Nevada County’s annual Celtic festival returns for three days of music, dancing and mental escape Sept. 29 thru Oct. 1

The Elders will be one of many musical acts performing at Nevada County's Celtic Fair.

By Eddie Jorgensen

Now in its 25th year of bringing national and international acts to the Sierra foothills, the KVMR Celtic Festival is back for three fun-filled days to close-out late September.

Whether one’s a fan of music from Ireland and Scotland, this curated festival delivers something for everyone, featuring attractions that range from falconry to living story guilds. But, of course, the musical acts on this year’s docket are a mainstay and include Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Talisk, The Elders, The Jeremiahs, On the Lash, The Moxie Strings, Cassidy Joy, Eamonn Flynn & Dublinesque and San Miguel Fraser.

The non-musical experiences KVMR is providing bring attendees face to face with jugglers, story tellers and athletes competing in Highland Games. There will also be a plethora of Celtic food and craft vendors. This family-friendly event typically draws well over 5,000 each year who are connecting with their ancestry or getting a fresh taste of the shamrock culture. It has multiple demonstration stages, a youth arts program, open sessions, magic, art, dance and singing. Additionally, it is the largest fundraising event of the year for KVMR Community Radio which operates as a not-for-profit.

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Friday’s activities feature a free Youth Arts program and, of course, camping is available all weekend long.

Tickets can be purchased at in advance or at the door for an extra charge. Single day options are available for both Saturday and Sunday. The 2023 KVMR Celtic Festival takes place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

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