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14th Berea Celtic Festival

August 17-20, 2023

PS: All donations will go to the coverage of

promotion of the festival and travel expenses.

A highlight of the year!

Dan Curtin, Fort Thomas, KY 


Photos from previous gatherings.

Davey Mathias, Vince Burns, Martin McCann and Stephanie Benson

at a BCF gathering. Turlach Boylan on flute. Beverly Buchanan on arcordian.


This Celtic event is a combination of a fest and a gathering of music, dance, storytelling and singing, mainly from the Irish and Scottish traditions. 

Musicians, who are interested in playing, are welcome to join the many sessions with an open mindset and willingness to participate on whatever level he/she is on. Beginners can learn a lot here. Advanced musicians are having a lot of fun and learn from one another.

Some musicians and singers will offer workshops and presentations. Others will be a part of performances. 

If you bring an instrument you are welcome to join us for a free supper Saturday evening. 


Berea Celtic Fest and Gathering is, to be frank, a low-budget event that focuses on bringing musicians and others together in a welcoming and friendly environment . 

Musicians are not being paid to participate, but folks who have been invited to lead

- workshops

- presentations

- sessions 


- perform

may be offered gas money, accommodation in private homes, and some meals. 

If you prefer to stay at a hotel or motel, we have special deals with Red Roof Inn and Boone Tavern. 

Otherwise use B&Bs and other motels.


Every year, we are being approached by sincere vendors, who want to sell food, jewelry, books, flip-flops, etc. 

Only on rare occasions have we accepted vendors with a relevant purpose and not every year.

In general, we encourage guests and participants to experience our town and support the local economy. 

There are plenty of eateries, gift and crafts shops to visit. 

We do have a selection of merchandise incl. t-shirts and CDs.

Musicians are allowed to sell their own stuff.


Hotel Boone Tavern 

College Square, Berea, KY 40403. 859-985-3700.

Booking code: 245239

Price range $99 - $139 + tax.

Block drops per 7/20 2023, but you can still get rooms at the above-mentioned rates depending on availability.

Stylish Southern touch with handmade furniture by Berea College students.

Breakfast not included in room price.

Red Roof Inn 

196 Price Royal Drive, Berea, I-75, Exit 76.

Phone: 859-986-8426.

Pr. night $70 + taxes. 1-2 persons in each room. Booking code: Sune / berea

Outdoor pool, continental breakfast.

Air B&B: The Cozy Quilt House, max six persons, $125 + tax per night. Dog friendly, fenced in yard. Close to everything., Contact: 859-868-8834, ask for Heather, or 

Oh Kentucky RV Park and Camping

562 Paint Lick Road, Berea. Use exit 76.

Phone 859-986-1150​.

Other motel options available, incl. several B&Bs.

Event Coordinator:

Sune Frederiksen, 859 - 248 - 0690.

E-mail: at icloud . com

Artistic partners:

Thanks to all who offered their inputs.


Facebook: Become a Berea Celtic Festival group member.

as of 8/24 2022, we have 1002 members.


The Red Wellies:

Four Leaf Peat: 

Mai Hernon/Celtic Font:

McTeggart Irish Dancers of Lexington:

Jennifer Balcom. E-mail:

Travels to Ireland:

Mai Hernon

Four Shillings Short

Failte Irish Shop

Folk Circle Association of Berea: 

Hands Four Spring Dance Weekend:

                                                                Featuring Wild Asparagus in April 2023

Berea Tourism: 

Partners: See next page.

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