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 In 4 short years, Irish Fest has clearly made its mark on Southeastern MN with an annual 3 days FREE festival over Labor Day Weekend.
Irish Fest is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to sharing and promoting the history and culture of Ireland and our Irish Heritage.

Who is St Patrick?

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The Franciscan Sisters open their doors on March 13th for ‘Who is St. Patrick?’ storytelling event with Máirtín de Cógáin.

Irish Fest, Rochester's leader for all things Irish invites you and yours to a month of us and ours...

Seas of green and everyone Irish, or not, claim a little of the Emerald Isle for the days and weeks leading up to St. Paddy’s Day! Irish men and women the world over are nicknamed ‘Paddy’s’ and so we affectionately call March 17th St. Paddy’s Day!

St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland, credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and symbolically driving out the snakes. To this day, snakes do not find Ireland habitable but the mischievous leprechaun, well, that’s a story for another day!

We have an exciting array of events planned for music lovers, dancing lovers and whiskey lovers.

All events are geared to give you a taste of our Traditional Ireland whilst raising funds to support the annual 3 day festival over Labor Day Weekend.

So, let's go, join us for one or all! We'd love to see you! Green attire welcome and optional!!!!

Kicking us off on March 1st ...

Whiskey - The Spirit of Ireland

(over 21s only)

Distilling in Ireland dates back over 1500 years and its steeped in history and tradition, after all this time we think we have the art perfected, but don't take our word for it, come along and find out for yourself.


For those over 21 with a taste for Whiskey, Apollo Liquors proudly presents the 4th annual whiskey tasting, March 1st at the

Rochester Civic Theatre where attendees will have the opportunity to savor may different whiskeys, compare notes and enjoy the company of friends, old and new.


Tickets are:

$25 Adults 

$50 VIP*

(Very Irish Person)

*Limited to 30 seats

Click here to book your

Whiskey Tasting Tickets


VIP reception beings at 6:30pm with Irish Themed Hors D'ouvres to enjoy with each sampling.


Doors open at 7:30pm for all other guests.

Keeping us going on March 8th ... Irish Locals on Tour featuring

The Máirtín de Cógáin Project & Raven's Fire

LIVE in Concert 

Sponsored by

Spectrum Pro Audio & Rochester Civic Theatre, Rochester resident Máirtín de Cógáin performs live in concert with two award winning musicians, as The Máirtín de Cógáin Project on March 8th, local favorites Raven’s Fire will open this musical evening with high energy Celtic music.


Tickets are:

$25 Adults (13+)

$12 Students (12 and under)


Click here to book your Concert Tickets


Doors open at 6:30pm

Concert at 7:30pm

Wrapping up our celebrations ... Irish Dinner 

& Ceili Dance on

March 15th


The return of the hugely popular Ceilí Dance with The Twin Cities Ceilí Band and renowned Ceilí Caller Máirtín de Cógáin leading young and old in a traditional Irish Ceili.

This follows a delicious offering of Irish Stew, Kerrygold Cheeses and Great Harvest’s Irish Soda Bread.

So, dust off those twinkle toes, put on something Green and join us for a truly Irish Celebration.


Tickets are:

$25 Adults (13+)

$12 Students (12 and under)


Click here to book your

Ceili Tickets


Doors open at 6:30pm

Dinner Buffet at 7:30pm

Dancing at 8:15pm