About Irish Fair

The Irish Fair of Minnesota in Saint Paul from Irish Fair.

About Irish Fair

The Irish Fair of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating Irish culture and our community. Each year we host an Irish Arts Week with a variety of lectures, classes, readings, historical tours and more. Every second weekend of August, we hold a major festival where we invite you to join us for a celebration of all things Irish with music, dance, family activities and good craic! Throughout the year, follow us on social media to learn about other events and opportunities to get your Irish on!

Our annual festival is recognized as one of the most family-friendly events in the Twin Cities, one of the largest and most authentic Irish festivals nationwide and an amazingly great time. Come by, listen to the music, watch the dancers, and enjoy a pint or two!

All proceeds from our events and other donations are invested in supporting the Irish Fair's mission or in supporting our Irish & Celtic cultural community. Our organization has an executive director, a volunteer board of directors and is primarily volunteer driven and supported by people throughout the state. Please consider joining our volunteer team or donating to our cause. 

Click here to view our leadership team. UPDATE: Irish Fair of Minnesota is currently seeking new Board members.  Board members are responsible for strategic oversight, governance and stewardship as well as recruitment of volunteers and engagement with community and some hands-on participation at our events. We are currently seeking new members with marketing, business, grant & fundraising experience, strategic planning experience.  No need to be of Irish descent but a passion for what we do is important!  Interested community members may send a letter of interest and a resume/CV to director@irishfair.com.

Looking Ahead - Dates and Hours

The 2022 Irish Fair of Minnesota will be hosted at Harriet Island Park in downtown St. Paul. 

  • Friday, August 12: 3:00pm-11:00pm
  • Saturday, August 13: 10:00am-11:00pm
  • Sunday, August 14: 10:00am-7:00pm


Our Mission & Values

Mission Statement

To promote and cultivate Irish culture and preserve a rich heritage of traditions for future generations.

Vision Statement

The Irish Fair of Minnesota provides expression for all things Irish and links the past, present and future of Irish culture in Minnesota.


  • Authentic. We believe the more Irish we are, the more universal our appeal becomes.
  • Relevant. We strive to preserve a rich heritage of traditions that are relevant to today’s audiences.
  • Fun. Creating a fun experience for volunteers and audiences alike is our top priority.
  • Quality. Maintain a high standard in Fair programs and operations.

Curtin Conway Award

The award is presented annually by the Irish Fair of Minnesota for outstanding service to the Irish cultural community in Minnesota. It is named after Leah Curtin and Roger Conway, founders of the festival. Click here to view past recipients of the award.

Irish Fair of Minnesota is a proud member of the Association of Irish & Celtic Festivals