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It is with sadness and regret that the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society has decided to cancel the 2020 Arizona Highland Celtic Festival.  Considering the current pandemic, we feel it is most responsible to not risk infection for attendees and all of you who give so much to us each year. Cancelling at this time hopefully eliminates the need for attendees, participants and vendors alike to scramble to change their plans.

We are working on a possible smaller Celtic celebration on July 18 centered around the fantastic piping we are proud to sponsor with the Jim Thomson US School of Piping & Drumming. The Jim Thomson school is currently still a “go” as we feel we can manage the safety precautions necessary. If we can manage a safe but smaller event on July 18, we will immediately announce it on our website. We are also brainstorming on other possible events as we Celts are a creative lot! We'll let you know if and when these occur.

Please accept our sincere apologies for the loss of this event.  We will miss seeing the absolute magic and sharing it with all of you. Keep healthy and safe.  We look forward to the future Arizona Highland Celtic Festival on July 17 & 18, 2021 and, as always, we will try to make it the best festival ever!


To our Celtic community, be safe, be well. We plan to overcome this tragic pandemic like only Celts can, and celebrate Celtic style at the Jim Thomson US School of Piping & Drumming AND the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival this July!!!

Jude McKenzie's tune written and performed by Robert Watt.

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NACHS was founded in 1997. The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving Celtic culture. Our goal is to educate the public about the heritage, language, traditions, art, and history of the Celtic people both ancient and modern.

Dissemination of information and financial assistance to support Celtic-related events and opportunities is also a prime purpose of NACHS.

We are a non-profit, 501 (C)3 Corporation.

2020 Officers

  • President: Richard McKenzie
  • Vice-President: Kris Satterwhite
  • Secretary: Catie Blazek
  • Treasurer: Mike Casey

2020 Board Members

  • Cal Magness
  • Michael Satterwhite
  • Mark Benedict
  • Chris Place
  • Kim Floyd
  • Dakota Floyd
  • Nemo Floyd

2020 Business Manager

  • Jude McKenzie

2020 Directors

  • Athletics: Erin Huizingh
  • Children's Activities: Bernie Whistler
  • Clans & Societies: Maria Marshall
  • Entertainment: Jude McKenzie
  • Grounds: Richard McKenzie and Cal Magness
  • Highland Dance: Lisa Scott
  • Historical Area: Bill Wilson
  • Memberships: Michael Satterwhite
  • Newsletter Editor: John McGregor
  • Piping: Jeannine Dobbins
  • Plant & Geology: John Mead
  • Tug o' War: Richard McKenzie
  • Vendors: Debbie Henson
  • Volunteers: Vicki Neary and Vicki Benedict
  • Workshops: Kevin Parkes

NACHS has meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. Meetings start at 6:30 pm and take place at the Masonic Lodge 107 E. Birch, Flagstaff AZ 86001.

Upcoming Events

2020 Festival has been cancelled.


2446 Ft. Tuthill Loop
Flagstaff, AZ  86005

More information as it developes


Arizona Highland Celtic Festival - July 17 & 18, 2021
For information on these events, contact Jude at (928) 606-6327


One of the primary goals of the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is to contribute to our local community and to the greater Celtic community. We are proud to say that we have contributed over $100,000.00 since our inception. Scholarships for Celtic related studies are a major part of what we do. For more info about our scholarship program please visit the scholarship page on this site. Our contributions have benefitted many individuals as well as the following:

  • Arizona Highlanders Pipe Band
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • City of Flagstaff
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music
  • Flagstaff Light Opera Company
  • Flagstaff Public Library
  • Girl Scouts of the United States of America
  • Heritage Square Trust
  • Irish Cultural Center
  • KNAU Radio
  • Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band
  • New York Pipes and Drums
  • Northern Arizona Food Bank
  • Prescott Highland Games
  • Toys for Tots
  • Tucson Celtic Festival

Would you like to apply for one of our scholarships? If so, then download the scholarship form, fill it out and send it to us.

Helping NACHS

The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is dedicated to presenting, promoting and preserving Celtic culture. One of our primary goals is to support all things Celtic. By helping NACHS you can know that you contribute to making Celtic events happen as well as providing scholarships for others to pursue Celtic studies.

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