Geelong is so lucky to have the magical National Celtic Festival right on it's doorstep in Portarlington every Queen's Birthday weekend!
I've been perusing the program for this weekend and there are some fantastic opportunities for family-friendly fun for all you Celt-o-philes and little fans of Emma and her Irish dancing. I make these suggestions with my Kindermusik families in mind!
Dancing fans will enjoy Geelong Scottish Dance and the O'Shea-Ryan Irish Dance group on Saturday afternoon at the free (entry by donation) Village Stage from 1pm, along with storyteller Niki na Meadhra sharing children's stories.
If you want to join in with the dancing, the Bushwackers are hosting a bush dance in Parks Hall from 3:30-5pm on Saturday and there's an Irish Super Ceili at the same time, same place on Sunday.
At 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, the Portarlington bandstand becomes a lantern stage for the inaugural Lantunda presentation - the story of the Celtic Sea God Mannanon told by shadow play.
Keep your eyes out for the Shanachie (storyteller) who will lead families around the festival "Trail of Tales", sharing stories from the Celtic traditions.
On Sunday morning 10:30 - 11:00 in the clubroom there's a family concert followed by more stories from Niki Na Meadhra.
Viking displays and 2 pretty cool playgrounds are also very popular with families at the festival. I hope to see you there!
PS for cheaper, faster food, go to the local fish and chip shops across the road from the main festival site.
Pack your scarves and beanies and a picnic if you need to watch your pennies, but bring some cash for a hot chocolate and some new CDs from the amazing artists you'll hear.