CelticFest's Celtic Village

The Celtic Village is one of the main attractions at Vancouver’s annual CelticFest festival during the week of St. Patrick’s Day in mid-March each year.

Celtic Village at CelticFest

The Celtic Village is part of CelticFest which is a multi-day event celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and everything Irish in Vancouver.

Note: a scaled-back version of CelticFest will be happening in 2019. The Celtic Village, however, will not be a part of it.

Where and What

In years when it does occur, the Celtic Village is a street party-style event that takes place at Robson Square and in the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, so around the 800 block of Robson Street.

In previous years, up until 2016, the Celtic Village took place along the two blocks of Granville Street between Robson and Nelson, which was nice, but challenging for downtown traffic. The larger and more open Robson Square venue was new for 2017.

Spring Break

When is CelticFest and the Celtic Village

In 2017 CelticFest ran from March 10th until the 18th and the Celtic Village part of the festival happened on the Friday and Saturday of the last weekend. In 2018 Celticfest has a small number of events happening on February 15th to 17th.

Last year the Celtic Village was open from noon until 11 pm on St. Patrick’s Day (Friday, March 17th) as well as on Saturday, March 18th. In 2018 the Celtic Village appears not to be happening.

Admission to the Celtic Village

When it happens, admission to the Celtic Village is usually FREE from 12 pm to 7 pm on both days, but $10 for anyone arriving after 7.

What Happens at the Celtic Village?

At the Celtic Village there is music, dancing and lots of market stalls and food trucks.

There is live entertainment throughout the day on both days. Below is the performance lineup for 2017.

Eire Born Irish Dancers at CelticFest
The Eire Born Irish Dancers on Robson Street

March 17, 2017

Wheat in the Barley at Celtic Village
Wheat in the Barley at Celtic Village
  • 4:30 pm – Eire Born Irish Dance Performance Company: performs again on the car2go Stage.
  • 5:30 pm – Jocelyn Pettit: the West Coast fiddler performs at Robson Square on the car2go Stage.
  • 6:30 pm – Pat Chessell Band: the Celtic folk group performs at Robson Square on the Hornby Stage (to be confirmed).
  • 6:30 pm – SFU Pipe Band: performs at the Celtic Village at Robson Square on the Hornby Stage (to be confirmed).
  • 8:30 pm  Pat Chessell Band: the Celtic folk group performs on the Robson Square Stage.
  • 9:45 pm – Delhi 2 Dublin: finishes the night on the Robson Square Stage.
Delhi 2 Dublin Lead Singer
Delhi 2 Dublin

March 18, 2017

Jocelyn Pettit on Stage
Jocelyn Pettit on at CelticFest
  • 4:00 pm – Jocelyn Pettit: the West Coast fiddler performs again on the Robson Square Stage
  • 5:30 pm – North Shore Celtic Ensemble: the troupe of young fiddlers performs on the Robson Square Stage.
  • 8:30 pm – Tiller’s Folly: the popular Celtic group performs on the Robson Square Stage.
  • 10:00 pm – The Paperboys: the Vancouver folk rock band finishes the night on the Robson Square Stage.
North Shore Celtic Ensemble at CelticFest
North Shore Celtic Ensemble

For more information about CelticFest, click Vancouver CelticFest.

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