Beltane Festivals

The growing interest in pre-Christian holidays is giving the community many opportunities to find celebrations that don’t tie them to a church or temple but can give them a spiritual connection in other ways, often with nature. The Beltane celebrations are an example of those. Happening May 1, Beltane commemorates the midway point between spring and summer. It is the “May Day” celebration. Here are two you can attend in the Louisville area.

Bealtaine |  The Raven Irish Pub  |  3900 Shelbyville Road  |  Search Facebook  |  No cover  |  11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Beltane is a Gaelic festival, so it’s no surprise that The Raven Irish Pub is holding its own. There will be a drum circle, storytelling with the Ancient Order of the Hibernarians, a presentation on “The Lore of Bealtaine” from the Rev. Erika Rivertree, ogham (stone) readings and live music.

New Albany Beltane Festival |  Raven’s Roost Boutique  |  128 W. Main St., New Albany, Indiana  |  Search Facebook  |  No cover  |  Noon-6 p.m.

The witches of Raven’s Roost Boutique present a family-friendly Beltane celebration with shopping, crafts, music, drinks, a drum circle, mini maypoles and more.

Sunday, May 1