IrishFest Atlanta

                              November 3 & 4, 2017

Cultural Activities

The cultural events of the festival allow guests to discover their roots, explore a new culture or learn a new skill.  Continue to check back as we add more activities for the whole family. 

Guinness Perfect Pint - Learn the Art of the Pint

Learn to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. Sessions held throughout the day.

Irish Fest Atlanta Marketplace

Visit our vendors selling anything from t-shirts, jewelry, glassware, art and more. Enjoy free dance and music performances throughout the day.

Children's IrishFest Camp 

Fun activities for young children including face painting, singing and arts & crafts.

Children's Program Schedule:

8 am - 9 am:  Coloring  

9 am - 10 am: Games, puzzles and toys!

10 am - 11 am:  Crafting: several projects available

11 am -12 pm: Storytelling

1 pm -2 pm: Face painting, games and crafts

2 pm -3 pm: Spin art painting and board games

3 pm - 4 pm: Dance moves and stories, make and eat a snack

4 pm -5 pm: Free play with toys 

** toys, games and craft/ snack supplies will be brought by committee chair. Food items will be gluten, soy, dairy free.

Irish Sport Demonstration and Instruction

Join Clan na nGael, the local GAA club, for demonstrations of traditional Irish sport on Saturday. Come meet them on Friday night for their annual awards celebration. 

IrishFilm Festival

A selection of short films made in Ireland across several genres.

Hopdance by Stewart Parker - A Reading and Discussion with Marilynn Richtarik

Stewart Parker, who died of cancer in 1988 at the age of 47, is remembered primarily as one of twentieth-century Ireland's most inventive and accomplished playwrights. But he began his career as a poet and writer of experimental prose, and his novel Hopdance, drafted in the early 1970s, showcases the wordplay and rich sense of character for which his stage plays are known. In a great tradition of Irish autobiographical fiction that includes James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Parker’s poignant novel depicts events surrounding the amputation of his left leg when he was a 19-year-old university student. Never published in his lifetime, Hopdance was finally made available by Dublin's The Lilliput Press in April 2017 in an edition by Parker's biographer, Marilynn Richtarik. In this session, Richtarik will discuss and read from Hopdance.

Marilynn Richtarik is a Professor of English at Georgia State University and the author of Acting Between the Lines: The Field Day Theatre Company and Irish Cultural  Politics 1980-1984 and Stewart Parker: A Life, both published by Oxford University Press. She spent the spring semester of 2017 teaching and doing research at Queen's University Belfast as a US Fulbright Scholar.

Whiskey Tasting 

Whether you are a first time whiskey drinker or an experienced connoisseur, join us for authentic Irish whiskey tastings.

Also enjoy an authentic Irish Whiskey Coffee in the IrishFest Pub.