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Activities

*Events and Activities subject to change

CULTURAL AND DANCE STAGE

Expanded to accommodate all the wonderful dance groups and cultural aspects of Ireland, we present the Cultural and Dance Stage.  Highlights include performances by our Festival musicians and world champion Irish step dancers.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND ~ SESSION TENT

Musicians, bring your instrument and get into the Festival for free.  Join other musicians and play your favorite Irish songs throughout the weekend!

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 ~ IRISH INSTRUMENT DISPLAY

Fiddles and flutes, tin whistles and Uilleann pipes, banjos and harps! This year our Irish Educational Cottage will continue the cultural display tradition by featuring some Irish instruments, old and new, that celebrates this aspect of the rich heritage of Ireland. If you have any instruments that you would like to contribute to the display, on loan or to sell, please let us know!

DELIGHT IN DANCE AND MUSIC PERFORMANCES

View continuous entertainment in 6 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, Dublin Coddle, 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.

HEDGE SCHOOL

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 AND CRAFTS)

For our wee folk! Take home a hand-made souvenir, enjoy an Irish story, sing-a-long and even dance an Irish jig!

IRISH MARKETPLACE

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!

WATCH IRISH ARTISANS AND HISTORIANS AT WORK

Learn about Ireland’s geography, history, sports, tourism, music and more as our outreach participants demonstrate their unique skills passed along from generation to generation and display their creative work. You can even make a piece of Irish art to take home at our continuous demonstration and craft area.

MEET PITTSBURGH’S IRISH ORGANIZATIONS

Members will be on hand with lots of information and an invitation to join them!

BEVERAGE TASTINGS

Join us in our Beverage Tasting Tent as we experience the charm, depth and diversity of flavor found in Irish and “Celtic Cousin” whiskeys. During this professionally curated tasting event conducted by a whiskey master and Protector of the Peat, you will compare and contrast the unique qualities of legendary brands.

Also featured is a selection of traditionally made meads produced by Laurel Highlands Meadery. Mead Maker Matt Falenski builds on three basic ingredients to create something truly unique and whether you like sweet or dry, a dessert wine or table wine, there will certainly be something that will appeal to you.

With your tasting ticket you will also receive a commemorative and collectible Pittsburgh Irish Festival shot glass and, in the Tasting Tent only, can purchase specialty Irish glassware at a 20% savings. Tickets may still be available at the Festival however we strongly suggest getting yours in advance by calling 412-422-1113.

Complete beverage tasting schedule for 2017 to be announced soon!

 

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! Purchase a Festival Pint Glass at any beverage station and save the environment by using less throw-away plastic cups. 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.

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