Cultural Building Schedule

There’s plenty to discover and do in the Cultural Building this year! We’ve divided the building into two sections.

At the end nearest the vendor building you’ll find The Cultural Cottage. There you can hear free talks and join workshops hosted by Craobh Dugan, Utica’s branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. At the other end we have The Painter’s Pub. There you’ll get to enjoy a Sip ‘n’ Paint and professional comedians with your tickets purchased at the festival or in advance on our website.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Friday, July 27, 2018


5:00 – 5:20 PM – at The Cultural Cottage

Irish Poetry in English and Irish

Since the days of the traveling bards, poetry has been a beloved art in Irish culture and at this year’s festival you’ll get to hear some of Ireland’s loveliest lines recited by Tom Malley, Irish Language Officer for Craobh Dugan.

5:20 – 5:40 PM – at The Cultural Cottage

Stories of Amazingly Accomplished Irish Women

Did you know that the first woman in the world to design and build an airplane was Irish? Find out about Lilian Bland and other Irish women who made their mark on the world as Sue Romero shares what she found out while researching and writing her series of articles for Mohawk Valley Irish Cultural Events Newsletter.

5:45 – 6:30PM – on stage at The Painter’s Pub (no ticket required)

Irish Folk Singer

Cage O’Hanlon, originally from the streets of Boston, shares his mother’s Irish heritage through his love of the music and history of the Emerald Isle. Always up for a song and a laugh, Cage will give you a feel for the history and patriotism of Ireland through his unique musical interpretation.

6:30 – 7:00PM – at The Cultural Cottage

Irish Trivia Contest

Show off your knowledge of all things Irish at the trivia contest.

7:30 – 9:00PM – on stage at The Painter’s Pub

Irish Comedians

Comedians Sean Finnerty and his sidekick Colum Tyrrell will hit the stage laughing.

Get your tickets ($20 each) on the GAIF website or at the Information Booth located near the main gates.


Saturday, July 28th


All Day – at The Cultural Cottage

Irish Language

Stop by the Gaeltacht Table to brush up on your Irish words and get your name translated into Irish. Members of the Albany-based Two Rivers Gaelic League and our own Irish language experts, AJ Pedone and Tom Malley, will be there to help.

11:00AM – 12:20PM – at the Traditional Stage

Traditional Irish Music and Dance

Meet us over at the Traditional Stage to get a taste of what an authentic Irish ceili is like. The  musicians and dancers of Craobh Dugan will perform and you’re all invited to join in the dance!

12:15PM – 1:00PM – on stage at The Painter’s Pub (no ticket required)

Tracing Irish Ancestry

Professional genealogist Cindy Wood will explain how to find out more about your own family’s heritage. CIndy will also be available for 30-minute appointments at the festival to help you with individual genealogical research. Click here for directions on how to make an appointment.

1:00PM – 2:00PM – at The Cultural Cottage

Ceili Dance Workshop

After seeing how much fun you can have at a ceili, how about learning the steps? Craobh Dugan’s Dancers will be on hand to teach you in the Cultural Building.

2:00PM – 4:00PM – at The Painter’s Pub

Sip ‘n’ Paint

Connie Pratt, owner of Utica’s Art & Vine, will guide you as you create your own Irish-themed masterpiece on a 12″ x 16″ canvas. A glass of wine or beer is included with the $25.00 ticket fee which you can buy on our website or at the festival gates.

4:30PM – 5:00PM – at The Cultural Cottage

A Brief and Incomplete History of the Irish in Song

Craobh Dugan musician Mike Carroll, well-known for his flute and tin whistle playing, will take us on a musical journey through Irish history.

5:00PM – 5:45PM – on the festival grounds

Pipe Band March

Always a highlight of the festival, the assembled pipes and drums from near and far will march from the Cultural Building through the festival grounds.

5:45PM – 6:30PM – on stage at The Painter’s Pub (no ticket required)

Cage O’Hanlon returns for another round of songs and stories.

7:30PM – 9:00PM – on stage at The Painter’s Pub

Comedians Sean and Colum will be back again for more laughs. Get your tickets ($20) here on the website or at the Information Booth near the main gates.

7:30PM – 9:00PM – at the far end of the Vendor Building

Craobh Dugan musicians will gather for a traditional open session. If you play a musical instrument usually associated with Irish music, like fiddle, harp, flute, bodhran, tin whistle, guitar, bouzouki, concertina, accordion, banjo, or mandolin, please come out and join us! This is a great way to be introduced to the local Irish music community.