Friday's Schedule

  • 09:00am
  • 09:30am
  • 10:00am
  • 10:30am
  • 11:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:00pm
  • 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 1:30pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 3:30pm
  • 4:00pm
  • 4:30pm
  • 5:00pm
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  • 6:00pm
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  • 7:00pm
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  • 8:00pm
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  • 11:00pm
  • Main Stage
    • Sweet Colleens

      The Sweet Colleens are David Bade, Dave Bille, Jeremy Greenhouse, Wolf Loescher and Pete Sandvik – accomplished multi–instrumentalists who together fuse their diverse musical backgrounds into a high energy, infectious, and crowd–pleasing mix of “Celtic folk–rock and alt. country/Americana, with Cajun and Caribbean seasonings.” With infectious original songs, warm vocal harmonies, and fiery instrumental arrangements, The Sweet Colleens are winning a loyal local following and fans across the Midwest and beyond.

    • We Banjo 3

      WE BANJO 3, AN IRISH QUARTET TRANSCENDING EVEN THE BEST SUPERLATIVES”

      THE HUFFINGTON POST

      For all the innovation and invention that goes into modern music these days, it’s the inspiration derived from one’s roots that proves the most enduring. So credit Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 for finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by playing their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.”

      Four albums in — their latest, String Theory, was released in July of 2016 — the band’s rousing revelry, sheer virtuosity, power, passion and purpose have made them one of the music world’s most celebrated ensembles. Variously described as “astonishing,” “the Gold Standard of Irish and American Roots music,” and “the Irish Punch Brothers,” they’ve can claim the # 1 position in Billboard’s World Music charts, top honours from IMRO (the Irish Music Rights Organization), top sales numbers and the distinction of entertaining an American president, an Irish Prime Minister and members of the U.S. Congress at the annual “Friends of Ireland” luncheon on Capitol Hill. Little wonder then that We Banjo 3 is literally taking both sides of the Atlantic by storm, carving a reputation as one of the world’s most imaginative ensembles.

    • Doolin'

      Born in 2005, Doolin 'takes its name from a small village on the west coast of Ireland, renowned for its traditional music and high-rise craic, this typically Irish holiday spirit.

      After only a few months of existence, Doolin 'is already rubbing shoulders with the biggest and shares the stage with Alan Stivell in the framework of the festival of skin of Carmaux

  • Celtic Kitchen
    • Celtic Kitchen Taste of Ireland with Chef Fergal Phelan

      Join the Irish Fair of Minnesota as we start our weekend of festivities for year 3 of our Celtic Kitchen!  The wonderful Chef Fergal Phelan from Waterford, Ireland will be preparing samplings of authentic Irish dishes, meats, seafood, veggies, and desserts!  Meet the chef, enjoy live music by Aoife Scott on the river stage, and satisfy your inner foodie all in one evening.

      Only 100 tickets available for this exclusive Friday night event so grab yours today! Tickets are only available in advance, so don't wait!

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      We hope to see you there!

  • CIM Children's Area
    • Celtic Cuties Singalong

      Join singer and guitarist Aria Strauss for a singalong of Irish rhymes, finger plays, and songs drawn from the Center for Irish Music's popular children's class, Celtic Cuties! (link to Center for Irish Music and Celtic Cuties class)

    • Irish Instruments Petting Zoo

      Which instrument would your child like to play? Come see talented young musicians and instructors from the Center for Irish Music play traditional Irish instruments like accordion, whistle, flute, harp, bodhrán, fiddle and banjo. After a brief performance demonstrations, they'll open up the floor and invite YOU to try playing some of them!

    • Irish Dance Demo
  • Croke Park
    • Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band

      The Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band of St. Paul, Minnesota is a 501c3 nonprofit band which was established in 1962 to preserve and advance Celtic piping, drumming, and dancing.  Members of the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band have performed with national acts including the Chieftains, Green Day, Blink-182 and Rod Stewart as well as alongside local acts like The Northerly Gales and Mactir Academy of Irish Dance. Our presence has been requested at events from the Minnesota Twins to the Twin Cities Marathon. The Boru has been a fixture in the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day Parade since the very beginning. 

