Here’s what you need to know about the 21st Irish Fest

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Eager to embrace the luck of the Irish this weekend at Military Park?  Indy’s 21st Irish Fest kicks off with a bang today.  Look below to see how you can get your jig on all through the weekend.

Ticket Prices

Indy’s Irish Fest ticket prices are:

Adults (Advance Sale): $10/day

Adults (Gate Price): $15/day

Students (14-18 with Student ID): $10/day

Children (13 and under): $5/day

Children under 5: Free

Festival Hours and $5 Early Admission Details

Thursday, September 15, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Free admission)

Friday, September, 16, 4:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. ($5 Early Bird Admission: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Saturday, September 17, 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, September, 18, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Early Bird Free Admission: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. with three canned goods per person benefiting St. Vincent DePaul food bank)


Thursday free admission for the special Preview Pub Concert Night (Canned goods for the food bank are encouraged)

Friday only: be at the gate early and get in for only $5! (4:30-5:30 p.m.)

Sunday only: admission is free when you bring a minimum of three non-perishable food items that benefit the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank. (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Other Festival Highlights

Young and older visitors alike will enjoy plenty of family friendly activities during Fest weekend. Throughout the weekend, the whole family can enjoy herding exhibitions, or stop by the Celtic Canine tents to see dogs representing Irish breeds, such as Irish Glen of Imaal Terriers, Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Red and White Setters and Kerry Blue Terriers.

The festival includes an Irish Market with over 25 vendors selling Irish wares; a cultural area with demonstrations & exhibitions, and the Indianapolis Gaelic Athletic Association will be onsite performing hurling demonstrations. A Kilted Mile takes place on Sunday with great fun promised whether you’re running or just watching! Don’t miss the award ceremony for the runners with the best kilt, bonniest knees, best jig in a kilt and least likely to finish.

See cultural exhibits that include information on the Easter Rising, Irish American Presidents, the history of Ireland, memorials to the Great Famine, origins of popular Irish songs, Celtic Saints, and Wild Irish Women. Attendees will also be able to visit with local Irish and Scottish organizations.

Hungry visitors can choose from tempting treats such as Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, a variety of sandwiches, Irish soda bread and bread pudding, provided by Claddagh Irish Pubs, Ben’s Soft Pretzels, Punch Burger, Pita Pit, Smitty’s Smokehouse BBQ and more.

On Sunday, a 10:30 a.m. Celtic Mass will be held on the festival grounds. Gates open at 10 a.m. Visitors attending Mass or arriving prior to 11:30 a.m. receive free admission if they bring at least three canned goods per person to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

Returning this year after a crowd-pleasing debut last year will be a presentation and hands-on activities by Silly

Safari, bringing animals and animal education to the event Sunday only.

Kids Activities

Youngsters can work off plenty of energy in the Wee Folk Area, featuring a craft tent, storytelling, a coloring contest, face painting and more. Wristbands, included in the gate cost, admit kids to a special area complete with games and other fun activities.

On Sunday, kids compete for the reddest hair, greenest eyes and most freckles. The Kids Area is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit or call the Indy’s Irish Fest Information Line at (317) 713-7117.


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