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General Information

Festival and Host Hotel Addresses 

Festival Location

Monterey County Fairgrounds
2004 Fairground Road
Monterey CA 93940

Host Hotel

Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa

1 Old Golf Course Rd

Monterey, CA 93940

Festival Map

Click the button below to view our 2022 Festival Map!


Festival Hours

  • 7:30 am - Competitor and vendor access open

  • 9:00 am - Gates open for general public

  • 11:30-12:00 - Opening Ceremonies (Saturday only)

  • 4:30 - 5:30 - Closing Ceremonies

  • 6:00 - 9:30 pm - Saturday night ceilidh

  • 8:00 - 9:00 pm - Saturday night kitchen piping


We're growing our vendors for 2022!

At the Festival you'll find a wide range of retail vendors including master jewelers with Celtic designs, Scottish artwork and crests, Celtic apparel (including kilts), local jewelry, and much more.


To make room for the large increase in vendors we're doubling our outdoor vendor locations.

All vendor spots are filled for this year, plan on joining us next year.

Vendor and competitor tent camping information can be found here.

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RV Camping at the Fairgrounds

  • Located on-site at the Monterey Fairgrounds

  • Full hookups

  • $70 per site/per night

  • RV rentals in Morgan Hill through Family RV

Festival Policies & Guidelines

> All general public will be subject to bag checks and security screening and the following items are prohibited from the Festival grounds:

  1. Guns, knives, mace/pepper spray/stream, or any items that could be considered or used as weapons 

  2. Alcohol, illegal substances, and cannabis products in any form

  3. Bottles, cans, and hard-sided containers

  4. Non-factory sealed plastic bottles (permitted if empty)

  5. Ice chests or coolers

  6. Outside food and beverage (unless for infant/medical reasons)

  7. Pets other than approved service animals

  8. Grills, charcoal, and flammable liquids

  9. Tents, tables, and large shade umbrellas

  10. Fireworks, firecrackers

  11. Unmanned aerial vehicles

  12. Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, skates/rollerblades, and Segways

  13. Any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate by MCF personnel

COVID-19 Guidelines

While our event is held mostly outdoors which lowers the risk of exposure, currently, Monterey County’s Community Risk assessment is high. Attendees may choose to mask at any time, and no one will be asked to remove their mask. Those with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should not attend our event. Masking indoors is encouraged. We ask that all guests be prepared to follow public safety guidance posted at the event and on this website. Current CDC, California Department of Public Health, and Monterey County public health guidelines regarding COVID-19 protocols will be followed and posted onsite at the event.

Service Animals

The Monterey Fairgrounds does not allow pets. Service animals are allowed by law. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

View Our Festival Schedule Below!

Click the image below to download the digital program and festival map!

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