Our 2018 Program

 

 September 21, 7:00 PM at Mountain Empire Community College
September 22, all day downtown Big Stone Gap VA

 

Raven and Red, along with Sigean, will headline our  concert beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday September 21, 2018 at the Goodloe Center at Mountain Empire Community College. This concert is free, thanks to the support of the Pro-Art Association.

 
 
On Saturday September the 22nd all day in downtown Big Stone Gap there will be a mixture of activities including the parade, 5K run, Bike race, beer garden, music stages, workshops, demonstrations, kids' games, Highland games, sheepdogs, etc.
 

Music will be at Miner's Park, The Farmers' Market, Coal Museum, John Fox Jr. House, Southwest Virginia Museumand Tales of the Lonesome Pine Bookstore.  Highland Games and sheepdogs will be at Bullitt Park.  Kids' activities will be at the Library and Bullitt Park. The Celtic Kitchen will again be at BSG Presbyterian Church, which will also be the venue for an 'Open Mic.'  Vendors and demonstrators will be at the Farmers Market, Miners Park, the new Visitors Center and the adjacent sidewalks. 

Beer Garden will open at noon at Miner's Park, and an additional Beer Garden will be at Bullitt park during the Highland Games. Only 21 and older with an ID will be permitted into the Beer Garden area. ID is required regardless of age. No alcohol can leave the Beer Garden area.  

 
 

All venues are free except for nominal charges for the Beer Garden, Celtic Kitchen ($5) and High Tea ($5) at the Fox House.
MEOC Shuttle Buses are available for transportation between venues.

 
 

BIG STONE CELTIC FESTIVAL 2018 (Subject to change)
 
8:00 AM
(at Bullitt Park)
Highland Games Registration (for accepted Applications)
8:30 AM
(at Bullitt Park)
Tour De Cracker's Neck Bike Race Registration
(race at 9:00 AM)
11:00 AM
(Starts at the Fire Hall, opposite Farmer's Market)
PARADE LINEUP -- All Welcome!  
 
BSG VISITORS CENTER
10:00 AM Sigean
12:00 PM Thistledew

MINER'S PARK STAGE

11:30 AM Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums
Noon Beer Garden Opens (ID REQUIRED)
Noon  Ron Short
1:00 PM Raven & Red
2:00 PM Thistle Dew
3:00 PM Sigean
4:00 PM Tim Smith & Eileen Regan
6:00 PM  Ceilidh Dance with Sigean and Friends
   
JOHN FOX HOUSE:  ACOUSTIC PARLOR
2-4:00 PM High Tea ($5 per person)
2:00 PM Tim Smith & Eileen Regan
3:00 PM Raven & Red
   
COAL MUSEUM:  MUSIC OF COAL
12:00 PM Jack Beck 
 
SLEMP LIBRARY
2:00 PM  Pipes & Drums
 
BOOKSTORE:  WORKSHOPS
3:00 PM Jack Beck & Tyler Hughes
   
BULLITT PARK  
8:00 AM Highland Games Registration (see full schedule here)
9:00 AM Tour de Crackers Neck Bike Race Starts
11:30 AM Children's Celtic Activities, and Hogwarts Express
12:00 PM Beer Garden (ID REQUIRED)
1:00, 2:00, 3:00 PM Sheepdog Demonstrations 
   
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
4:00 - 6:00 PM (in the kitchen/hall) Celtic Kitchen ($5 per tasting plate)

 

 

 


Big Stone Celtic is grateful to Pro-Art for the sponsorship of our featured headliners.  Big Stone Celtic is a mainly free event so we are also grateful to the many organizations and individuals who have given generously to make this tribute to the connections between the town and their Celtic forebears possible.

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FESTIVAL PARTICIPATION AND YOU!

Want to participate in our Festival?  Have an idea?  Available to volunteer at a venue?  Know anyone who does Celtic sports?  We'd love to hear from you.  This festival is a community-driven effort to increase downtown visibility and showcase the Celtic roots of Southwest Virginia's resilient and lovely people.  If you want to help with any element of this you may contact us through our website.