Ethnic festivals across the state entertain groups with music, dancing, culinary specialties and craft demonstrations.

Celtic Fest

Almost hidden along the East Coast, the small state of Maryland is sandwiched between Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Delaware. Do not let Maryland’s size fool you, though; this state is packed with cultural experiences, including lively ethnic festivals. To spice up a group itinerary, consider including one of these events.


Maryland’s oldest Celtic celebration takes place on April 30, 2016, at the Jefferson-Patterson Park and Museum in Saint Leonard. The Southern Maryland Celtic Festival spotlights the Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scots and Welsh heritages. Enjoy constant music and dancing on three stages, watch craft and country-dance demonstrations, and listen to storytellers. A Celtic marketplace offers a wide array of food and gifts. Competitions include pipers, fiddlers, Highland dancers, drummers, pipe bands and the Celtic Harpers. The festival closes at 6 p.m., but guests are welcome to attend a dance party, known as a “ceilidh,” in the pavilion until 9 p.m…


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