Experience

The cultural events of the festival allow guests to discover their roots, explore a new culture or learn a new skill.

Art Search IrishFest Atlanta 2016 Young Artist Search Use any medium to create a work of art about Ireland, Music, Irish Culture, or anything pertaining to the spirit of IrishFest Atlanta. Categories: TEEN 13-18, YOUTH 8-12, LITTLE ARTISTS 7 & Under. RULES: On the back of your work of art write the phone/ text number, email address and mailing address, and which age category you are competing in. Please include your name. Click Here for More Information (Ends 4:00 PM Saturday)

Shamrock and Peach Photography
Capturing Mystical Ireland – Tips, tricks and insights to capture the beauty of Ireland from Irish photographer and travel guide, Gary McLoughlin from Shamrock and Peach Tours/Photography

Glendalough Distillery
Whiskey Tasting presented by Glendalough Distillery
Whether you are a first time whiskey drinker or an experienced connoisseur, join us for authentic Irish whiskey tastings. The tastings will be held at 3:30pm & 5:30pm Saturday, by reservation only. Pre-order your tickets at registration.

Guinness Guinness Perfect Pint – Learn the Art of the Pint
Learn to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. Sessions held throughout the day.


Deis cainte – An Opportunity to Speak & Learn Irish
Breandán Mac Mathúna will facilitate discussion through the medium of the Irish language. This session will cater to people who wish to learn ‘cúpla focal’ or to rekindle the Irish they already have.

Clan na nGael Irish sport demonstration and instruction
Join Clan na nGael, the local GAA club, for demonstrations of traditional Irish sport on Saturday. Come meet them on Friday night for their annual awards celebration.

Irish Instrument Petting Zoo
The Instrument Petting Zoo will include a variety of instruments that are heavily played in Irish Music. Led by Lauren Farris and Claire Shirey, two teachers in the Atlanta Irish Music School who both play a number of the instruments. Instruments will be supplied to “test.”The variety of instruments included in the Workshop will be, but not limited to, bodhran, concertina, accordion, banjo, mandolin, etc.

Afternoon Tea with Irish Consul General hosted by The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta
Join us for some Tea and a Chat with the Irish Consul General

Irish Fest Atlanta Marketplace
Visit our vendors selling anything from t-shirts, jewelry, glassware, art and more. Enjoy free dance and music performances throughout the day.
Vendors include:

Youth Session lead by Irish Traditions Atlanta Youth Chairs
The session is open to all Irish youth musicians and provided at no cost.

The Irish Music Session is a gathering of people who come together to play traditional Irish tunes. Typically, different people will call out a tune name or play the beginning of an Irish tune, and if others in the group know the tune, they will jump in and play along. The event is very informal. It is not a performance, but more a casual opportunity for people to play some tunes, talk, and have fun.

Irish Kids Program IrishFest Kids Program & Mini Celtic Camp
Sponsored by the Atlanta Irish Music School

  • Storytelling (Stephen Saunders/Kathleen Donohoe) (10:00 AM – 10:30 AM)

  • Face Painting (10:30 AM – 11:30 AM)
  • Storytelling (Stephen Saunders/Kathleen Donohoe) (11:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
  • Atlanta Irish Music School Celtic Mini Kids Camp – Wee Ones (Under Age 5) Sing Along Songs, Rhythm, Craft, Movement, Story Time. Must come with parent/guardian. No drop offs. (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM)
  • Celtic Kids Camp – Irish Kings Age 6-10 Sing Along Songs, Rhythm, Craft, Movement, Story Time. Check-in with teach & drop off or invited to stay. (1:30 PM -3:00 PM)

Irish Film Institute
Irish Film Institute: Irish Culture on Film
Shorts program curated by the Irish Film Institute for IrishFest Atlanta. Films start at 10:30 AM and run through the day at no cost.

Films include:

  • Give Up Yer Aul Sins Cathal Gaffney // 2001// 4 minutes
  • Yu Ming is Ainm Dom Daniel O’Hara // 2003 // 14 minutes
  • Páisti Ag Obair (Children at Work) Louis Marcus // 1973 // 10 minutes
  • Irish Folk Furniture Tony Donoghue // 2012 // 9 minutes
  • Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion Shimmy Marcus // 2013 // 13 minutes
  • The Herd Ken Wardrop // 2008 // 4 minutes
  • A Terrible Hullabaloo Ben O’Connor // 2016 // 10 minutes
  • Cuilín Dualach (Backwards Boy) Nora Twomey // 2004 // 12 minutes

    Click here for full program guide.