Updated for the 2012 and 2013 Beach Celtic Festival
(Updated Sept. 2, 2013). Please refer to my new “The 2013 Beach Celtic Festival in Toronto” for this year’s dates and times.
(Updated July 30, 2012). The “9th Annual Beach Celtic Festival” is slated for Sept. 8-9, 2012. Admission is still free. The Ferriers, and Don Graham, return as performers.
The Annual Beach Celtic Festival
Where can a Celt, or a wannabe Celt, find the “only outdoor ceildh” in Toronto? Head for Kew Gardens in Toronto’s Eastern Beach community on Sept. 10 or 11, 2011.
Gaelic Music at the Beach Celtic Festival
The most obvious aspect of Gaelic culture will be the music. Drawing from Irish, Scottish and Welsh traditions, the entertainers include Don Graham, Syd Simpkins, and the Ferriers.
Celtic Pride in Culture within Toronto’s Beach Celtic Festival
The culture and history emphasis will range from Irish dancing to history lessons about the Titanic, which was built in Dublin.
Since the festival will be at Kew Gardens in the Beach, food and drink will be plentiful. Will there be authentic Gaelic cuisine? You may have to judge for yourself.
Where is the Beach Celtic Festival held?
The Beach Celtic Festival is held in Kew Gardens, on Queen Street East between Waverly Road and Lee Avenue.
Just think of Toronto’s Eastern Beaches neighbourhood, or “The Beach” as locals call their home.
How Can I Find the Beach Celtic Festival?
The easiest way to get to the Beach Celtic Festival is to take public transit. Catch the TTC’s Queen Streetcar eastbound, but do not accept a short turn.
Another transit approach is to take the Bloor-Danforth subway to Woodbine or Main, and then take a southbound bus. The 64 Main bus will drop you at Wineva, leaving you with a short walk west. The 92 Woodbine South bus has a stop at Queen and Woodbine; you will have a slightly longer walk.
Use the Martin Goodman trail by bicycle, roller blade or sneaker power to arrive at the south side of Kew Gardens. As you travel eastbound, you pass the unmistakable elevated swimming pool. The tennis courts are the next major landmark just before the covered pavillion at the southern boundary of Kew Gardens.
Driving your own car is the most frustrating way to approach The Beach. That is partly due to the congestion on Queen Street, but largely due to limited parking.
When is the Beach Celtic Festival open?
What does the Beach Celtic Festival cost?
Admission to the Beach Celtic Festival in Toronto is free.
Details about the events were found in the Beach Metro Community News (Sept. 6, 2011) and the Mirror (Sept. 8, 2011).
TTC route information came from its online web site.
I live and run in the area, so the Martin Goodman Trail is part of my personal knowledge.
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Disclaimer: DeHaan Services has no relationship to the organizer(s); I am not reimbursed for writing this article.