Sunday’s Pick: Austin Celtic Festival

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Declan Ryan, left, talks to Randy Williamson, dressed as a Viking, at the 2013 Austin Celtic Festival at Fiesta Gardens. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Sounds of bagpipes and smells of haggis will fill the air this weekend at Fiesta Gardens (2101 Jesse E Segovia St) during the 18th Annual Austin Celtic Festival. The largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas returns, offering two days of traditional Celtic music, dance, sport, and dog breeds.

Although the festival begins Saturday, day two of the festival offers a few special activities, like a performance and dance lesson from the Inishfree Austin Irish Dancers. Also occurring Sunday are the Kid’s Highland Games, a modified version of the Celtic sporting competitions that originated over 900 years ago.

Both days of the festival will feature musical performances from The Karan Casey Band, the Tannahill Weavers, and Liz Carroll. In addition, the St. Thomas Episcopal Highland Dancers and the Austin Scottish Dance Society will perform and lead workshops in traditional Celtic dances. And follow the sounds of a Piper each afternoon to find the Celtic dog parade, where Welsh Corgis, Westies, Golden Retrievers, and other Celtic breeds will walk in celebration of their common heritage.

Details: $15 for one day adult ticket, $25 for a weekend pass. Free for children under 13. 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m. October 18 & 19 at Fiesta Gardens.

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