The weekend after Labor Day at Sandcastle’s River Plex near the Waterfront means that it is time for the Pittsburgh Irish Festival! This 3-day event features Celtic bands and Irish step dancing, as well as food, Celtic beverages, a Celtic gift shop and a huge area just for kids, with games and crafts. There is even a dog area featuring Irish breeds! Crowds especially turn out for the main concert on Saturday night, typically featuring a well known Irish band such as Gaelic Storm!
Entertainment and programs go on throughout the entire festival on several stages. in addition to the music, come for Irish ghost stories and other storytelling, as well as musical sessions with traditional Irish instruments such as the fiddle and tin whistle. The Celtic gift shop is extensive and features a diverse array of vendors, everything from artwork, jewelry and apparel to kilts and all things Irish.
Tickets for the Pittsburgh Irish Festival can be purchased at the gate, but there is a discount for buying in advance. Senior & Group discounts are also available, and kids 12 and under are free! Hours are 4:00 – 9:00 pm on Friday, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm on Saturday, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.