* Please note ALL schedules are subject to change without notice *
Download a printable Main Stage and Main Stage II schedule here

 2016 MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE
  FRI AUG 5 SAT AUG 6 SUN AUG 7
5.45 Opening Ceremonies Patrick Ourceau &
Ryan McGiver
thatotherchoir
6.30 Huron Harp School & Blyth Festival Orchestra
Celtic Concerto (L. Zaerr)
Séan McCann Martha Gallagher
7.15 Lizzy Hoyt Jayme Stone's Lomax Project Benjamin Dakota Rogers
8.00 Kimberley Fraser &
Troy MacGillivray
Jeremy Kittel Band Cupola:Ward
8.45 Joe Crookston Siobhan Miller Band Union Duke
9.30 Qristina & Quinn Bachand Bua Closing Ceremonies
10.15 Bon Débarras The Once  
11.00 The Paperboys Vishtèn  
2016 Main Stage II Schedule
  FRI AUG 5 SAT AUG 6 SUN AUG 7
12.30 Celtic Benjamin Dakota Rogers Bon Débarras
1.15 College Qristina & Quinn Bachand Vishtèn
2.00 Kids Camp Martha Gallagher Jeremy Kittel Band
2.45 Showcase Lizzy Hoyt Kimberley Fraser &
Troy MacGillivray
3.30 Bua Patrick Ourceau &
Ryan McGiver
Séan McCann
4.15 The Once The Paperboys Siobhan Miller Band
5.00 Jayme Stone's Lomax
Project
Joe Crookston Union Duke
5.45   Cupola:Ward  
Small stage performances bring different musicians together for some amazing performances! These schedules are available at the festival. 2016 workshops include:
- Sounds of the Sea with Vishten and The Once 
- Women & Song with Lizzy Hoyt, Siobhan Miller, Lucy Ward, Qristina Bachand, and Sarah Matthews
- Old World to New World with Cupola:Ward and Jayme Stone's Lomax Project
- Sessions of Chicago and New York with Patrick Ourceau and Bua
- Travelling Songs with Joe Crookston and Bon Debarras
- and many, many more! 
 
Main Stage is a permanent band shell structure facing open grass; limited bleacher seating is provided, and patrons may bring their own chairs and blankets. 
Main Stage II is a covered performance stage with provided seating. 
There are three other small workshop stages - Greeting Stage, Dance Stage, and West Stage - schedules for which will be available at the Festival. 
Greeting Stage, Dance Stage, and West Stage are small covered workshop stages, with space for chairs and blankets.
The Goderich Celtic Roots Festival is an annual celebration of the music, craft, and culture of the Celtic nations, immigrants of which form a strong historic background to Huron County. From a single memorial concert held in 1993, the Celtic Roots Festival has grown to include a week-long school of music, dance and craft art for children and adults, a series of rural outreach mini-concerts, and a three-day traditional outdoor festival held in beautiful Lions' Harbour Park on the shores of Lake Huron. 

It is the mandate of the Goderich Celtic Folk Society to produce events which foster awareness, participation, and education in the world of traditional Celtic culture. 

"Goderich is a town of spacious avenues, haunting generosity, wide smiles and open doors ... come walk the walk at the friendly festival." ~ Irish Music Magazine

"Quite simply, the best folk festival on the planet." ~ Discover Magazine
WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL LIKE?
The Celtic Roots Festival is a three-day outdoor festival showcasing the world's best of Celtic music, dance, and art all in the beautiful setting of Goderich, Ontario. With five stages, varying from small intimate performances to the high-powered Main Stage, the Festival is a unique musical experience in Canada and on the world-wide stage. Fresh local food, high-quality craft artisans, art demonstrations, children's activity area, beer garden, an evening market - plus the 60+ hours of live music - make this an unmissable weekend in Goderich.
A visit to the Festival is also a great way to experience Goderich, "the prettiest town in Canada", with the stunning beaches of Lake Huron and downtown shopping all within minutes' walk of the park.

ENTRY 
Gates open 11 am daily, music runs from 11 am to midnight (10.30 pm Sunday). 
Day and weekend passes available; children 12 and under free. Purchase passes, or buy them at the gate. Rain or shine (4 covered stages). Guide dogs only. For directions to the Festival, click here.

PERFORMANCE STAGES 
There are five stages at the Celtic Roots Festival: 
Main Stage is a permanent band shell structure facing open grass; limited bleacher seating is provided, and patrons may bring their own chairs and blankets. 
Main Stage II is a covered performance stage with provided seating. 
Greeting Stage, Dance Stage, and West Stage are small covered workshop stages, with space for chairs and blankets. 

 FESTIVAL AMENITIES 

Fresh local food court (open noon - 10 pm, approximately) 
   2016 VENDORS:
   Cravings 
   Potatoe Potato
   Wicked Willy's Food Truck
   Grassroots Rural Retreat Wood Fired Pizza
   Sweet 'N Treats
   Mapleton Ice Cream
Supervised Children's Area (open 1-5, Saturday and Sunday). 
Storytelling area (Saturday and Sunday afternoons) 
Fully-staffed administration and First Aid area 
Permanent and temporary washroom facilities

TESTIMONIAL
"The best weekend of the summer? It sure is. The Goderich Celtic Festival is a cultural event like no other – from the finest artists and musicians in their class, to the local delicacies of the food market (mmm, that organic icecream is killer), this unique Festival is an extremely well-curated event that focuses on the fine details and truly celebrates the Celtic spirit. The breath-taking setting on the shore of Lake Huron, the welcoming local volunteers, and the world-class entertainment should not be missed. We keep coming back because we feel like we are part of something truly special. Congratulations on 20 years! May there be many more."
- Robin and James Buchanan, Toronto (formerly of Fort William, Scotland)