3rd Annual Saint Paul Irish Arts Week

Ten crammed and fun-filled days at the end of April of visual art, poetry, Irish language, Irish-American history, Irish history, Irish/British comedy history, Irish music and dance, food, children’s activities, historic bus tour, photography, community sing-along, literary history/interpretation, contemporary Irish author talk, contemporary Irish-American playwright/actor performance, Irish theatre, Irish film, Irish comedy, Irish whiskey tasting, Eoin McKiernan library tours, and contemporary Irish poetry.


Friday, April 20

7.30-9:00 p.m. Art and Spoken Word reception. Free.

Turning Heads salon and art gallery 2230 Carter Ave Saint Paul MN 55108.

Dublin-born artist, poet, and actor Eddie Owens and other artists showcase their creative and innovative work.


Saturday, April 21

10:00 – 5:30 Irish Arts Week Kick Off Day!

Eoin McKiernan Library in the Celtic Junction Arts Center.


10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Center for Irish Music’s Practice Fleadh. Free.

Celtic Junction Arts Center in Studio 2

The Center of Irish Music is having a practice fleadh in preparation for their upcoming competition. You are invited to come and watch as their wonderful musicians fine-tune their pieces.


11:00-12:00 “Family constellations and healing Irish immigration trauma.” Free.

Katherine Curran Ph.D., co-founder of the Minnesota Center for Systemic Constellations, examines how departed family members impact the present family soul.


12:00-1:00 p.m. “Fascinating Family History Stories.” Free.

A panel of researchers from the Irish Genealogical Society International shares their favorite engaging family history stories that they have discovered.


1:00-3:00 p.m. –“Irish on Rocket Fuel: Accelerated Irish language learning.” $20 per person.

Professor Máirtín Cóilféir from St. Mary’s University in Toronto invites you to try his book-free and paper-free innovative immersive language technique. Everyone can learn Irish Gaelic with this fun method!


4:00 – 5:30 p.m. “Famine Ship Voices: A Dream Play.” $10 per person.

The Celtic Collaborative’s ensemble of actors and writers present an original made-from-scratch show evoking the history, folklore, mythology, songs, and memories of the shattering Irish Famine of 1845-1851.


6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception for Arts Week. Free

Come toast Celtic Junction Arts Center and Eoin McKiernan Library’s Creativity and Arts Award from Irish Central. Also, come celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement undergirding peace in Northern Ireland. Justin Dolan, Vice Consul, from the Consulate General of Ireland-Chicago will be the keynote speaker, and there will be music from the Center for Irish Music!


8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Céilí with Paul McCluskey and the Twin Cities Céilí band. $5 per person, $20 a family.

Traditional folk dances of Ireland with live music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Dances taught and called by Paul McCluskey!


Sunday, April 22

Noon – 5:00 p.m. Tom Dunn’s ‘Irish of Minnesota’ exhibit. Free.

Lowertown, St. Paul: Studio 242 Northern Warehouse, 308 Prince Street.  

Tom Dunn, a member of the Minnesota Irish community, displays his evolving and vivid exhibit of photograph portraits. This is also a Saint Paul Art Crawl Event.

Saint Paul Art Crawl takes place April 27th, 28th, 29th, and is hosted by the Saint Paul Art Collective. It helps promote connections between local artists and the greater twin cities community.


1:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Historic Bus Tour of St. Paul’s Connemara Patch. $20 per person. Limited to 30 participants.

The Celtic Junction Arts Center  

Take a 1950s vintage bus to Connemara Patch and take a walking tour of the area with the ebullient tour guide Teresa McCormick.


1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Children's Fair. Free.

The Celtic Junction Arts Center

Dancing with O’Shea Irish Dance, music by The Center for Irish Music, art time with MN Feis and Irish Music and Dance Association. The Irish Dance Parents Association will provide games and snacks. There will be creative story time in the Eoin McKiernan Library. Children can learn about Irish culture in an interactive and fun way!


Monday, April 23

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Resist! Sing with Michael Sturm. Free.

The Black Dog Café in lowertown Saint Paul.

Join a community singing session of ballads and songs of resistance, protest, and liberation! Everyone is welcome to come, even those who are not musically gifted!


Tuesday, April 24

7:30 pm.  Rocky Ros Muc The Film, an Irish Boxer Film. Free.

The Dubliner Pub

This award-winning Irish language documentary chronicles the exploits of an aspiring Connemara boxer.

Thursday, April 26

7:30 p.m.  Christopher Fitz-Simon “Tyrone Guthrie in America: From Broadway to Minneapolis.” $5 per person.

Eoin McKiernan Library in the Celtic Junction Arts Center.

Direct from Dublin comes Christopher Fitz-Simon, Ireland’s celebrated literary historian, author, wit, and raconteur to read from Rise Above! Letters from Tyrone Guthrie. This is his most recent edition of the letters of Irish director, Tyrone Guthrie, the famed founder of Minnesota’s Guthrie Theater.


Friday, April 27

7:30 p.m.  Contemporary Irish Poetry Reading by Tony Curtis. Free.

University of St. Thomas/ John Roach Center 

A public reading by acclaimed poet Tony Curtis for winning the prestigious 2018 Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry.


Saturday, April 28

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Minneapolis Feis. Free.

Gangelhoff Center at Concordia University in Saint Paul


10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Uilleann pipes & Irish fiddle workshops. $35 per person.

Workshops by David Power and Willie Kelly, presented by the Center for Irish Music. 

Register online


8:00 p.m. Concert with David Power and Willie Kelly. $16-20 per person.

The Celtic Junction Arts Center.

Join David Power a foremost uileann piper and Willie Kelly a talented fiddler for a night of deeply evocative Irish traditional music. This is traditional Irish music at its best!

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Sunday, April 29

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. O’Shea Irish Dance Feis. Free.

Gangelhoff Center at Concordia University in Saint Paul


5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Bonfire and Sing-a-long. Free.

Newell Park

Celebrate the arrival of summer in ancient Irish fashion. Musicians and dancers welcome! All ages. Family friendly.