Frequently Asked Questions
Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Dogs and pets are not allowed. No coolers, bicycles or skateboards allowed.
When and where is the fair?
The 2021 fair will be August 13-15 and located at Harriet Island in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Friday, August 13th, 3pm-11pm
Saturday, August 14th, 10am-11pm
Sunday, August 15th, 10am-7pm
Are you charging admission this year?
Yes, we are. Advance sales are available at discounted rates through the end of July. Click here to purchase tickets.
What about COVID-19? Will you be requiring masks?
Your health and safety are top priority. We are following current guidance from federal, state and local authoritiies for outdoor events. As of this time, we are encouraging, but not requiring, masks especially for those unvaccinated or volunteers working in close proximity. We will stay on top of developments. Click here for our statement. If you prefer not to gather, stay tuned here for information about our virtual sampler event!
What if it rains?
Irish weather happens! We are a rain or shine event and cannot refund tickets.
Bikes: Can I bike to the Irish Fair of Minnesota?
Yes! We would love to see you bike to Harriet Island. Bicycle parking is available near the gateway entrance on Water Street. Please know that bicycles are not allowed on the grounds. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen property and strongly encourage you to lock your bike.
The public dock will be open during normal park hours, 7:00am - 10:00 pm.
What can I / can't I bring with me to the fair?
Permitted Items on Festival Grounds
- Lawn chairs
- Sealed water bottles (up to 1 liter each)
- Backpacks smaller than 17"x12"x10"
- Non-aerosol sunscreen
- Small handheld umbrella
- Service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability
Prohibited items are included in the following, non-exhaustive list:
- Outside food and beverages
- Skateboards, scooters, bicycles
- Bottles or cans, including aerosol cans
- Backpacks and bags larger than 17"x12"x10"
- Laser devices
- Chain wallets
Parks Rules and Regulations prohibit weapons of any kind except as allowed by Minnesota State Statutes.
Where can I find First Aid?
The first aid station is located next to the playground area, west of the main entrance.
Will you have Food and Beverage?
We are pleased to bring you a variety of food and beverage options. New in 2021, we will strive to be as paperless, cashless and contactless as possible and are eliminating food and beverage tickets used in the past. Each of our Irish Fair food and beverage will accept credit and debit cards (preferred) and cash.
Beer, seltzer, cider, wine, pop and water are sold in multiple locations: In order to drink alcohol, each adult over 21 years of age must present a valid driver’s license or ID and wear a wristband. Alcohol sales will end 30 minutes prior to closing time each day.
Harriet Island is a paved, level surface where wheelchairs can easily navigate on sidewalks. The grass is also level, allowing easy access to tents. Accessible parking is available on the north side of Water Street between Wabasha and Plato until full. Overflow accessible parking and transportation is available at 90 West Plato Boulevard. Look for the accessible parking sign. A drop-off area is provided in front of the Gateway Entrance. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the Irish Fair of Minnesota does not offer wheelchairs at this time.
Guests with autism, sensory processing disorders, and other needs are welcome to spend time in our Quiet Space located near the Pavilion. This space will be kept dark and will also be quiet for people who need a break.
Lost and Found
Lost and found is located at the Welcome Booth directly in front of the main entrance. After the festival, all remaining items are brought to the Irish Fair of Minnesota office. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if your lost item was turned in.
Will there be a social dance tent this year?
There isn't a social dance tent this year, however you can learn some steps and dance with the entertainment on our new Wee Stages! Click here to see the Wee Stage schedule.
Will there be a Sunday Mass service this year?
There will not be Sunday Mass this year. A blessing will be given from the main stage during the opening ceremonies on Satuday morning.