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June 13-14

Boston Irish Festival of Music

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive | Canton |

7:00 am – 4:00 pm: The Boston Irish Feis in partnership with Harney Academy of Irish Dance.
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Joshua Tree, Screaming Orphans (pictured), Cat & The Moon, more music to come!
Tickets here  

11:00 a.m: 3rd Annual Boston Irish Festival 5K Road Race.
Noon - 7:00 pm: Devri, Screaming Orphans, more music to come… stay posted!
Tickets here  

June 20

Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival

Diamond Hill Park
Rte. 114 | Cumberland | RI

401 725-9272 |

11:00 am - 7:00 pm | $15 adults, $10 seniors, children $5, under-5 free! | Rain Date June 21.
Five entertainment stages plus food and craft vendors. Featuring: Calan (from Wales), The Gothard Sisters, Eastern Medicine Singers, The Gnomes, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald, Robbie O'Connell & Dan Milner, Pendragon, RUNA (pictured), The Vox Hunters with Torrin Ryan, Irish step dance featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance. Food & Craft vendors, Set and ceili dancing stage and a children’s activities area! Then head back to Blackstone River Theatre for the evening session from 8:30-11:30 p.m. with select musicians from the festival. Just 80 tickets will be sold to the evening session.

June 27

Cape Cod Melody Tent Presents: Irish Festival featuring Gaelic Storm

Cape Cod Melody Tent
West Main Street, Hyannis
Show: 8:00 p.m., Doors: 7:00 pm | 508 775-5630 |

Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish – The Best of Gaelic Storm. Full Irish is the band’s fifth consecutive #1 Billboard World Album. Also at the festival is Ten Strings and A Goat Skin, a young award winning bilingual trad/fusion trio that celebrates the music of the Irish, Francophone and Maritime cultures. Music also from Cape Cod's own Brian Boru Pipes Band!

June 27-28

3rd annual Milton Music Festival

Governor Hutchinson's Field
Adams Street, Milton, MA
Sat: 5-10 p.m. | Sun: 1-7 p.m.
FREE | Refreshments available | Saturday | Sunday

The Milton Music Festival, organized by We Are Milton, is staging a two day celebration. The concerts culminate in a fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. The festival presents Celtic Sunday from 1-7 p.m., an afternoon of Irish traditional music, plus a line-up of great local performers.

July 18

22nd annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival

Look Park
300 North Main Street | Florence (Northampton) | MA

413 862-8095 or 862-4539 |
AD: $16.00 | CH: 6-12 $5.00 | Under 6: FREE | Parking: $3 (Rain or Shine)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Entertainmnet until 9:30 pm

New 40' x 80' tent for entertainment and pub - stay out of the sun!! Shuttle service provided courtesy of East Mountain Country Club, Westfield. The 22nd annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an all-day gathering of the clans, piping and athletic competitions. Massed Bands and Mass Fling at opening ceremonies - 11:30 am. Drum Major Competitions 11:45 a.m. Prices above include the evening concert. Entertainment includes Albannach (pictured), Soulsha, Prydein, Charlie Zahm, Jennifer Licko and The Cabeys. See schedule here.

July 24-26

Newport Folk Festival

Fort Adams Park
Fort Adams, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI
7am: water taxis, 9am: box office & shuttles, 10am: gates open & food & crafts, 11am: music | Tickets |

Folk music has been a presence in Newport since 1959, when the Newport Folk Festival was founded by George Wein. The Festival became renowned for introducing a number of performers who went on to become major stars, most notably Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. The festival at the Fort features 3 stages of music, food & crafts, and a number of displays.

July 24-26

Lowell Folk Festival

Boarding House Park
40 French Street | Lowell
978 970-5200 | |

FREE | donations welcome. Friday: Dance parade at 6:00pm, Boarding House Park Stage and the Tsongas Arena Dance Stage concerts: 7-10pm. Saturday: Noon-6pm on five stages, and 7-10pm on two stages. Sunday: Noon-7pm at five stages. Traditional ethnic music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children's activities. Performers include Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express featuring Steve Weintraub, Ann Yao Trio, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners, Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge, Mythili Prakash, Polka Country Musicians, Super Chikan & the Fighting Cocks, The Fairfield Four, The Original Pinettes Brass Band, Wylie & the Wild West, Yves Lambert Trio.

August 22

Lowell Summer Music Series Presents:
Brian O'Donovan's A Celtic Sojourn - Roots and Branches Festival

Boarding House Park
40 French Street | Lowell
7:30 pm | $37 in advance | $40 day of concert
978 970-5200 |

WGBH Radio host Brian O'Donovan will present A Celtic Sojourn Roots and Branches Concert featuring traditional and contemporary artists from around the Celtic World in what promises to be one of the highlights of the Lowell Summer Music Series and indeed a highlight of the summer's Celtic calendar in New England. Performers include Cherish The Ladies, Socks in the Frying Pan, Matthew Byrne, and the McCarthy Family (Tommy/Louise/Rose McCarthy and Peadar Giles).

September 18-20

New Hampshire Highland Games

Loon Mountain
Lincoln | NH
603 229-1975 |

Join the largest gathering of Scottish musicians, dancers, pipers, athletes and cultural artisans in the northeast with over 60 Scottish clans and societies gather each year to celebrate their heritage.  Music, games, bagpipe bands and fiddle competitions.

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