Activity Center hosts Third Annual Celtic Fest

The O’Malarkey Band plays a Irish ditty at last year's Celtic Fest. PHOTOS COURTESY OF LINDA KELSEY-JONES

The public is invited to the third annual San Marcos Celtic Fest, presented by the San Marcos Area Arts Council, local Irish/Celtic band O’Malarkey and the city of San Marcos.

The festival will take place Sunday, Jan. 28, from noon to 6 p.m. in the San Marcos Activity Center. The festival date was selected to be close to the Feb. 1 festival of Imbolc – also known as St. Brigid’s Day. Imbolc is an ancient Celtic festival that marks midwinter in the solar calendar and is a time of preparation for coming out of the dark time of the year and into the light of spring.

The Activity Center is normally closed on Sundays, so we are the only activity there this day and we will have lots of activities. And whatever the weather brings, we will be cozy and lively with plenty of parking.

The main room will be busy and bustling. The stage is full all day with four Irish/Celtic bands alternating with three styles of dancing. Bagpipers will come through at regular intervals between the bands. Fifteen to 20 local artisans and vendors will be selling high-quality, mostly Celtic-themed artworks and several booths will provide hands-on activities for all ages, including the very popular soft-tip archery activity. Children’s art activities will be hosted by the Emily-Ann Theater and the San Marcos ArtSpace.

In the front foyer, Merlin the Wise (Mark Wilson), his Owl and crew will entertain children and adults with puppetry, magic and music.

A quieter performance room will feature Austin’s Doc Grauzer on harp and storytelling and music teacher Marc Haygood will lead a couple of song sessions for kids, who will then have the chance to perform during the band breaks.

Dee Ann Prince, Merlin the Wise and Saul Ravencraft entertain children during the festival. 

Area musicians are invited to bring their instruments to join in with the open session area, to play together throughout the event.

On the lawn will be Viking Invasion Texas, with displays of historic information and artifacts and live-steel fighting demonstrations (weather permitting), alternating with children’s soft-sword combat play.

Sean Patrick’s Irish Pub and Wake the Dead Coffeeshop will provide food, sundries coffee, tea and pastries.

The annual San Marcos Celtic Festival is supported by the San Marcos Arts Commission and a growing list of sponsors including Embassy Suites, Dr. James Baker, Lone Star Orthopedics, Diana Baker, Globe Productions and Bruce Barnes.

For more information contact Virginia Davis at or Linda Kelsey-Jones at

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