Be Sure to Wear Some Green for the 2nd Annual Irish Bash in Annapolis
What does July have to do with Ireland?
I’m not sure, but since I’m part Irish (I know, who isn’t?), and since it’s my blog and we don’t get to write about Annapolis that much on this site, I decided to give a shout out to the 2nd Annual Annapolis Irish Festival taking place on July 14 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville … so it’s six or seven miles from Annapolis, close enough.
The Irish bash kicks off at 11 a.m. and closes around 10 p.m.
Festivalgoers will be treated to 13 traditional and Irish rock bands on three stages (plus one music/dance ensemble that’s listed among the bands). OK, that last link may’ve been a bit disingenuous, but you never know what dizzying heights these guys and gals will reach once the correct ears have listened.
For instance, here’s Scythian, who, according to the festival website, play “kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility.” Check’em out on YouTube, and decide for yourself.
View Larger Map Annapolis Irish Festival
1450 Generals Hwy.
Crownsville, Md. 21032
Or better yet, trek out to Crownsville to see them live. They certainly seem to know how to entertain a crowd.
There will also be four schools of Irish dance performing and more than 70 vendors at this thing, “bringing a taste of the Emerald Isle to Annapolis.” There will also be people hawking jewelry, instruments, clothing and crafts. Of course, don’t leave without sampling some Irish fare.
This year, the festival has partnered with Busch Gardens, sponsors of the free Little Leprechaun Land, which will feature pony rides, balloon hats, face painting, a magic show and the theme park’s own Animal Ambassadors to thrill young and old alike.
Those of you curious about Ireland’s culture will want to check out their workshops and exhibits pertaining to the county (Irish dance workshop, storytelling). There are even a bevy of Celtic-themed contests.
Tickets are $15 online – plus a small “Conv. Fee” of $2.83 when I did a test run (the last day to purchase online will be July 4) – and $20 the day of the event. That stupid fee almost defeats the purpose of buying online. Kids 12 and under get in free.
For people interested in getting in the Celtic spirit a little early, on Friday, July 13, there’ll be the Friday Night Concert presented by the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Gates will open at 5 p.m., and those who get there before 6 p.m. will pay $5 to see, among others, the Rogues, Albannach and Barleyjuice perform.
Those who lollygag in after 6 p.m. will have to cough up $10. So if you plan on coming, don’t be late. This shindig will end around 10 p.m. as well.
Sponsors include McDonald’s, Budweiser and BMW of Annapolis.
Here are directions to the fairgrounds and a festival guide that has about as much information as you can handle.