10 Things Not To Miss at the 40th Annual North Texas Irish Festival in Fair Park

March 4-6th, the beautiful art deco buildings in Dallas’s Fair Park will be the home of the 38th Annual North Texas Irish Festival!  The second largest festival in Fair Park, there will be something for everyone, from traditional food, music and activities, as well as children’s activiites!  Grab the family and head over for the most fun you can have with your kilt on!

1.  The Culinary Shows  Watch as local culinary experts share their secrets on this stage in the 1910 Women’s Museum!  I’m most excited about seeing chef and chocolatier Yeli Marshall, who runs Yellibelly Chocolates, at noon on Saturday! Don’t miss a visit to Durty Nelly’s bar in the museum, named after the famous bar in Ireland!  If a visit to Ireland isn’t in your future, you can also head down to San Antonio to Dirty Nelly’s to see a replica of the Irish bar in the San Antonio Riverwalk!  Also, don’t miss the statue outside the museum, The Spirit of the Centennial, which depicts a women rising from a cactus!

2. The Music  From the North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums, there is something for everyone at the Festival, spread across 13 stages at the festival!

3. The Sheepdogs  Watch as trained border collies and other sheepdogs do what they do best!  Demonstrations will be Saturday at 12:45, 3 and 4:30 and Sunday at 2pm and 4pm.

4. The Whiskey Tasting  Join in for tastings of international as well as local, Texas-made Irish Whisky! Saturday from 2pm to 6pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm, located inside the Automotive Building.  Teelings will have an exclusive tasting, on Saturday from 7pm –  9pm in the Automotive Building.  Cost is 2 coupons per 1/2 ounce sample

5. Horses  In addition to horse shows on both Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss a visit to Minis and Friends to see their cute miniature horses!

6. Kid’s Rides  While the iconic Texas Star Ferris Wheel, the largest in the U.S., won’t be open for the festival, there will be fun kid’s rides!

7. Irish Music Sessions  Learn more about the Irish culture as you respectfully watch and listen to these casual sessions!

8. Scottish Village   You can meet the Scottish clans and learn more about their culture while you make new friends!  Located in the Automotive building!

9. Urchin Street  A stage for children’s performers, as well as activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, a petting zoo and much more for the festivals wee-est visitors!

10.  The Food!  From Shepherd’s Pie and Irish Stew to corned beef sandwiches, you’ll leave happy after a day at the festival!

Know Before You Go

While in Fair Park, don’t miss a visit to the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park and the Texas Discovery Gardens, as well as feeding the fish in Leonhardt Lagoon!

Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome and even encouraged!  Remember to bring bags to clean up after them!

North Texas Irish Festival

Fair Park, Dallas

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