Getting to the Fair
Directions and Parking for the Irish Fair at Harriet Island
Harriet Island is located just across the river from downtown St. Paul.
Directions from Downtown St. Paul: Cross the river on the Wabasha Street Bridge and you'll see the park on your right.
From all other directions: Take the Plato Boulevard exit off Highway 52 (Lafayette Bridge) and head west for about 1.5 miles. Highway 52 is accessible off I-94 or I-494.
Irish Fair Parking
There is plenty of parking along Plato Blvd from Wabasha St west toward the park. many private businesses near the park also open their parking lots for general public parking (most lots charge a fee to park).
You can also park in downtown St. Paul and walk across the Wabasha St. bridge to the festival.
Handicap parking is available on the north side of Water St between Wabasha and Plato Blvd until full.
There is no general parking on that stretch of Water St., but it is open to drop people off at the Main Entrance.
The parking lots on Harriet Island are not open to the public during the festival.
Irish Fair Bike Ride, Saturday Morning, August 11, starts at Merlins Rest Pub, 3601 East Lake Street, at 9:30 AM. Meet there or join anywhere along the route. Total ride is 13 miles. Reach Harriet Island by 11 AM.
Bike racks located at the main entrance on Harriet Island (Water Street) provided by Merlin's Rest
Route is on bike trails as much as possible.
* Midtown Greenway to West River Parkway, then across the Ford Bridge.
* Then along South Mississippi River Boulevard, then the Crosby Farm Trail to the 35E crossing.
* Then through Lilydale to Harriet Island.
There is no fee to join the bike ride or lock your bikes, and we encourage people to ride their bikes to the Irish Fair anytime from anywhere, as part of the Greening of the Fair.