How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

It’s a short week in Irish Philly land, but what’s on is pretty spectacular.

Let’s jump right into it:

Saturday, October 5, and Sunday, October 6

We’ve been lousy with festivals lately, and here comes another one: Kilt Fest in Bordentown, N.J.

If it sounds like it must be Scottish, it is—but it’s also Irish. Let’s just call it pan-Celtic and have done with it. Whatever, you’ll fit in, and have fun.

Fun is what they’re all about. Here’s a sampling of the bands that will be on hand: The Kennedys, The Shantys, Rancocas Creek Pipe Band, Na’Bodach, Nothing Sacred, and Chaste Treasure. There’s also highland games—or as the folks at Kilt Fest say, “men and women throwing heavy things.” Celtic Flame Irish Dance will be on hand. You won’t go hungry or thirsty, either. Plenty of grub and brew available. There’s also kilted fun run on Sunday morning at 10.

You’ll find Kilt Fest at Liberty Lake in Bordentown. The fun starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

More details here.

Wednesday, October 9

County Down’s own legendary Tommy Sands appears in concert at the Philadelphia Irish Center, starting at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6.) You might know him by his trademark tunes, “There were Roses” and “Daughters and Sons.” He’s a true master, a spell-binder, and a guaranteed great night’s entertainment.

Buy tickets online here. Or purchase them at the door. Tickets are $20 online, and $25 the night of the event.

Thursday, October 10

Missed Tommy Sands at the Irish Center?

He’s in concert again at Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W. Park Drive, Wilmington, Del. Tickets online here. More info and directions are available at our, by phone at (610) 566-4932, or by email to

And that’s it for now.

See you next time.

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