The Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering, founded in 1979, is organized by The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland, Inc.
- Dates: Last Saturday in April (ex: April 28 for 2007)
- Venue: Jefferson Patterson Park, St. Leonard, Maryland
The Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering brigns out the best of America’s Celtic heritage. The Festival, spans sports, music, history, dance, so many aspects of our shared culture.
The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland, Inc., a recognized non-profit organization, provides grants, scholarships, donations, and supports singly or in cooperation with other organizations, events of a cultural or historical nature.
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum is located on the Patuxent River near Historic St. Leonard, Maryland. This spectacular 500+-acre historical and environmental preserve overlooks the site of the War of 1812 Battle of St. Leonard’s Creek.
Typical planned events include: Piping and Drumming Competitions for: Full Band; Individual Piping; Individual Drumming
Highland Athletic Games: Caber Toss, Clachnert, Weight Toss
Highland Dance Competition
Southern Maryland Scottish Fiddling Championship
Celtic Market Place
Celtic and Regional Foods
Harp Competition and Workshop
Craft Demonstrations: Dulcimer Carving, Spinning and Weaving, Other Crafts
Children's Highland Games
Storytelling all day long
Live Performances on 3 Covered Stages all day long
The best of Celtic Music and Song
Demonstrations of Irish, Welsh, English, and Scottish Dances
Clans and Societies
Parade of Clans and Societies
Welcoming and Closing Ceremonies: Massed Band performances at each
Living History; Military and civilian encampments all day with a multi-century battle in the afternoon.
The Celtic Society is a member of ASGAF.