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Colorado Irish Festival | The Denver Ear

When you move away from home it can be hard to settle into a new city or country and find your roots.

However when you move away from Ireland, you are never to far away from home.

You will always find an Irish community or an Irish bar! Even better than that is when you are missing home to immerse yourself in an Irish festival where you can binge on all things Irish and Colorado happens to host one of the finest in the land….

The Colorado Irish Fest 2015 is three-day event from Friday, July 10th 2015 through Sunday, July 12th 2015 and it celebrates everything Irish!

Held in Clement Park in Littleton, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Highlands, The Colorado Irish Fest celebrates all that is Green. This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes; Gaelic sports and Irish step dancing; and the best Irish rock and classic music this side of the Emerald Isle.

This year The Colorado Irish Fest is celebrating its 21st Anniversary so you can expect a great event!

Event Information

Music

colorado irish fest 2015 music gaelic storm

LIVE Irish music will be played by 16 different bands and spanning two stages!

Bagpipe & Drum Bands and Solo Competitions

Colorado Irish Fest 2015

The festival will host several bagpipe and drum bands from around the state to perform throughout the weekend and multiple band and solo competitions. Players will perform Highland music and dress in full Highland attire!

Gaelic Sports

Colorado Irish Fest Gaelic Sports

Presented by The Denver Gaels, Irish sports of Hurling, Camogie and Gaelic football are showcased at the Colorado Irish Fest 2015. These invitational games include teams from out-of-state that festival patrons wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to see.

Feis Irish Dance 

Colorado Irish Fest Feis Irish Dance

A feis (pronounced fesh) is a festival of Irish dance. Each year hundreds of Irish dancers perform and compete at the Colorado Irish Festival.

Cultural Village

Colorado Irish Festival Cultural Village

The Cultural Village features interactive and visually appealing displays on different Irish cultural themes. Non-profit Irish organizations have chosen a theme and will be there to provide you fun educational information about Ireland for the whole family. There will be fun activities for the kids and lots of interesting information for the adults.

Family Fun

Colorado Family Festival Family Fun

Kiddie Area with lots of inflatables for all ages to enjoy!

Sheep Herding

Colorado Irish Festival 2015 Sheep Herding

Watch Fort Lupton, Colorado expert and sheep whisperer Cathy Balliu as she does incredible demonstrations of how well-trained dogs can herd sheep, with a shepherd’s simple commands. Approximately a hundred Irish farmers still herd sheep in this manner, many of whom compete in annual sheep-herding competitions.

Food

Colorado Irish Festival Grammy's Goodies

The Colorado Irish Festival has a wide range of food and beverages, to satisfy every taste. Confirmed vendors include: Grammy’s Goodies, Best in the West BBQ, Colorado Buffalo Grill Inc, Bloomberries, Holland Concessions, Oz Highland Farm, Philadelphia Filly, Scottish Pie Company & Snow Business. 

Merchandise 

Colorado Irish Festival Merchandise

There will be a variety of Irish & Celtic merchandise vendors for your shopping pleasure such as: photography, jewelry, clothing, coats of arms, gifts, sculptures, furniture and more.

Ticket prices range from $13-$16 and can get purchased at the event. Kids under the age of 12 are FREE!


If you don’t have Irish roots you will certainly feel Irish by the time you are through!

“There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were”

And as we say in Ireland “let’s go and have some craic”.

“Huh?” I hear you say, well here’s a little explanation:

Definition of “Craic” from the Urban Dictionary

Irish word for fun/enjoyment that has been brought into the English language. usu. when mixed with alcohol and/or music.

‘Bhi craic agus ceol againn’ : We had fun and music.
Fun doesn’t really cut it though. General banter, good times had by all.
Also, a person who is good fun/great company.

It was great craic.
She’s great craic when she gets going.
He’s great craic when he has a few pints on him.
What’s the craic?
How’s the craic?
The craic was mighty.

Note: Very tricky to get away with saying this in the US without getting strange looks for police officers.

The Colorado Irish Fest 2015

Friday, July 10th 2015 ; 5pm – 10pm (5pm – 6pm Free Admission)
Saturday, July 11th 2015; 10am – 10pm
Sunday, July 12th 2015; 10am – 7pm

Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton,  80123

About Hanna Joseph

Hanna hails from Dublin, Ireland. She met her husband in London, UK after attending University. Just when she learnt to adjust to the Brits, she relocated to Denver, Colorado with her hubby, kids and mad doggy!
She owns a home staging and gift company (www.uglyduckstaging.com). Luckily her business allows her to feed her shopping addiction . She hopes to help take the stress out of shopping for you by sharing her must have finds and secrets.

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