The Potomac Celtic Festival is held on the second weekend of each
June at the Morven Park International Equestrian Center just north of
Leesburg, Virginia. The Festival features 2000 years of living history
units, athletic competitions, multiple stages of Celtic music and dance
from around the world and numerous artisans and crafters from around
The Potomac Celtic Festival
The Potomac Celtic Festival began as the Oatlands Celtic Festival. For the
first four years, it was held on the grounds of Oatlands Plantation south of
Leesburg. In 1998, the Festival relocated to the larger area provided by
Morven Park. While the trees and gardens of Oatlands were left behind, the
new site offers easier access and more room for activities.
This festival has an incredible mix of artisans, musicians, dancers, athletics,
history and heritage. Over fifty artisans attend each year offering their wares.
Six stages are used to present music, dance, poetry and stories. Nearly a dozen
living history groups participate demonstrating aspects of Celtic life from around
50 BC through World War I. Clan and society tents help people find their Celtic
The People We
- Jim Finegan, Bill Laflin and Tim McLaughlin lead the Maclachlans
in the Parade of Tartans. June, 1995.
- Peter and Margaret McLachlan march by the tent in The
Prade of Tartans. June, 1996.
- Michaele Finegan and her daughters are joined by Peter and
Margaret McLachlan at the tent. June, 1996.
The Things We
- Pat Murphy and his friend join Jim Finegan and a wee lass in front
of the tent. June 1996.
- Her Majesty's Royal Guards, Circa 1880. June, 1996.
- The Celtic Sixth Century. June, 1996. Here, one of the
re-enacters is demonstrating 6th century cooking techniques.
- Artisans and crafters from all over the east coast display their wares. Some, like
this blacksmith, make replica items from our past. One can find almost anything - from
leatherwork and jewelry to plants. One may even see a ceramic gargoyle or two. June,
- Dancers and Musicians from the seven Celtic nations (Scotland, Ireland, Galacia,
Brittany, Cornwall, Wales and the Ilse of Mann demonstrate their talents throughout
the day on six stages. June, 1996.
- Late Spring in Northern Virginia is a time of beauty and wonder. The rolling hills
are alive with the sights and sounds of nature. Flowers, including giant thistles,
abound everywhere. June, 1997.
- Pat Parker, Master Athelete, and Mike Rhodes, Amateur Athelete, receive their trophies
during the 1999 Festival.
The Places We Live!
- Clan MacLachlan's 1995 Award Winning Tent. Clan MacLachlan won
the PCF's first Celtic Cup Award for Best Clan/Society Tent.
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