National Celtic Festival
5 June - 8 June
Held annually in Portarlington, Victoria on the June long weekend. From near and far we gather in the wonderful township of Portarlington to unleash the spirit, discover the passion and experience the culture. An easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne, the township of Portarlington is ready to welcome you with open arms. Nestled between the Bellarine Peninsula’s renowned vineyards and the famous mussel farms of Corio Bay, this normally quiet bayside village comes to life with the music, laughter and passion of the Celtic spirit. This winter festival is regarded as Australia’s premier Celtic Folk Festival and attracts over 16,000 people to the region over the three day long weekend event each June. The event commences on Friday evening and concludes on Monday afternoon (over four days). The Festival uses a range of venues within the town, including community halls and spaces, the hotel, restaurants, cafes and churches. Marquees are also set up on the foreshore to provide additional venues; these include the Village Stage, Celtic Club, Wine Bar, and Celtic Markets. The National Celtic Festival programme offers a broad and diverse range of arts experiences that capture the Celtic culture in its many interpretations within the Australian setting. The setting of the Portarlington foreshore and surrounding township is an ideal location for the festival and showcases the region.