Get into the Irish spirit at Harriet Island. Patrick McNeil


Irish Fair of Minnesota 2018

Aug. 10
3-11 p.m.
Aug. 11
10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Aug. 12
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Art, Family Events, Festivals, Food and Drink, Music

Each summer, the Irish and Irish at heart descend on St. Paul for three days of food, music, and a couple of pints. The annual Irish Fair has been taking place at Harriet Island since 2001, drawing upward of 100,000 people each year. The event is entirely not-for-profit, with all proceeds being reinvested into Minnesota’s Irish cultural community, or shared with new immigrant groups through the Legacy Fund. Highlights of the weekend include the Celtic Kitchen, where you can try samplings of Irish dishes; a children’s area with games, music, face painting, and Baaary the Sheep, the mascot of the annual Irish Fair; a music workshop tent; and more. This is known as one of the most authentic Irish festivals in the country, and continues to grow every year. There’s even a Mass on Sunday at 9 a.m., so you can be a good Irish Catholic before getting your Sunday Funday started. No need to dust off your green beer-stained leprechaun outfit for this one; just show up ready to eat, drink, dance, and revel in the luck of the Irish. Find more info at