Music Music Everywhere: Festival Focus for July, August & September Festivals!


Mahoning Valley Irish Festival
July 29-30

Featuring: Spot Fire, Weekend at Blarney’s, Steel Valley Pipes and Drums, County Mayo, The Bogtrotters,mBurke School of Irish Dance, Here comes Tuesday, Low Kings, Irish Bard Alan Irvine ,Celtic Rush, One String Short, Mary Lewis .

Plus: Fat Axxes will have axe throwing. Saturday is kid’s day w bounce houses, face painters, and kid’s crafts. Penguin City Beer will be creating a special Red Irish Ale for the occasion. Sullivan’s Brewery will be making their Mahoning Valley debut. Thirty food booths, 75 vendors, Community Alley/ Wean Park,201 S. Phelps Street Youngstown, Ohio, Youngstown, OH 44503

35th Dublin Irish Fest
August 5-7

Seven stages set on 38 acres in Coffman Park provide the backdrop to one of the largest festivals of Irish music, entertainment and culture in the world. Gaelic Storm, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, We Banjo 3, Dervish, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Skerryvore, Irish Music Masters, Slide, Socks in the Frying Pan, Scythian, Rory Makem & Dónal Clancy, Connla, Seven Nations, The Town Pants, The Byrne Brothers, The John Whelan All-Star Céilí Band, One for the Foxes, Adam Agee & Jon Sousa, just to name a few.

Tickets are on sale; festival goers can save a little green when they purchase their tickets now. Purchase a weekend pass online and save $10 or purchase a one-day ticket online and save $5. Children ages 10 and under are free. Seniors (60+), military and student guests can purchase a ticket online or at the Festival for $15 (I.D. required at the Festival).  On Sunday, August 7, non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Dublin Food Pantry will be collected at each festival admission gate. Guests arriving between 9:30-11 a.m. on Sunday will receive free admission.

For more info:, and follow the Festival on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
August 5th – 7th, 2022                                    

Top Celtic Artists from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and USA will perform, featuring: Cherish the Ladies, Steve Byrne and Mark Dunlop of Malinky, Kruger Brothers, RUNA, Bourque Émissaires, Beaton-Plasse, North Atlantic Drift, Emily Jean Flack, Emory Lester, Windborne and more. 

Is your dream to play whistle with Joanie Madden, or Irish fiddle with Nollaig Casey, learn guitar with Fionán de Barra or mandolin with Emory Lester? Join our week-long Celtic College to classes with some of the world’s best musicians.

The Celtic College includes instrument, singing, craft art and dance classes.

The Celtic Kids Camp runs concurrently.

The festival will also be showcasing the two artists chosen during last year’s Virtual Festival as the “Robinson Emerging Artists.” They are Clíodhna Ní Aodáin of Ireland, and the Celtic trio from Japan, O’Jizo.

Lions Harbour Park on the shores of Lake Huron in Goderich, Ontario Canada. Day and weekend Festival passes available online or by calling (519) 524-8221. For more information on the 2022 Festival lineup or the Celtic College and Kids Camp, visit or

Lakewood Arts Festival
August 6

Lakewood Arts Festival closes Detroit Avenue, between Belle to Arthur Avenues, to bring artists of all disciplines together, along with 15,000 collectors and art lovers. The juried festival hosts over 170 regional and national artists and makers displaying paintings, prints, photography, art glass, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fiber and more.

Featuring: Assane M’Baye, Senegalese Drums, Chris Allen, Punchdrunk Tagalongs and more, PLUS: unique arts-based performances and activities in The Beck Center.

EAT ON THE STREET food court in front of the Lakewood Library on Detroit will offer a selection of the region’s best food trucks.

