Ives Concert Park Goes Irish This Weekend
The Ives Concert Park in Danbury is a busy place this Fall. This weekend brings the wearin' of the green to Danbury as the Greater Danbury Irish Festival returns to the Ives for the first time in several years.
The Greater Danbury Irish Festival was a September tradition from 1995 to 2011. After several years of bad weather, however, the Festival was downscaled and moved to the Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center. In 2015, it's back at the Ives!
The gates open Friday night at 5. At 6, the Traveling Danburys kick off the festival. The Traveling Danburys are the best half-Irish, half-Classic Rock acoustic duo made up of radio DJ's that you will see this week, and by no means do I say that just because I am a member of the band. After that it's the Humble Hooligans, who came all the way from Long Beach California for the festival.
Saturday's musical lineup includes Steve O'Tree, the Ale Hounds, Poor Richard and Danbury's excellent Mighty Ploughboys. On Sunday, it's another set from Poor Richard, as well as the Fighting Jamesons and the Cunningham Brothers, who rocked our St. Patrick's Day party at Molly Darcy's back in March.
In addition, there will be Irish step dancers from the Iris Gray School of Dance and the Gilleoghan School of Dance, and Celtic Cross Pipe and Drums will perform.
There will be a food tent and of course plenty of beer! The festival runs Friday from 5- 10 PM, Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM and Sunday from 11 to 6. Tickets will be available at the gate for $12, or $25 for a weekend pass. Get all the info here.