The Emerald Isle takes center stage this weekend at the Philadelphia Fleadh Irish-American Festival.
This daylong celebration will honor the singularity of Irish-American culture via music, dance, theatre, art, food, and drink.
(Hint: “fleadh” is the Irish word for festival. Pronounce it “flah” to sound authentic.)
From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, festivalgoers will fill the Ed Kelly Amphitheater in Pennypack Park to enjoy traditional food and drink, vendors, arts and crafts, and a family-friendly Kids’ Zone.
Fourteen stellar musical acts, including Seamus Kennedy, The Hooligans, The Mahones and the Paul Moor Band, will perform live.
Attendees will even have the chance to watch dozens of schools compete in “Feis at the Fleadh”, a two-stage Irish dance competition.
Tickets cost $20 in advance, $30 at the door, and kids ages 12 and under get in for free.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Claddagh Fund, which helps endangered and handicapped children, local struggling veterans, and those turning their life around after substance addiction.
And don’t forget, this is just one of nearly a dozen major festivals and events to hit Philadelphia for Super Spring Saturday, this Saturday, May 3.
Philadelphia Fleadh Irish-American Festival
When: Saturday, May 3, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Ed Kelly Amphitheater, Pennypack Park, Welsh and Cresco streets
Cost: $20 in advance ($30 at the door); free for kids ages 12 and younger
More info: www.phillyfleadh.com