Big Stone Celtic is an annual music and culture festival held in Big Stone Gap, Virginia taking place September 13th and 14th. The festival’s purpose is to raise awareness of the historic connections between Appalachia and the Celtic Nations and to draw visitors to the area. It is a free event supported by the donations and grants given by individuals, businesses, and local government. The festival is an opportunity for folks from across the region to enjoy the Celtic culture of their settler forebearers, recognizable through linked language, music, food, artistic design, as well as games and sports. Big Stone Celtic also encourages visitors to the downtown area with its diverse merchants.
Big Stone Celtic was first held back in 2007 with a much smaller, half day festival to test the waters and see what interest there was for the event. After it was a success, the festival was expanded to a full day, taking place at a variety of downtown venues and features traditional music festival to pay homage to the Celtic Nations of Europe. Recently, a Friday evening concert has been added as well, to hopefully expand the festival into a weekend event. In 2012, the festival became a 501c3 non-profit under the umbrella of The Folk Alliance.
Music, vendors, highland games, a bike race, a parade, and so much more will be featured at the festival! On Friday, September 13, Iona will be the headline concert which begins at 7PM. On Saturday, September 14, in downtown Big Stone Gap, there will be all-day activities including a parade, bike race, beer garden, music stages, workshops, kids’ games, sheepdogs, and the Appalachian Renaissance Faire will be performing all day.
Big Stone Celtic has a little something for everyone!
For more information, please visit www.bigstoneceltic.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bigstonecelticday. You don’t want to miss out on this festival,
so make sure you keep up to date on the times and locations.