Never miss a Sunday
Despite thinning crowds, the atmosphere on Sunday stays festive -- and there are some strong reasons to stick around. On Sunday night, the Aer Lingus stage hosts The Scattering, and an amazing scene plays out when dozens of musicians who have played the Fest get together and give festival goers one last chance to get together, sing, and dance before another great year winds down.
"I never miss a Scattering," says O’Donoghue. "Everyone sings along and it’s really powerful. On Sunday, you can start with the Mass and make it to The Scattering, and have a great day."
Take heed, though: food vendors occasionally run out of the good stuff, but the good news is that the beer never runs out.
Go green without spending green
You never have to pay full price to get into Irish Fest. Thursday is free with a donation of school supplies. Friday is half-price. Saturday is free to runners of the Run/Walk to Irish Fest 5K, and Sunday is free if you attend morning Mass on the grounds. If you’re not into churchin’, you can donate a non-perishable food item by 11am to get in.