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June 7-9

Boston Irish Festival at ICCNE

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

Rain or Shine! Friday: 6-11pm with Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul | Saturday: 11am-11pm | Sunday: 11am-6pm

Top entertainers over the weekend include Seamus Begley & Oisin Mac Diarmada, The Auld Locals, Erinís Guild, Searson, Black 47, Corvus, Tom Lanigan Band, The Shantys, Atlantic Steps, Ivy Leaf, The Rebel Kellys and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Plus, new to the Festival this year: Boston Irish Feis, hosted by Harney Academy of Irish Dance (Saturday, June 8) Returning from last year: the 5K Road Race (Sunday, June 9) and a gathering of red heads (Saturday, June 8) to set a new World Record in the Guinness Book of World Records! Check the web site for entertainment and event updates.

June 22

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!
Five Stages: Atwater Donnelly, Cantrip, Aoife Clancy, Core 4, Sheila Falls & Mark Roberts, Genticorum, the Gnomes, Paddy Keenan, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald, Robbie OíConnell, Pendragon, Tir Na Nog Irish Dance. Food & Craft Vendors, Set and ceili dancing stage and a childrenís activities area!

July 20

20th 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 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | After Party until 9:30 pm
Purchase tix before July 7th and receive discount here. The 20th 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. Performers include Rathkeltair, The Cabey’s, Prydein, Charlie Zahm and the Bell Family (pictured).

July 26-27

27th Annual Lowell Summer Music Festival

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

FREE | donations welcome.
The 27th Annual Lowell Folk Festival features six stages of traditional ethnic music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children's activities. Performers include Irish traditional duo Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, as well as top folks performers like French Canadian band Les Charbonnier de L’enfer, and bluegrass specialists Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice.

August 24

Newport Celtic Rock Festival

Newport Yachting Center | Downtown Newport, RI
Noon - 10 p.m. | $30 advance, $40 gate

A great line-up of today’s favorite Irish music and culture, the Celtic Rock Festival features such stars as The Dropkick Murphys, Eileen Ivers, The Town Pants, Screaming Orphans, Celtica: Pipes Rock. Over 10 hours of Celtic Rock on one summer day on the Newport Waterfront!  

August 29-September 8

Québec Celtic Festival

Morrin Center and nearby | 44, chaussée des Écossais, Québec City
1-888-693-5757 | |

Various times -- see the 2012 program | Many events are FREE
The 8th edition of the Québec Celtic Festival will take place on La chaussée des Écossais, at the Morrin Center, at Quebec High School, and in many different pubs throughout the city. Gaelic football games, parade, conferences and shows for all ages.

September 20-22

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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