25 November 2019
MARATHON, Florida Keys — Celtic history, culture, food and music are to be featured at the Florida Keys Celtic Festival, a favorite Middle Keys event for families, scheduled Friday through Sunday, Jan. 10-12, 2020.
Celtic rock and traditional music are scheduled by performers including the Scottish band Albannach, international super group Rathkeltair, The Screaming Orphans, West of Galway and acclaimed vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Nolan and Colin Farrell.
A “Kilts in The Keys” celebration kicks off the weekend, featuring Irish music by the West of Galway duo from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Marathon Grill and Ale House located at mile marker 53.
The festivities continue at the Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Other highlights of the weekend event include sheepdog herding demonstrations by Craigmalloch Farms, the bagpipes and drums of Police Pipe and Drum Corps of Florida, a Highland Athletics competition and Calli dancing in a dance pavillion. All events are open for public viewing.
Celtic merchandise, offerings by local vendors, children’s activities, food and beverages — including an Irish Tea tent and a Pub tent — round out the weekend’s festivities.
Single-day admission tickets are available for Saturday or Sunday for $10 per person. Children age 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Parking is free.
Event information: floridakeyscelticfestival.com
Marathon visitor information: fla-keys.com/marathon or 1-800-262-7284
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