Frequently Asked Questions
When is the 2018 St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival?
The Festival kicks off on Friday evening, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. with our Whiskey Tasting Event (tickets sold separately). The Celtic Festival begins Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. and continues to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 11, Festival hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. NOTE: The Gates will be opening one hour earlier this year!
What is there to do at the Celtic Festival?
There is entertainment for the entire family! Two days packed with music (from traditional ballads to Celtic rock), Highland Games competitions of skill and strength, Celtic Clans sharing their families’ heritage, Celtic food and drink, Celtic merchandise for sale, and entertainment for children.
Friday March 9 at 7:00 p.m., there’s a Whiskey Tasting Event (adults only). The Brand Ambassador will educate you on the finer points of the whiskies’ history as you savor each offering.
Saturday morning March 10 at 10 a.m., don’t miss the Annual St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Day Parade which immediately precedes the Festival.
What is the cost for the Festival?
Special Black Friday VIP All Weekend Ticket Sale starts Thanksgiving Day and continues through Monday ONLY-Purchase One VIP All-Weekend Ticket for only $47.50 (a $75 Value!).
Early discount price for VIP All Weekend Ticket is $65 November 28 through February 28, increasing to $75 on March 1.
One Day General Admission Ticket is $10. Black Friday Discount General Admission Ticket for $8 November 23-27 Only.
Children under 12 and active duty and retired military personnel with current valid ID are admitted Free.
Tickets may be purchased online or at Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 23 Orange Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
If you have purchased a ticket and are not able to use it, you may give it to someone else. ALL TICKET SALES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
What’s the difference between a VIP Ticket and General Admission?
A VIP Ticket is good for admission to the Festival both Saturday and Sunday and includes 2 free beer or wine tokens (a $12 value), a free Commemorative Festival Tee Shirt (a $20 value), and separate VIP seating area, bar & restrooms.
A General Admission Ticket is good for one day’s admission to the Festival EITHER Saturday or Sunday.
Is the Whiskey Tasting Event on Friday, March 9 included with a VIP ticket purchase?
No. Tickets for the Whiskey Tasting must be purchased separately at $45 each. Tickets for the Whiskey Tasting Event are only available online.
Will tickets still be available for sale the days of the Festival?
General Admission tickets for the Festival are available at the gates. However, VIP tickets have always sold out in advance, so purchase them early!
If I leave the Festival during the day, may I return later?
Yes. If you are a VIP, your VIP ID lanyard allows you to leave the Festival and return at any time all weekend. If you purchased a General Admission ticket (good for 1 day admission), you will be given a wristband at the gate so you may leave and return any time that same day only.
Can I bring my Dog?
Sorry, no. Only service dogs with documentation will be permitted. No other animals are permitted.
What does it cost to participate as an athlete in the Highland Games? The registration fee for the Highland Games is $25 per athlete and includes free lunch and general admission to the Festival (for the individual athlete only) for each day of participation. A Festival tee shirt will also be given to each athlete who has pre-registered for the Games by February 15.
Are there different divisions of competition for men and women? Yes. Classes of competion are:
- Masters Men Age 40-49 (SATURDAY)
- Masters Men Age 50+ (SATURDAY)
- Men’s Class A (SATURDAY)
- Men’s Class B (SATURDAY)
- Senior Masters Men Age 55+ (SUNDAY)
- Women’s Open (SUNDAY)
- Women’s Masters Age 40+ (SUNDAY)
- Men’s Lightweight (SUNDAY)
- Novice Men (up to 3 Games’ experience or never competed) (SUNDAY)
What if I’ve never competed in Scottish Highland Games?
Then you’re eligible for the Novice class. In addition, you may want to attend our Highland Games Clinic on Friday, March 9 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, where we introduce you to the events and provide training. NOTE: Friday’s Clinic is open to all athletes, experienced and novice.
Our Clan would like to participate. What do we do?
Clan space is limited and registration is first come, first served. Please contact our Festival Clan Liaison at [email protected] to ascertain available Clan space.
Clans with up to 10 registered adult members receive 5 FREE beer or wine tokens, and Clans exceeding 10 registered adult members receive 10 FREE tokens. Each Clan will have one reserved parking space per 4 registered adult Clan members.
In addition, your Clan is invited to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (parade entry fee waived) on Saturday and in the Parade of Clans on Sunday. Deadline for Clan registration is February 15.
Do you accept Event Volunteers?
Absolutely! We love our Volunteers! They are an essential part of our Festival.
For a 3 or 3.5 hour commitment, each Volunteer receives free general admission for the day, and a free Volunteer tee shirt. If you would like to volunteer at the Festival, please contact us at [email protected] or check out the Volunteers Page on this Website to sign up online.
Will there be food and beverages at the Festival?
Absolutely! We will have a variety of food and beverage vendors located around the Field offering Celtic and local cuisine.
Beer, wine, cider, whiskey, specialty cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at various locations around the field.
Will there be merchandise Vendors at the Festival?
Of course! Our vendors are an integral part of the Festival, offering a wonderful, wide array of Celtic hand-crafted goods. You may also purchase commemorative Celtic Festival tee shirts. Some of the performing bands will be selling their merchandise as well.
Is the Festival handicap accessible?
Yes. If you are being dropped off or picked up at the Festival, please use the Riberia Street gate. Handicap restroom facilities are available.
Can I use a credit card for purchases at the Festival?
No, sorry, all Festival ticket, beverage and merchandise sales are CASH ONLY. ATM machines are available at both gates. Some of our food and merchandise vendors may accept credit cards.
What Can I Bring to the Festival/What Can’t I Bring?
You are encouraged to bring Blankets and Chairs.
No coolers or alcoholic beverages are permitted.
No skateboards or bicycles.
Should I wear my kilt?
ABSOLUTELY! Show your Celtic pride! Wearing Celtic attire or anything green is strongly encouraged!
Need First Aid at the Festival?
First Aid is available at the Welcome Tent located next to the Riberia Street gate entrance, parallel to U.S. Route 1. If more serious medical attention is required, please report it immediately to a Festival security officer or volunteer.
Lost Something or Found Something?
If you found something, please take it to the Festival Volunteer Check-in Tent located next to the Riberia Street gate parallel to Route 1. Likewise, if you lost something, please check at the tent to see if your lost item was turned in. You may also contact us by emailing [email protected] after the Festival to see we if might have found your item.
What do I do if I lost my ticket or payment receipt?
If you misplaced a ticket you purchased online, please contact us before March 4 at [email protected]. We can re-issue your payment receipt to you with proof of payment. Unfortunately, we have no record of purchases made by cash or credit card at one of our ticket sales outlets, and therefore cannot replace that lost ticket. If you’ve lost your ticket but purchased it online before March 4, we will have your name at the gates.
If you have any other questions, please email the appropriate person from the following list:
Festival Director – [email protected]
Clan Liaison – [email protected]
Highland Games – [email protected]ine.com
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee – [email protected]
Tickets – [email protected]
Vendors – [email protected]
Volunteers – [email protected]
Communications and Publicity – [email protected]
Please join us in 2018 and celebrate romantic St. Augustine’s Celtic heritage. Saturate your senses in the sights, sounds, and tastes of our Celtic history.
Fact: The founder of St Augustine, Pedro Menendez, was from the Celtic region of Spain.
Sights: Celtic musicians, Highland Games, Clans & Celtic Vendors.
Sounds: Arguably the best collaboration of Celtic artists assembled in the US.
Tastes: Savor both Celtic food and local offerings.