Bennington Irish and Folk Festival

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Country and Region United StatesVermont
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Bennington, Vermont, USA
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Festival Description

The 2nd Annual Bennington Irish and Folk Festival will boast two days of non-stop Irish and Folk music, Celtic crafts, food, fun and plenty of family entertainment. Last year the event was held on Labor Day Weekend and was changed because of the overwhelming number of other events hosted the same weekend. This year we will bring the best the Irish and Folk music scenes have to offer and continue the tradition of offering interactive instructional sessions with featured musicians, hot air balloon rides plus activities for children. A special workshop that is sure to intrigue festival-goers is a workshops in how to build a fairy house from found objects in the woods. Musicians include diverse genres — standard Irish jigs, reels and ballads, folk, world, classic Celtic in addition to contemporary Irish rock. A selection of vendors catering to Irish interests will sell Irish and Celtic crafts, garments, jewelry and art. The festival will celebrated its inaugural edition in 2010.

The Festival takes place at Colgate Park, in historic Bennington, Vermont. The beautiful setting with vistas of the Bennington Monument and the surrounding Green Mountains offer an immaculate, easily accessible venue.

Festival Dates August 20 - 21, 2011
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2011:
  • Saturday, August 20 — Main Stage
    • 12:00 John Kirk Trish Miller
    • 1:15 The McKrells
    • 2:30 The Gibson Brothers
    • 3:45 Donnybrook Fair
    • 5:00 The Makem & Spain Brothers
    • 6:30 Hair of The Dog
  • Saturday, August 20 — Under the Tent
    • 1:30 John Kirk & Trish Miller Set Dance Lessons
  • Sunday, August 21 — Main Stage
    • 12:00 Triskele
    • 1:30 Rakish Paddy
    • 3:00 The McKrells
    • 4:00 Donnybrook Fair
    • TBA: Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys


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Practical Info:

  • Colgate Park
    1545 West Road
    Bennington, Vermont
  • Online at
  • This outstanding venue offers unparalleled panoramic views of the surrounding Green Mountains and the historic Bennington Battle Monument. The beautifully restored house and carriage barn offer VIP ticket holders a stellar spot to relax with perks.
  • Purchase ticket locally at
    • Colgate Park 1545 West Road, Bennington, VT
    • Carmody’s Irish Pub 421 Main Street, Bennington, VT
    • Man of Kent Tavern 4452 State Rte 7, Hoosick Falls, NY
  • Online purchase at


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