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Irish Fest 2018

Irish Fest 2018

July 6, 7 and 8, 2018

Pre-sale tickets have ended. Tickets may still be purchased at the door.  For more information, call 773-282-7035, ext. 10

Get your Irish on at the 33rd annual Irish American Heritage Festival on July 6, 7 and 8.

Irish Fest showcases the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance and family activities. The festival is held on the grounds of the Irish American Heritage Center and is our biggest fundraiser.

2018 Headliners

Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3, JigJam, Byrne and Kelly, Liz Carroll and Dáithí Sproule, Tupelo, Rory Makem

Also Appearing

Avondale Ramblers, Baal Tinne, The Boils, Coyote Riot, The Chancey Brothers, The Dirty Wellies, The Dooley Brothers, Far Too Close, Aislinn Gagliardi, In Spite of Ourselves. Irish Heritage Singers, Jim Sullivan and Friends, Kennedy’s Kitchen, Larkin and Moran Brothers, Misericordia Heartbreakers and Heartzingers, Mulligan Stew, St. Stephen’s Green, the Sean Cleland Band and John Williams and Friends.

Pipe Bands

Bagpipes and Drums of the City of Chicago, CPD and Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band

Dance and Music Schools

Academy of Irish Music, Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance, McNulty School of Irish Dance, Mullane Godley Irish Dance Academy, O’Hare School of Irish Dance, Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble, Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, Weber Irish Dance

In addition to stellar music and dance lineup, the weekend is packed with festival favorites: Irish and American food and drink from vendors, cultural exhibits, children’s activities and dozens of vendors and artisans selling Irish gifts. Activities include contests for adults and children, cultural exhibits and programs in the Art Gallery, Library and Museum.

Cultural Programs

Our second floor Arts Wing features an Irish language primer, genealogy workshops, music, theatre and storytelling performances, and quilting, knitting and spinning demonstrations. Wexford born Chicago photographer Barry Butler will showcase his Chicago and Ireland photography in the Art Gallery. Drop by the Shamrock Tea Room on Saturday and Sunday for a proper cup of tea, baked treats, sandwiches and love music in our air-conditioned Shamrock American Room.

Fest hours

6pm to Midnight on Friday, July 6
Noon-Midnight on Saturday, July 7
Noon-11pm on Sunday, July 8


We offer limited free parking in our North Lot. When the lot is full, you may park during fest hours at the Copernicus Center at 5216 West Lawrence Avenue and take the free shuttle that runs from the IAHC to the Copernicus Center. Shuttle hours are: Friday, 6pm-12:30am, Saturday, 2pm-12:30am and Sunday, Noon-11:30pm.


$10 in advance if purchased through July 5 and $15 thereafter. Children 12 and under are free.

To purchase tickets, click the button to the right, call 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or buy at the door.

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Irish Fest Bands

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