Activities encompassed in the Festival.


The Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival has many activities available to ensure everyone has something to enjoy. 

Please respect the "No Outside Dogs Allowed" policy put forth by the City of Albuquerque.

Beard Contest

Saturday, May 20th


Come join our Beard Contest, hosted by Col. Conk Products.

Entry fee is $10, and a portion of the entry fee is donated to charity.


   NATURAL MUSTACHE     (No products allowed)

   STYLED MUSTACHE          (Waxed, dyed, or products allowed)


SHORT BEARD NATURAL     (6"or shorter)

LONG BEARD NATURAL     (6"or longer)

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Clans and Societies


Come enjoy walking through Clan Row. Discover your heritage as you speak with our local Clan representatives.  

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Parade TIMES:

Saturday, May 19th


Sunday, May 20th


The friendly dog folks at our Festival have a variety of Celtic dogs available for viewing and petting. They are registered with the Festival and their owners are happy to share information regarding their breed.

Register your dog NOW. 


Children's Area


Explore our Children's Area with your little ones. We have hands-on Celtic crafts, ABQ Gem & Mineral will sponsor a rock project, and Shawn the Sheep will be back.  The Calligraphy Guild will be there to aide with bookmark making.  Wee journals will be made for/with the children. We also have a special showing of the T.A.R.D.I.S. for the Dr. Who fans!

Be sure to check out our Vendors Row for Dancing Dolphins face painting and A Train of Thought for kiddie costumes!