Evanston, WY is known as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, but in March it also attracts culturally curious visitors with its annual Ceili at the Roundhouse Celtic Festival. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll find at this year’s festival, which is running from March 24 -25.
1. Celtic Music
A variety of musicians are scheduled to perform throughout the weekend, from regional favorites to world-renowned acts. Some play traditional Celtic songs, while others fuse Celtic sounds with modern genres like rock and Latin music. There won't really be any rock or Latin music. The music stays pretty traditional this year.
Sit back and enjoy the sounds of bagpipes, fiddles, banjos, penny whistles, concertinas, Irish harps, mandolins and other instruments, or attend workshops that feature in-depth explanations and demonstrations of various instruments.
2. Fun Workshops
Whether you want to try your foot at step dancing, try your hand at fiddling or have a go at Ogham crafts, Evanston’s Celtic Festival offers plenty of opportunities to try something new. There’s also a Medieval Fighting demo, but you won’t have a chance to participate – which in all honesty is probably a good thing!
3. Fascinating Lectures
The lectures at this year’s event will open your eyes to the many beliefs of the ancient Celts. Highlights include explorations of Celtic mythology, the telling of classic Celtic stories and an examination of stolen songs along the Scottish border.
Whether you’re a history buff or just generally curious, these lively lectures are sure to get your wheels turning.
4. Fun contests
Dare to compete or cheer on your favorite competitors – contests include the Fake Irish Accent Contest, the Kilt Contest, and the Red Hair Contest.
5. Kids’ Activities
Dancing workshops, a shield-building craft session and a mini archery range are sure to keep kids entertained and ignite their imaginations.
6. Celtic Fare
Taste Irish whiskeys, hard ciders and medieval era fruit wines. If you’re under 21 or in need of real sustenance, you’ll find American food as well as Irish and Scottish favorites like sausage rolls, seafood chowder and soda bread.
7. Unique gifts
The Festival Marketplace will feature 22 vendors selling Celtic tapestries, bags, etched glass mugs, jewelry and more. Whether you’re looking for something specific or just browsing around, you’re sure to enjoy the handcrafted goods on display.
If you can’t make it to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, Evanston’s Ceili at the Roundhouse Celtic Festival is a wonderful way to celebrate. Even better, proceeds from the event support The Arts Inc., an organization that brings arts and music to students of all ages in Evanston and all around Uinta County, WY. To view the complete schedule of events and plan your festival experience, visit www.EvanstonCelticFestival.com