Festival proceeds fund an annual scholarship for Lakewood seniors continuing to art school. After the Festival, the Board will present $4,000 to the 2022 recipient. The event also funds grants for arts education and programming in the city. Recent awardees include H2O (Help to Others, middle-school students), The Barton Center (senior arts activities), The Beck Center for the Arts (Saturday programs) and Lakewood High School Art, Theater and Photography programs. For more info: 

Ohio Celtic Festival
August 12-14

On August 12th, 13th and 14th, the Ohio Celtic Festival will transform the Lake County Fairgrounds into a Celtic island of music and fun for the entire family. This year is the 23rd anniversary of the festival and features an impressive line-up of More than 150 musicians, singers, bagpipe bands, dancers and other entertainers from across the US, Ireland and around the world will be featured, including The New Barleycorn, Tartan Terrors, The Elders, Chelsea Celtic Orchestra, and Byrne & Kelly. Plus, Pipe Bands: The Black Sheep, the East Side Irish American Club, the Red Hackles and West Side Irish American Club; Dancers: Ohio’s World Champion Murphy’s School of Irish Dance, Leneghan Irish Dancers, Brady Campbell School of Dance and O’Malley Irish Dance Academy. 

Celtic Canines, Inflatables for the Kids, vendors with Celtic authentic merchandise, Irish & American food, beverages, local and imported beer, wine and whiskey tastings, wine tasting and more. Lake County Fairgrounds 1301 Mentor Avenue, Painesville Township, Ohio 44077

20th Kansas City Irish Fest
September 2 -4

Featuring: The Elders, Gaelic Storm, We Bajo 3, The Narrowbacks, Byrne & Kelly, Shane Hennessey, KCIF Mix Tape, Ashley Davis Band, Carswell & Hope, Seamus Kelleher, Aoife Scott, The Friel Sisters, Kian Burne, Eddie Delahunt, Bob Reeder, Ella Harp, Gerald Trimble & Jamboroque, Calvin Arsenia, Tullamore, KC St Andrew Pipe & Drum, Eileen Gannon & Eimear Arkins, Jump 2 3’s.

Fans can follow the fest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Crown Center Square – Downtown Kansas City: A complete list of performers and other info can be found on-line at

31st Pittsburgh Irish Festival
September 9-11, 2022

Pittsburgh Irish Festival will be held at Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark.

“We could not be more excited to present this year’s Festival at such a historic destination,” said Mairin Petrone, Pittsburgh Irish Festival Executive Director. “The venue will provide a unique atmosphere where the region’s only remaining non-operative blast furnaces will serve as the backdrop to the vibrancy of our annual Celtic Celebration.”

The Carrie Furnace Company began operations in 1884, was acquired by Andrew Carnegie in 1898, and then purchased by J.P. Morgan in 1901, who created the U.S. Steel Corporation. It is currently owned by Allegheny County and managed by Rivers of Steel.

For more information on the Pittsburgh Irish Festival, to see photos, and watch video highlights, please visit

The Lots at Sandcastle, Pittsburgh, PA. Visit Twitter: @pittsburghirish Instagram: @pghirishfest for info.  Fun for the entire family. 

21st Michigan Irish Music Festival
September 15 -18

MIMF returns for its 21st year at the beautiful Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, Michigan on the shores of Muskegon Lake. The festival kicks off with a pub party on Thursday. Multiple stages and over twenty bands are planned for the weekend, featuring traditional, rock, and contemporary Irish music from local, regional, and Ireland-based acts.

Scythian, Old Blind Dogs, The Elders, Aoife Scott, Shane Hennessy, The Alt, Kittel & Co., Rory Makem, The Tossers, Friel Sisters, RUNA, Connla, The Irish Music All Stars, Blachthorn, The Moxie Strings, Kennedy’s Kitchen, Enda Reilly Music, Ian Gould, Crossbow, Conklin Ceili Band, The Barley Saints, Black Muray, Toby Bresnahan Music, Uneven Ground Traditional Celtic Music, and still more to come.

Plus: Irish food at the Celtic Kitchen, wee ones’ activities, cultural workshops, dance stage, marketplace shopping, and craft beer/whiskey tastings. Thursday’s pub preview party is a great value at only $5, which features four bands on the pub stage.

Whiskey service will now be available at our three main bars and at an expanded craft beer area. MIMF will feature two cultural stages and the Irish Store and Marketplace return for great “shopportunities.” Wee Ones’ activities will be available, as well as a variety of food and Irish fare in our Celtic Kitchen. On Sunday, Catholic mass will be held at a new time, 11 a.m., and followed by a traditional Irish breakfast. For tickets and discounts (patrons save $5 p/ticket online vs. the gate price), visit  A four-day pass is also available online. Children aged 12 and under are free.

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