Syracuse Irish Festival 2017

Celebrating All Things Irish in Clinton Square

Syracuse has a very proud Irish heritage that the city embraces multiple times a year. One of the larger annual events is the Syracuse Irish Festival taking place in Clinton Square this weekend. Festival Co-Chairperson Marty Cahill discusses the fun planned for the two-day festival in the heart of downtown Syracuse and also brought along a special guest directly from the homeland of Ireland, Michael Egan who is an Official Whiskey Ambassador from Kilbeggan Distillery. 

Kilbeggan is sponsoring one of the three stages filled with entertainment on both Friday and Saturday. The festival promotes local talent as well as musical acts from all over the world, of course including those form Ireland. Some of the most anticipated acts include Aoife Scott Band and Goitse. Kilbeggan is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in the world and will also be having whiskey flight tastings over the weekend at the popular Kitty Hoines Pub in Armory Square throughout the festival.

The festival chairs also take great pride in trying to give visitors the sense that they are actually in Ireland and one of the ways they're attempting that this year is by having Irish pubs at the festival. This year they'll have a Guinness Pub and an Ommegang Pub. There is also a selection of food and shopping vendors to peruse at your pleasure.

The Syracuse Irish Festival takes place on Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th, in Clinton Square. For a full schedule of events, please visit their website at

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