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The Date of the 2014 Pipes in the Valley event is Saturday, September 27th. New website coming soon with all the details.

Please view the dedication of "Pipes in the Valley 2013"
to our beloved Celtic sister, Laine Christman.

Print the Music & Games Schedule     Print the PIV Poster !

"Pipes in the Valley!" A Celtic music festival featuring Scotland's wildly popular bag rockers, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers! And have you ever savored a Scottish meat pie with HP Sauce? Have you seen the spectacle of the massed bag pipe bands march across the Founders Bridge at noon? Where can you marvel at the brute strength of the Highland Games, while your kids squeal with delight in the bouncy castles or star as a character in their own fairytale! What treasures may be found among the Celtic vendors; holiday shopping, anyone? Did we mention the awesome selection of local micro brews from The Olde Burnside Brewing Co or wet your whistle at the McClelland's single malt Scotch tasting? There is no admission and there is no better place to be on September 28th! Join us at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, downtown Hartford, from 11am-10:30 pm. Whether you're 9 or 90, there is something to please your senses, ease your mind from life's troubles for a wee while and enjoy the camaraderie of fine Celtic music, smiles all around and a day of your life well spent!
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, lately featured on CPTV, are simply the band not to be missed with their brand new CD "Breathe." The rest of the music lineup includes the ever-charming Irish lasses of Screaming Orphans; the rowdy, rollicking Pub Crawlers; Northhampton's Dicey Riley; and two more traditional local bands, The Jolly Beggars and The Mighty Ploughboys; Irish stepdancing, birds of prey and so much more! www.pipesinthevalley.com
If you just can't wait for Saturday, then meet us on the plaza Friday afternoon for the first PIV Happy Hour! Free admission from 4-7:30pm with live music. Wind down your work week with a cool micro brew or a dram of Onyx Moonshine and get a wee preview of Saturday's fun! But that's not all!! Lady Katherine Cruises will whisk you down river for a lively Scotch Tasting with Campari America brands, upscale buffet and a live band - Dicey Riley. For details http://www.riverfront.org/events/pipes-in-valley-happy-hour or call (866) 867-4837 to make your reservation now!

Press Release Available Here

Preliminary Band Schedule and Announcement of
The 4th annual Highlander Classic!

The 4th annual Highlander Classic is a fusion of strongman as well as classic highland games. This event was created back in the 80's by Dr. Douglas Edmunds of Scotland. It allowed both the Strongmen competitors and Highland Games Athletes to showcase their strengths together in one event.

Print the Music and Athletic Schedule at our BANDS page!

Athletes Registration Form
Click Here

Please contact
Sam Grammer with any questions about the Highlander Classic. 973-879-6150

Hotel Special Announcement

We are very pleased to announce that we have a special festival rate of $89 at the
Holiday Inn Hartford-East.

This is the former Sheraton-Hartford on East River Drive in East Hartford and they just finished up a 6.5 million dollar renovation, along with a change of ownership! This hotel is just a short walk over the Founders Bridge to our venue and we are thrilled to be back here again!

Click here for more info or to make a reservation.
Use Group Code "PIV" for the special rate.

The Pipes in the Valley online VENDOR application is now available!

Please visit www.regonline.com/PIV2013 to access the application.

Seasonal food vendors participating in three or more Riverfront Recapture events, please contact Charlie Myers for additional information before registering.

We are primarily seeking Celtic food and merchandise vendors.
Community exhibitors and marketing exhibitors are welcome.

If you have any questions about this new application process,
please contact Charlie Myers, contact info below.


Charles Myers
Director of Programs & Events
Office: (860) 713-3131 Ext.322
Cell/Text: (860) 883-3105

Our September 2013 Newsletter is now online!

Disney's BRAVE movie: Our Piper Connection    read more

Connecticut's premiere Celtic music festival,
'Pipes In the Valley', is celebrating it's 11th year. This video features an interview with Jason McClellan of the Olde Burnside Brewery, who is the Festival Coordinator.
Captivating scenes from previous year's festivals are highlighted as Jason details the festive atmosphere we strive to create every year.

Bands performing this year include Celtica, Albannach, Searson, the Jolly Beggars and the Mighty Ploughboys. The free festival also has Highland Games, Pipe bands, vendors, celtic foods, puppet shows and crafts for the kids and more! The event is presented annually by the Olde Burnside Brewing Company and Riverfront Recapture. For more information visit our EVENT page.
Video by Wooing Scotsman Production.

Activities for the Kids

There is more at the Pipes in the Valley Festival than great beers. There are plenty of great events for the kids too. Some events include: arts and crafts, sword demonstrations, Celtic dancing, and much more! Find out how much fun the Hartford Riverfront can be at the Pipes in the Valley Festival.







Ahern Funeral Home

Founded 1886

Savings Bank of Manchester


Highland Park Market


GCR Tire Centers


Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Say 'Hello' to our new sponsor !

Refreshing Ginger Beer Only For Grown-Ups

East Hartford Parks and Recreation

is proud to present the following Sponsors;

Riverfront Recapture’s high-quality cultural festivals celebrate the region’s diversity, welcoming thousands of visitors.

Created to provide vital support and enrich the lives of MetroHartford residents via agencies like Riverfront Recapture.

Dedicated to improving the quality of the Connecticut River, the MDC helps make Riverfront’s activities possible.


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 "In Memoriam"

"The McClellan Family, Sponsors and Friends of "Pipes in the Valley
2013" wish to extend their sincere condolences to the Marc Christman
family upon the loss of their devoted wife/mother/friend to all, Laine
Christman. As part of the Celtic community Laine so loved, we dedicate
this year's festival in her memory. As a tenor drummer in the
Manchester Regional Police & Fire Pipeband, this photo shows Laine
performing on stage with her favorite Scottish band, The Red Hot Chilli
Pipers, no doubt the pinnacle of her musical career. Your drum is now
silenced Laine, but your smile, your caring way, your zest for life will
long be remembered. God bless you and those your leave behind.

(Laine's husband, Marc, is on the left)

Laine Elizabeth Christman

1/7/1972 - 9/8/2013