The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival

Gaelic Proverb:

"guh nih-heh on cot hoo iss guh nih-heh on jowel on cot."
"May the cat eat you and the devil eat the cat."

26th Annual Celtic Festival

May 17th & 18th, is the RGVCF/G 26th ANNIVERSARY...
The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival is on May 17, 2014. This will be the 26th annual games in Albuquerque. The games are being held at the Balloon Fiesta Park. 42 acres of flat to throw on.

RGVCF Location - May 17th and 18th.

The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival is being held at the Balloon Fiesta Parkway, Albuquerque, NM. Click here for Google Maps Location.

For parking: From I-25 North bound take the Tramway Exit, Left on Tramway, Left on Pan American Fwy to Balloon Fiesta Pkwy. Right on Balloon Fiesta Pkwy, to the parking.

The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games brings to New Mexico a celebration of the lifeways, traditions, cultural heritage and contributions of the Celtic nations to our American life. The Irish, Welsh, Scots, Galicians, Britons and Bretons, all have and continue to significantly contribute to our lives today. The Festival assembles an ever shifting kaleidoscope of Celtic song, dance, traditional clothing (aye, the kilt), foods, language revival, stories, poetry, humor, history, traditional and Celtic inspired music – from the famous Highland war pipes to incomparable delicacy of the harp – highland games, and other Celtic sports such as rugby, hurling and Gaelic football, to New Mexico. The renewal and celebration of these traditions on the field each year is the mission of the Festival Association. Competitions and demonstrations in Highland Country Dance, Highland Dance and Irish Step Dance complement the rousing sounds of pipes and drums. Clans and Celtic Societies gather to share stories and act as your gateway to family histories, common questions and Celtic heritage. The presentation of history (and whimsy) is at the heart of attending reenactment groups. The heaving of heavy objects - stones and logs and faux hay bales - is the visual and participant delight of the Highland Heavy Games. Celtic dog breeds and working dog harken to mind a pastoral way of life so prevalent in Celtic homelands as well as here in New Mexico. Please explore other areas of this site for more details on the events, entertainments and sights you will enjoy at this our 26th annual event, May 17th and 18th at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We support Paws and Stripes – RGVCF’s charity of choice”
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The doors open daily at 9am and close at 5pm.

Adult 1-day $15
Adult 2-day $20
Child (6/14) 1-day $7
Child (6/14) 2-day $10
Child (6 and under) Everyday Free
Senior and Active Military 1-day $10
Senior and Active Military 2-day $15
Programs and Parking Everyday Free
Kirkin on Sunday morning
Twilight Discount for bands,
and access to all vendors
After 4pm on Saturday $10

This Festival is a (501) C3 organization.

*** No Outside Pets Allowed ***
Only required Service Dogs will be permitted.

Welcome to the 26th Annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival Piping Events!

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting some great events for pipers, drummers and bands alike! Please take a look below at the list fun things we will be offering this year! READ MORE...