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Dayton Celtic Festival 2020

Celebrate Irish culture and heritage in Dayton

Dayton Celtic Festival is an annual event taking place every July at Dayton's RiverScape MetroPark, Ohio. Presented by the ​United Irish of Dayton, one of the largest Irish festivals of the Midwest attracts about 90,000 attendees. It offers lots of Irish food, great beer, music, art, and live entertainment.

Three days of craic and celebration of Irish, Welsh, and Scottish cultures feature four stages with non-stop live music and dance from local performers as well as bands from abroad. Over 20 musical acts including bands like Gaelic Storm, Scythian, Heron Valley, Socks in the Frying Pan, and We Banjo. Other attractions include whiskey tastings, cultural exhibits, Celtic breakfast, and Mass. One of the main attractions is the Celtic Food Court that offers many authentic dishes. In 2016-2017 the festival was named the Best of Dayton by Dayton Magazine.

The festival offers a shuttle service and a kids' activities area. There is also a Culture area featuring workshops with prominent authors like Cindy Thomson, who researched her Scots-Irish roots, and Cathy Jo Smith, the author of Storyteller & The Irish Wake. The arts and crafts area offers Celtic souvenirs and products from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.