Every year as the season slowly turns toward winter, Portarlington takes on a certain Gaelic charm and prepares to host Australia’s premier Celtic Festival.
Held over the long weekend (June, 9-12), the National Celtic Festival attracts over 15,000 people to the town; eagerly awaiting a fantastic schedule of local and international acts, dancing, poetry and a foamy pint of Guinness or two.
Hosted at venues throughout Portarlington and on the picturesque foreshore, the town transforms into a hub for Celtic culture and entertainment. There’s designer markets, workshops and wandering performers, plus lots of fabulous food for the whole family. Take a wander around town and soak up the vibes, before heading to the dancefloor.
This year we’re treated to headliners including Welsh five-piece Calan, Scottish songwriter Paul McKenna and Irish traditional teacher Dáire Mulher. There’s also a host of local talent including the Bushwhackers, the Barleyshakers, Damien Leith (Australian Idol) and storytelling icon, Eric Bogle. Plus many, many more.
The festival caters to fans of all ages and is a terrific family event, with a host of accommodation options for those staying all weekend. Located a leisurely 90 minute drive from Melbourne, or make it an adventure and take Port Phillip Ferries direct to the festival. It’s a popular option, so get in quick to reserve your spot.
From young blood to veteran artists, bagpipes to bodhrans, there's something for everyone. The 2017 National Celtic Festival is ready to welcome you, so dust off your dancing shoes and come enjoy the ‘Craic’.
Tickets available here.