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Kern County Scottish Society

PO Box 41202

Bakersfield, CA 93384



​​​The Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival was started by The Kern County Scottish Society in 2009.  Its purpose is to increase awareness of the great tradition of Scottish and Irish Music in Bakersfield, Kern County and of Central California.  It showcases local talent that already is known throughout the State, bringing groups from outside the area to draw people from all over to make this an event that will continue to grow.      

The Kern County Scottish Society

has brought the following great local, national, and international celtic artists and musicians to the Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival for the past 7 years


 1916, Banshee in the Kitchen, Wicked Tinkers, Golden Bough, and Slugger O'Toole


Tempest, Slugger O'Toole, California Celts, World's Tallest Leprechaun


 Wicked Tinkers, Skelpin, Whiskey Galore, Banshee in the Kitchen, Molly's Revenge, and O'Shebeen


 Young Dubliners, 1916, Whiskey Galore, Banshee in the Kitchen, The Brilliant Gypsies, Wrenwood, and Vagrant Nation


Young Dubliners, Brother, Whiskey Galore, Wicked Tinkers, Gillie Wheesels, Banshee in the Kitchen, and Sunday Drivers


 Celtica, Molly's Revenge, Whiskey Galore, Banshee in the Kitchen, and Wrenwood


Celtica, Banshee in the Kitchen, Whiskey Galore, Wrenwood, Al Wadi, Bog Iron, and Sligo Rags


The Angry Brians, Whiskey and Stitches, Blackeyed Dempseys, Whiskey Galore, The Ploughboys, and Banshee in the Kitchen


Thanks Everyone Who Came Out! 

We Hope You Had Fun and That You'll Come Back Next Year in 2018!

The 8th Annual

Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival

Held Saturday October 28th 2017

Kern County Fairgrounds

Building 3

6 Great Bands!  Click to listen to them all!

The Angry Brians (formerly 1916)

Whiskey Galore

Blackeyed Dempseys

Whiskey and Stitches

The Ploughboys

Banshee in the Kitchen

​​This is a 21 and older event (ID required)

Included with all entrance fees: 

2 free beers of your choice (these are real-size beers- no samplers here!  You may choose wine, water or soda if you prefer)

and free entrance to the adult lawn gaming area (Giant Jenga, Cornhole Boards, Lawn Twister, Lawn Washers)

Additional Beer, Food, Merchandise, Photo Booth, and Scotch Tasting will be also available


Thank You to Our Sponsors



What is the Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival going to be like?​  We put you in a pub with your friends listening to the most ass- kicking, kilt -raising bands in California.  The music is irresistibly engaging.  The crowd is friendly and outgoing.  And you are bound to be assimilated into our proud Celtic culture! 

Do I have to bring my own chairs?  No, we will have plenty of chairs and tables for use.  If you are more comfortable you can bring a chair but nothing with an umbrella or top.

Can I bring an ice chest?  No, we will have water, soda, beer and food available.  Plus your first 2 beers (or water or soda) are included with your entrance fee.

Is there a fee for the adult lawn games?  No, the use of the games is included in your entrance fee.  Have fun!

Will you be offering discounted tickets?  We won't be offering tickets through Groupon, Spotted Fox, Daily Deal, Pricetrader or any other discount service.  We do offer a discount for current members of the Kern County Scottish Society, free tickets for sponsors, and free admission for volunteers.  

Can I become a member now to get the discount?  Yes, but your membership and ticket payment must be received by 10/16/17

What time is the Festival?  The gates open at 11:00 am and the first band begins at noon.  The last band will finish by 11:30 pm.

Is there a charge for parking at the Fairgrounds? Yes, the fairgrounds charges for parking.  The cost is determined by the fairgrounds and does not go towards our event.

Can I leave and come back?  Yes, just keep your wristband on and get your hand stamped before you leave.  You can leave and come back until the festival is over.

Do you have port-a-potties or real bathrooms?  We have real bathrooms!

Is the Celtic Music Festival Building Air-Conditioned?  Yes, it is.  And if it rains we will be nice and dry!

Will there be dancing?  Is the pope catholic?  We sure hope so!

Can I buy music from the bands I hear and love? Yes, the bands usually have CD's and merchandise for sale.

Will you be posting a band schedule? Yes, the first week in October or sooner.

How do we become a sponsor or volunteer?  Contact us (info@kernscot.org) or call 661-865-8890.  Volunteers must commit to 4 hours and sponsors should contact us before 9/1.