September 26, 2015

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, Downtown Hartford



11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The pipes summon the Highlands to Hartford for the main event!  Guests will experience the spirit of the Highlands, along with top traditional and Celtic rock bands on two stages, Highland athletic games, step dancing, bag pipers, birds of prey, Highland cows, kids’ activities, puppetry and storytelling, sword demonstrations, Celtic food, and plenty of Ten Penny Ale.

Pipes in the Valley is produced by The Olde Burnside Brewing Co., in partnership with Riverfront Recapture. Congratulations to Olde Burnside Brewery and Pipes in the Valley for making the BBC's 10 British Things About Hartford, CT list!



Vendor & Exhibitor Information

Pipes in the Valley has enjoyed tremendous success over the past 13 years and we have thoroughly enjoyed providing high quality FREE entertainment and delicious Ten Penny Ale for more than a quarter million of our closest friends.

As we make plans for our 14th year we recognize the importance of keeping the festival fresh while maintaining some of the traditions people have come to expect. With this in mind we will be programming Pipes in the Valley with a completely NEW and IMPROVED layout . By doing this we hope to create a much better environment for vendors while streamlining the load-in and load-out process. The bottom line - if you decide to join us for this year’s Pipes in the Valley, you should make more money with less effort.

Register as a vendor; only accepting vending applications until September 11, 2015. Celtic food and merchandise vendors desired; community and marketing exhibitors are welcome. We know location is king is the vending business; vendors that register early are rewarded with the best site assignments.

Learn More

Visit the Pipes in the Valley Facebook page or website.


*You MAY NOT bring alcohol into the parks and/or events.

Directions & Parking

This event is held at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Please visit the park's page for directions.

Parking Recommendations:


CT Convention Center Garage
100 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
$9.00 Event Rate

Morgan Street Garage
155 Morgan St
Hartford, CT
$4.00 event rate

Constitution Plaza Garage
109 Constitution Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103
$10 event rate
Patrons should use the south garage entrance on State Street.

Handicap parking: Handicapped customers can use level 2, section A of the Convention Center garage and take the elevator to the Esplanade level and go across the bridge to the Riverfront Plaza.

PLEASE NOTE: The Science Center garage will be closed on Saturday, September 27th.

Volunteer Opportunities

Learn more about volunteer opportunities for this event.


Show your Celtic spirit! If you are interested in sponsoring this or any of our exciting festivals, events, and programs, please contact Deborah Baker, Director of Development, via email or call 860.713.3131 ext. 326, or use our online form to sponsor Pipes in the Valley now!

2015 Sponsors

Season Sponsor:


Festival Series Sponsor:


2015 Arts Partner:

Greater Hartford Arts Council

Stage Sponsor:

Highland Park Market


Media Support:


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