It's Time to Get Your Celt On!

It's that time of year again and we hope you'll join us in celebrating our annual Australian Celtic Festival this week, held right here in Glen Innes!

In its 31st year, the festival is celebrating the Year of Scotland. Read on for all the details, get your tickets, and come to Glen Innes for a Celtic experience like no other, celebrating music, dance, art and culture. 

It's also the perfect time to come and see the beautiful autumn colours around the region and experience true seasonal beauty before the leaves begin to fall.

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Australian Celtic Festival 4-7 May 2023

Drawing visitors from all over Australia and internationally, the annual Australian Celtic Festival is about to celebrate its 31st year and its Year of Scotland with a vibrant and action-packed program stretching across four days from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 May 2023.

We are excited to welcome international guests Paul Anderson & Finlay Wilson from Scotland, and Clan Celtica from New Zealand, as well as many crowd favourites returning to the stages, such as Mad Kelpie Playdate, Kejafi, Moreton Celtic Fiddle Club, Limerick, Highlander and The Bushwackers, amongst others. 

The festival is located at the Australian Standing Stones National Celtic Monument in Glen Innes and offers something for everyone...

  • Browse Celtic-inspired market stalls, meet your clan and learn about your Celtic heritage, and enjoy the diverse range of Celtic music, dance, art, and traditional fashions.
  • Catch the live weekend action of the jousting tournament, highland games, and Scottish backhold wrestling.
  • Keep the kids entertained with loads to see and do, including activities in the Celtic Kids marquee.

There is also an exciting line-up of additional free and ticket events taking place around the township not to be missed!

Check out the full program of events and grab your tickets now!

Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for more information and updates. And be sure to tag @australiancelticfestival #australiancelticfestival in your social media posts so we can share. 

What's On

Our Very Own Glen Innes Tartan

Did you know Glen Innes has its very own registered tartan?

Designed by Peter Maxwell Bruce and Alexander L Ritchie, it is included in the official Tartan Registry of the National Records of Scotland. 

You can buy Glen Innes tartan clothing and accessories, as well as a host of Celtic-inspired items, at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre, or shop online

Visit the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre

Pop in and chat with a friendly local at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre to access a wealth of information on all there is to see and do in Glen Innes Highlands. The centre has maps, brochures, displays about local history and attractions, and a variety of items for sale in the shop. 

152 Church Street, Glen Innes NSW

Opening hours:
Mon to Fri: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Sat: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Sun: 9.00am to 1.00pm
Upcoming Events
There is always something to look forward to in Glen Innes Highlands, including regular events like movies, theatre productions & open mic nights at the Chapel Theatre, as well as weekend markets in town. To find out about more events, visit our Events Calendar and follow us on Facebook.

‘Scotland' Exhibition

Mon 1 May to Fri 26 May
10.00am to 4.00pm Mon to Fri;
10.00am to 1.00pm Sat
Glen Innes Art Gallery, 71 Grey St, Glen Innes

The Glen Innes Art Gallery proudly represents local artists, hosting exhibitions that reflect our wonderful region and helping artists connect with their audience. More info.
Next exhibition: 29 May to 23 June
Peter Champion and Helena South

Tea, Treat & a Talk

Every Mon
The Croft, The Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands, Watsons Drive, Glen Innes

Enjoy a pot of tea (or cup of barista coffee or hot chocolate), a scone, muffin or cake, and an illustrated expert talk on a Celtic topic. $15. Payment on arrival. More info[email protected] or 0421 470 900.

Glen Innes
Cottage Markets

Every Sat in May
7.00am to 12.30pm
Lions Park, Cnr East Ave
& Ferguson St, Glen Innes 

Check out this great little community market, with stallholders selling fresh produce, plants, craft, gifts, food, coffee & so much more. More info. 

Highlander Fun Run

Sat 6 May
8.00am start
The Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands, Watsons Drive, Glen Innes
Run, walk or hike the 2.5km loop twice (5k) or four times (10k) - the choice is yours. All 'Highlander' participants get a unique Haggis Highlander finishers medal! More info & registration. 

Gather & Trade Aboriginal Micro Markets

Sat 6 May
1.00pm to 4.00pm
Cooramah Cultural Centre, 8 MacKenzie St, Glen Innes
A chance to see local Ngoorabul and other First Nation artisan's unique arts and crafts. More info.

Australian Standing Stones parkrun

Sat 13, 30 & 27 May
8.00am start
The Australian Standing Stones, Centennial Parklands, Watsons Drive, Glen Innes
A free, weekly, timed 5k event every Saturday morning. Everyone is welcome to walk, jog, run or volunteer  More info & registration. 

Silversmithing Workshop

Sat 13 May
10.00am to 4.00pm
The Makers Shed, 123 Grey St, Glen Innes
Get across the entire silversmithing process with Richard Moon (resident Silversmith at The Makers Shed) as your guide, from designing your piece through to cutting, soldering, heating, cold-connecting, fold-forming, bezel-setting and polishing. Book now. 

St Yve's Day

Fri 19 May
Australian Standing Stones, Watson's Drive, Glen Innes
A flag-lowering ceremony to honour St Yve - the Patron Saint of Brittany, one of the acknowledged Celtic nations in Glen Innes. Free entry. Raffle will be held. 

INXS Tribute Show

Sat 27 May
Doors open 7.00pm
Glen Innes Services Club, 120 Grey St, Glen Innes
Six of Australia's finest musicians, 'Live Baby Live', bring the INXS legacy to life with the vintage sound and 80's swagger that defined a generation. Contact the club to book.

Glen Innes Highlands Shop
Supporting Local Business
When it comes to homegrown and handmade, we've got you covered! Visit us at the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre to browse our range of local goods, unique souvenirs, and gifts or shop online.

Get Your Celt On With Celtic-Inspired Items From Our Shop!

Australian Celtic Festival
2023 T-Shirt

Grey marle feat. Scottish Saltire flag colours. Aussie made. 100% Cotton. Adult sizes from XS to 3XL (true to standard AU sizing)
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Glen Innes Tartan Scarf

 These scarves come with a card that explains the significance of the Glen Innes tartan colours.
Shop now!

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Visit our website for more ideas of things to see and do in Glen Innes Highlands.

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