Friday, August 22

19th Annual Indy’s Irish Festival Sept. 11-14, 2014

Indy’s Irish Fest returns to Military Park Sept. 11-14 for its 19th-annual celebration of the state’s Celtic heritage.

Festival Highlights

The Elders
Burning Bridget Cleary
Hounds of Finn
Tom Sweeney
The Kells

Sheep-herding exhibitions, Celtic Canine tents feature 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.

Complete schedule and ticket information:

Cultural area
Information on Irish American Presidents, the history of Ireland, the Great Famine, origins of popular Irish songs, family genealogy, and notable Irish women. Indianapolis Gaelic Athletic Association will be onsite performing hurling demonstrations.

Kids Activities
Blarney Castle
Olympic Run
Kerry Putt n’ Go
Celtic Bean Bag Toss
Donegal Duck Pond
Tralee Targets
Limerick Lollipop Tree
Sligo Fish Bowl Toss
GalwayGo Fish
Face Painting

Art Contest (Saturday)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm  (up to age 12)
Awards announced at 2:45 pm on South Stage
Reddest Hair - Greenest Eyes - Most Freckles (Sunday)
Sign-up 1:45 pm at Craft Tent
Judging 2:00 pm at North Stage
Winners Announced at 2:30 pm on North Stage

Irish Market Vendors

All Irish Foods
Imported packaged foods from Ireland
Bead and a Prayer
Handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings and bookmarks
Because I Like It
Misc Irish scarves, hats, handbags, jewelry, oghams, clay pipes, money clips, apparel, throws, linens
Celtic Clothing
Irish rugby shirts, tweed caps, Guinness caps, Irish t-shirts, Irish jackets, fragrances
The Celtic Croft
Kilts, accessories, Celtic clothing and jewelry
The Celtic Cross
Framed and unframed embroidery and rubbings of Celtic grave stone designs and ancient monuments
The Celtic Exchange
Bars, pewter gifts, ceramic porcelain, silver jewelry, crystal, leather journals, cloth bags, mirrors, soaps, cologne
Celtic Expressions
Shortbread, tea, jewlery, apparel, home goods, Irish woolens, bags, barware, dog clothes, leashes, collars
Celtic Fashions
Embossed, stonewashed, embroidered and printed t-shirts, tops, hats/caps, sweatshirts, kidswear and sport shirts
Chips Ltd
Pet, infant and adult Irish themed products
Classic Irish Imports
Shirts, sweatshirts, jewelry, kids clothes
Dayton’s Celtic Connection
Silver jewelry made from stainless steel, leather and beads
Fireball Designs
Celtic airbrush tattoos
Frozen Light
Sterling silver jewelry with gemstones and exotic garments handmade by artisans all over the world
Giftworks Plus
Personalized custom irish design reverse engraved, etched, shaded wooden frames, heritage personality profiles, magnets, mattes
Green Man Pottery
Stone pottery with Celtic designs, Green Man faces, Celtic dog collars
Handcrafted Celtic jewelry
Highland Kilt Company
Kilts and Accessories, including several Irish Tartans, original t-shirts
Historical Research Center
Computer-generated family name histories and coat-of-arms crests, hand-made embroidered coat of arms crests, shields from Ireland by heraldry artist, key rings
Indianapolis Firefighters Emerald Society 
I.F.D. t-shirts, hats, mugs and bagpipe band CDs
Irish on The Square
Irish blessing prints, coats of arms, heraldry prints, Celtic fashion, jewelry, ceramic tiles, gifts
Ireland in Prints
Jewelry, sweaters, t-shirts, perfume, various other prints and photos, bodhrans
Irish Sisters
Sweaters, capes, scarves, mittens, hats, track jackets, Guinness products, rugby shirts, Christmas ornaments
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
Miscellaneous crafts and Irish related gifts
My Celtic Treasures
Celtic jewelry
O’Caseys Irish Store 
Celtic gold and silver jewelry, county flags, misc gifts
Sean’s Celtic Creations
Handmade original and traditional Celtic jewelry design
Men’s utility kilts, kilt belts, t-shirts, kilt socks, belt buckles
Wolf Den Leather
Sporrans, kilt belts, hair wraps, snoods, coin sashes, tails, bottles

Food Vendors

Claddagh Irish Pub
Circle City Spuds
Ben’s Soft Pretzels
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Northside Knights of Columbus
St. Barnabas Men’s Club

Beverages to be served
Soft drinks and water
Angry Orchard Cider
Coors Light
Chapman Englishman (Southern English Brown)
Chapman Pail (American Pale Ale)
Barefoot Chardonnay, White Zinfandel and Merlot
Smirnoff Ice

Images: E.J. Musgrave

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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