Workshops, Demos & Lectures

Join In The Festival Fun

Attend a Workshop
Learn How to Step-Dance
Take an Instrument Master-Class
Watch a Sword Fighting Demo
Join the Irish Session
And So Much More!

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12 years - Adult: Workshops, Lectures, Crafts

Visitors/Welcome Center

The following workshops, lectures, crafts, etc. are open to attendees 16+ years of age – dependent on workshop.  Check the criteria to attend in the workshop description.  

Attendees must register online or at the Festival Information Booth. 

Additional costs apply.  Fees are listed with each title.

Limited capacities (all workshops are held in the Visitors/Welcome Center).  Register to secure your seat.2

Friday, March 18 – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 – 1:15 p.m.

Pre-registration required (online or at the Info Booth)
For ages 16+

This workshop features a hands-on experience in creating a piece of art with professional-grade pyrography pens. Learn
techniques that will get you
started or improve your pyrographic artistic pallet.

We have a variety of projects which can be completed during the workshop. Whether you use your new skills to create future projects or embellish other mediums, pyrography, or “writing with fire,” will expand your creative tool chest.

Saturday, March 19 – 11:45 a.m.

Pre-registration required (online or at the Info Booth)
For ages 16+

Join Ellie Davis in creating a fantastic work of art representing the Tree of Life, and learn about its significance through the process. No previous experience is required! 

Saturday, March 19 – 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 – 4:15 p.m.

Ages 21 and older (must have a 21+ wristband*).

Fruit, Flower, vegetable, and Mead wines are all handcrafted in micro-batches. Come learn techniques, ask questions and enjoy tastes of dozens of refreshingly original concoctions preserved using classic techniques.

Local Winemaker Alan Griffin freely shares his knowledge and opens hand-crafted wines in an intimate learning environment unique to Evanston Wyoming. See recipes and learn from extensive winemaker notes of past successes and failures. A Celtic Festival classic workshop sure to please.


*For 21+ Wristband: Present your print-at-home or will-call workshop ticket at the Information Booth when you arrive at the festival to have ID checked and receive the wristband that will allow you to access the workshop room.

Workshops

Saturday, March 19 – 2:15 p.m.
Superintendent Building

Flutes provided.

Saturday, March 19 – 10:15 a.m.
City of Los Angeles, Roundhouse

Whistles provided.

Saturday, March 19 – 11:15 a.m.
Superintendent Building

Open to all levels.

Saturday, March 19 – 4:15 p.m.
Superintendent Building

Flutes provided.

Friday, March 18 – 4:15 p.m.
Portland Rose Room, Roundhouse

More information will be forthcoming

Saturday, March 19 – 3:15 p.m.
Superintendent Building

Flutes provided.

Saturday, March 19 – 3:15 p.m.
City of Los Angeles, Roundhouse

Friday, March 18 – 5:15 p.m.
Superintendent Building

Saturday, March 19 – 1:15 p.m.
Superintendent Building

Saturday, March 19 – 12:15 9.m.
City of Los Angeles, Roundhouse

Saturday, March 19 – 3:15 p.m.
Portland Rose Room, Roundhouse

Friday, March 18 – 3:30 p.m.
Superintendent Building

Saturday, March 19 – 1:15 p.m.
City of Los Angeles, Roundhouse

Friday, March 18 – 4:30 p.m.
Superintendent Building

Dancing Just For Fun

Saturday, March 19 – 3:15 p.m.
Roundhouse – Main Area

All instruments, all levels are welcome. You will learn to play a traditional Breton tune from the Celtic region of France and its dance steps. You will also learn about the history behind the dance/music and what region it is from. Dancers are also welcome.

Friday, March 18 – 4:15 p.m.
Roundhouse – Main Area

Cape Breton step-dancing is a unique blend of several different dancing traditions and has evolved into its own unique and distinct style closely tied to the traditional music of Cape Breton. This class will focus on using these steps as a form of musical percussion to complement the music.

Tap shoes (if you already have them) or leather-soled shoes are recommended.

The class will also touch on traditional “Square Sets,” the social group dancing still popular in Cape Breton today.

Saturday, March 19 – 11:30 a.m. Roundhouse – Main Area Don’t be shy. Learn the basics of Highland Dance in this invigorating, exciting workshop.

Lectures & Storytelling

Friday, March 18 – 6:30 p.m.
Superintendent Building

The courage of an enemy, an impossible victory, a sweet bite, a lost love, a glorious hope, and the indomitable Highland spirit: “It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honors that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.”

Saturday, March 19 – 1:15 p.m.
Portland Rose Room, Roundhouse

Join renowned Northern Irish transmedia storyteller Brian Higgins, as he takes you through the myths and legends of the emerald isle. “The mists will clear with storytelling and traditional imagery and we’ll learn how these tales helped inspire and influence in days gone by including how we might utilize them in modern times.”

Saturday, March 19 – 2:15 p.m.
Portland Rose Room, Roundhouse

Explore the mysteries surrounding genuine crop circles, the power of frequencies, sacred sites & ley lines. For those with a creative streak, join Ellie in personalizing a wicked-cool keepsake!

Exploring Weapons & Battles

Saturday, March 19 – 11:00 a.m.

Superintendent Building

Do you know the difference between a long sword and a great sword? A saber and a rapier? How about the difference between a thrusting spear, a throwing spear, and a hewing spear? This is a hands-on demonstration of various types of swords, axes, spears, and other weapons and armor, ranging from the Bronze Age to the early 20th Century, from copper to bronze to high-carbon steel. Participants will have the opportunity to handle and heft actual weapons, don armor, and learn how such items were employed.

Irish Sessions

Friday, March 18 – After the Headline Concert

Roundhouse, Main area

Come and join one or both of the Festival playing sessions. Bring your instrument, dance a few steps, or just hang out and watch. We’ll be following standard “session etiquette” including taking turns calling tunes. Dancers are welcome!

Saturday, March 19 – 1:45 p.m.

Roundhouse, Main area

Come and join one or both of the Festival playing sessions. Bring your instrument, dance a few steps, or just hang out and watch. We’ll be following standard “session etiquette” including taking turns calling tunes. Dancers are welcome!

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