on June 7, 2012 by

Newport Celtic Festival: June 8-10

Looking for something to do this weekend in Oregon? We recommend a visit to Newport! Newport, Oregon is worth a visit on its own merit, but this weekend boasts the Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games which means Newport will be brimming over with all sorts of extra fun.

The festival celebrates the traditions of the seven Celtic nations- Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Galicia, Brittany, and Ireland. With events for the whole family,the Celtic Festival has live music, traditional dancing, a sand castle contest, Highland games for the kiddos, face painting, a Celtic Canine parade and even some real Heelan Coos (Highland Cattle). Adults will enjoy the bonfire, highland games and a whiskey tasting. The Highland Games include things like the Caber Toss, the Scottish Hammer Throw, and the Stone Throw among others.  There is also a vendor fair full of all sorts of Celtic crafts and wares.

Want to go beyond spectator? There are many events to participate in, including a Bob’s Red Mill Baking Contest. If baking is not up your alley, you can always try the Haggis Eating Contest.

Tickets to the Festival are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, kids 6 and under are free (special deals for multiple days).Buy tickets here.

Caber Toss (photo courtesy of Newport Celtic Festival)

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