    • Clan Na Gael Soccer

      Clann na Gael was formed in 2003 in response to the demand for an Irish soccer club in the Twin Cities. The club currently plays in the MRSL Division 2 as well as having a team in the Holy Angels indoor league during the winter.

  • Crossroads Social Dance & Session
  • Dance Stage
    • Corda Mór Irish Dance

      Corda Mór is celebrating 11 years dancing and performing at the Irish Fair! Corda Mor recently opened their own dance studio in Edina, where dancers can come to train for competitions, performances, or just for fun. Corda Mor means “great heart” and that’s something you see in the dancers, teachers, and families in the Corda Mor community; they look forward to sharing that “great heart” with you right now!

    • Mactír Academy of Irish Dance

      Mactír Academy of Irish Dance (meaning Wolf Academy of Irish Dance) offers both competitive and performance based classes with a focus on precision, teamwork, and grace. Mactír strives to be the premiere team-based competition school in Minnesota, where dancers and families choose their own journey. Whether that is going to a couple feiseanna (competitions) a year, performing with local and international bands, or competing in the Irish Dance World Championships. Our dancers celebrate this exquisite art form in a variety of settings and spread the joy of Irish Dance to everyone they meet. Mactír Academy is thrilled to have performed at the nation’s largest free Irish Festival since 2014!

    • Eilís Academy at Escalate

      Eilís (Ay-lish) Academy was founded in 2012 at Escalate Dance studio in Maple Grove. We are now located in Osseo and have grown to 50 dancers age 5 on up with dancers of all levels and abilities Directed by Liz Hines, a part of the Twin Cities Irish dance community for over 20 years is credentialed through An Coimisiun in Dublin Ireland. Eilis Academy hopes to inspire joy of dance in their dancers while instilling the discipline and determination required to succeed in the sport!

    • Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers

      The Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers are a performance-based Irish dance school from St. Paul. Founded in 2003 by owner and director Katie Stephens Spangler, Rince na Chroi averages over 100 public performances throughout the year- and the Irish Fair of Minnesota is always a highlight! Rince na Chroi has over 200 dancers of all ages, and they accept students as young as three, up through adults. Their dancers perform year-round at venues and events all over the Twin Cities and the Midwest. Visit their website or find Rince na Chroi on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for more information.

    • Casey Academy of Irish Dance

      Casey Academy of Irish Dance is a small performance dance school located in the Twin Cities. We strive to combine a contemporary style with a traditional art form, Irish step dancing. As a family inspired school we want everyone to have the opportunity to be enriched with Irish culture. We offer discounted classes for siblings and did we mention boys dance free? For more information you can go to the website listed above or email emily.caseyhare@gmail.com.

  • Pub stage
    • Gunn Slingers
    • Gunn Slingers
    • The Northerly Gales

       

      The Northerly Gales is a Twin Cities based Celtic Americana quartet that loves to perform live! The band consists of Tamara Maluda, Jimmy Sherman, Randy Conaway, and Danny Schwarze! They released their debut album Together in 2017.

      The Northerly Gales are inspired by Irish, Scottish, American and Canadian folk music. This band sure knows how to play music that will have audience members tapping their feet and forgetting their troubles!

    • The Northerly Gales

       

      The Northerly Gales is a Twin Cities based Celtic Americana quartet that loves to perform live! The band consists of Tamara Maluda, Jimmy Sherman, Randy Conaway, and Danny Schwarze! They released their debut album Together in 2017.

      The Northerly Gales are inspired by Irish, Scottish, American and Canadian folk music. This band sure knows how to play music that will have audience members tapping their feet and forgetting their troubles!

  • River Stage