2015 Pipes in the Valley
Saturday, September 26th 2015


Presented by Olde Burnside Brewing Co in Partnership with Riverfront Recapture



13th Annual Pipes in the Valley Festival

The 13th Annual “Pipes in the Valley” Celtic Music Festival transports you to another world on Saturday, September 27th, 11am-10:30pm at Mortensen’s Riverfront Plaza4 located at 300 Columbus Blvd in downtown Hartford.  THE SCIENCE CENTER GARAGE IS CLOSED ON 9/27; PLEASE USE OTHER AREA GARAGES OR THE CONVENTION CENTER (RATE: $9; MENTION PIV).  [Photography by Andy Hart.]

Bands performing this year include the return of our colorfully creative and awesomely entertaining headliner, “Celtica,” the ever-popular thundering drums of “Albannach” and our latest new discovery, “The Langer’s Ball.”

“The Blaney Brothers” are a local duo new to PIV this year, as well as Ms. Haley Hewitt, the USA National Harp Champion! Also presenting for the first time, “Kilted Colin” will be on hand to tickle your fancy with a fun filled act of amazing feats you’ll not want to try at home!

The 5th 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.

Admission is free! Come join the fun for anyone of any age! The massed bag pipe bands will cross the bridge at noon, as is our tradition. The “Games” begin at 9am on the lower level by the river and you’re free to get there early for that. Celtic vendors, all manner of food and finely crafted microbrews from Olde Burnside Brewing are available, as well as a whisky tasting, puppet show, birds of prey, children’s activities and so much more!

Friday Happy Hour

Friday night “Happy Hour!” – End your workweek on a Celtic note!  Join our Friday evening pre-party!  The bar is open with live music provided by local favorites, The Jolly Beggars! – Upper Mortensen Riverfront Plaza 4pm – 8pm

Interested in becoming a vendor?  Register now!

Highlander Classic

Athletes: Click here to Register!
Please contact Sam Grammer with any questions about the Highlander Classic. 973-879-6150.

Hotel Accomodations


We are very pleased to announce that we have a special festival rate of $89 at the Holiday Inn, East Hartford. 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! Mention “Pipes in the Valley” to obtain the special rate. Click here for reservation information.

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