It’s time to kick up your heels in Emerald Isle fashion. Sparta’s Rogers Park once again hosts the Sparta Celtic Festival with Steel City Rovers, Whorled and more on tap. Get the lowdown at Local Spins.
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For lovers of Celtic music, it’s time to kick up your heels.
On Friday and Saturday, the Sparta Celtic Festival delivers all manner of Irish and Scottish music to the stage at Rogers Park, not to mention dance troupes, “Highlander Games,” a car show, kids’ activities, a magician and more.
Ontario’s acclaimed Steel City Rovers lead the way — performing Friday evening and late Saturday afternoon — along with Whorled, The Barley Saints, Crossbow, Selkie, Wakefire, Leprecons and more regional favorites.
One of those emerging favorites, award-winning West Michigan world music trio Whorled which plays at 5 p.m. Friday, brings plenty of tradition to its performances, along with a modern twist.
“Each of us in the band brings something from our history with music to create the project,” noted accordionist Mariko Venema.
The entertainment at Rogers Park runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and 10:15 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Balyeat Field will feature a car show, “Motorcycles for Mutts” and Highlander Games throughout the day on Saturday. The Kidz Area will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
SPARTA CELTIC FESTIVAL
WHERE: Rogers Park and Balyeat Field in Sparta
THE LINEUP: Steel City Rovers, Whorled, The Barley Saints, Crossbow, Selkie, Wakefire, Leprecons, Mona Shores Fiddlers, The New Brigade and more.
WEATHER FORECAST (as of Aug. 8):
Friday – High of 80 degrees, mostly cloudy and humid with a spotty chance of thunderstorms
Saturday – High of 79 degrees, pleasant with clouds and sunshine
SPARTA CELTIC FESTIVAL 2023 SCHEDULE
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