Guide to the Irish Fair
Guide to the Irish Fair
Irish Fair is back at Harriet Island in 2022 and ready to welcome you for the shenanigans!
With Saint Paul’s deep Irish history and traditions, it only makes sense that one of the largest and most authentic Irish festivals 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, August 12-14 in the Capital City.
Just because you’re not Irish doesn’t mean you can’t join in the fun. The Irish Fair welcomes 100,000 people each year of all ages and heritages.
This family-friendly event is jam-packed with dozens of dance performances, live music, the popular Zero K race (which is exactly what it sounds like—three meters of heart-pumping exercise), Gaelic sports, a Celtic marketplace, a cultural area and, of course, Irish food and drinks. Returning this year is The Celtic Kitchen, with food demonstrations, samples and chef competitions along with many other amazing food and beverage options. Musical acts include Gaelic Storm, Eileen Ivers, The Young Dubliners, Belfast Cowboys, Wild Colonial Bhoys and more.
Ticket prices range from $20 - $40 depending on your package. VIP packages are also available, and kids 12 and under get in for free.
Check here for tickets or view the full schedule of events.
- Friday, August 12: 3–11 pm
- Saturday, August 13: 10 am–11 pm
- Sunday, August 14, 10 am –7 pm
The Irish Fair sprawls out over Saint Paul’s beautiful Harriet Island Regional Park. Check out info for getting to the Fair and parking.
The festival was created to support Minnesota’s Irish community by preserving and celebrating the past, present and future of Irish culture.
If you're going to the Fair and plan on drinking too much Guinness, don't fret! Special Irish Fair room rates are available at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Saint Paul.
Getting to the Fair is easy! Take the Green Line downtown to Union Depot and hop on a free shuttle (leaves every half hour).
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.
You can also bike to the Fair! Ample bike parking options will be available.
Prepare for the event by visiting Saint Paul's many Irish pubs and shops as well as Irish restaurants, 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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