BEECHWORTH Celtic Festival

Our committee endeavours to create a celebration that is culturally rich and appeals to a wide range of age groups. Each year we try to introduce new festival features as well as revive some of the favourites from past festivals.

All bands will play within the walls of the Old Beechworth Gaol and the event will be ticketed this year. We are excited to bring the musical drama Barry Versus Kelly to Beechworth together with our first Tattoo – the Old Gaol Tattoo, also within the walls of the Old Beechworth Gaol.

Location of Event

The weekend begins on Friday night with a Celtic Dinner at The Old Priory and a meet and greet at Hotel Nicholas.

Most of the entertainment on Saturday is contained within the walls of the Old Beechworth Gaol in Williams Street and is ticketed. The program includes Pipe Bands, Highland dancers, Irish dancers and Folk Bands.

The Balmoral Highland Dancing Society will be hosting their Annual Open VSU Highland Dancing Competition and there will be a performance of the musical drama Barry v Kelly within the Gaol walls.

The Rotary Market will be held nearby in Queen Victoria Park where some of the Pipe Bands will play.

Saturday evening will see the Old Gaol Tattoo performed and the Hotel Nicholas and Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel will host folk bands.


Organising Group

Our organising group are all volunteers and have put in many hours of to ensure the festival will be a success.  We hope you will find the festival entertaining and enjoy the wide variety of bands and entertainment being offered.

The small organising group is responsible for the implementation, development, attraction of funding, marketing and promotion of the Festival. The volunteer committee work tirelessly to reflect a true country Celtic festival which incorporates all facets of community involvement.

2017 Organising Group