August 3 - August 5, 2018

Iowa Irish Fest
Iowa Irish Fest Website

Cultural Events

IIF 2017 Workshops

Most of these take place on Saturday, August 5th and are located in the Family (kids) or Cultural areas.
Please check the fest schedule for more details.
All workshops are free except for the in depth “pre-fest” dance workshop.


Bodhran (Irish drum) presented by Eamonn Moloney of the band, FullSet; we will have two workshops for beginners to learn the different techniques of playing the famous Irish drum, on empty pizza boxes!

Tin Whistle presented by members of the band, FullSet; we will have two workshops for beginners with this great and fun instrument. Please bring your own, pick one up from our fest vendors or if needed, one can be provided, but quantities are limited.

Irish Lilting (vocal) presented by FullSet; this is a technique of Irish singing where you take the melody of a familiar Irish tune and “diddley-eye” for the words.  It should be great fun.

Fiddle presented by Alex Fedoryka of Scythian; Alex, who started playing at the age of three, is a classically trained violinist and studied for six months under Dr. Suzuki, the renowned founder of the Suzuki School of Music. This is for beginner and intermediate players, though all levels can attend. Do not forget to bring your fiddle.


An in depth “pre-fest” dance workshop. There will be Irish dance instructors brought to town in the days before the fest to do some in depth instruction through multiple classes.  It will be held July 31st – August 3rd at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Participants receive training, 2 weekend passes and a t-shirt. Details will be on our website and facebook pages.  There is a fee for this workshop and students will get to perform on stage at the Irish fest on that Saturday and Sunday.

Short sessions by Trinity Irish Dance; there will be two workshops for beginners to demonstrate and practice various steps of Irish Dance.

Ceilidh dancing (Irish square dancing) by The Gothard Sisters; we will have one workshop demonstrating and practicing various steps and styles of this great Irish community social dancing. It consists of couple and group dancing while a dance leader is calling out moves.




Irish Language workshops are presented by Rang Gaeilge San Cedar Valley and Peader Hickey of The Young Wolfe Tones; there will be three workshops that will instruct on the Irish language in everyday words and phrases, two for adults and one just for kids. An information table will also be available in the Cultural Area on Saturday and Sunday.

Irish Ancestry presented by the Iowa and Black Hawk County Genealogical Societies; there will be one workshop where you will be instructed on means and methods to begin your research into your Irish Heritage. An information table will also be available in the Cultural Area on Saturday and Sunday.

Craft making, St. Brigid’s Cross; craft tables will be available for you to make your own St. Brigid’s Cross, a small cross usually woven from rushes which is associated with Brigid of Kildare, one of the patron saints of Ireland.