Get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day and celebrate all things Irish at the North Texas Irish Festival at Fair Park in Dallas from March 4 to 6, 2022. In its 40th year, this family-friendly event showcases Celtic and Irish music, dance, art, and culture, and is one of the largest events of its kind in the country, typically attracting more than 60,000 attendees over three days.
The North Texas Irish Festival originated in 1983 as the First Texas Ceili. In 1984 the nonprofit Southwest Celtic Music Association was formed to promote Celtic culture and run the event, and the growing festival moved to the Cultural Arts building in Fair Park. The event has continued to expand since then, and is now the second largest annual event held at Fair Park (after the Texas State Fair). The festival transitioned to an online format in 2021 due to COVID concerns, but is back live and in person for 2022.
The 2022 Festival
Get ready for a full weekend of music, dance, and entertainment at the 2022 festival. With its “40 Shades of Green” theme, this year’s event features live music, dancing, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, and more on eight indoor and outdoor stages throughout Fair Park. Musical headliners include the Piper Jones Band, Celtic Aire, Tullamore, Ulla, Skerryvore, and many more.
Festival attendees will also enjoy horse shows, fencing demonstrations, sheepherding demonstrations, beer and whiskey tastings, genealogy research opportunities, shopping, animal rescue groups, child-friendly entertainment, and free arts and crafts for the kids. Returning this year is the North Texas Irish Festival Fun Run, a non-timed jaunt through the beautiful grounds of Fair Park on Saturday, March 5, starting at 8 AM, and open to runners, walkers, and their leashed dogs.
Schedule & Tickets
The 2022 North Texas Irish Festival runs from 6 to 11 PM Friday, March 4; 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM Saturday, March 5; and 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM Sunday, March 6. Ticket prices range from $10 to $40 online or at the gate, depending on the days you attend, and discount tickets are available at area Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores for $15 for a one-day ticket. Children 11 and under are free when accompanied by an adult family member, and seniors over 65 or current military members (with valid military ID) receive $5 off all gate prices. Dogs are allowed in on a short leash with a $1 requested donation.
Whether you’re Irish, Irish at heart, or just looking for some weekend fun, there’s plenty to enjoy at the North Texas Irish Festival. You can find lots more information about events, activities, and Dallas living at the Union at Carrollton Square blog.