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 at 12:00 p.m. at the Riverscape Festival Fountains.

Due to downtown Dayton bridge and highway construction projects we are unable to offer a 10K race this year - it will return in 2017 when construction is completed.

Beverage Tastings

Our Beverage Flight Tastings are open to festival goers 21 years of age and older. Attendees with a valid I.D. will be able to enjoy 45-minute Flight Tasting presentations of beer, spirits, or wine. Tickets for beer or wine tastings are $20. Tickets for spirits tastings are $30. Tickets will be sold at the Beverage Tasting Tent and the Beer Garden Ticket Booth.

Friday

Saturday

Sunday


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

Located on Don Crawford Plaza in front of Fifth Third Field and open during festival operating hours.  Exhibits and demonstrations in the cultural area this year include:
  • Easter Rising of 1916 Exhibit: from the Ward Family Collection and the Milwaukee Irish Festival.
  • Miami Valley Knitting Guild (MVKG) members put Irish craftsmanship at their skilled finger tips 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.
  • Visit an Irish Wake and learn how this event was conducted in Ireland.

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.