August 10-12, 2018
Friday 3pm-11pm | Saturday 10am-11pm | Sunday 10am-7pm (Mass service at 9am)
Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Dogs and pets are discouraged. No coolers, bicycles or skateboards allowed.
Admission: What is the cost of admission?
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?
ATM's Are there ATMs on the grounds?
Yes. There are two ATMs on the grounds located near the tickets booths.
Bikes: Can I bike to the Irish Fair of Minnesota?
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.
The public dock will be open normal park hours, 7:00am - 10:00 pm. There is no electrical to plug into.
The Children’s Area at the Irish Fair of Minnesota is filled with enjoyable activities for children of all ages. Children can enjoy Irish instrument demonstrations, face painting and balloon art, 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.
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, 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.
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.
Food and Beverage
We will soon be taking applications for food vendors. When we have final 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, $125 on Saturday, and $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.
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. We apologize for any inconvenience but the Irish Fair of Minnesota does not offer wheelchairs at this time.
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 on Friday and Sunday, $125 on Saturday, and $200 for the whole weekend, and include all food and beverages.
Lost and Found
Lost and found is located at the Welcome Booth directly in front of the main entrance.
After the festival, all remaining items are brought to the Irish Fair of Minnesota office. Call 651-645-0221 or email email@example.com during regular business hours to see if your lost item was turned in.
For the safety of your animal, yourself and our other guests, PLEASE leave your dog and other pets at home.
There is plenty of shopping at the Irish Fair! Our two Marketplace tents are filled with more than 60 artisans and traveling vendors who sell arts, crafts and other Irish-inspired goods.
We have over 700 volunteers who help make the Irish Fair of Minnesota happen. For more information please visit our volunteer page.