The Great American Irish Festival has long been known for mixing it up and adding new events.  We are excited to introduce the following new features for 2018…

Sip and Paint:  This is great opportunity to join in on an instructor lead painting class and create an Irish inspired picture.  No painting experience necessary.  This will be held in the Cultural Building located near the main gate. Check out the details here

Irish Comedians:  The Cultural Building will be bursting with laughter on Friday and Saturday nights when our headliner Sean Finnerty and his sidekick Colum Tyrrell hit the stage.  Tickets are available for $20 at the Information Booth located near the main gates or online.  Shows start both nights at 7:30. Check out more information at the Irish Comedian page here.

Win a Trip to Ireland:  Two very lucky people will win tickets to Ireland in our first ever raffle.  Only 1,000 raffle tickets will be sold at $20 each.  Tickets are available now by e-mailing  or at the Information booth (near the main gates) at the festival.  The drawing will take place at 10:00pm on Saturday at the festival’s Contemporary Stage.  You need not be present to win. More details here.

The Ranger Run:  Lace up your sneakers for the 11th annual Ranger Run 5k race which starts at 9:00am on Saturday at the fairgrounds.  New this year we will have a Kid’s ½ mile run starting at 8:30.  Both of these races will be sponsored by the Sneaker Store in New Hartford.  Look for all of the details under “At the Festival” and then “Events” on this web site.  Be sure to wear your best Irish outfit as the judges will be looking to award prizes… Details here