The 2013 Annapolis Irish Festival: The Pluck of the Irish Times Three

Irish Festival

Green day: With over 90 vendors this year (up from 70+ in 2012), expect plenty of Celtic gifts, Irish munchies and, of course, Guinness. (Mr. T in DC via Flickr)

We covered this thing last year – and I actually went to it – so I know what I’m talking about.

Now in its third year, it’s a place where men can wear skirts and not be harassed, even if they have ugly legs. The 2013 Annapolis Irish Festival takes place on the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, Md., on Saturday July 13, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday evening, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., they also host the Friday Night Concert, presented by the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The fairgrounds are located six or seven miles outside Annapolis.

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Their site throws out the obligatory we’re now “an Annapolis tradition,” followed up by thanking festivalgoers and the business community who have a thing for Ireland, its music, and I figure, all things Celtic. Then they talk numbers:

Last year, 27 businesses sponsored this Festival, over 22,000 people were in attendance, and $30,000 was donated to local non-profits in our community.


View Larger Map 2013 Annapolis Irish Festival
1450 Generals Hwy.
Annapolis, Md. 21032

This year, they feature 13 performers on three stages, including Gaelic Storm, Albannach and “those hot lassies the Screaming Orphans.” (I checked; they’re not collies, but real women.) Since they didn’t have a distinct category of their own, they list Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes & Drums as a musical act, which makes 14 by my count.

Here are some dance acts you’ll see as well. How about a map of this year’s festival? From what I remember, 2012’s topography was much the same.

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The bash hosts more than 90 vendors, a larger Little Leprechaun Land (sponsored by Busch Gardens Williamsburg) for the kids, and the whole shebang will benefit the Hospice of the Chesapeake, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Wellness House of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Tickets for the festival are $20; 12 and under get in free. Tickets for the Friday night concert are $10, but if you get there between 4 p.m.-5 p.m., bless your lucky charms, you get in for nothing. Here are directions.

As stated, I went to this last year, and there were tons of people but also enough open spaces where you could get away from the masses when you needed to. There was food, beer and plentiful t-shirts, jewelry, ornate knives and knickknacks for sale. And the music was pretty much nonstop, and all over the place. The festival is a great time for those who are Irish (or who pretend to be).

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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