Irish Festival Returns to Fairfax City Saturday

Traditional Irish music and dancing performances, Irish beer, football and hurling demonstrations, and much more.

The 18th annual Irish Festival takes place in Fairfax City this Saturday. (Photo: Dan Kaufman/CCE)
The 18th annual Irish Festival takes place in Fairfax City this Saturday. (Photo: Dan Kaufman/CCE)
Get a touch of the Irish this Saturday in Fairfax City as the 18th annual Irish Folk Festival returns for a day of fun.

Whether you have the kids in tow and want to check out the Irish dancing or music performances, or you're in the mood for a little grown-up fun and want to head to the Auld Shebeen for a pint of Guiness, there's something just about everyone can enjoy at this fun local festival.

The festival is presented by the D.C. Metro area chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireanna worldwide nonprofit organization devoted to promoting and preserving Irish music and culture, with support from the City of Fairfax and the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

The event features a host of special activities, including:

  • Traditional Irish step dance performances and workshops
  • Traditional Irish music performances featuring fiddle, banjo, pipes, flute, accordion, drum, singing, and more
  • Gaelic hurling and football demonstrations - participation optional!
  • The 'South Roscommon Singing Circle' - direct from Ireland, they are scholars and performers of songs in Gaelic and English alike
  • Beer on-site at the 'Penny Whistle Pub'
  • Genealogy, history and Irish language workshops, and much more!

How much does it cost? Nothing - the festival is free!

It all takes place simultaneously at two downtown venues - The Sherwood Community Center near Van Dyck Park, 3740 Old Lee Hwy.; and the The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub & Restaurant in Old Town at 3791 Chain Bridge Road.

For even more information and details on this weekend's Irish Folk Festival, click here.

TELL US - Have you been to the Irish Folk Festival before in past years? If so, what did you think of it? Tell us in the comments below.


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