2021 Activities and Highlights
*Events and Activities subject to change
ANCIENT CELTIC AXE THROWING
We are partnering again with Ace Axe Throwing to bring you the sport of Ancient Celtic Axe Throwing! This year, guests 16+ wearing closed-toe shoes will get to try their hand at axe throwing for free with festival admission!
A TASTE OF IRELAND
Festival visitors are able to sample and purchase foods and snacks made in Ireland! Take home items like Guinness chocolate & fudge, Keogh’s potato chips, Mileeven Honey with Jameson, soda bread & scone mixes, Butlers candy bars, Irish teas & coffees, and so much more!
*NEW – IRISH COMEDY
“Knock knock”, “who’s there?”, “Irish”, “Irish who?”, “Irish Comedy!” Visitors will laugh harder than ever before at this year’s Festival as we present two Award-Winning Irish born comics, David Nihill and Sean Finnerty. David is the first Irish comic to have a special on Dry Bar Comedy and is a San Francisco Comedy Competition winner. Sean is the first Irish comic to appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and was the #1 ranked roaster in New York City in December 2019!
ROYAL COUNTY DOWN MINI GOLF
Royal County Down Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland. Can’t make it to Ireland to play? No problem! Join us as we play a round on our brand-new mini golf course, made especially for the Pittsburgh Irish Festival!
It is always exciting to experience the ancient and contemporary connections between Ireland and Scotland. Enjoy Pittsburgh’s finest clan representation, as Scotland visits the Pittsburgh Irish Festival! Featuring music, dancing and a bit of Highland gaming, join us in welcoming our Celtic Cousins to the Festival!
Musicians, bring your instrument and get into the Festival for free. Join other musicians and play your favorite Irish songs throughout the weekend!
With every sip, craft beer allows you to experience the passion, authenticity, excitement, creativity, and camaraderie that goes into brewing.
IRISH AUTHORS’ CORNER
Learn about Ireland and its lore while meeting visiting authors at this year’s Irish Festival. Buy a book and get it autographed. Hear the authors’ tales during the weekend at the Hedge School.
DELIGHT IN DANCE AND MUSIC PERFORMANCES
View continuous entertainment in 4 performances areas, presented by adult and children’s dance ensembles, all colorfully costumed and skillfully choreographed. In addition, our contemporary and traditional Irish musicians will bring you to your feet as they continue the party as only the Irish can!
FEAST ON IRISH CUISINE AND CELTIC BEVERAGES
Relish the mouthwatering sights, aromas and tastes coming from our Irish kitchens! From a bite to a hearty meal, we serve Irish sausage, Irish stew, boxty pancakes, corned beef and cabbage,
Shepherd’s Pie, potato soup, fish, colcannon, ham and cabbage, and much more! Our desserts are plentiful and delicious. And don’t forget to visit our numerous pubs for a Celtic beverage
including Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, Magners Irish Cider, and more!
DISCOVER YOUR IRISH FAMILY TREE
Trace that elusive Irish ancestor by visiting the Genealogy Pavilion. Learn how to search locally and online for long-lost family here and on the Auld Sod. Forms and reference books are on-site to guide you as you begin or restart the process of climbing your Family Tree.
IRISH DOG AREA
Visit with the dogs native to Ireland! Meet all Irish breeds: Irish Setter, Irish Wolfhound, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Terrier, Glen of Imaal, Irish Red and White Setter, Kerry Beagle, Kerry Blue Terrier, and the Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to include your dog in the festivities.
CULTURAL HEDGE SCHOOL STAGE
Presented by the Irish Design Center, one of the most popular areas at the festival is the Hedge school. Based on the infamous Penal Laws, hedge schools developed in Ireland in response to the bans placed on educating Irish natives about their history, traditions, and culture. As a result, lessons were taught in secret in a barn or in the shadow of a hedge. We are proud to offer on-going educational sessions in the areas of history, legends, music, language, dance, sports, and symbols of Ireland.
LEPRECHAUN’S LANDING (CHILDREN’S AREA/IRISH ARTS, CRAFTS, & GAMES)
For our wee folk! Take home a hand-made souvenir, enjoy an Irish story, sing-a-long, find a fairie, and even dance an Irish jig! Download our children’s activity sheets to help them get excited for the festival!
A favorite area of the Festival is the Irish Marketplace where unique shopping booths display a panorama of Irish items for sale. Take home a specialized clothing article, piece of art, interesting trinket or souvenir. Guaranteed Irish, we feature over 50 specialty booths. Don’t forget to visit our Festival’s award-winning t-shirt booth!
MEET PITTSBURGH’S IRISH ORGANIZATIONS
Members will be on hand with lots of information and an invitation to join them!
CULTURAL BEVERAGE TASTINGS
This year, for our guests 21 and over, beverage tasting will be included in the price of your Festival admission ticket! Visit our Cultural Beverage Tasting area as we experience the charm, depth and diversity of flavor found in Irish and “Celtic Cousin” whiskeys and mead. Each booth will feature professionally curated tastings conducted by a whiskey master, Protector of the Peat, or mead maker. You will compare and contrast the unique qualities of legendary brands. This area is brought to you by Kingview Mead, Five Farms Irish Cream, Laphroaig, and Kilbeggan. Check back for a complete list of featured brands.
IRISH MASS – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 AT 10 A.M.
Join us for our annual Irish Mass on Sunday, September 12 at 10 a.m. at our Celtic Spirit Stage.
OTHER FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Storytelling from Alan Irvine, Celtic Harper – Dennis Doyle, traditional step and ceili dance workshops and performances, Irish instrument and cultural area demonstrations, strolling bagpipers, Gaelic sports demonstrations, and Irish names with Sean. You’ll never know what’s
around each corner at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival!