Who produces the festival and why?

The 13th Annual GAIF is produced by the Great American Irish Festival, Inc., a non-profit organization comprised solely of volunteers whose goal is to establish the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley. Proceeds from the event will be dedicated to obtaining this goal in the very near future.

Where and when is the festival held?

The 2016 festival will again be held at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds in Frankfort, NY, (just east of Utica) on the last weekend in July.

Dates this year are:

Friday- July 29th 4 pm - 11 pm
Saturday- July 30th noon - 11 pm
Sunday- July 31st noon - 5 pm

What is the price of admission?

2017 Ticket & Admission Information Coming Soon

Are group ticket sales available?

Yes. Parties of 20 or more are encouraged to contact us for group pricing information. We will also make every effort to accommodate tour busses. E-mail us at: judyweeks3@gmail.com

Where else can I stay overnight?

There are a variety of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in the greater Utica-Herkimer area. For additional information on lodging, please visit our accommodations page for links.

How much is camping and what are the rules?

A standard site is $50. (See ticket page) Sites are expected to be sold out quickly.

Please note: Your campsite pass DOES NOT include admission to the event. All persons purchasing camping passes are required to contact Camping Coordinator Dan McNamara at: gaifcamp@yahoo.com to reserve your specific site. Certain areas will be designated as quieter than others. Sites requiring power will be charged an additional $30 for the weekend (Friday and Saturday nights).
There will be no more than 6 people per site.

No campfires.

A full list of Camping Rules is available via the Rules link on the home page (Coming Soon).

Are camping/RV sites with hookups available?

Yes. A limited number of campsites are available on site with hookups for water and electric. There are also sites with no hookups. A dump station is located at the exit and there will be portable toilet facilities in the camping area. Additionally, the fairgrounds are equipped with a bathroom building which will be available for morning showers.

What if it rains?

Our two main stages, the regional stage and cultural building are completely under cover for both performers and patrons. All of the merchandise vendors are indoors and food vendors provide their own tents for cover from the elements.

Can I bring my pet?

No. For the safety of your pet and the patrons of the festival pets are not permitted to enter the event site, with the exception of guide dogs.

Can I bring a cooler with food and beverages through the gate?

No. There will be a wide variety of food vendors offering reasonably-priced foods. There are two beer vending sites and non-alcoholic beverages available at the food vendor locations throughout the festival. Infant supplies will be allowed. Security will check all bags at the gate.
Absolutely NO alcohol will be allowed either in or out of the festival gates.

Where do I park?

All parking is on the Fairgrounds property and is a short walk to our admission gates. Please follow the direction of our parking attendants.

Is the GAIF handicapped accessible?

Yes. The event is held on ground level with no stairs to impede handicapped patrons. Handicapped parking is adjacent to the main admissions gate.

Will there be ATMs available?

Yes. There will be ATM's. They will be located in the Administration Building, the Merchandise Vendor Building, and one near the token booth. The locations are detailed on the festival map. However, patrons are encouraged to bring cash with them. Many, but not all, vendors will accept credit/debit cards. Check with individual vendors prior to making any purchases.