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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

Genealogy Seminars

Living History; Military and civilian encampments all day with a multi-century battle in the afternoon.

The Celtic Society is a member of ASGAF.

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