Rumor had it…

That this festival was not going to happen. That it had been canceled because of funding issues.

This is untrue! Wrong! Absolutely, utterly wrong!

So, check out what’s happening and sign up for a concert, a class or the whole festival! Better yet, you can pay for it online!

11th festival logo

Where to start?

As with any festival, there is always the conundrum of what to see or hear. This year we have a variety of choices. If you’re at a loss for which event to chose, take a look at the registration form or the Events by Category to get an idea.

Better yet, attend some of the free concerts or Taste of Things to Come and see what you’d like to attend. Or, pull up our artists on Youtube and listen. :) We will be featuring videos over the next few days. Stop by and see what’s new to listen to. Or, check out or Facebook page.

An Appeal for Donations!


Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival has been part of the cultural and artistic fabric of Huerfano County since 2005.  The last week of every September our county opens its doors to this unique four-day event, that brings world-class musicians into our communities, and this coming September proudly presents the world renowned piper, flute and recorder player from Galicia, Spain, Carlos Nunez and his band.    

Our guest artists present daily programs of outstanding concerts, instrumental workshops, special demonstration talks, spiced with  spontaneous music and singing sessions that give pleasure to our own citizens as well as festival participants from beyond our borders.   The festival also reaches into our schools, offering our youth exposure to a world outside of southern Colorado.   And from further a-field the festival attracts hundreds of visiting participants, many discovering the friendliness and beauty of our county for the first time and others who have become regular returnees.   

For ten years now dedicated volunteers, generous lodging hosts, individual and business donors, and specific supporters of our Schools Outreach Program have made the festival happen.   Frankly, the collective job of mounting this festival is mammoth, but for those participating or attending, it is immensely rewarding.   To all of you who have in the past and are again this year putting yourselves on the line for the sake of keeping the festival alive and growing, our gratitude is without measure.    

Unfortunately, besides an ongoing need for volunteers, this year for the first time our fundraising drive has failed to bring in enough money over and above projected registrations to support the festival and its ever increasing expenses.  The festival is a 501(C) 3 non-profit educational and artistic organization.   The festival has neither an underwriter nor a major backer to keep it financially on solid ground as a business operation.  Until such is found, the festival has to rely on individuals and local businesses for financial support.   

If you value this unique annual event, please consider giving a donation.   If you have already given earlier, and it is possible for you to do so, could you consider adding to your original gift.   With your help the  Spanish Peaks Celtic Festival will proudly continue to bring world-class musical talent to Huerfano County. 

Donation checks can be made out to SPICMF and sent to PO Box 612, La Veta CO  81055.     Please include your telephone number and your return address.  



Barbara Yule and Jim Conley 

Artistic Directors 

What do YOU want to see?

Check out what we’ve got going on in September. Do you love Celtic music? Have a love of bagpipes, but can’t play a note? Or are you a fiddle player who wants to improve their technique?

Visit the Program pages and see what’s on offer. Plan your visit to the Festival now, and get some great bargains by purchasing your tickets early.

11 Years Strong!

The Spanish Peaks Celtic Festival is reaching new heights this year. We are expanding to four days, September 24th to 27th.   This is a huge change for this year’s festival. The Uptop Lunch and Welcoming Ceili will be held on THURSDAY, September 24, 2015.

Carlos Nuñez and his band will lead an all instrument workshop following the ceili. If you’re an accomplished player, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Not so accomplished? Shy? Come and audit the session. Just don’t miss it!

Our starring performer is Carlos Nunez and we will have many other outstanding artists, workshops plus a new pipe retreat with performances and activities in Walsenburg, La Veta, Gardner, and Uptop. It is going to be the best festival yet.

Friday morning, September 25, the Festival starts early with a full slate of workshops and concerts.

Can you think of a better way to spend those vacation days?

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Artwork by Heather Yule

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