Friendsville, our host town

 

After many years at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry, the festival packed up its tents and went down the hill to the charming town of Friendsville. Our new location is in the town's beautiful municipal park along the bonnie, bonnie banks of the Youghiogheny River. (Pronounced "yok".)

Just off of Interstate 68 at Exit 4, the festival is conveniently located for visitors from Morgantown WV, Cumberland MD, Uniontown PA, and points farther afield. Scenic Deep Creek Lake is only ten minutes away via MD-42, Friendsville Road. 

Please note for GPS purposes, there is not an official address for the park. It is located on Old River Road in Friendsville, MD. Come to Friendsville and look for the signs! We know you'll find us, it's a small town.

We hope you get a chance to explore a little while you're here.  Ask us for information about the area at our welcome booth!

* denotes a Celtic Festival sponsor

LODGING

* Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty - individual vacation rental homes in and around the Deep Creek Lake area
Sunset Inn - standard rooms with indoor pool walking distance from the Festival
Yough Valley Motel - closest accommodations to the Festival grounds, only a quarter mile away!
* Taylor Made Vacation Rentals - individual vacation rental homes near Deep Creek Lake, only 15 minutes from Friendsville

FOOD & DRINK

Ken's Irish Pub - home of the official after-party!
Water Street Cafe - best pepperoni rolls this side of anywhere
Riverside Hotel - deck dining and fresh menu including backyard ingredients
Working H Meats - butcher shop and small grocer with their own family farm local meats

SHOPPING

* Friendsville Discount Liquors & Drafters Beer Garden
* Good to Go - gas station and convenience store chock full of novelty items you never knew you needed
Kendall Trail Mercantile - eclectic selection of vintiques and uniques
Mountain Hollow Store - health foods and natural products
* S & S Market - grocery store

RECREATION

Enjoy the small sandy beach fishing access in the Friendsville Community Park and walk the path around the perimeter of the park that follows Bear Creek and the Youghiogheny River, or enjoy one of these other activities nearby
Kendall Trail - two-mile long railroad grade trail hugging the river
All Earth Eco Tours - guided hikes and flatwater kayaking
Precision Rafting - raft the Class V wild & scenic Youghiogheny with some of the best guides around!

HISTORY

Friend Family Association - wealth of local genealogy and lore
 

 

Festival FAQ

Where is The Garrett County Celtic Festival?
It is held at the Friendsville Community Park on Old River Road in Friendsville, Maryland just off of Exit 4 of Interstate 68. Friendsville is 15 minutes from the Deep Creek Lake resort area, and within 45 minutes of Morgantown WV, Cumberland MD, and Uniontown PA. Pittsburgh is less than two hours away, Baltimore and Washington are within three hours' drive.

Where do I park?
There is plentiful free parking in the park, and our parking attendants will help you find a spot.

Can I get to the Festival with public transit?
Sorry, no. There is no public transportation in the area. 

Is the Festival ADA accessible?
Yes! Priority parking has been reserved, and all performance areas are wheelchair accessible. Though most of the park is grassy, paved paths go between the different festival areas. ADA bathrooms are available as well. 

Is the Festival pet-friendly?
No, unless it is a service animal. There are livestock and working dogs at the Festival. 

Do I have to wear a kilt?
No, but you can if you have one! Or, buy one here. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a Costume Contest on the main stage at 3:00pm if in Celtic-themed dress. 

Is there anything to do for children?
Yes! This is a family-friendly event. Our Rainbow's End Children's Activities Area has an amazing array of activities and crafts for the wee ones. Please note this is not a babysitting area, and children should not be left unattended. 

Is there anything to eat?
Food stands will be set up by Archie's Barbecue, Bar-B-Qed Beast, Friendsville Lions Club, Lakeside Creamery, Rita's Ice, St. John's Lutheran Church, and Working H Meats. Stay for lunch, dinner, and dessert!

Will there be alcohol?
The Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department will be selling beer near the stage area to individuals 21 and over. It can be consumed throughout the Park but cannot be taken outside of the ticket gates. 

I'm "with the band". Do I get a free ticket?
Family and support crew coming with our performers are able to purchase advanced tickets at a discount. Please have your team lead contact us to make arrangements. 

What happens if it rains?
The event will occur in rain or shine and as of now the weather looks perfect! Many of the festival areas are tented or pavilions, so in the event of a sudden downpour there are plenty of places to run for cover. If you're concerned about too much sun as there is limited shade beyond the pavilions, guests are welcome to bring camp chairs with built-in shades but please no pop-up tents or large umbrellas. 

Where is the river?
The Friendsville Community Park is on a beautiful open field where Bear Creek meets the Youghiogheny River. A fishing access is located on the far side of the parking circle near the baseball diamond. The river is shallow here and it's a great spot to play in the river if it is hot!