Believe it or not, Bethlehem is home to the largest free Celtic festival in North America. My parents came up this weekend for the third year in a row so we could go to Celtic Classic. It takes place around this time every year right on the other side of the river. The festival includes the US National Highland Games Championship, which is basically a bunch of very strong men in kilts throwing really heavy things. Its a lot of fun with Celtic music, dancing, and lots of kilts. My parents were even talking about how they’re planning on coming back next year even though I’ll have graduated.
We spent most of the weekend going between the 6 different stages to listen to music. I also watched some bagpipe bands in the opening ceremony, a few of the Highland Games competitions (throwing cabers, stones, and a bale of hay using a pitchfork), and the Border Collie herding demonstration. Over the course of the year there are a few different festivals in Bethlehem and it can be a nice break from homework and studying to spend a few hours enjoying the music and events.