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World renowned Celtic artists and scholars are guaranteed to keep you singing, dancing and enjoying music
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Spanish Peaks Country

Fully clad in its autumn colors, the Spanish Peaks become a striking back drop for the 10th Annual Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, the last weekend of September.

Everything Celtic in Spanish Peaks Country

World renowned Celtic artists and scholars are guaranteed to keep you singing, dancing and enjoying music, day and night, for 4 days straight, in various locations throughout Spanish Peaks Country! Make your lodging reservations early because the fun is not limited, but the rooms are.

Featured Artists from Ireland

To everyone’s delight, FULLSET will be returning to the Festival with a concert on Friday evening, at Walsenburg’s Historic Fox Theater. Nominated for “Best New Irish CD” in the Irish Music Awards 2013, these accomplished young musicians create a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, while all the time remaining true to their traditional roots. For a full schedule of Friday’s classes, dances, workshops, and demos click here.

Saturday Evening Hooley

A Hooley is an Irish party to promote music and culture. This years host will be Mairtin de Cogain, who will be joined by Jessie Burns, Eric Thorin, Sean McComiskey, Will Woodson, Adam Agee & Jon Sousa .The Concert is designed to be full of surprises and will end with a birthday bash blowout .

Saturday’s concert will begin at 7:30 at the Historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg. For advanced ticket sales, click here.

Guest Star Jessie Burns

Acclaimed fiddle soloist who toured for six years with the Gaelic Storm.

The Festival that Barbara & Jack Built

This International Festival was created from informal beginnings by Scottish harp-maker Jack Yule and his wife Barbara, a folklorist. After moving from Scotland to Spanish Peaks Country in the winter of 2000, they found that they missed the music, dancing and storytelling that they enjoyed with their friends in Edinburg.

That inspired them to host their first Ceilidh (Scottish party with music, singing and dancing) in the summer of 2001. Each subsequent summer, the Yule’s invited more Scottish musician friends, who invited their families and friends. Word spread and people came in ever increasing numbers to take part as musicians or spectators.

Jack’s instruments are played by leading Celtic harpers throughout the world. Click on Jack’s picture (left) to see a video demonstration of one of Jack’s gut strung Scottish harps.

Come to a harp workshop and you might get to try one out for yourself.

Late Summer & Fall Events

August 22: 5pm-7pm

Fourth Friday Art Walks

Five Downtown Galleries

Downtown La Veta

Sept. 20: 10am-Dusk

Mountain Mining Days

A day of celebration of our mining heritage. Entertainment, vendors & performers

Main Street, Walsenburg

Sept. 25- 28:

10th Annual International Celtic Music Festival

Four full days of music, storytelling & workshops

Venues throughout Huerfano County

Sept. 25: 10am-4pm

Cuchara Celtic Experience

A day of workshops,

Storytelling & dancing in the

Pastoral Cuchara Valley. Lunch at the Dog Bar, followed by a Ceili Concert.

Cuchara Community Center

Sept. 25: 9am-3pm

Harp Retreat:

Harp workshop, for schedule details click here.

La Plaza Inn in Walsenburg

Sept. 25: 7:15pm

Taste of Things to Come

A must see Concert offering all the Celtic Festival’s Performers. This event always sells out! Advanced reservations suggested.

Gardner Community Center

Sept. 27:

Coal Mining Music and Stories

Margaret Bennett hosts an afternoon of music, song and stories of our Coal Mining Tradition

4-H Barn in La Veta

Sept. 28: 9am-1pm

Festival Grand Finale

Final chance to participate in an assortment of workshops and classes so you can kick up your heals, sing for fun, explore your personal style of fiddling and say goodbye to your new friends… until next year!

Venues throughout La Veta

Sept. 28: 2pm-4pm

Mary Thomas Musical Play

Original musical play tells the story of Mary Thomas who was drawn into the tragic events unfolding at Ludlow in the spring of 1913

Washington School Theater,


October 4:


German bier garden with music and dancing in the Street. Over 60 art, craft and food vendors.

Main Street, La Veta



Plan Your Adventure

Paradise Enough

Explore a land rich in history, natural wonders and artistic inspiration. Experience the small town charm of Walsenburg, La Veta, Gardner and Cuchara. Spanish Peaks Country also offers world-class golf, art & history museums, a water park, shopping, Lathrop State Park and more. At the cross roads of Southern Colorado you will also find many other outdoor activities available in San Isabel National Forest and the Spanish Peaks Wilderness area.


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