We don’t usually hear much about celebrations of Irish culture outside of the few weeks before and after St.Patrick’s day. So it must be the luck of the Irish that’s bringing us the Annapolis Irish Festival next weekend. It’s a chance to celebrate all things Irish at (surprise) the only festival of its kind in the region. And this festival is no small potatoes—you can enjoy traditional Celtic music and rock bands on three different stages, along with workshops and exhibits throughout the festival. It wouldn’t be a proper Irish festival without plenty of beef stew and other Irish delicacies, either.
For the more leprechaun-sized in your party, there will be pony rides, face painting and other free activities at the festival. And everyone can enjoy the Irish tunes of Carbon Leaf, Gaelic Storm and over a dozen other bands that bring the vibrant culture to life. And with true Irish generosity, the entire festival will serve as a benefit for Hospice of the Chesapeake, the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Though it’s only in its fourth year, the festival aims to easily meet its 5-year goal of giving back $100,000 dollars to local non-profits. With success like that, who needs a pot of gold?
The Annapolis Irish Festival takes place July 11 & 12 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.annapolisirishfestival.com.
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