Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival

132 Commerce Street • Glastonbury, CT • Hartford County

Historical Significance

The Greater Hartford Irish Festival has sustained itself for more than 30 years as the result of the foresight and dedication of countless individuals, committed to the development and encouragement of Irish culture. It was just such pioneers who saw this annual event as an opportunity – a fundraising opportunity to assist in achieving the ongoing goals of the Irish American Home Society, as well as an opportunity to welcome visitors from throughout Connecticut and the Northeast to the Society's "home" in Glastonbury.

Over the course of time, the festival has grown, expanded and developed. It has provided a venue to witness and enjoy entertainment and activities of many sorts, for young and old, Irish and non-Irish alike, and has hosted a "who's who" of Irish entertainers.

Photo: Festival dancers.

Photo: Festival dancers.

Photo: Festival Attendees.

Photo: cal festival performers, The Bogside Rogues.

Photo: Legendary musician John Whelan performs.


"Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival," Irish American Home Society


The festival is an annual three day event celebrating Irish music and culture. It features performances and workshops by many local, regional, national and international artists. The festival also includes a cultural tent devoted to traditional music, song and dance (including set-dancing, step-dancing, and ceili-dancing) and displays on Irish culture, history and literature.

Each year the festival presents a varied selection of other elements, including the popular Men in Kilts Contest and a corned beef dinner.

Dates: July usually

Hours: (2013) Friday - 6:00 pm to 12:00am, Saturday – 2:00 pm to 12:00 am, Sunday – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Irish American Home Society
132 Commerce Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Phone: (860) 633-9691


Additional Information

Date(s):  Founded 1983

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