For five days in September, the towns and villages of western Maine will become home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the inaugural Crossroads International Celtic Festival presents dozens of concerts, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly after-hours Festival Club at Sunday River in Newry. Artists will travel from Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Scotland and Ireland, as well as from across the United States, to join Maine’s musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers for this lively fall celebration. In all, 18 live performances featuring more than 100 artists will take place. In addition, many communities are planning family-friendly events including an art walk, quilt show, street fair, and more. Wed., Sept. 11 - Sun., Sept 15. Times vary. All ages. Locations in Maine include Rangeley, Stratton, Carrabassett Valley, Kingfield, Phillips, Farmington, South Carthage, Rumford, Oxford, Lovell, Fryeburg and Bethel. Information on venues, community events, a complete list of artists and performances, as well as individual festival tickets and money-saving Family Packs are available at www.crossroadscelticfestival.com.
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