Maryland festival toasts the Irish

You’ll have a chance to get your Irish on at the Maryland Irish Festival, where music, dance, food, and cultural events will keep things lively, Nov. 7-9.

The 41st annual celebration, sponsored by Irish Charities of Maryland, will be held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

The Screaming Orphans are among the bands entertaining at the Maryland Irish Festival.
The Screaming Orphans are among the bands entertaining at the Maryland Irish Festival.

More than 20 bands will perform local, regional, and international Irish music on three large stages, plus the stage at Portz’s Pub.

The entertainers include the Brock McGuire Band, Makem and Spain, The Screaming Orphans, Albannach, Dublin 5, The Moxie Strings, The
Sham Rogues, Kilmaine Saints, Brendon Pelan, Bogside Rogues, and The Spalpeens. Bios of some of bands are available on the website, irishfestival.com.

There also will be speakers on Irish culture, an Irish baking competition, a geneaology workshop, Irish cuisine and beverages, cultural exhibits, and vendors with Irish goods.

A 5K run, Kilts & Craic, and new displays and speakers and are among highlights.

Why should non-Irish folks want attend the festival? “Learn about all things Irish,” says the festival’s Dan Mead, who also cites the “great music and food.”

Hours are 6:00-11:00pm on Friday, noon-11:00pm on Saturday, and noon-6:00pm on Sunday.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens over age 62, $5 for ages 14 to 18, and free for children under 14 and active-duty military with ID.

The details:

What: Maryland Irish Festival

When: Nov. 7-9

Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Md.

Tickets/info: 410-472-2291, irishfestival.com

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