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The 17th annual Iowa Irish Fest is set to be even bigger than years prior.

. Iowa Irish Fest is a celebration of all different types of Irish culture. From the food to the drinks and even to the musical acts, the Cedar Valley Irish Culture Association knows how to organize a big, green party!

Iowa Irish Fest is located in the Lincoln Park area of Downtown Waterloo and takes place during the first full weekend in August.

Officials have announced even more of the musical acts that will take to the stage that weekend.

Not only are the headliners mostly ironed out, but the Cedar Valley Irish Culture Association is filling in the gaps for the rest of the performers throughout the three day event.

Friday August 4th, 2023

Screaming Orphans

The Dublin City Ramblers

Gadan

Seo Linn

Shane Hennessy

Doolin

The Black Donnellys

Colm & Laura Keegan Band

Blame Not the Bard

Ian Gould

Trinity Irish Dancers

Headliner

Scythian

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The band is made up of a bunch of college friends who discovered their shared love of Celtic music more than a decade ago. Scythian headlines various music festivals throughout the nation year round.

They are a festival favorite every year (and one of my favorite acts at Iowa Irish Fest).

Saturday August 5th, 2023

Scythian

Screaming Orphans

Aoife Scott

The Dublin City Ramblers

Gadan

Seo Linn

Shane Hennessy

Doolin

The Black Donnellys

Colm & Laura Keegan Band

Chicago Police Pipes & Drums

Blame Not the Bard

Ian Gould

Trinity Irish Dancers

Hannah Flowers

Special Mystery Performance Headliner

In an official press release from Iowa Irish Fest officials, the Saturday evening headliner spot will be filled by a "special performance."

"In order to build anticipation for Saturday night, there will be a special performance during the headlining nighttime slot."

Sunday August 6th, 2023

Screaming Orphans

The Celtic Tenors

Aoife Scott

The Dublin City Ramblers

Gadan

Shane Hennessy

Doolin

Colm & Laura Keegan Band

Blame Not the Bard

Ian Gould

Trinity Irish Dancers

Hannah Flowers

Headliner

Gaelic Storm

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Yet another festival favorite!

Gaelic Storm, described as "a multi-national, Celtic juggernaut" is always a crowd pleaser when they perform in Waterloo. The group is on the road 200 days a year, and they have a wide ranging appeal to fans of all genres of music.

In addition, multiple acts have been announced with no specific performance date scheduled yet. Here are the rest of the performances you might be able to check out that weekend.

  • Cedar Glen Pipes and Drums
  • Wylde Nept
  • Ballyheigue
  • The Crowfoot Rakes
  • Kellen O'Cullom
  • Sorcha
  • Troid Gaelic
  • Stu Ryan O'Brien
  • Champagne Academy of Irish Dance
  • McNulty Irish Dancers
  • Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance

Tickets for the event are on sale now for $30! These passes will cover full weekend admission. More details about the event will be made available very soon.

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