In my Inbox this week is a free event for the whole family!
The Irish Fair of Minnesota is located on Harriet Island in St. Paul, and the fair is being held this weekend starting on Friday, August 8 through Sunday, August 10. Make sure you scroll to the bottom of the page to learn how you can get to the fair for free.
Maybe it’s because I’m part Irish (a teeny tiny, itty bitty bit Irish) or maybe it’s because I love the accent, but I am very partial to Ireland. I would love to visit someday and look over the hills of Dover and say, “My Bonnie Lass” or “Laddie.”
One can have dreams, can’t they?
However, since that dream doesn’t seem to be coming true any time soon, the Irish Fair of Minnesota seems to be a pretty good second. It’s the largest free Irish Fair in the country! Woot! Woot! (as my nine year old would say!)
Here’s a list of what you expect to experience.
- Workshop Tent. Features musical performers of traditional Irish music and instruments. Past sessions have highlighted the hammered dulcimer, Irish guitar, Irish harp, button accordion, Irish fiddle and other traditional Gaelic instruments.
- Speakers Test. 45-minute sessions are presented on Irish history, culture, arts and sports.
- Sean T. Kelly Lore ‘N More Tent. The storyteller’s tent will be filled with the finest Irish storytellers from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.
- Triscéil Tea Room. Enjoy Irish tea, hot or cold.
- Cultural Display. This is a permanent display of Irish history and culture: an Irish still, a holy well, and a beautiful reconstruction of an Irish high cross.
Bands of all Irish variety– traditional to punk and everything in between–will be playing throughout the entire fair. From Ireland and the Twin Cities, these bands will get you excited for more Celtic sound.
- Gaelic Storm
- The Mahones
- The Eddies
- Sweet Colleens
- Screaming Orphans
- Art Tent. Drawing Lessons, Painting Lessons, Irish Doll Making, Basket Weaving, Face Painting, and Celtic Cross Making.
- Activities Tent. Dance Lessons, Child Musicians, Make Your Own Irish Bodhrán Drum, Make Your Own Tin Whistle, Irish Instrument Petting Zoo, Games and Races, Visits from Native Dogs, Sheep Herding Demonstration
- Performance Tent. Highlighting the Irish dancers of all agers, teeny toddlers just beginning to accomplished troupes.
- Crossroads Social Dance Tent. All fair participants can learn Celtic dance steps. By running two-hour sessions all three days, they willalternate between set dancing, ceílí dancing and other styles.
My whole family would be all over these activities. There is so much to do and enjoy by participating in the various activities or by sitting still taking in the different performances.
You can get to the Irish Fair for free by going here to download a bus pass.Attendees can take the Metro Transit Green Line or a bus to Union Depot and take the free Jefferson Line shuttle. The shuttle will pick up Fair attendees at Union Depot on Kellogg Blvd between Wacouta Street and Wall Street.