a musical instrument “petting zoo” is planned. Open jam sessions will be held throughout the weekend and a variety of food and beverages will be available in Central Park. Celtic-themed vendor booths will complete the picture in Central Park.

Truly something for everyone. Come and find your inner Celt at the Corvallis Celtic Festival. Full schedule as well as descriptions of all performances and
workshops will be posted soon. The home page has discount codes for local lodging so out-of-town guests can plan for a great weekend in Corvallis.

man in a kilt playing pipes
people forming an archway with their hands
a four-piece celtic band performing on a stage outside