Irish craft & history
Fáilte don Sráidbhaile Cultúrtha nua! Welcome to the new Cultural Village! We are excited to have the opportunityto expand the former Cultural Events Center into the new Cultural Village this year. Many of the things you have come to know and love from the Cultural Events Center are still very much a part of the Cultural Village but we are now able to bring some new and exciting experiences to you.
Joining us for the third year are Lucky Clover Forge and Double Anvil Forge showing off their impressive blacksmithing skills and even giving you the opportunity to get your hands dirty with some hands on training. The two forges will also be participating in a forging competition again this year so keep an eye out for the time as you won’t want to miss it!
Go back to school and learn about your own Irish history with our geneology expert or even pick up a cúpla focal as Gaeilge or couple of words in the Irish language with Rang Gaeilge San Cedar Valley and Gaeltacht Contae Linn.
Dance Studio & Library
Explore the Irish arts of dance and the written word in our dance studio and library areas.
Visit the art gallery to view all of Gary Kelly’s art created especially for the Iowa Irish Fest as well as the art from this year’s live artist demonstrations.
Stop by the Celtic Kitchen and learn about traditional Irish cuisine, pick up a recipe or two and even catch a cooking demonstration by one of our favorite local chefs.
Spinners and Weaver’s Guild
Get hands on with the Northeast Iowa Weavers and Spinners Guild. Try your hand on the four harness loom or even help create the giant tapestry designed just for this year’s festival.
Take a break at Dillon’s Pub where we will be showing traditional Irish sports. We would also like to welcome anyone who would like to participate in informal music sessions. Dillon’s Pub will be open to session players all weekend so please feel free to bring your instrument along and join in the fun.
See real blacksmiths at work in our Cultural Village!