*Events and Activities subject to change
Musicians, bring your instrument and get into the Festival for free. Join other musicians and play your favorite Irish songs throughout the weekend!
NEW ~ INFLATABLE POP-UP PUB
Grab a drink in our new “bouncy house for big kids!” Entering this inflatable pub will feel like you’re walking into a bar in Ireland, and make for a great selfie!
NEW ~ CRAFT BEER
With every sip, craft beer allows you to experience the passion, authenticity, excitement, creativity, and camaraderie that goes into brewing. This year we are highlighting various Irish and local craft beers! Check back soon for a list of participating breweries.
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.
NEW ~ “BRIDGE TO EUROPE” PRESENTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH EUROPEAN STUDIES CENTER
Featuring presentations on Ireland’s economics, history, politics, and more! Additional details coming soon!
NEW ~ IRISH WEDDING DISPLAY
This year our Irish Educational Cottage will continue the cultural display tradition by featuring classic Irish wedding traditions, that celebrate this aspect of the rich heritage of Ireland. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a penny in your shoe!
DELIGHT IN DANCE AND MUSIC PERFORMANCES
View continuous entertainment in 5 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. While you are there, enjoy a wide variety of Celtic beverages at our Tara Tea Tent and numerous pubs!
DISCOVER YOUR IRISH FAMILY TREE
Trace that elusive Irish ancestor by visiting the new 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 Wolfhounds, 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 email@example.com to include your dog in the festivities.
CULTURAL HEDGE SCHOOL STAGE ~ Expanded Hours This Year!
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.
TIR na nOg (CHILDREN’S AREA/IRISH ARTS, CRAFTS, & GAMES)
For our wee folk! Take home a hand-made souvenir, enjoy an Irish story, sing-a-long and even dance an Irish jig!
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!
NEW ~ 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, “Celtic Cousin,” and local Pittsburgh 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.
Complete list of participating whiskeys and mead for 2017 to be announced soon!
OTHER FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Storytelling from Alan Irvine, Celtic Harper – Dennis Doyle, Bagpipes and Blarney with Patrick Regan, traditional step and ceili dance workshops and performances, Irish instrument and cultural area demonstrations, strolling bagpipers, Gaelic sports demonstrations, and Gaelic names with Sean.
PITTSBURGH IRISH FESTIVAL “GOES GREENER”
The Irish know their green! This year we are focusing on our green with tips and practices that contribute to a more environmentally and ecologically responsible festival! Our brochure and program books are printed on recycled paper and are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Please recycle your program at the exit if you are done with it. Less plastic that is used for shopping – the more “green” our world. We are also working to recycle all of our used cooking oil. And we are thrilled to be donating all of our leftover food to the 412 Food Rescue, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Friends of St. Patrick.