The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England presents our second annual Irish cultural festival on Saturday, August 24, and our first annual Feis on Sunday, August 25.
The Saturday festival will be a day of Irish music, dance, and culture. Gates open at 11:30 am, and events run to 7:30 pm. The Cassin Academy of Irish Dance and Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance will present dance exhibitions. Visitors can learn Irish dance and participate in workshops featuring Irish arts and language. Music entertainment throughout the day will include an opening trad Irish seisiún, and featured performances by local fiddle sensation Zoe Darrow, Boston’s Erin Og, and, from Galway, Padraig Stevens with Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors.
The Sunday Feis (Irish dance competition) will run from approximately 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bakers can enter an Irish soda bread competition at the Feis.
There will be a variety of vendors of Irish crafts and products, food trucks and concession stands, along with beer and drinks for sale. Parking will be available at the Irish Cultural Center, along with additional parking and a shuttle service from West Springfield High School.
Both events will take place rain or shine on the Irish Cultural Center field at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield, MA. Tickets on both days are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6–12, and free for children 5 and under. Please no dogs except service animals. No smoking, no coolers. Cash only for tickets, food and drinks. Visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.
The Irish word “lúnasa” is traditionally used to describe an ancient Irish festival to celebrate the beginning of the harvest season and end of the summer months.