Mini Guide to CelticFest 2015 – Vancouver’s 12-Day Celtic Bash

Photo credit: jpmpinmontreal | Wikipedia

Photo credit: jpmpinmontreal | Wikipedia

Vancouver has a global reputation for being a green city. But for 12 days this March, that will take on a whole new meaning.

CelticFest Vancouver returns March 6-March 17, with dozens of music, dance and theatre events where you can let your shamrock shine and wear your green with pride. The annual celebration of Celtic culture includes free and ticketed happenings at venues around the city, culminating in the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 15.

Here’s a look at some can’t-miss highlights at CelticFest Vancouver 2015 (prices are for advanced ticket sales online):

Traditional music: Take in the 100-voice Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir (paired with the De Danaan Irish Dancers) ($27) at Christ Church Cathedral on March 13. Or see internationally renowned fiddler and singer April Verch ($25) perform foot-stomping Irish and Scottish tunes at the Annex on March 16. 

Delhi 2 Dublin. Photo sourced from CelticFest Vancouver

Delhi 2 Dublin. Photo sourced from CelticFest Vancouver

Celtic-inspired rock and more: See Alan Doyle ($35) 0f Newfoundland’s Great Big Sea at the Vogue on March 6, catch a tribute to Celtic punk-rockers the Pogues ($22) at the Imperial on March 7 or enjoy the fusion stylings of Delhi 2 Dublin (a blend of bhangra and Celtic beats) ($25) on March 15 at The Imperial.

Theatre, with a twist: The award-winning Irish play the Weir ($17) is set in a rural Irish pub and explores the unique banter and complex interrelationships among men and women with a shared upbringing. Fittingly enough, it’s being staged in a series of Vancouver pubs, where you can enjoy a pint or two with the show, March 7-March 15 at various venues.

Parties: Granville Street is closed to traffic and transformed into a sea of green for Celtic Village (free to attend), the annual street party featuring free music, dancing, an artisan market and more, March 14-March 15. Looking for a different kind of celebration? The CelticFest Ceilidh ($25) is a traditional social gathering and rollicking good time in a bar atmosphere, with live music, dancing and plenty of drink, at the Imperial on March 14.

Photo sourced from CelticFest Vancouver 

Photo sourced from CelticFest Vancouver

Whisky tastings: If you’re new to the world of whisky, check out Whisky 101 ($30), where you’ll learn the basics about scotch, whisky, bourbon and rye while savouring five samples, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at downtown’s The Belmont club. For more advanced drinkers, stop by the Tasting for Connoisseurs ($35) to take your whisky know-how to a new level, March 11 at 8:30 p.m. at The Belmont.

Parade: Of course, it wouldn’t CelticFest without the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade (free), March 15. More than 2,000 participants – including plenty of bagpipe and drum corps – march in the procession through downtown Vancouver, which draws up to 200,000 spectators. The parade begins at Howe and Davie Streets, proceeding north along Howe Street to Georgia, and ends at Georgia and Granville Streets.

For the complete listing of events, visit the CelticFest Vancouver website.

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