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33rd Annual Buffalo Irish Festival Returns to Canalside

When we think of the city, and its Irish festivities, it’s only recently that we’ve thought about the month of August. While the Buffalo Irish Festival is celebrating its 33rd year, it was only recently that it was moved to the waterfront. Starting Friday, the Irish flags will be a flyin’, and the Irish girls will be a smilin’ at Canalside. Come join the festivities throughout the weekend for a parade, dancing, traditional food, and plenty of beer.


The only weekend-long Festival held on Buffalo’s waterfront is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors from Western New York and Southern Ontario.


Friday August 22: 5 pm -11 pm beginning with the Parade of Irish County Flags on the boardwalk at Canalside.
Saturday, August 23: Noon – 11 pm
Sunday, August 24: Noon – 9 pm


Canalside on Buffalo’s waterfront extending just past the historic bridge.


A kick-off parade featuring flags from the 32 counties in Ireland on the Canalside boardwalk (Friday at 5 pm)
Three stages of entertainment including traditional and contemporary music, folk music, step and set-dancing
Genealogy experts
An artisan market featuring exclusively Irish goods and crafts from nearly 30 individual vendors
Irish authors and book signings
Traditional Irish foods and beverages
Raffle to win a trip for two Ireland
A gorgeous lakeside setting to enjoy all that Irish culture has to offer!


Admission: $10 adults, $8 children 4-12 and seniors (children under 4 are free).

Admission discount of $1 for Metro riders with valid proof of ridership or Metro rail pass.

Presale tickets will be available until August 22rd at all Wegmans stores, Shannon Pub, Buffalo Brewpub and Tara Gift Shoppe.


While parking is available, due to downtown construction, we encourage use of the NFTA’s Erie Canal Harbor Station of the Metro Rail, just steps away from Canalside!

For more information go to or call 716-743-9348.




Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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