The Folk Circle Association of Berea, KY 


9th Berea Celtic Festival 

August 16-18, 2019

This gathering of joyful, talented and very skillful folks is a city-wide event and brings in 40-50 enthusiastic musicians from 10-12 states. It is always slated for the third weekend in August.

The weekend includes sessions, concerts, workshops, dancing, story telling, and a lot of fellowship. 

Traditional. Authentic. Grassroots.

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Info: 859-986-7584, or  at

Hotel info: 

Boone Tavern (group rates) 859-985-3700, or on-line.

Holiday Inn Express 859-985-7378.

America's Best Value Inn (group rates) 859-986-8426.

Others available as well, and some B&Bs, and AirB&Bs.

Program 2019: See full program at 

Friday 8/16     : Session 5-7 PM, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM free/donations.

Friday 8/16    :  Open air concert at Memorial Park with the Belles and Beaus of the 

                         Bluegrass. 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.

Friday 8/16    :  Jigs, Reels and Contra at Russel Acton Folk Center featuring caller Joe 

                         Wilkie and Knoxville-based band Four Leaf Peat. From 8 PM. $5/$3.

Saturday 8/17:  Sessions at College Square and Short Street, from 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM.  


                         Workshops at Russel Acton Folk Center from 1 PM - 5 PM. $5 ea.

                         The Celtic Gala Concert at Union Church begins at 8 PM. $20. 

                                                                                                   Kids and students $5.

Sunday 8/18  :  Celtic service at Union Church begins at 10:30 AM. Donations accepted.

                         Irish harp music at Hotel Boone Tavern featuring Jeni Balcom. For brunch guests. Begins at 12:30 PM.