Dublin Up: Annapolis Irish Festival Adds Second Day
This will be the fourth year for the greenest festival this side of an Arlington rain garden, and if you know anything about Arlington, you know that’s a lot of green.
I attended the 2012 edition of this event, so I speak with some knowledge when I say there should be a boisterous, Irish-centric crowd on hand to celebrate the Emerald Isle and her American diaspora. This year the festival expands to two days – July 11 and 12 (former celebrations had a pre-festival concert the Friday night before, but this is the first festival with two full days scheduled), so there’ll be enough Irish present to keep you going until March 17.
What’s happening at this shindig? First and foremost, Irish music, and lots of it.
Appearing again this year will be Albannach, the Screaming Orphans and Scythian, who imbue their Celtic clatter “with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer.” Gaelic Storm will also be performing again, and so will the Gothard Sisters, who kinda look like triplets, but aren’t.
If any of the above links fit your fancy – or you’re a fan of eclectic music that you don’t get to see performed every day – a trip here will be well worth it.
Of course, an Irish festival (or any other ethnic get-together) is much more than music. It’s about celebrating a culture, and that means food, drink and goodies like jewelry, swords, and in these times, T-shirts and other clothing items.
2014 Annapolis Irish Festival
1450 Generals Hwy.
Crownsville, Md. 21032
There’ll be more than 90 vendors this year, with plenty of ways to separate you from another kind of green.
But fear not, your ticket purchase itself will help fund local nonprofits (Chesapeake Bay Trust, Hospice of the Chesapeake, Anne Arundel Medical Center). Last year the festival raised $30,000 for such endeavors.
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Tickets for Friday go for $15, while Saturday’s admission price is $20 (Saturday starts a little earlier at 11 a.m., while on Friday, things kick off at 4 p.m.). VIP tickets cost $60 on Friday and $80 on Saturday.
Kids 12 and under get in free. And yes, back by popular demand this year for the wee ones will be Little Leprechaun Land. This is a fun family event. And since it takes place on the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds and not some enclosed venue, there is space to get away from the crowds when and if you want. Sponsors this year include Budweiser, BB&T and WRNR 103.1 FM.