Annual Irish Festival is September 18 and 19 in Milford

The 10th Annual Milford Irish Festival is scheduled to take place in downtown Milford Sept. 18 and 19.

The festival kicks-off on Friday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 11 p.m., with live musical performances by Kevin McKernon of County Cavan, Americelt and the The Alehounds.

There will be a variety of food samplings and an assortment of beverages including Guinness. The Irish Marketplace will be open for business, offering a variety of Irish wares for sale. The cultural area will feature a Ceili (a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland) and there will be free children’s activities available from 6 to 8 p.m.

A full day of Irish festivities will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be live musical performances by Bobby Morrill, The Druids, Once Removed, Calley McGrane and the Exiles, Keltic Kick, and the McLean Avenue Band. Irish dancing groups will include Kathleen Mulkerin’s School of Irish Dancing and Lenihan School of Irish Dancing.

The Irish Marketplace will offer Irish crafts, gifts, jewelry and clothing for children and adults.  The tea room will be serving Irish coffee and other treats.

The cultural area will feature traditional Irish Music by Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society and PV O'Donnel Branch of CCE, step dancing and bagpiper demonstrations, Tara Theatre Company, and exhibitors including Irish history and genealogy and Irish language.

In addition to 50-50 raffles, there will be a raffle for a trip for two to Ireland, sponsored by Cara Group Travel.

Free children’s activities will be available between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Admission is $5 Friday and $12 Saturday for those 12 years and older. A two day pass is $15.

The festival will take place at The Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion behind the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave., downtown Milford. Visit for more details, including information regarding the free shuttle service.