Indy’s Irish Fest returns to Military Park for its 23rd annual celebration of the state’s Irish heritage.
More than 30,000 people are expected over the four-day festival, which features live Irish music and step dancing on four stages, as well as shopping, food, cultural and children’s activities, sporting events and more.
As one of the largest cultural music festivals in the state, Indy Irish Fest is excited to welcome a variety of new international and national talent to Indy this year, spanning a mix of genres. Highlights include:
In addition to the vibrant music scene, the festival includes an Irish Market with 25+ vendors selling Irish wares including Irish jewelry, wool sweaters and art. See cultural exhibits include information on the 1916 Easter Rising, Celtic Saints, the Irish of Indianapolis, celebrations and customs.
The whole family can enjoy sheep herding exhibitions and meet Irish dog breeds at the Celtic Canine tents, and learn from the Indianapolis Gaelic Athletic Association, who will be onsite presenting hurling demonstrations and introducing visitors to other Irish sports.
The Kilted Mile will take place on Sunday with tremendous fun promised whether you’re running or just watching!
Sign up on-site Sunday morning to participate. Don’t miss the award ceremony for the runners with the best kilt, bonniest knees, best jig in a kilt and least likely to finish.
On Sunday, Celtic Mass will be held on the festival grounds at 10:30 am. Gates will open at 10 am.
With a Wee Folks area that features a craft tent, storytelling, a coloring contest, face painting and more, there’s fun for the whole family. Returning this year after crowd-pleasing past years will be a presentation and hands-on activities by Silly Safari, bringing animals and animal education to the event Saturday and Sunday, as well as The Fae of the Norsey Woods, who bring fairy-fun magic. As always, entry to this area is free for all families in the Fest and the kids won’t want to leave!
For the 21+ crowd, Indy Irish Fest continues to have great options for the weekend. Local favorite New Day Craft will be onsite and for those craft beer lovers, Sun King Brewery will be at the fest as the official craft beer provider. Pints of their Irish Stout, Ring of Dingle, brewed especially for the Fest, will be available for purchase. As always, the Irish line-up of Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick’s and more will also be available.
Hungry visitors can choose from tempting treats such as Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, a variety of sandwiches, Irish soda bread and bread pudding, provided by Claddagh Irish Pubs, Ruth Chris, Union Jacks, and more.
Cost: $12-$15, adults; $10, students and military; $7, children 13 and under; free, children under 5; $30, weekend pass.