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Celebrate the culture, history and traditions of the Scots and Irish!

Celebrate the culture, history and traditions of the Scots and Irish!

The Celts in Western New York played a major role in shaping the history of the Genesee Country. Join us Saturday, June 16 to celebrate the culture, history and traditions of the Scots and Irish through musical performances, dance demonstrations and an array of authentic food and drinks.


Grab a tasting from Irish Mafia Brewing Co. Say, "hi," to Highland Cattle visiting from Ledyard Farms and grab a seat for the crowd-favorite sheepdog herding demo on the Great Meadow hosted by Spiritwinds Farm! Don't miss demonstrations of the ancient sport of hurling by the Roc City Hurling Club, and try speaking Gaelic with Clan Cummings. Learn how to process flax using traditional Irish methods, brew beer like the Scots, and tie elaborate Celtic knots. The festival runs 10:00am-5:00pm with after-hours rock concert from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door.GCV&M members FREE!

Featured artists include:

Don't forget to bring your màileid-pòca (wallet) with you to browse merchant row, the Flint Hill Store and Village Mercantile for specialty jewelry, snacks, leather goods, musical instruments and other traditional goods!


Vendor space is still available. If you are interested in being part of the faire, please email for more information.

NEW Celtic Rock Show!

When a full day of Celtic culture just isn’t enough, stay for our NEW, after-hours rock show featuring 1916! From 5:30pm-8:30pm these WNY natives will pack the Great Meadow with an explosive concoction of modern Irish punk and psychobilly rock. Evening concert is included in festival admission for both the general public and GCV&M members. Tickets for the concert only may be purchased separately at a reduced rate: $10 general public and $8 GCV&M members. Doors for those attending just the concert will open at 4:00pm. Click here to purchase concert-only tickets.

Low bridge, everybody down!

The Erie Canal was built by local laborers, many of which were second and third generation Irish Americans living in upstate New York in the early 1800s. The Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor describes it as a modern marvel:

"New York has long been a state of big ideas and the kind of can-do spirit that turns them into reality. Credit for this entrepreneurial attitude is due, in part, to a nationally-significant treasure: the Erie Canal. Built between 1817 and 1825, the original Erie Canal traversed 363 miles from Albany to Buffalo. It was the longest artificial waterway and the greatest public works project in North America. The canal put New York on the map as the Empire State—the leader in population, industry, and economic strength. It transformed New York City into the nation’s principal seaport and opened the interior of North America to settlement. Equally important, the Erie Canal became a central element forging our national identity. Built with a combination of vision, determination, ingenuity, and hard work, the Erie Canal solidified these central elements of our American character."

Visit with storytelling expert and historian Gretchen Sepik as she portrays "Erie Canal Sal," a spunky Irish cook working on the Erie Canal. Sal talks of life on the canal and tells Irish folk tales while the audience participates as passengers on a packet boat in the year 1840. Laughter, colorful details, and Gretchen's unmistakable talent fill the room in this family-friendly show featured three times during the Celtic Faire: 11:30am, 2:30pm, and 4:00pm in the Carriage Museum on the Great Meadow.

Celtic Faire--Genesee Country Village and Museum--June 29, 2013