Fáilte! To the 19th Annual Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival


Photo of Emish On Stage

The Music Never Ends - September 18 & 19

It’s a time to dance, to hear the music and to be Irish through and through.

It’s time for the 19th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival’s 19th year on September 18 and 19 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.

With more than 20 gifted performances, Irish 2000 opens at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 18. On Saturday, September 19, gates open at 10 a.m. and performances continuing until 11 p.m. It’s non-stop music and so much more -- Irish dance, a Celtic Kids area, Celtic crafts, lots of food and beverages.

“We’re hoping for blue skies, good weather and a good crowd to go with the good times of the festival,” said Executive Director Matthew Nelligan. 

On Stage

The festival stage on Friday features performances until 11 p.m. It all starts with Flashpoint, followed by The Fighting Jamesons, the Screaming Orphans and closing with the Glengarry Bhoys.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, Irish 2000 has three stages filled with non-stop music and a fourth stage with Irish dance. Dancers also appear on stage with some of the performers.

This year’s stages feature, in order of appearance:

  • On the Contemporary Stage -- Hair of the Dog, Emish, the Screaming Orphans, Shilelagh Law and The Young Dubliners.

  • On the Tim Nelligan Traditional Stage -- Flashpoint, The McKrells, DAIHM, The Druids and Get Up Jack.

  • On the Patricia McSweeney Memorial Stage -- Triskele, Shadowland, Rakish Paddy, Frank Jaklitsch, Three Irish Voices with Jaklitsch, Who’s Your Paddy and The Brothers Flynn.

  • On Saturday, those attending also enjoy the Schenectady Pipe Band playing throughout the fairgrounds, along with special attractions for the kid including Celtic Critters, rides and a magician.

Get Your Tickets

Discounted tickets will be available through Price Chopper’s Tickets to Go program starting on Aug. 2 or through the festival website through Sept. 17.  Those using their Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card receive an additional $1 the advance sale prices.

Advance sale Friday only tickets are $16, Saturday only tickets are $18. A two-day pass is available by advance-sale only at $29. At the gate, tickets for Friday only are $20. Tickets for Saturday only are $25 at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free.  All sales at the gate are cash only. There is a $3 parking fee. 

2015 Beneficiary

The 2015 beneficiary of Irish 2000 will be the United Irish Societies of the Capital District, producers of Albany’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The not-for-profit Irish Music and Arts Festival, Inc. organizes the annual festival. The goal of the organization is, “To preserve, protect and promote Irish history and culture in the 21st century.”

In addition to producing the festival, Irish 2000 also supports other non-profit organizations. Since its inception, the festival has donated more than $350,000 to a variety of charities. Past recipients include the Wounded Warrior Project, the Double H Ranch and the Irish American Heritage Museum.

And now, our Thanks!

t-shirt photo

Thanks to everyone who bought an Irish 2000 T-shirt!

Now, we have a reward for all of you.Wear the T-shirt to the festival OR bring a selfie of you in the shirt.Your reward? A free beer ticket at the gate.

Need two? Bring proof that you’ve purchased tickets for two days. One, two-day purchase gives you one beer ticket! So, have the first one on us!

Thanks again and see you at Irish 2000,wearing your shirt and being Irish and proud!