Opening Concert

Friday, October 2, 2015:


Jimmy Keane & Pat Broaders


The Varsity Center for the Arts

418 S. Illinois Avenue., Carbondale, IL

8:00-10:30 pm

Tickets on sale at the door starting at 7pm.

$15 adults * $10 students * $5 children



Celtic Fair

Saturday & Sunday, October 3-4, 2015:


Walker's Bluff

The Celtic Fair will feature two outdoor stages both days, with music and dance performances by St. Louis Irish Arts, and music by bohola, The Dorians, Roisín Dubh, E.L. Kurtz, Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin, Carter & Connelley, Banjovi, Kevin Buckley & Mary Walsh, Blackberry Blossoms, and more. The Festival includes food and drink for sale, merchandise vendors, Scottish Highland Games demonstrations, pipers Les Lannom and Sean Folsom, bouncy houses for children, an Irish children’s village, Professor Play’s balloon creations, and Magic Storyteller Chris McBrien.

Celtic Fair Entertainment Schedule

11:00-7:30 Saturday and 11:30-6:30 Sunday

Admission to the Festival grounds will be $10 per adult, and free for children under 18.

Festival Program (4MB)



The Southern Illinois Irish Festival began in 1997 by Charles Fanning, Director of the Southern Ilinois University Carbondale (SIUC) Irish and Irish Immigration Studies Program, as a Celebration of Irish American Music. Overwhelming response to this event prompted individuals in the community to organize the 1998 festival, which attracted 1000 participants... Read More...

Upcoming Events

November 18, 2015:  Tri Scealta (Three Stories)

Winter 2016: Taste of Grain

Spring 2016: Pub Night & Fish Fry

Summer 2016: Forestry Trip to Ireland

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Mailing Address: Southern Illinois Irish Festival
PO Box 3276
Carbondale, IL 62902-3276

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