It’s time to pull out your favorite green shirt, gather up your family and friends and head to Dallas for one of the biggest and best Celtic Heritage festivals in the United States, the North Texas Irish Festival. This sprawling mix of Celtic music, dance, story telling, children’s activities and so much more takes place each year at Fair Park in Dallas. If you care about such things there will also be an ample supply of Guinness, Irish stew and other “fair” foods on tap. As for the schedule it all begins this evening, Friday March 5, and runs through Sunday, March 7, 2010.
Last year we took our 7 month old baby girl (pictured above) to her first Celtic music festival. I say “first” because we also took her to the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games a few months later. She is about three quarters Irish by heritage, so we wanted her to experience some of the music and dance of her roots starting at a young age. Okay, perhaps it wasn’t all for her. My wife and I love the international and local Celtic bands they feature, and we might have sampled a wee bit o’ the Guinness while there in keeping with the spirit (pun not intended) of the event.
One of my wife’s and my favorite vacations was to visit her old stomping grounds in Ireland, which is where she lived when we first became acquainted. Among our favorite pubs on that trip was the Quays Bar (pronounced Keys Bar) in an area of Dublin 1 called Temple Bar, pictured above. Having a wonderful wee baby girl (now 1 year 7 months old) limits one’s travel choices somewhat. We’ll probably take her to Disney World before we take her to Dublin; but attending the North Texas Irish Festival offers us, and her, a small taste of Ireland right here in Texas.
How about you, will you be attending? What other music or cultural festivals to you enjoy and recommend?