The Philadelphia area was a center of immigration and work for many Irish, especially during the 1800s. As a result, many Philadelphians and residents of the larger area can trace their roots back to Ireland. Irish and Irish American cultural festivities are always popular in Phillyâ€”and this June, there are multiple events.
Montgomery County AOH Festival
St. Michael’s Picnic Grounds, Pavilion, Mont Clare, PA
Friday, June 4 â€“ Sunday, June 6, 2010
Friday: 6:00 p.m.; Saturday: 12:00 p.m.; Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Friday: $5.00; Saturday and Sunday: $7.00 per day â€“ weekend pass: $15.00
This festival features ceili music, ethnic food, pipers, dancers and $2.00 pints all weekend long. The affordable festival goes on rain or shine.
Irish American Festival at Penn’s Landing
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd at Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, June 6, 2010
12:00 p.m. â€“ 8:00 p.m.
The Irish American Festival features dancing, music and other entertainment. Now in its twelfth year, the festival features notable musical guests including the band Blackthorn. This kid-friendly festival also includes face painting.
Sixth Annual Celtic Festival
Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Route 9 South, Cape May, NJ
Saturday, June 5 â€“ Sunday, June 6, 2010
10:00 a.m. â€“ 4:30 p.m.
By phone: 609- 898-2300, ext 17
Cold Spring Village’s Celtic festival is a smaller event offering a more engaging, personal experience for those interested in Irish culture. This family-friendly festival serves both food and beer in designated areas.
Celtic Fling & Highland Games
Mount Hope Estate Winery and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Friday, June 25 â€“ Sunday, June 27, 2010
Cost: $25.95 at gate; $22.95 online pre-order
Interested in your Celtic heritage? This festival celebrates all things Celtic including various aspects of Irish culture and life. This weekend-long celebration of culture takes place on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (which opens later in the summer). Still looking for volunteers, this event features storytellers and musicians. Children’s tickets cost $9.95.
New Jersey Irish Festival
First Energy Park, Lakewood, New Jersey
Saturday, June 12, 2010
12:00 p.m. â€“ 7:00 p.m.
Focused on Irish culture and heritage, this festival hosts more famous musical acts such as Blackthorn and Jamesons Revenge. Kid-friendly, the New Jersey Irish Festival features a play land for children.
June is a remarkable month for Irish festivals and events in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Learn about everything from local brews to stepdancing at these events.