You’ll have plenty to see, do, and listen to in the Great American Irish Festival’s Cultural Building this year! See below to find out about what we’ll have on display and the musical groups who’ll be performing. Plus we have a few theatrical surprises in store…

Ongoing Exhibits and Demonstrations

Mini-Museum: Learn fun facts about Irish history, poetry, music, Gaelic sports, and more.

Trivia Quiz: Show off how much you know about all things Irish by taking our trivia quiz and enter to win a prize.

Irish Knitting Demonstrations: See how to create Aran and other Irish stitches. See a project in progress and try your hand at a small sample.

Irish Name Tags: Find out how to say and write your name in the Irish language and wear it proudly on your own name tag.

Irish Genealogy: Professional genealogist Cindy Wood will be available for 30-minute appointments to help you with individual genealogical research.

Pop-up Gaeltacht: Learn useful words and phrases in Irish.

Photo Contest: Admire the photos in our gallery and cast your vote to determine this year’s winner. (See the rules for entering your photos here.)


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5:00 – 9:00 – Exhibits and Demonstrations

5:00-6:00 – Mighty Craic, three well-known local musicians have banded together to form a new trio dedicated to playing traditional Irish music with plenty of craic.

6:30 – 7:00 – Bodhrán Drum Circle — Bring your bodhrán and tipper and join in a special session just for the Irish drum. We’ll have a few spare drums if you need one.


12:00 – 7:00 – Exhibits and Demonstrations

12:00-2:00 – Irish Songs with Gerry Dixon

2:00-4:00 – Sip and Paint with Art and Vine — Create your own Celtic masterpiece. All art supplies and a drink are included with your $25 ticket. Find out more here.

2:00-3:00 – Using DNA and Other Tools to Trace Your Irish Ancestry — Professional genealogist Cindy Wood will explain how to find out more about your family’s heritage. Cindy will also be available for 30-minute appointments on Saturday and Sunday to help you with individual genealogical research.

4:00-5:00 – The Irish and the Erie with Craobh DuganLearn about the history of the Irish workers on the Erie Canal with songs and music. Find out more about this project here

7:30-9:00 – Open Session — All local and visiting musicians who play instruments usually associated with Irish traditional music are invited to join in the open session.


1:00-2:00 – Songs and Stories with The McCarthy Family — Children’s book author, singer, and Limerick native Deirdre McCarthy and her husband Jim McCarthy will share stories and songs of Ireland.

2:00-3:00 – Sean-nos and Ceili Dance Workshop — Learn old style steps and traditional dances with Deirdre McCarthy.

3:00-4:30 – Songs and Humor with Donal O’ShaughnessyJoin Donal for stories, songs, and lots of laughs.

We’re adding things by the day… Be sure to check back often!