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20th Annual Irish 2000 Festival

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – Irish Through and Through! It’s time for the Irish 2000 Festival, this September 16 & 17 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. And this year we’re pulling out all the stops for our 20th Anniversary. You can expect top-notch Irish music and dance, as well as an Irish themed fireworks show! We also have a Celtic Kids area, Celtic crafts and lots of food and beverages. And don’t forget to get your commemorative 20th Anniversary Guinness Pint Glass! 

Festival hours: 5-11p.m. Friday, September 16 and 10a.m.-11p.m. Saturday, September 17, Irish 2000 is non-stop music and so much more.

On Stage:

FRIDAY - The Coors Light Stage features four performances running 5:45-11p.m. The Druids start things off, followed by The Peelers, Screaming Orphans and closing with Gaelic Storm.

SATURDAY- Irish 2000 has three stages filled with non-stop music and dance. Gates open at 10am. This year’s  bands, in order of appearance:

  • Coors Light Stage: The Narrowbacks, Kilmaine Saints, Hair of the Dog, Screaming Orphans, Shilelagh Law, Gaelic Storm.
  • Patricia McSweeney Memorial Stage: Rakish Paddy, Ireland the Band, Frank Jaklitsch, Three Irish Voices, Brothers Flynn, Blarney Rebel Band, Who’s Your Paddy.
  • Timothy J Nelligan Memorial Stage: McKrells, The Druids, Girsa, Ireland the Band, Get Up Jack.
  • Throughout the day on the Coors Light Stage and the Tim Nelligan Memorial Stage, Irish Dance groups will perform as well as the Schenectady Pipe Band.
  • There also is a variety of activities for kids, including rides, games, animals and magic!

Discount tickets are available at any Price Chopper location with their Ticket To Go program through September 15 at 10p.m. Use your AdvantEdge card to receive an extra $1 off! You can also purchase advance sale discounted tickets through PayPal until September 15 at 10p.m.

Advance sale Friday-only tickets are just $16 ($20 at the Gate), Saturday-only are $18 ($25 at the Gate). Or you can purchase a two-day pass, advance sale only, for just $29. Children 12 and under are FREE!

The 2016 Beneficiary: The 2016 Charity for Irish 2000 will be the Catie Hoch Foundation which is dedicating to assisting children who are undergoing treatment for cancer.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS Irish 2000 is a 501-C-3 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 20 years ago,  the Festival has donated more than $360,000 to worthy charities in our area. Past recipients include the Wounded Warrior Project, The Community Hospice and The Irish-American Heritage Museum. Past recipients include the Wounded Warrior Project, the Double H Ranch and the Irish American Heritage Museum.

MORE INFORMATION Additional information about the 20th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival is available by calling 1-888-414-3378. or visiting Join us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

What Others Say About Irish 2000 

“Love everything about this festival. The food, the grog, the crafts, the music, the music, the people, and did I mention the music?”
 Don K., Utica NY

“I had a blast!!!! making this a tradition!”
Anna H., Saratoga Springs, NY

“The entire Festival was Awesome!!” 
  David, Pleasant valley, NY

 “Had a great time and met a lot of great people!” 
  Hank, Latham, NY

“Awesome, thank you so much, had a great time!” 
  Sean, Pittsfield, MA

“It was a great Fest....good music, good beer, good friends....Slainte!” 
  Michael, Poughkeepsie, NY

“Great Irish Festival!!! "
  Sue, Albany, NY

“Love the location.”

 “We traveled from Maine for our third year. Had a great time.”

“Another awesome festival in the books!  We have been traveling in from Buffalo for years and love the bands, the vendors, the food and everything about Irish 2000!” 
  Carol, Buffalo, NY

“Definitely the best way to say goodbye to summer......the new songs are great....our crew comes over from NH and Maine every year and we're already planning for next year!.....Slainte! “
  Peter, New Hampshire

We had a rockin' good time playing at the festival on Saturday. It's good to be back. A huge thanks goes out from all of us to the entire staff for making us feel so welcome. Cheers from Texas! “
  The Killdares

“We had a brilliant time at the festival over the weekend. Thanks so much for having us.”
  Screaming Orphans

“We had an awesome time at the festival yesterday!! Thank you for having us back and congrats on another great year!”

“What a great time!  Great music by all the bands on all the stages!”
  Tom Flynn of The Brothers Flynn