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June 15 (Raindate June 16)

Blackstone River Theatre:
Summer Solstice Festival

Diamond Hill Park
Rte. 114, Cumberland, RI

11:00 am - 7:00 pm | $15 adults, $13 seniors, $5 children, under-5 free!
Buy Tix |

Four stages of Celtic and world music plus Irish step dance, face painting and 45 craft & food vendors! Entertainment: Atwater-Donnelly Trio, The Hanneke Cassel Band, Kevin Crawford, Cillian Vallely & Patrick Doocey (from Lúnasa), the Eastern Medicine Singers, The Gnomes, HighTime (Ireland), La Croisée D’Antan (Quebec), Bonnie Milner, Dan Milner, Partington & Sweeney, Roscommon Soles featuring Kevin Doyle with Sheila Falls, Josh Kane, Owen Marshall, Torrin Ryan, and The Vox Hunters. Plus a session tent run by Bob Drouin and a dedicated stage for Irish step dance featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance.

June 22-23

5th annual Milton Music Festival

Governor Hutchinson's Field
184-224 Adams Street, Milton
Sat: Starts 4 p.m. | Sun: Starts 1 p.m.
FREE | Refreshments available |

The Milton Music Festival, organized by We Are Milton, is a two-day celebration. Please bring your lawn chairs, blankets & bug spray. The festival features Jackson Blue hosting Kids Karaoke, Booty Vortex Funk & Disco Band, Mark Morris & the Catune, The Fenian Sons, Sean Brennan & the Skiffs (pictured), Curragh's Fancy, Erin's Melody as well as All Folk'd Up. Don't miss the fireworks on Saturday night! Shuttle Parking from Labouré Parking lot, 303 Adams Street to the corner of Churchill and Adams as well as Hutchinson's St. and Adams St.  Wheelchair coaches available.

Joan Diver - Screaming Orphans

July 20

26th Annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival

Look Park
300 North Main Street
Florence, (Northampton), MA
AD: $16.00 | CH 6-12: $5.00 | Under 6: FREE
9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Free Parking | Rain or Shine
Entertainment in the Celtic Pub until 9:30 pm (included in price)
(413) 862-8095 or 862-4539 |

The 26th 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.  Entertainers include: Albannach, Tartan Terrors, Enter the Haggis, the Screaming Orphans (pictured), Charlie Zahm, the Pioneer Valley Harper's Guild, and more. 40' x 80' tent for entertainment and pub - to help you stay out of the sun! Ample FREE parking on Look Park Grounds. Dogs on lease are welcome. Price includes the evening concert.

July 26-28

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 | See Performance Schedule

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.

Brian O'Donovan

August 24
(Festival runs August 23-25)

Rockport Music Presents:
Rockport Celtic Festival

Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA
978-546-7391 | 7:00 p.m. | Buy Tix

Hosted by co-artistic directors - Brian O’Donovan & Maeve Gilchrist. The 3-day Festival includes: Mick McAuley & John Doyle, Oisin McAuley, Bruce Molsky & Allison de Groot, Palaver Strings orchestra, composers Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna, The Seamus Egan Project with Moira Smiley, fiddler Jenna Moynihan & harpist Mairi Chaimbeul, singers Eamon O’Leary & Jefferson Hamer, dancer Kevin Doyle, & more. The show on the 24th features Palaver Strings, Dana Lyn, Charlie Lennon, Seamus Egan & Maeve Gilchrist and arrangements of traditional material featuring Moira Smiley and Bruce Molsky. Click here for additional information on August 23 and August 25.

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.

The Young Dubliners

September 21

Lowell Irish Festival

Lowell Memorial Auditorium
50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell
$10 (advance tix) | $12 (day of festival)
12:00 PM – 11:00 PM |

Located on the grounds of the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, the Lowell Irish Festival will feature live Irish music from national and local acts such as Joshua Tree, The Gobshites, Irish Whispa, and a headlining nighttime set from the Young Dubliners; food trucks; craft tents; family activities; Irish heritage events such as WHEN THE IRISH SETTLED IN LOWELL: an exhibit curated by the Lowell Irish Cultural Committee with historic photos, artifacts, & documents about the early Irish community of Lowell; authentic Irish step dancing - and of course, craft beer and more!

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