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.
Bands will play at various locations across the weekend with a combination of ticketed and free activities this year. We are excited to again bring you the Old Gaol Tattoo within the walls of the Old Beechworth Gaol on the Saturday night. We are also planning a Celtic Rock Concert in the Old Gaol on the Friday night.
Location of Event
The event will be held in the central area of historic Beechworth, Victoria. We will utilise the Old Gaol, the Court House and Police Paddocks, the Memorial Hall and Town Hall, the Gardens, our hotels and other commercial premises, our Churches and the Old Priory.
The weekend begins on Friday night with the Celtic Concert at the Old Gaol and activities at the Hotels and Brewery. Saturday’s entertainment will include Pipe Bands, Highland dancers, Irish dancers and Folk Bands, Buskers and market stalls at various locations. These will be a mixture of paid or free admission or gold coin donation.
A new feature will be the Beechworth Arts Council’s display of entrants in the 'Elements of Indigo' Tartan weaving contest, a fashion parade and announcement of the winner at the Old Town Hall.
A massed Bands March to the Old Gaol will be held at 1.30pmfrom the Police Paddocks prior to the rehearsal for the highlight “Beechworth Old Gaol Tattoo”.
The Tattoo is held within the walls of the Old Beechworth Gaol in Williams Street on the Saturday night which is a ticketed event.
We have eighteen bands/musical performers playing at hotels, the Beechworth Bakery, Brewery and other locations all day Saturday. If the Tattoo is not your thing there is plenty of other music on Saturday night.
Sunday will see a family stage in the Police Paddocks from 10.30am as well as continuing music at various venues. There will be a break at 11.00am for the Armistice Day remembrance celebration at the Cenotaph in the Town Hall Gardens.
If not sold out, limited tickets available.
Parking available close to venue and may be managed by SES or CFA. Should they ask for a donation please support these community groups.
Yes, locations to be confirmed.
Yes, the Rotary Market is in the nearby Queen Victoria Park with entry by donation to support Rotary Club projects.
Not for ticketed events but you should for 'free' events.
Yes but there will be ample food available at the Market and commercial venues.
Yes, available all day
Tickets are non-refundable.
It is open to all ages and is a Child Safe Event.
No. The Celtic Concert, the Tattoo and some other activities all attract an individual entry fee and are ticketed accordingly. However, you can purchase a discounted ticket inclusive of all events.
No but CBA, WAW and Bendigo Bank ATM’s are available in town nearby.
Mostly, but there is a wet weather venue for the Highland Dancing Competition and some music and poetry/story telling events. The other events will remain outdoors.
There is No Smoking at all indoor events and designated food areas.
Our organising group are all volunteers and have put in many hours of hard work 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.
2018 Organising Group
- Pauline Goldsworthy
- Ann Jovaras
- Leanne and David Hoskings
- Chris Earl
- Pam Bell
- George and Gillian Holmes
- George Browne
- John Costello
- Lorraine Lucas
- Roger Humphris
- Andrea Vaughan
- Diarmuid Kelly
- Scott Daintry
- Josh Alderton
- Chris Calthorpe
- Andrew Madden