Festival Cancelled for 2020

Celtic Festival 2020 Cancellation Announcement

As you all are aware, we are in the midst of a challenging health crisis. As a result of recent recommendations from the both the PA Department of Health and the CDC “that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States” we feel we have no other choice than to cancel our 2020 Dills Celtic Festival.

Please know this decision was made with careful consideration and while we are deeply disappointed, we do feel it is important to the health & safety of our performers, audience, volunteers and staff that we honor this recommendation.

On behalf of NYCHAPS and DABA, we want you to know we appreciate your support and thank you for your interest in this year’s event. Hope to see you at the 2021 Dills Celtic Festival, April 17, 2021.

CDC recommends canceling events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks throughout US - Interim Guidance for COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

If you have already purchased tickets please bear with us as we work with Brown Paper Tickets to process refunds.

Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania Last updated 2:15pm, March 26, 2020 https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/

General Guidance

The Wolf Administration strongly encourages the suspension of large gatherings, events, conferences of more than 10 people, and per White House guidelines, ask that individuals and groups cancel any gatherings planned over the next eight weeks.


Save the Date! Saturday April 17, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM, rain or shine.

Join us for the third annual Dills Celtic Festival at the Historic Dills Tavern, 227 North Baltimore Street,  Dillsburg, Pa. The festival is the combined effort of the Northern York Historical & Preservation Society and the Dillsburg Area Business Association. Proceeds from this event help support the DABA college scholarship fund and other community charities, and NYCHAPS historical and educational programs.

Admission is $15.00/person at the gate with children under 12 admitted free. Advance tickets can be purchased online prior to the event for $10.00/person.


Celtic crafters, merchandise, music, dancers, food, and beverages

Celtic crafters, artisans, vendors of traditional Celtic foods and beverages, musicians, dancers, and more will be a part of the festival. This will be a celebratory event of the Celtic history and heritage of what is now Northern York County for the entire family! This is a family friendly event. Pets are not permitted except for service animals.


Ticket Sales

Tickets are available for purchase (cash only) at the gate for $15.00. Click on the button below to be taken to a website where you can order pre-sale tickets at the discount rate of $10.00. Skip the line and order online.

Ticket pre-sales end 48 hours before the event.


On behalf of the Northern York County Historical & Preservation Society (NYCHAPS) and the Dillsburg Area Business Association (DABA), welcome to the Dills Celtic Festival! Over 275 years ago, Scots-Irish settlers like the Dill family ancestors established homes, farms and businesses in areas west of the Susquehanna River as part of the new American Dream. This is the epicenter of Matthew Dill’s American Dream, a 500 acre property purchased in 1742 that would see the gradual development of an entire thriving community! In the spirit of these early Scots-Irish dreamers, today we celebrate their Celtic heritage and culture.


Some comments from our 1st Dills Celtic Festival

"As an attendee I had a great time! Thought it was well organized for a first event. Thank you DABA!"

Lisa M.

"Thank you for inviting us. We had a wonderful time and look forward to next year!"

R.E. Piland, Goldsmiths

"Had a great time at the Celtic Festival today! Just wanted to say, “Thank you!” to all the volunteers, organizers, sponsors, and bands! Great festival! Great performances! I hope it was as successful as you expected it to be. Hope to be back again next year!"

Jason F.

"Wonderful event!!!  Bands, vendors, staff were Great!  Thanks for a terrific day!  Hope to attend this again next year!"

Cathy L.

"Wonderful event. My son and I had a grand time. Your performers, artists, and venders were all exceptional. I hope you continue this in the future."

Laura M.

"FANTASTIC festival! PLEASE continue this. Thank you so much!!"

Jess B.

"We had the luck o' the Irish with our weather! Great job to everyone who helped put this on. There were lots of things to see, hear, buy, eat, and don't forget drink. I hope next year's event will be even bigger with more food vendors."

David D.

"We had a great time!!!! Well done!!!!"

Pat K.


Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

Dills Celtic Festival at the historic Dills Tavern

227 North Baltimore Street, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania 17019

(717) 502-1440

Drop us a line!