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An Annual Affair

The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival Experience

Last year, the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival brought together over 6,500 people for two days of food, drink, live music, athletic competitions, Celtic vendors, and much more. This year will be our 30th year! Come join us and help make this a celebration of the 7 Celtic Nations to remember!




Adult 1-day $15
Adult 2-day $20
Child (6-14) 1-day $7
Child (6-14) 2-day $10
Family Pack (1-day ONLY) (2 Adults, 2 Child) $30
(Children 6 and under are FREE)
Seniors 65+ 1-day $10
Seniors 65+ 2-day $15
Active Military 1-day $10
Active Military 2-day $15


Tickets are available online or at our event at the ticket kiosks at the Main Gate. If you purchase your tickets online you may bring your printed confirmation number to WILL CALL at the Main Gate. WILL CALL tickets must be picked up in their entirety. 

We accept all major credit cards and PayPal payments.




Schedule of Events

Live Music

Each year, the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival brings in Celtic bands from all over the United States. This year we will have the band Mac Gilliossa and also Spirited Lads as our Main Stage headliners. You can also check out our Small Stage in the northeast corner of the Festival grounds where we feature local Celtic musicians. This year you can find our Kirkin o' the Tartan on the Main Stage on Sunday morning, led by Chaplain Dusty McDaniel.

Our Bagpipers can be found throughout the grounds performing competitions, demonstrations, and, of course, every day at 12 o'clock for the Massed Bands as they parade their way through the Festival on their way to the Main Stage!




Spirited lads


scottish country dancing



Celtic singers

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& Vendors

We are honored to host some of the most interesting and creative Celtic vendors in the southwest. Below are some of the merchandise and food vendors that will be at our 2018 Festival.  See the full list here.*

Kerr imports

William Paul specializes in kilts for men, women, and children, as well as all the accessories for your Scottish wear. 

Heritage meat pies

Kevin Haggard is out of Santa Maria, CA, and has been making traditional Scottish meat pies for roughly 30 years. He is a Celtic Festival favorite, and you can find him at many festivals all over the west and southwest. 

paws and stripes

We are honored to have Paws and Stripes join us at our Festival. Each year, our Festival falls on Armed Forces day. We celebrate this by honoring a Distinguished Veteran each year. For 7 years, Paws and Stripes has transformed the lives of U.S. military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) by providing integrative service dog training and mental health. Stop by their tent and see how you can help.


Daughters of the British Empire Tea area

Daughters of the British Empire bring you wonderful hot tea, coffee, cider, cold water, and cookies. These wonderful ladies donate their time in order to bring you a bit of the Brit.

*We thank our featured vendors who have donated either their time or services to the Festival in the past.
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Balloon Fiesta Park   North Entrance


The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival welcomes you through Balloon Fiesta Park's North Entrance. Parking is free and plentiful in the General Parking Area. Simply follow the Parking Attendant's directions to your space. Handicapped parking is available along the fence next to the Main Entrance and ticket booths. 

Take Alameda west to San Mateo. Turn right (north) and drive to Balloon Fiesta Parkway. Turn left (west) and follow the Parking Attendants.

5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

The South Entrance will not be accessible during the Festival.