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The Irish Fair of Minnesota
Date: Friday, August 12 - Sunday, August 14, 2016
Time: Friday: 3 p.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Place: Harriet Island Regional Park, St. Paul
Entry to the Irish Fair of Minnesota is FREE! Where else can you see this many bands, entertainers and culture with no cost to you?
We are thrilled to be celebrating our 37th year! The Irish Fair of Minnesota started 1980. Some years, there were no fairs, some years there were two fairs...
Attendance at the Irish Fair of Minnesota is growing every single year. We usually host from 80,000 to 100,000 attendees over the three days of the event.
We will soon be taking applications for food vendors. When we have fianl menus and pricing from each vendor, we will post on our Facebook page. Tickets are sold at the Food and Beverage Ticket Booths located to the immediate left and right inside the main entrance. Tickets are a dollar each.
Twin Cities-based Irish Pubs sell traditional Irish food items in and local Irish nonprofits sell items such as lemonade and smoothies. Food is available as you enter through the gateway entrance to the left and the right. Hospitality Tent tickets are $75 on Friday and Sunday, $100 on Saturday, $200 for the whole weekend, and include all food and beverages. The Cultural Tent also serves scones and pastries in the Tea Room.
Beer, wine, pop and water are sold in four different locations: Food Court 1, Food Court 2, the Pub Tent, and a tap truck on the river-side of the pavilion. In order to drink alcohol, each adult over 21 years of age must present a valid driver’s license or ID and wear a wristband. Alcohol sales will end 30 minutes prior to closing time each day.
Entertainment and activities are designed for all ages and the majority of them are FREE throughout the weekend.
This event brings the best authentic Irish music available with 350+ musicians who perform in various locations around the Fair including: Cara Irish Pubs Main Stage, The River Stage, Morrissey's Pub Tent, Performance Dance Tent, Crossroads Dance Tent, Pavilion, and Children's Activity Tent.
Dance performances by Irish dance schools and groups will take place on the two main stages and in the Dance Tent. Throughout each day, social dance lessons and céilís (traditional Irish dances that everyone can join) will take place in the Crossroads Tent.
Cultural Activities & Sports
Cultural activities range from musical workshops at the Irish Music and Dance Association tent to a Literary Corner featuring authors and poets. There are historical presentations in the pavilion, a tea room, and a Celtic chat table. IFM-goers will also have the opportunity to try out hurling and Gaelic football on the sports field.
Third Annual Zero-K
Is walking more your speed? Then sign-up for our Zero-K event, where the start and finish line are only three feet apart! The “race” takes place on the sports field. Funds for this event go toward supporting IFM. Minimum exertion and limited effort are rewarded with a delicious pint and a snappy t-shirt.
The hospitality tent is located right in front of the main stage. It offers food and beverages throughout the weekend. Individuals can buy tickets to the hospitality tent for $75 a day or $200 for the weekend.
Of course! Our two Marketplace tents are filled with more than 60 artisans and traveling vendors who sell arts, crafts and other Irish-inspired goods. We are currently taking applications from vendors and when all vendors have been confirmed, we will post the information on our website.
The Children’s Area at the Irish Fair of Minnesota is filled with enjoyable activities for children of all ages. Children can enjoy face painting and balloon art, explore the Irish instrument petting zoo, watch a sheepherding demonstration or try your hand at traditional games like Gaelic football, hurling and rugby. They can also participate in engaging and hands-on Irish history, music and dance lessons.
We have over 700 volunteers who help make the Irish Fair of Minnesota happen. For more information please visit our volunteer page.
For the safety of your animal, yourself and our other guests, PLEASE leave your dog and other pets at home.
Feel free to bike to the IFM, but please know that bicycles are not allowed on the grounds. Bicycle parking is available near the gateway entrance on Water St. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen property and we strongly encourage you to lock your bike.
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Harriet Island is a paved, level surface where wheelchairs can easily navigate on sidewalks. The grass is also level, allowing easy access to tents. Handicapped parking facilities and a drop-off area are provided in front of the Gateway Entrance.
Harriet Island is located just across the river from Downtown St. Paul.
Directions from the West
Take I-94 eastbound to 5th Street exit. Follow 5th Street. Take a right onto Robert Street. Turn west (right) onto Plato Blvd.
Directions from the East
Take I-94 westbound to 6th Street exit. Follow 6th Street. Take a left onto Robert Street. Turn west (right) onto Plato Blvd.
As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the Irish Fair of Minnesota aims to promote and cultivate Irish culture and preserve a rich heritage of traditions for future generations of Minnesotans. Over the last number of years, surplus funds from the event had been given back to Irish and non-Irish new immigrant communities in Minnesota.