PITTSBURGH IRISH FESTIVAL
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Events and Activities subject to change
THE IRISH EXTREME (presented by Best Buy)
Get your Irish up while experiencing competitive and non-competitive activities in our newest activity area for young adults! Try your hand at our Irish cornhole game (also known as “soft horseshoes.”), Irish Dance Dance Revolution, Madden, Irish Rock Band and Guitar Hero.
PITTSBURGH IRISH FESTIVAL "GOES GREENER"
The Irish know their green! This year we are focusing on our green with tips and practices that contribute to a more environmentally and ecologically responsible festival! Purchase a Festival Pint Glass at any beverage station and save the environment by using less throw-away plastic cups. Our brochure and program books are printed on recycled paper and are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Please recycle your program at the exit if you are done with it. Inexpensive souvenir totes are available at the Merchandise Booth. Less plastic that is used for shopping – the more “green” our world. We are also working with Pennsylvanie Resources Council's Zero Waste Pittsburgh on an enormous recylving effort to reduce our footprint and with ReFuel Pittsburgh to recycle all of our used cooking oil. And we are thrilled to be donating all of our leftover food to the Rainbow Kitchen, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Friends of St. Patrick.
DISCOVER YOUR IRISH FAMILY TREE
Trace that elusive Irish ancestor by visiting the new Genealogy Pavilion. Learn how to search locally and online for long-lost family here and on the Auld Sod. Forms and reference books are on-site to guide you as you begin or restart the process of climbing your Family Tree.
IRISH DOG AREA
Visit with the dogs native to Ireland! Meet all Irish breeds: Irish Setter, Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Terrier, Glen of Imaal, Irish Red and White Setter, Kerry Beagle, Kerry Blue Terrier, and the Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier.
TIR na nOg (CHILDREN'S AREA/IRISH ARTS AND CRAFTS)
For our wee folk! Take home a hand-made souvenir, enjoy an Irish story, sing-a-long and even dance an Irish jig!
A favorite area of the Festival is the Irish Marketplace where unique shopping booths display a panorama of Irish items for sale. Take home a specialized clothing article, piece of art, interesting trinket or souvenir. Guaranteed Irish, we feature over 30 specialty booths. Don’t forget to visit our Festival’s award-winning t-shirt booth!
HEDGE SCHOOL (WATCH IRISH ARTISANS AND HISTORIANS AT WORK)
Learn about Ireland’s geography, history, sports, tourism, music and more as our outreach participants demonstrate their unique skills passed along from generation to generation and display their creative work. You can even make a piece of Irish art to take home at our continuous demonstration and craft area.
MEET PITTSBURGH’S IRISH ORGANIZATIONS
Members will be on hand with lots of information and an invitation to join them!
Bring your daubers and good luck charms as you try your hand at Irish Bingo!
The Irish Living History Society of Central Ohio
The Irish Living History Society of Central Ohio is a non-profit, educational
group which uses crafts such as blacksmithing, wood-turning, cooking and
textile dyeing to demonstrate life in 11th century Ireland. History comes
alive at High King Brian Boru's Ireland. Hear our herbalist talk about the
medicinal uses of herbs or visit the abbey to learn about illuminated
manuscripts. Try on some chain mail and learn about handling ancient
Never tried an Irish Whiskey? Wondered how it was made? Look no further than the Whiskey Tasting at this year’s Pittsburgh Irish Festival! This year’s tastings will take place throughout weekend in the Whiskey Snug. Tickets for the tastings can be purchased with cash or credit card at the ticket booth, located across from the Whiskey Snug. Advanced purchase is required for all tastings, so get your tickets early in the day, as seating is limited.
Whiskey Tastings: $20
Friday: 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.
Beer Tastings: $14
Guests will be guided through an educational beer sampling. Learn the tasting of diverse brews, information on the brewing process, ingredients and style differentiation.
Friday: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
The Irish in Film
This exhibit examines the Irish and Irish American contribution to the art of film. Ireland is known for the classic film The Quiet Man, and others such as Michael Collins and The Secret of Roan Inish. Many great film actors were born in Ireland including Richard Harris, Maureen O’Hara, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Farrell. Irish Americans such as Buster Keaton, Colleen Moore, Thomas Meighan were pioneers in silent films. The Irish contribution to film is as strong as ever. Enjoy the walk through Irish film history at the Irish Festival. Presented by the Ward Irish Music Archives, Milwaukee, WI. http://irishfest.com/Music-Archives/Exhibits/The-Irish-In-Film.htm