Welcome to Big Stone Celtic!

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th, September 2015

A celebration of the traditions of the Celtic Nations
~ music, song, stories, food, crafts and dance.



Big Stone Celtic 2015

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th, September 201

For informationon the Tour de Cracker's Neck bike race contact Chris Akens at thecyclingchris@gmail.com.

We now have a crowdfunding page http://www.gofundme.com/bigstoneceltic where you can support us with any amount you feel appropriate.


The 2014 Festival was a grand success, in large measure due to the many volunteers, sponsors, vendors and venues who stepped up to the plate and made it fantastic.

Special thanks to ProArt and MECC for partnering with us again. Their involvement made it possible to continue to extend the festival back into Friday evening, with an excellent and well-attended pan-Celtic concert in the Goodloe Center.

Big Stone Celtic is modeled on small town festivals that take place throughout the European Celtic nations and takes place in a variety of venues clustered around the downtown. Focusing on the games, foods, dances, music and songs of the seven nations, the festival is unusual for this approach in the United States.  We have also begun to promote the strong connection between Celtic and Appalachian culture.

European festivals often include races of various kinds (horse races in the old days) and Big Stone Celtic is no exception, with the first Saturday event being a 26 mile bike race - the 'Tour De Cracker's Neck'.

Big Stone Gap lies on HWY 23, just 45 minutes North of Kingsport, Tennessee and 1 hour West of Abingdon, Virginia, between the Blue Ridge and Cumberland mountains.

We expect to have our 2015 program posted here in the spring, but we can announce that our headliners are Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante plus The Ocean Band. Check back for details. And please consider how you can be a part of the festival--by attending, vending, donating, volunteering, or any other means that occurs to you. We welcome new faces and new ideas! 


Check out Photographs from a previous Festival HERE!

Paxton Allgyer
Jack Beck
Darinda Hood
Gary Johnson
Mily Lusk
Tony Palubicki
Randy Stanley
Wendy Welch