3rd Annual Saint Paul Irish Arts Week

Always seeking the new, the fascinating, and the surprising, the Saint Paul Irish Arts Week interlinks the international, national, and local energies of Irish culture with ten days full of fun activities. We are bringing two offerings directly from Ireland and one from Canada. For the first time, we will present professional theatre with Gary Murphy’s performance of Frank O’Connor’s "The Genius," presented on Park Square’s Proscenium Stage. Also, author and literary historian, Christopher Fitz-Simon will read from his witty and irreverent collection "Rise Above! The Letters of Tyrone Guthrie." From Toronto, Professor Máirtín Cóilféir will offer his innovative accelerated Irish language learning class.


Thursday, April 26

7:30 p.m.  Christopher Fitz-Simon “Tyrone Guthrie in America: From Broadway to Minneapolis.” $10 per person.

Eoin McKiernan Library in the Celtic Junction Arts Center

Direct from Dublin comes Christopher Fitz-Simon, Ireland’s celebrated literary historian, author, and raconteur to read from his literary work "Rise Above! Letters from Tyrone Guthrie". His work delves into the letters of Irish director, Tyrone Guthrie, the famed founder of Minnesota’s Guthrie Theater. This book offers an intimate look at a man who made a lasting impression on the Twin Cities.

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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.

The Celtic Junction Arts Center

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

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12:00   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.


8:00 p.m. Concert with David Power and Willie Kelly. $17-22 per person.

The Celtic Junction Arts Center

Join David Power, a foremost uilleann 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. Beltane 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.