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Ireland Takes Over the Fairgrounds

Jul 10, 2013 07:47PM ● By Anonymous

Kicking off the festivities will be a Friday night concert blasting Irish music, featuring Danny Burns, The Rogues, The Gothard Sisters, Screaming Orphans and Albannach.

Gates open at 4 p.m. for the concert and entry from 4 to 5 p.m. is free but increases to $10 after 5 p.m. However, active military and veterans are granted free entry any time that night.

Saturday will be an all-day celebration of Celtic Pride as 13 bands will perform on three stages. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 with VIP tickets are $80.

Here is Saturday’s entertainment schedule at each stage:

Shamrock (Main) Stage:

11:30 Scythian
1:00 The Rogues
2:00 Screaming Orphans
4:00 Scythian
5:45 Albannach
6:30 Dublin 5
8:15 Gaelic Storm

Galway Bay Pavillion:

11:00 Brendan’s Voyage
12:45 Gothard Sisters
1:45 Seamus Kennedy
3:15 Irish Dancers
4:00 Danny Burns
5:15 Seamus Kennedy
6:30 Brendan’s Voyage

Fado (Lawn) Stage:

11:00 The Shamrogues
12:00 Kilmaine Saints
1:30 Albannach
2:30 Crossing Celtic
4:00 Gothard Sisters
5:00 Kilmaine Saints
6:30 Crossing Celtic

Parents, fret not. Located next to the Galway Bay Pavilion will be Little Leprechaun Land, an area designated just for kids that will operate from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Little Leprechaun Land also houses a stage for children’s entertainment.

Here is the schedule for the Little Leprechaun Land Stage:

11:15 Irish Dancers
12:00 Busch Gardens Animal Ambassadors
1:00 Kid’s Magic Show
1:45 Irish Dancers
2:30 Busch Gardens Animal Ambassadors
3:30 Seamus Kennedy “Kids” Show
4:30 Irish Dancers and “Get Jiggy With It” Dance Lessons!

This year, the festival will host over 90 vendors, including A Little Pottery, Beefalo Bobs, Celtic Treasures, Fadó Irish Pub, Galway Bay, Homestead Gardens, Kathleen Kline Photography, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Smyth Jewelers, Stan & Joe’s, and many more.

For full information, visit or download the festival guide here.