Our mission: To promote and cultivate Irish Art and Culture and preserve a rich heritage of traditions for future generations.
How do we do this? Each summer, the 2nd weekend of August, Harriet Island in Saint Paul comes alive with all things Irish: great music, traditional dance, Gaelic sports, children's activities, workshops, storytelling, food, Irish dogs, sheep herding and more!
Because of a torrential downpour on Saturday of the 2019 Fair, traditionally our biggest day, our attendance was reduced by 50%. This revenue shortfall has depleted our cash reserves.
To take advantage of a $25,000 matching fund, we hope you will consider a donation before the end of this year, either through our website, on Give to the Max Day, on Giving Tuesday, or even by donating as a holiday gift for those on your list who have everything they need already!
The Irish Fair of Minnesota is not alone in this time of need. You may have heard that the May Day Parade, We Fest and Northern Spark are all taking 2020 off; we just found out O'Gara's is not re-opening. It is tough for any business, any arts group, to find funding and remain sustainable.
The Irish Fair has been a self-sustaining celebration of Irish dance and music for 40 years because of all of you attending each year. Because of our strong Irish community. We intend to have an Irish Fair in 2020 and we need your help to get there. With your support, in any amount, we are dedicated to celebrating 40 more years!