Vancouver CelticFest is a Celtic festival over St. Patrick’s Day week that usually includes concerts, whisky tastings, live music and street parties.
For information about other St. Patrick’s Day-related events in the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver on St. Patrick’s Day. For information about CelticFest though, see below.
CELTICFEST EVENTS CANCELLED
Due to concerns about the outbreak of the coronavirus, Celticfest events in the second half of March, 2020, have been cancelled. This includes the St. Patrick’s Day Family Event outside the Vancouver Art Gallery and performances at the Rogue Folk Club and Kay Meek Centre, as well as with the Celtic Tenors and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre.
CelticFest St. Patrick’s Celebrations
Below are festival events that were scheduled for CelticFest in 2020.
- Sunday, March 8th, 2020 – accordionist and fiddler Sharon Shannon performs at the Rogue Folk Club at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James Community Square at 3214 West 10th Avenue in Vancouver. Tickets cost $45.
- Friday, March 13th, 2020 – CelticFest Vancouver Ceilidh takes place at the Hellenic Community Centre at 4500 Arbutus Street in Vancouver. Performers at the event include the Eire Born Irish Dance Company, BC Regiment Irish Pipes & Drums and the band Blackthorn. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students (plus online fees). Children are free but must be accompanied by an adult.
- Saturday, March 14th, 2020 – the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir performs at Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. Tickets cost $15 for students, $32 for regular adult tickets and $40 for premium seats. (CANCELLED)
- Sunday, March 15th, 2020
- The St. Patrick’s Day Family Event takes place in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Activities include live entertainment, music, dancing, child-friendly activities and food vendors. (CANCELLED)
- The Irish band Dervish performs at the Kay Meek Arts Centre at 1700 Mathers Avenue in West Vancouver. Tickets cost $49 for adults, $47 for seniors and $29 for students. (POSTPONED)
- Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 – the Irish band Altan performs at the Rogue Folk Club at Mel Lehan Hall at St. James Community Square at 3214 West 10th Avenue in Vancouver. Tickets cost $45. (POSTPONED)
- Friday, March 27th, 2020 – the Celtic Tenors and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra perform at the Orpheum Theatre at 601 Smithe Street in downtown Vancouver. Tickets cost between about $16 and $95 (plus fees). (CANCELLED)
- Saturday, March 28th, 2020 – the Celtic Tenors and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra perform for a second night at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets cost between about $16 and $95 (plus fees). (CANCELLED)
Celtic Fest in the Past
Although running over a longer period of time than in years prior to 2018, in 2019 Celticfest was again a scaled-back version of what it had been in previous years, and even more scaled-back from what it was in earlier years when it included the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
A couple of years ago Celticfest had about one concert in late February and then four other music-related events in the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.
In 2019 there was an Irish-themed play running from February 22nd until March 16th, an “Irish in Vancouver’s Got TALENT” event on February 23rd, and the annual Ceilidh event on March 16th. Similar to previous years, there were also two concerts by the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir on the St. Patrick’s Day weekend (so March 16th and 17th in 2019).
Vancouver’s Celtic Village (in 2017)
In past years, along with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the main event during Celticfest was the Celtic Village (which hasn’t taken place since 2017).
In years prior to 2017 the Celtic Village took place between Robson Street and Nelson along Granville Street. In 2017, however, it took place at Robson Square and in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s South Plaza at Robson Street and Howe.
At the Celtic Village in past years there was live music, dancing, food vendors and all sorts of street market stalls and things to see. It was also free (unless you arrived after 7 pm in which case there was a $10 fee).
For more information on the weekend event in past years, click Celtic Village.
For more information about the St. Patrick’s Weekend street party from a few years ago at Robson Square, click Celtic Village 2017.
For more ideas on what to do with the family in mid-March, check out Top Free Spring Things to Do with Children.