Celtic Fling

March 26, 2023

Yearning for some merriment as summer kicks into gear? You’ll find it at the annual Celtic Fling & Highland Games at Mount Hope Estate & Winery on Saturday & Sunday, June 24-25, 2023. If you’ve never experienced this event, I encourage you to work it into your vacation schedule this year. The rollicking celebration is just a short and easy drive from the Historic Smithton Inn.  On the 35-acre shire, you can enjoy traditional and modern Celtic music, mouth-watering Celtic cuisine, masterly brewed Swashbuckler ales, Mount Hope’s renowned wines, spirits and much more.

This blog is all about Celtic Fling

What to Expect at Celtic Fling 2023

Here’s a glimpse of the entertainment lineup, featuring the rich heritage of the Irish, Scots Welsh, Cornish, Manx, Bretons, and Galecians/Asturians, at this year’s Celtic Fling:

  • Musical performances (including Albannach and The Kilmaine Saints)
  • Competitions (including a Men in Kilts contest!)
  • Irish dancers
  • Celtic Pipe Bands
  • Clans and Celtic Societies
  • Sports demonstrations (including hurling)
  • Merchants with Celtic wares and crafts for sale
  • Celtic cuisine (including Scotch eggs, cheeses, mead, and more)

Plus there’s a Friday Night Concert on June 23rd to kick off the weekend’s fun and frivolity!  The Friday music lineup includes Rovers Way (5:45PM-6:30PM), Rogue Diplomats (7:00PM-8:00PM) and Trials of Cato (8:30-10:00PM).

Ticket Prices:

Single Day Admission (Valid Saturday OR Sunday)

  • General Admission: $31.95
  • Children (5-11): $13.95
  • Children (4 & Under): Free, No Ticket Required

Two-Day Tickets (Valid Saturday AND Sunday)

  • Only Available Online
  • General Admission: $46.95
  • Children (5-11): $20.95
  • Children (4 & Under): Free, No Ticket Required

Friday Night Concert Tickets (Valid Friday Only)

  • General Admission: $29.95
  • Children (5-11): Free, No Ticket Required
  • Children (4 & Under): Free, No Ticket Required

Buy Your Tickets Today!

Location and Parking:

  • Celtic Fling is an Annual Event held at Mount Hope Estate, 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545
  • The parking lot is HUGE.  Nothing to worry about on that front!

Irish Slang to Help You Fit In:

Here are TEN fun & useful Irish Slang phrases you can totally work into conversations during this fun event:

1.  Acting the maggot

  • Meaning: An Irish term for fooling and messing around
  • Example: Stop acting the maggot or the bouncer will kick us out of Celtic Fling!

2.  Bang on

  • Meaning: Right, accurate, correct
  • Example: You are bang on, this is the best Celtic Fling ever!

3.  Craic

  • Meaning: Fun, gossip, goings-on. One of the most well-known Irish phrases.
  • Example: What’s/where’s the craic at this festival?

4.  Deadly

  • Meaning: Brilliant, fantastic, great
  • Example: That was a deadly set by Scythian on Friday night!

5.  Eff off

  • Meaning: Polite swear word (for the F word). Also used as an exclamation of disbelief.
  • Example: Ah, just eff off, will ya, the Kilmaine Saints are playing!

6.  Fierce

  • Meaning: Very good, great, excellent
  • Example: It was a fierce performance by the Screaming Orphans in the Boarshead, right?!

7.  Grand

  • Meaning: Many uses; most often used as a reply to ‘How are you?’, ‘How are you feeling?’, or being told of a decision. One of the most commons Irish expressions.
  • Example: We will meet you at the Chess Stage – “Grand”; Rovers Way starts playing in 10 minutes – “Grand”

8.  Jacks

  • Meaning: Toilet
  • Example: I'm loving this Swashbuckler beer, I’m off to the jacks

9.  Savage

  • Meaning: A common term for great, brilliant
  • Example: Celtic Fling was a savage till the end

10.  Shattered

  • Meaning: Exhausted
  • Example: After a weekend of Celtic Fling, I was shattered

Spend the Weekend!

table and bed
Smithton Loft

We hope you’ll decide to take part in this unbridled celebration of Celtic culture! And remember, if you’re looking for a comfy place for you and your visiting friends and family to stay while you’re in town that weekend, we’ll be happy to accommodate you in one of our 9 luxurious guest rooms or suites! Every suite has either a full kitchen or a kitchenette (fridge/freezer and microwave).

Each morning you'll kick off your day with a delicious homemade breakfast which is sure to fortify you for a day of Celtic-Fling-Fun!

When you come back from a full day of frolicking, our on-site wine bar, Weathered Vineyards Ephrata is open on Friday & Saturday nights until 8 pm serving up drinks, food & LIVE music!

Make your reservations now!


This blog is all about Celtic Fling

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