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Celtic Faire

Saturday, June 22 & Sunday, June 23 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

An annual favorite!

Join us at GCV&M for an annual favorite – the Celtic Faire! From the Scottish Highlands, Emerald Isles, and rugged Welsh coastline to the Genesee Valley, Celtic traditions and roots run deep. Explore this rich culture at our pan-Celtic celebration of heritage music, dance, and authentic food and drink. Shop specialty vendors, see artisan demos, watch exciting Highland games, explore the Historic Village, find out about your family history at the clan booths, explore tartans in the John L. Wehle Gallery, and so much more.


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Enjoy traditional foods, treats, and craft beverages

From Scotch eggs to historically-based craft beers on tap, the Museum will be bustling with good eats on this festival weekend! Visit historic Hosmer’s Inn for our popular Hosmer’s Taproom experience – historical beverages, hand pies, and more! 

Plus, visit the D.B. Munger & Co. Confectionery in the Historic Village to find fresh baked goods made on-site! 

Heritage Games, Music, Dance & Folklore

Cheer on the Buffalo Heavies and Roc City Gaelic as they compete in historical Scottish demonstrations of strength, agility, and skill.  the:

  • Buffalo Heavies Adult Sheaf Toss – try it Sunday at 3 p.m.! ($5)
  • Youth Irish football and hurling clinics with Roc City Gaelic
  • Rock out to the stirring rhythms of A Bit of Irish Street Band and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann of Rochester. Listen as the campus echoes with the thrum of traditional melodies as played by Feadán Òr, Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes & Drums, and Rochester Scottish Pipes & Drums. Heart-pounding dance demonstrations by ROCeltic, Rochester Academy of Irish Dance, and Jamieson Irish Dance & Creative Arts will keep you on your feet!


Dive into Welsh folklore, dance, music, and culture with the return of Ruthanne Ankney. Explore Breton folk songs and dance with Michael MacNintch and Alexander Bartholomew. Hear classic legends of Celtic King Arthur with Kara Larson Maloney. Discover historic crochet and lacemaking with Deborah VanDieren of Bobbins by VanDieren.

Clan Booths

Mystical Adventures at the Nature Center

Visit the Nature Center at GCV&M during Celtic Faire to enjoy a self-guided hike along the Fairy Trail where visitors will find a Wishing Log, as well as several hands-on crafting opportunities including a station to make your own fairy dust, craft with found-objects, and enjoy color-changing lemonade and iced floral tea in our Fairy Circle! 

Ticket Information

Museum Members: FREE

Adults: $23 

Seniors (62+): $20 

Students (13 – 18): $20 

Youth (3 – 12): $17 

Children (under 3): FREE

GCV&M Member admission is FREE and guaranteed for this weekend. Click here to learn more about joining the Museum as a Member!


Is there ample parking?

Parking is free and plentiful! Park in any of the main lots at the front of the Museum. Please leave the first two bays available for handicapped parking. 

How do I show my purchased tickets?

Please have your ticket(s) either printed out OR pulled up on your phone screen and ready for scanning for quick and easy check-in. Pro-tip: take a screenshot of each of your tickets to have ready and pulled up on your phone screen! Please note: Wifi can sometimes be spotty at the front of the Museum. 

is this event rain or shine?

Yes! This event is rain or shine. The Museum will only cancel in case of a severe weather emergency.

Are there places where I can sit down?

There are lots of park benches and picnic tables around the Museum Grounds. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket to sit on to watch the goings-on around the Great Meadow.  

How should I dress?

Please dress accordingly for the predicted weather conditions.  

We recommend wearing a good pair of walking shoes – there is a lot to see and do, and surfaces in the Historic Village (brick paths, cobblestone, grass), can be uneven. 

Are service animals welcome?

Yes! Leashed service animals are welcome with proper identification. 

What if I need a refund for my ticket?

We’re sorry to hear that you’re not able to attend! Tickets may be refunded only up to 7 days prior to the event date and are strictly non-transferable by date, entry time, or program. 

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