5K RUN/WALK

Sponsored by Kettering Sports Medicine The race will be held on Saturday and is open to runners and walkers of all ages.  Refreshments will be available at the finish.  There will be awards for the top 3 in each age group and the overall Male and Female runner and walkers.  Race day registration begins at 8:30 am at the United Irish of Dayton Main Stage.  The 5K will start at 10:00 a.m.  Awards are at 12:00 p.m. at the Riverscape Festival Fountains.


Whiskey Tastings

Whiskey tastings will be held in the cultural workshop area:

Friday at 7pm - Bushmills
Saturday at 6pm - Indian Creek Distillery
Saturday at 8pm - Bushmills



The Celtic Breakfast

The Celtic Breakfast will be held Sunday at the "Top of the Morn'n Cafe" located in the Beer Garden across from the United Irish of Dayton Main Stage on Monument Ave. Breakfast will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a nominal fee.

All proceeds benefit the festival.


Celtic Bike Ride 

Cyclists, make sure to join us for the Celtic Bike Ride.  Meet at the Don Crawford Plaza in front of 5/3 Field Sunday at 8:30 a.m.  Kickstands go up at 9:00 a.m.   Cyclists should have good road bikes, wear a helmet, and bring water. 
 

Celebrate Sunday Mass

Join us Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the United Irish of Dayton Stage in the new Five Rivers MetroParks Pavilion to celebrate Sunday Mass. Mass will be presented in Gaelic and English. Irish dancers and pipers will be present.


Cultural Area Exhibits and Demonstrations

Cindy Thomson: Author

Cindy Thomson’s love of Irish history inspires much of what she writes. She is the author of eight books, including her newest set in the early Middle Ages, Pages of Ireland. She continues to write both fiction and nonfiction stories set in Ireland, writes regularly for genealogy magazines, and has recently begun doing research-for-hire, helping people uncover their Irish roots. Visit her at www.cindyswriting.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

Cathy Jo Smith: Storyteller & The Irish Wake

The Irish Wake attempts to explain in a family-friendly way many of the customs and traditions associated with the 3-day period of mourning as it was observed in Ireland. More information about Cathy Jo’s stories and the Irish Wake can be found at www.irishteller.com.

Traditional Blacksmiths: Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil (SOFA)

Bob Cruikshank & Tim Garner, members of the Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil, will be onsite along with other SOFA members to demonstrate traditional blacksmithing. Come learn more about the technique and art of blacksmithing while watching them create various pieces on site. To learn more about their organization please visit www.sofablacksmiths.org.

Michael Vignoles: Musician and Artisan

Michael Vignoles, based in Galway Ireland, is a musician and maker of traditional Uilleann pipes and bodhran drums. He will be joining the Dayton Celtic Festival for a second year for workshops on his instruments, as well as conversation and demonstrations throughout the weekend. To learn more, please visit his website at www.michaelvignoles.com or email him at michaelvp60@gmail.com.

Workshop: Introduction to Irish Music

Have you ever wondered: What is the difference between jigs and reels? What do you call those instruments? How can people from all over the world sit in a circle and play the same song? This workshop will take a big picture look at what makes Irish music...Irish!  Get a chance to hear tunes, songs, and explanations from some of the Dayton Celtic Festival’s top Irish and American headliners. Feel free to come ready with questions.

Dayton Area Rugby Club (DARC) & Five Rivers Youth Rugby Foundation (FRYRF)

Rugby first came to Dayton, Ohio, in the fall of 1969 when a group of University of Dayton students played their first rugby match. In the years that followed the interest in the sport evolved to establish official club rugby in 1973 and squads in the Dayton area have been successful ever since. In 1979, Dayton rugby saw the creation of the first women's squad, and in 1999, it was reformed into the present day women’s team. Today, DARC is a rugby union club dedicated to the promotion and growth of the sport. They play their home games at Dayton Rugby Grounds located at 620 Shiloh Dr. in Dayton. For more information on how to get involved, or even just to come out and watch one of their matches, visit www.daytonrugby.com

FRYRF, formed in 2012, is dedicated to the promotion and development of youth rugby. Over the years, they have grown the youth rugby program to six high school teams and a co-ed middle school flag rugby program. To learn more about Dayton’s Youth Rugby, their summer rugby programs and more please visit http://fryrf.org/wordpress/

Workshop: Gaeltacht Midwest (hosted by Indiana Celtic Community)

Gaeltacht Midwest provides introductory Irish (Gaelic) language instruction to attendees and connection with other Irish-learning opportunities in the Midwest, US, and abroad. To learn more about their programming please visit them at www.facebook.com/groups/GaeltachtMidwest and www.facebook.com/indianacelticcommunity

Workshop: Dayton Area Harp Ensemble (Celtic)

The Dayton Area Harp Ensemble is celebrating its 37th year as the oldest and largest harp ensemble in the Miami Valley area. They perform all kinds of music from Celtic, to classical, to Broadway, to pop, and beyond! Their harpists are all ages and levels, and some play both Celtic and pedal harps. Bobbie Strobhar is the coordinator for the group and can be reached at (937) 376-4608 or email tstrobhar@aol.com for any questions. Information on upcoming concerts can be viewed on the Dayton Area Harp Ensemble Facebook page. To be added to the email listing of concerts, email or call Bobbie.

Workshop: Miami Valley Knitting Guild

Miami Valley Knitting Guild (MVKG) members put Irish craftsmanship at their skilled fingertips as they demonstrate Aran knitting. The Aran sweater is an integral part of Irish heritage, with a long history linked to the farming and fishing families of Connemara and the three Aran islands off Connemara’s coast. From a craft created on the wind-swept islands at the mouth of Galway Bay, see centuries-old embossed patterns come to life stitch by symbolic stitch. Miami Valley Knitting Guild is a friendly group of local knitters who offer a standing invitation to knitters of all skill levels, whether you are a master knitter or haven’t yet learned a knit from a purl. Information is available on Facebook, Meetup, and ravelry.com, and at mvkg.org.


Rainbow's End Children's Area

Children will also be able to enjoy the Celtic experience over the weekend. The Rainbow's End Children's Area has special activities set up just for the wee ones! There are games, picture boards, and Celtic crafts and tattoos. Magic can be found as the children play a round of putt putt golf, walk through the Blarney castle, build a fairy house, and search for a Leprechaun's pot of gold.  Open Sat 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m./Sun 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. only.


Parade of Kilts

Parade of Kilts - Wear your kilt, show your Celtic Pride
A call to arms - Men of the kilt, join us!
Do you own a kilt? Are you full of Celtic pride? Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to show this off? Join us under the Cultural tent Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and immediately after Mass on Sunday (around 11:30 a.m.) for the Parade of Kilts. Bagpipers and flag bearers will lead us through the festival grounds in a display of Celtic pride unseen in these parts for a generation or more.