Great American Irish Festival relocating to Utica's Irish Cultural Center

The Great American Irish Festival will have a new home in 2020 as it permanently relocates to the Irish Cultural Center after 16 years at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds.

Posted: Dec 11, 2019 6:07 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2019 6:14 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The Great American Irish Festival will have a new home in 2020 as it permanently relocates to the Irish Cultural Center after 16 years at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds.

The festival is not only moving to a new location, but will be moving from July to September and is slated for the weekend of Sept. 18-20.

Festival organizers say next year’s event will also mark a new partnership with F.X. Matt Brewing Company, the City of Utica, the Celtic Harp Restaurant & Pub, Nail Creek Pub & Brewery, and all of the Varick Street establishments along with the Sanctuary.

With so many changes taking place, organizers posted on the festival’s Facebook page, stating, “We recognize the fact that a change of venue may present some short-term challenges and adjustments for our guests and volunteer staff, but we encourage your support and good-natured Irish spirit as we make this monumental transition.”

More updates on the event are expected to be released as planning continues.

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