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Guide to the Irish Fair

Guide to the Irish Fair

Did you know the largest free Irish Fair in the nation is held in Saint Paul?

With Saint Paul’s deep Irish history and traditions, it only makes sense that the largest free Irish Fair in the nation is held right here on Harriet Island. Here’s what you need to know about the three-day celebration of all things from the Emerald Isle.

Who

Just because you’re not Irish doesn’t mean you can’t join in the fun. The Irish Fair welcomes all ages and heritages. Your four-legged friends are invited, too!

What

The 38th annual Irish Fair of Minnesota. This family-friendly event is jam-packed with dozens of dance performances, live music, Gaelic sports, a Celtic marketplace, cultural area and, of course, Irish food and drinks. New this year is The Celtic Kitchen, with food demonstrations, samples and competitions between three world renowned chefs—Vincent Francoual, Eric McBride and Fergal Phelan.  Musical acts include We Banjo 3, Eileen Ivers, Wild Colonial Bhoys, The Belfast Cowboys, Socks in the Frying Pan, Screaming Orphans, Aoife Scott, Katie McMahon and The Tim Malloys—preview the groups with Irish Fair’s Spotify playlist.

When

Thursday, August 10 (Kick-Off Party—this event is ticketed): 7-10 p.m.

Friday, August 11: 3-11 p.m.

Saturday, August 12: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Sunday, August 13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

For the full schedule of events, click here.

Where

The Irish Fair sprawls out over Saint Paul’s beautiful Harriet Island Regional Park.

Harriet Island Regional Park

Why

The festival was created to support Minnesota’s Irish community by preserving and celebrating the past, present and future of Irish culture.

How

There’s no shortage of ways to get to the Irish Fair, and most of them are free. Hop on the free shuttle at Union Depot (leaves every half hour) or snag a free ride on the green line or bus courtesy of Metro Transit (download your pass here).

If you prefer to drive, be advised that parking is limited along Plato Boulevard from Wabasha Street West toward the park. Most private businesses near the park will charge a fee to park in their lots.

Prepare for the event by visiting Saint Paul's many Irish pubs and shops, and don't forget to share all of your photos from the fair with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL!

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