2016 Pipes in the Valley
Saturday, September 24th 2015


Thanks for a great “Pipes in the Valley” Fest this year!  Join our FB page and see some of the highlights!  Mark your new 2016 calendars for our 15th annual on Sept. 24th!  Slainte!

Presented by Olde Burnside Brewing Co in Partnership with Riverfront Recapture



14th Annual “Pipes in the Valley” Celtic Music Festival

New and improved format!

The 14th Annual “Pipes in the Valley” Celtic Music Festival transports you to another world on Saturday, September 26th, 11am-10:30pm at Mortensen’s Riverfront Plaza located at 300 Columbus Blvd in downtown Hartford.  THE SCIENCE CENTER GARAGE IS CLOSED ON 9/26; PLEASE USE OTHER AREA GARAGES OR THE CONVENTION CENTER (RATE: $9; MENTION PIV).  [Photography by Andy Hart.]

Look for a lot of changes this year to our programming format and logistics: most children’s activities will be found on the “Upper Plaza,” while the remaining activities, including all food and merchandise vendors, will be relocated to the Lower Plaza and Riverwalk area.

Bands performing this year include the ever-popular Scottish pipe & drum group, Albannach; Barleyjuice, one of our favorite Celtic traditional/pop/rock bands out of Philadelphia returns; the Celtic kick-ass Northhampton band, Dicey Riley, is in the house; making its PIV debut, Three Pints PIV2015EVENTPOSTER-siteShy is a fun, frenetic NY band fond of Irish ballads and drinking songs; also new to the PIV stage, Dublin native, John Byrne and company exudes the true Irish spirit of music, mirth and tradition.

The Traditional Highland Games are back!  Spectators will enjoy a full field of games drawing top athletes from Masters, Amateurs and Womens classes competing in the Braemar Stone, Open stone, Heavy Weight for Distance, Caber throw, Weight over Bar and Sheaf over Bar.  If you would like to compete, please contact Ken Gustason at gustason@comcast.net

Kids and parents alike will once again enjoy actually participating as “actors” in Middle-earth’s charming and creative story-telling experience and puppet theatre.


CT Irish Road Bowling is open to everyone 18 years and older. Teams are better with 3 to 4, but two will also work. Online registration charges for 4 players, $40 per team. Mail registration could be done with 2 players.  Teams can also sign up theday of the event.

What’s in a name?! Curious as to who might shake out of your family tree?! Begin your ancestral search with our onsite genealogist, Carol Whitmer, of the CT Historical Society. Free guidance and helpful resources set you on your path of discovery!

“Pipes in the Valley” is brought to you by the Olde Burnside Brewing Co., of East Hartford, in partnership with Riverfront Recapture. Admission is free and 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. The kids craft tent will run from noon-4pm, and new this year – a 9-hole mini golf with castle! These are just some of the day’s highlights you won’t want to miss!

Interested in becoming a vendor?  Register now!

Hotel Accommodations


Overnight accommodations are available for the special rate of $89/night at The Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area.  This hotel is actually located in East Hartford and is within walking distance of the Pipes in the Valley Venue via the Founder’s Bridge pedestrian walkway.  Call 1-877-834-3613 to book rooms and use the Group Code: PIV

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