Cultural Stages

Cultural Workshop Tent

At the cultural workshop tent, guests learn new hands-on skills, from making chainmail to the basics of knitting and tatting.

Music Workshop

Whether you bring your instrument or just want to hear the music, the music workshop tent offers non-stop instruction throughout the weekend.

Spoken Word

Hear fascinating tales from Irish lore and mythology at the Spoken Word Tent. Storytellers, authors and poets rule this stage.

Irish Traditions

Returning this year, the Irish Traditions stage focuses on the rich culture and history or Ireland. Learn more about songs from Ireland or about the role the Irish played in the US Civil War. A variety of topics are discussed.

Cultural Exhibitors

Brian Boru’s Ireland

Brian Boru’s Ireland gives Dublin Irish Festival visitors an authentic experience of life as it was in Ireland 1,000 years ago. A hidden gem among the Festival’s music, dance, food and drink, this reenactment of a 10th century Irish settlement is fascinating, educational and important to a full understanding of Irish culture.

The area endeavors to recreate the daily life of early Medieval Ireland 1000 years ago. Metalworking, wood turning, combat and weaponry are just a few of the ongoing demonstrations. You can have your photo taken in costume, enjoy the sweet fragrance of herbs and perhaps hear a story with an herbalist. Visit the “caiseal” and listen to harp music and watch textile production in the form of drop spindle spinning and weaving on a warp weighted loom. Help cooks churn butter while preparing meals over an open fire and baking in a clay oven. Come to the abbey and see embroidered tapestry in progress, learn to make a St. Brigid’s cross, and see the tools and techniques used in illuminated manuscripts. Admire the treasures of the Lost Viking Hoard. Join in a game of Brandubh or learn to make mead, “the drink of kings,” when you step back in time to Brian Boru’s Ireland. The Irish Living History Society presents this interactive area.

Irish Linen & Wool Worker Demonstrations

Tim and Katheleen Nealeigh use authentic 19th century tools to produce world-famous Irish linen and wool in a demonstration that appeals to all ages. Linen begins as the humble flax plant which is pulled up, retted, dried, scutched, hackled, and spun into linen thread. The linen fabric is then woven using a loom from the 1700s. Wool is shorn, picked, carded or flicked, and spun into yarn. A delightful, informative running commentary during the continuous demonstration will provide the human touch to these nearly forgotten skills.

Viking Village

The Lost Viking Hoard brings to the Festival a little bit of what life in Ireland must have been like back when the Vikings were invading.

Irish Authors’ Corner

The Irish Authors’ Corner is returning this year even bigger in its sixth year. Become acquainted with the beauty of the written word in Irish culture. Visiting authors, both Irish and Irish-American will be at this tent all weekend. They will chat with you about their work. You can buy the books from the Book Loft and have your new purchases signed by the author. Many of the authors will be speaking in the Spoken Word and Irish Traditions Tent.

Celtic Cooking - Sponsored by Challenge Butter

Chefs from Giant Eagle and the Celtic Caterer, Eric McBride will present recipes throughout the weekend. Eric will also be onsite in his own tent throughout the weekend to share his tips and sell his Celtic Cookbooks.

Legacy of the Irish Harp

Robert Mouland offers a unique presentation in traditional Irish music: “The Legacy of the Irish Harp“. In this cultural offering he tells the history of Ireland’s national symbol, the cláirseach na h’Eireann or wirestrung Irish harp. The music he performs spans the history of Irish music, from the early harp tradition right up to more current traditional dance tunes using the fiddle, union pipes, flute and whistle. He also brings to life a four hundred year old tradition of jig puppets, which dance by his knee as he plays.

Irish Wake Tent

The Festival has long celebrated and preserved Irish customs and culture. Music, dance, food and drink are among those customs, but other customs, such as funeral practices, are equally important to those seeking to understand Irish culture. So, in the midst of all the celebration, music and dance, festival-goers find a Wake Tent, complete with a facsimile of a corpse and mourners.

The Wake Tent is an authentic representation of a wake as it might have been in a family home in 1898, a timeframe that represents the broadest range of customs. The body is laid out, usually on a door, in his best clothes. His coffin is standing by, his tombstone has been prepared and food, drink and tobacco are set out for the neighbors.

The traditional Irish wake lasted three days, during which time the body was never to be left alone or left in the dark. The deceased in the Festival’s Wake Tent is represented as an old man who lived a full life; therefore, there is much for his family and friends to celebrate.

The Ward Irish Music Archives

The History of Irish Rock Music is an exhibit put together by the Ward Irish Music Archives. It illuminates the development and history of Irish and Celtic Rock Music in Ireland, Northern Ireland and America. The Ward Irish Music Archives is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as part of CelticMKE. They are the largest such archive in North America.

Steel Clover

Steel Clover's Celtic musical instruments experience is for people of all ages! Sue brings her personal collection of Celtic instruments and shares them with people all ages to introduce them to the Instruments. She also provides them with an opportunity to sing or perform Celtic folk music live in her Celtic open mic tent.

Music Exhibitors

Visit with some of the makers of the finest instruments for use in Irish music. These artisans will be onsite to answer your questions about their hand-made instruments. This year we will have:
Ryan Hesketh Violins Luthier, Noted for creating award winning deep rich sound.

Burke Whistles Display, demonstration and education with participants allowed to try instruments.

Carbony Celtic Winds Celtic wind instruments

Darby Violins Handmade Violins, Violas, Cello. Joe Wiese from Dublin Ohio will be making instruments and answering questions for visitors.
Dublin Harpers More than just harps, The Dublin Harpers are an award-winning family musical show.

JDub Cajons Cajons and hand percussion instruments

Michael Vignoles Irish Bodhran Drums