Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because the holiday season passed, all celebrations are done. Celtic Fest is coming up this weekend in San Marcos and is fun for the entire family. You get to look forward to the beginning of spring while enjoying and learning about Celtic and Irish cultures. It’s the ideal way to spend an afternoon, so load everyone in the car and prepare for some entertainment.
Where, When, and Admission
This year’s Celtic Fest will be on Jan. 28, a Sunday, and run from noon to 6 p.m., giving you six full hours to enjoy all the festivities. It will be at the San Marcos Activity Center at 501 E. Hopkins St. right here in San Marcos. Admission is completely free, so you can come and go as you please during the day or attend for just a little bit without feeling like you wasted money. This also gives you an opportunity to plan other events around the entertainment at the Celtic Fest.
Celebrating St. Brigid’s Day
Celtic Fest is the celebration of St. Brigid’s Day. For those who are unfamiliar with it, this is the first day of the season of spring in Ireland. In Ireland, it is celebrated on Feb. 1 as a celebration of warmer, longer days arriving. To make it easier to attend, however, the San Marcos event is a few days earlier. This celebration is also referred to as the Feast of Brigid or Imbolc. According to ancient Irish mythology, St. Brigid was a goddess of fire. Her shrine located in Kildare now has a perpetual flame, following her canonization. It is a place many tourists like to visit.
Festival Activities for the Whole Family
As always, Celtic Fest will be family friendly and have a range of activities. Expect to listen to traditional music, both Irish and Celtic, watch dancing, and maybe get the chance to dance. There will also be traditional arts and crafts plus food. The day is essentially a cultural celebration that welcomes those first signs of spring.
A Glance at Previous Years
This will be the third annual Celtic Fest in San Marcos, and previous years included similar activities, giving you an idea of what to expect. Last year, the Irish Set Dancers of Austin performed, as did a Great Highland bagpipe player. There was also an art exhibit, Merlin the Wise, and children’s activities. Guests enjoyed perusing the various artisan goods, including handmade items, such as jewelry, silversmith wares, art dolls, and even Celtic rune readings.
Plan on attending this year’s Celtic Fest in San Marcos, Texas, with some help from your auto from Nissan of San Marcos. You may even spot some of our staff there celebrating.