KIDS: Connecticut Irish Festival

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Connecticut Irish Festival - 2018
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Admission $15.00($20.00 after 5:00 PM). Free Parking

Saturday Hours are 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday Hours 8:00am and Festival ends at 7:00pm
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 The Connecticut Irish Festival Feis & Agricultural Fair will be celebrate its 56th Anniversary on June 23 and 24 at the North Haven Fairgrounds, Route 5, 300 Washington Avenue.  This event, sponsored by the Irish American Community Center, is the longest running Irish Festival in New England.  Each year, thousands assemble to partake in a program featuring the finest in Irish music, dance, and sports while enjoying the camaraderie of those with similar interests.

Cultural offerings will include language and instrumental competitions as well as genealogy, traditional music presentations, an Irish bread competition, dart tournament, Irish sports, traditional Irish food and tea house, a beer garden, and our cultural building will house various Irish organizations and items.

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Children under 12 are free and many family-friendly activities will be featured on both days.  Some of the best musical acts will be performing throughout the weekend.  Connecticut’s own, Nick Fradiani, is scheduled to perform on Saturday night.  Other musical performances include The Coracles, Green Gates Ceili Band, The Maguires, Barleyjuice, Hooch, Just One More, The Lenihan School of Dance, the Curlews, Goodnight Blue Moon, Joe Gerhard and Friends, Dan Heath Ringrose, and more!  The full schedule of events can be found on our website:

Saturday morning will begin with the Kid-U-Not 5K Road Race to benefit The American Living Organ Donor Fund.  Participants get free admission into the Festival.  Registration information can be found on our website.  Sunday’s highlight is the 55th annual New Haven Feis, an Irish dance competition, featuring hundreds of skillful competitors in traditional costumes.  The day will start at 8:00AM with a Catholic Mass on the Fairgrounds. 

Admission price is $15 ($20 after 5PM) and, again, children under 12 are free!  Advance tickets are available until June 23 at: 
This is largely an outdoor event. Handicapped parking will be available.
One of the major achievements of theNew Havenorganization, founded more than 50 years ago, was the inauguration of the annual Field Days in 1963. The first Field Day included exhibitions of Irish dancing, a Gaelic football game againstCountyLeitrim, a hurling match (Kilkenny v.Cork), a youth football game, a tug of war and a road race.
The event was repeated annually and, in 1966, Feis competitons were joined with Field Day activities. That first year almost 400 dancers participated, with the stage lit by automobile headlights for the final competitions. Music, art, singing and language entries grew in number until, in 1977, it was the largest such competition in the country, with 1,600 entrants from theUnited States,CanadaandIreland.
In 1989 the Feis and Field Day expanded to a weekend Irish festival (now called the Connecticut Irish Festival: first three days, now two). Hundreds of club members and friends volunteered to assist and guide cultural exhibitions, music, dance, evening concerts and sports. In addition to the spotlight on national and international step dancing competition there are demonstrations of such skills as bread baking and Irish lace making and information about genealogy, set dancing and music of uileann pipes. Here, more than anywhere, are the children and grandchildren of those founding club members, carrying on the traditions of Irish culture.
Directions to the North Haven Fairgrounds

Via Car: Just 10 minutes outside New Haven Ct. easy access off Exit 12 on I-91 and 35 Minutes from Hartford CT. or from the Wilbur Cross Parkway, take Exit 63 and simply follow the signs to the North Haven Fairgrounds.
Via Bus: To arrive at the Fairgrounds by bus from downtown New Haven: Take the North Haven bound “C” CTTransit bus in the direction of “C1 – Grand Av – Quinnapiac Av” departing from the stop at Church St and Chapel St. Get off at “Washington Ave – Opp Arby’s”. Walk north to the Fairgrounds (2 minutes). The total travel time is around 50 minutes.
The Fairgrounds are located on Washington Ave. (Route 5) in North Haven, Connecticut.
Advanced Tickets for the Festival are available for $10 donation. If you are interested, please contact Madge Mulhall at or 203-268-2037.

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