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National Celtic Festival 2022

Forget the car and get to the festival the easy way from Melbourne

Quick Details

Festival Ticket Adult Full Weekend
A$210
Festival Ticket Concession
A$200
Festival Ticket Youth Full Weekend (13-17 yrs)
A$70
Return Ferry Ticket Adult
A$33
Return Ferry Ticket Concession
A$30
Return Ferry Ticket Children (4-16 yrs)
A$18
Return Ferry Ticket Family (2 adults & 2 kids)
A$89

National Celtic Festival

10 – 13 June 2022, Portarlington Victoria

After two years off the National Celtic Festival is back and the easiest way to get there is via Port Phillip Ferries direct to the venue. Held over 4 days of the June long weekend this winter festival is regarded as Australia’s premier Celtic Folk Festival and attracts over 18,000 people to the region.

There’ll be food trucks, markets, free live music, free entertainment, outdoor bars, open fires and more… and it’s all so easily accessible from Melbourne via a fast ferry direct to the venue.

This is both a ticketed & non-ticketed program and offers maximum opportunities for participation and free entertainment for single day-trippers and full weekend ticket holders.

More about the festival

The festival takes in the foreshore area and venues across the township of Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula and offers a dynamic program that represents a diverse range of art forms. There are performances, concerts, workshops, masterclasses competitions, forums, demonstrations, visual arts projects, themed events, and more.

The market area includes food trucks and expo stands, designer markets, instrument makers, demonstrations, ancient ceremonies and rituals around open fires, highland cattle exhibitions, Gaelic Football displays and new works/projects from visual artists.

The festival organizers recognise the significance of the land on which the festival is held to the indigenous people of the area and in collaboration with local elders have developed means to acknowledge this in a meaningful way.

The festival caters for all age groups and for a diversity of cultural and family groups. It has become an annual event for families and friends to gather, offering time to relax and experience the depth of Celtic culture through the festival’s culturally diverse arts program.

Heavy Games

As an added bonus this year the Heavy Games will be added to the festivities. Presented by Highland Muscle, The National Highland Championships are to be held on June 11 and 12 June. The inclusion of this Scottish cultural event will provide a new and exciting spectacle to the weekends festivities.

The event will be packed with male and female, international and local heavy athletes. These athletes are some of the largest in the world and will be competing in traditional highland games and heavy events such as the Heavy Stone Throw, the Sheaf Toss and the crowd favourite the Caber Toss. Added to this, the games will be expertly commented on by Highland Muscle’s master of ceremonies.