Dance, drink & shop ‘til you drop: Pittsburgh Irish Festival

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Gaelic Storm will appear at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival

Get ready to dance, drink and shop ’til you drop at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival September 11-13 at the Riverplex at Sandcastle featuring a full line up of international Celtic acts, food and fun.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival is a 3-day weekend featuring everything Irish: food, clothing, dance and music.  Whether you’ve Irish blood in your veins or not a drop, the Festival is a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to explore the history and culture of Ireland.

“We are very excited to present some tremendous talent this year – Gaelic Storm, The High Kings (Ireland), JigJam (Ireland), We Banjo 3 (Ireland), Red Hot Chili Pipers (Scotland), Screaming Orphans (Ireland), The Willis Clan, Makem and Spain, Matt and Shannon Heaton and so much more,” said Nan Krushinski, co-director and co-founder of the Pittsburgh Irish Festival. “Gaelic Storm is always a fan favorite and Screaming Orphans have built a tremendous following these past couple years, along with the Willis Clan, who took the festival by storm last year.”

The festival features a full line up of music and dancers, in addition to delicious Irish food and refreshments. Blarney Bingo and the whiskey and cider tastings always draw a crowd and don’t forget to see the sheep! The marketplace will be bustling with beautiful creations inspired by Ireland. Children’s activities including storytelling and performances will be offered and, if you’ve ever wanted to learn to dance? Attend one of many Irish themed dance workshops and performances.

“There’s something for everyone at the Irish Festival,” said Krushinski. “Irish dogs, a huge Irish marketplace for shopping, wonderful types of food and bevys to enjoy, hurling demonstrations, bingo and genealogy for those who want to shake the family tree. There is a beautiful mass on Sunday in the Irish language. Then of course, there’s the Irish music and world class Irish step dancing.”

The Festival is Pennsylvania’s largest Irish Festival and the only Irish Festival in the Pittsburgh region. The Festival is also one of the co-founders of the International Irish Festival Directors Conference and a 24-year member of the International Irish Festivals and Events Association.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door with discounts available for military, public safety officers, seniors, and students. Children 12 and under are always free. For tickets or more information contact 412-422-1113 or visit www.pghirishfest.org. A $5 admission will be offered on Friday ages 13+ from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., and a $5 admission will be offered on Friday from 6-8 p.m. to students with a college ID.
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Preview by Hayley Lynn Martin for Pennsylvania Bridges

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