Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival

May 4-5, 2019

Rotary Park, Bernalillo, NM


9am - 6pm Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday


$10 per person, cash

$11 per person, credit

Children 11 and under are FREE!!!

No pets allowed.

Come join us at Flying Star at Wyoming and Paseo Del Norte on Thursday, April 25th for Sheaf Toss Demo and Fundraiser, 5pm to 8:30pm!

Advocating for Celtic communities and entrepreneurs since 1988

The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival has been a part of Albuquerque for 31years. The Festival has been held in several places over the years and, this year, we are happy to announce we will be moving to Rotary Park in Bernalillo, NM. We will have all of our usual merchandise and food vendors as well as some new ones! As always, we will have our family friendly activities - Children’s Area, live music, Heavy Scottish Athletics, Clan Row, Celtic dance demonstrations, and, of course, bagpipes!


Come meet Orbit,

our Isotopes mascot!

Saturday, May 4th from 11:30 - 12:30!!!


Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival Assn.

PO Box 35062

Albuquerque, NM 87176-5062


The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival condemns any expression of hatred, which has no place in our society.The RGVCF reserves the right to ban members, prospective members, or other participants from RGVCF events on the grounds of association with nationally recognized hate groups, or public displays of discriminatory iconography or language. The RGVCF is not a haven for those who advocate or practice hatred, hostility, or violence against members of any race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The RGVCF welcomes people of all origins and opinions who celebrate and enjoy Celtic culture and activities.

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Things To Do…


Join us in celebrating our Celtic heritage through our local musicians!

Bands TBD.


The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival is proud to host many styles of Celtic dance. Scottish Highland Dancing is a celebration of the Scottish spirit. The dances are a spectacular combination of movement, music, and costume. They are generally danced solo, and in competition the music is typically a tune on the bagpipes. The dances are great fun and anyone, not just with a Scottish heritage, who thrills to the sound of the bagpipes, can join in and learn the dances. You can find our dancers on the Main Stage!


Our Pipe Bands are both local and from surrounding areas. The Bernalillo Celtic Festival is pleased to announce the following Pipe Bands will be joining us for the Festival:

HDPD, Shrine, Mac-Tire, Order of the Thistle, NM Fire.

beard competition

Make sure to stop in for our 4th Annual Beard Competition on Saturday!


Breweries and distilleries

Come join us in our beer tents to enjoy our local breweries and distilleries!

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Kids corner

The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival has many activities available for children of all ages. Please join us at our Children’s Area for fun crafts and activities!


Food vendors

Enjoy our many local and out-of-town food vendors!

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The RGVCF is pleased to offer up "Clan Row" which is booth upon booth of Clan and Society people and information. 

Merchandise vendors

Our Merchandise Vendors come from many different parts of the country to bring their fantastic wares. We have many different things to offer, from clothing to jewelry to handmade art, knives, swords, leatherwork, and, of course, KILTS!!!



Athletes from around the nation and around the world come join us for our athletic competitions! We have been host to World Masters Competition in 2013. We are proud to be a stop on the IHGF.