Spontaneous Travel: The Pittsburgh Irish Festival


What: T Pittsburgh Irish Festival

Where: 1000 Sandcastle Drive, West Homestead, PA 15120

When: September 10-12; Friday 4pm-12pm, Saturday 11am-12pm, and Sunday 9am-6pm.

Why: To do the traditional step dance to some authentic Gaelic music, taste some Shepherd’s Pie and Limerick Limeade, and trace the roots of your Irish family tree. This three-day festival, drawing nearly 25,000 each year, is part of the Irish Education Outreach Program, a non-profit organization that was developed to spread an awareness of Irish history and culture. The Cultural Area will boast weavers, lace makers, storytellers, harpists and Irish whistlers (you will have to see it to figure that one out) while the Children’s Area will provide interactive activities to keep kids entertained. Green your experience with the event’s reusable pint glasses and bags for shopping.

Cost: Admission for adults is $12 advance/$15 at the gate, $10 for senior citizens and $10 for veterans. Children under 12 attend for free. Volunteer with some friends and get some Irish goodies in return.

How to Get There: Take an Amtrak train or a Greyhound bus from Port Authority and then either the 53, 55B, 56E, 57, 59, 61D, or 64 bus from the Pittsburgh Port Authority straight to the Riverplex/Waterfront.

(Pittsburgh Irish Festival, PO Box 81173, Pittsburgh, 412.422.1113, pghirishfest.org)