It is the mandate of the Goderich Celtic Folk Society to produce events which foster awareness, participation, and education in the world of traditional Celtic culture.
"Goderich is a town of spacious avenues, haunting generosity, wide smiles and open doors ... come walk the walk at the friendly festival." ~ Irish Music Magazine
"Quite simply, the best folk festival on the planet." ~ Discover Magazine
The Celtic Roots Festival is a three-day outdoor festival showcasing the world's best of Celtic music, dance, and art all in the beautiful setting of Goderich, Ontario. With five stages, varying from small intimate performances to the high-powered Main Stage, the Festival is a unique musical experience in Canada and on the world-wide stage. Fresh local food, high-quality craft artisans, art demonstrations, children's activity area, beer garden, an evening market - plus the 60+ hours of live music - make this an unmissable weekend in Goderich.
A visit to the Festival is also a great way to experience Goderich, "the prettiest town in Canada", with the stunning beaches of Lake Huron and downtown shopping all within minutes' walk of the park.
There are five stages at the Celtic Roots Festival:
Main Stage is a permanent band shell structure facing open grass; limited bleacher seating is provided, and patrons may bring their own chairs and blankets.
Main Stage II is a covered performance stage with provided seating.
Greeting Stage, Dance Stage, and West Stage are small covered workshop stages, with space for chairs and blankets.
Fresh local food court (open noon - 10 pm, approximately)
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Supervised Children's Area (open 1-5, Saturday and Sunday).
Storytelling area (Saturday and Sunday afternoons)
Fully-staffed administration and First Aid area
Permanent and temporary washroom facilities
"The best weekend of the summer? It sure is. The Goderich Celtic Festival is a cultural event like no other – from the finest artists and musicians in their class, to the local delicacies of the food market (mmm, that organic icecream is killer), this unique Festival is an extremely well-curated event that focuses on the fine details and truly celebrates the Celtic spirit. The breath-taking setting on the shore of Lake Huron, the welcoming local volunteers, and the world-class entertainment should not be missed. We keep coming back because we feel like we are part of something truly special."
- Robin and James Buchanan, Toronto (formerly of Fort William, Scotland)