This project is funded and supported
in part by the City of Austin through
the Cultural Arts Division and by a
grant from the Texas Commission on
the Arts and an award from the
National Endowment for the Arts,
which believes that a great nation
deserves great art.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY AUSTIN - BENEFITING THE CELTIC CULTURAL CENTER OF TEXAS
For over ten years the Celtic Cultural Center of Texas has been organizing the best Austin
St. Paddy's Day celebration in central Texas, along with the critically acclaim Celtic
Christmas at the Cathedral and many other Irish and Celtic events. A family friendly St.
Patrick's Day where families can come out and enjoy the culture of Ireland including
music, dance and language. Visit the Celtic Cultural Center's webpage at
www.celticcenter.org to learn more about the non-profit organization and sign up on
their mailing list so you can become a "Celtic Insider."
ST. PATRICK'S DAY AUSTIN MUSIC
Traditional Irish music is one of the greatest sources of pride for the Irish people. No one
could be sincere about offering a St. Patrick's Day celebration without it. The CCC is
extremely honored to be hosting Goitse from Limerick, Ireland. A flourishing, highly
talented five piece band fast making a name for themselves as one of the most sought
after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish traditional music. Click on the performer page
to find the list of all our amazing performers, including your local favorites like Jeff
Moore, The Tea Merchants and the Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums.
THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY AUSTIN DANCE
The are many types of Irish dance. There is the disciplined art of step dancing (which
you've no doubt watched with awe during a showing of Riverdance). There is also the set
dancing performed in casual "ceili" or "party" settings and then there is the
unstructured, unstoppable toe and hand clapping that starts rumbling throughout the
crowd usually during a fine reel or spirited jig played by a master tunesmith. (we supply
the tunesmiths, you bring the toes). And if you are so emotionally shutdown that cannot
be moved no matter the height of the tune or the bottom of the glass, then we will
still give you something you can spectical over: Inishfree Austin Dance. This wonderous
troop will show you how its done, Irish style. It's a pretty infectious dance, the entire
Appalacian mountain range got the Flatley fever as immigrants moved from the East
coast toward the lonesome valleys of new Amerikay. It spawn a new, groovy set of steps
known as "clogging." So, we the Clickety Cloggers are coming to the St. Paddy's Day Fest to
show us how it's done when the Irish come down from the mountains.
THE LANGUAGE OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY AUSTIN
The CCC wants to help continue the very important effort to preserve and spread the
influence of the Gaelic language. It is the root language to Ireland's greatest songs, stories
(And it's really cool to impress your friends with your linguistic genuis!)
The Gaelic League of Austin will host a children's storytelling in Irish as well as teach
Irish language classes for patrons of all ages that would like to learn some beginning
Irish phrases. They will also be leading one of our favorite language workshop, "Irish
Blessings and Curses."
If you find it more than a little intriguing (and we think you will), the Gaelic League will
be manning a booth where you can sign up for official classes, purchase Gaelic language
books and find out how you can support this Austin Irish institution. Visit the schedule
page to view the workshops scheduled times. They are free to festival ticket holders and
no advance registration is required. Just show up and get ready to put your tongue
through it's paces!
FOOD AND DRINK AT ST. PATRICK'S DAY AUSTIN
We are preparing a special St. Paddy's Day menu including Fish n Chips, Irish Po'Boys,
Corned Beef and Cabbage (yes, we know it's not authentically Irish, but it's authentically
Irish Amercian, besides it's bad luck if you skip it). Plus, all your favorite Irish beers will
be on tap including Guinness, Harp and Smithwicks (pronounced Smiddicks for the
uninitiated). Most of these beers come a dark, lovely brown, so don't make us look bad in
front of all the real Irish in the house by ordering a green one.
Oh gosh! We are running out of web space and we still have more to tell you about this
awesome day! Although, we think we had you convinced at FREE PARKING.
The St. Patrick's Day Austin is the best place to
celebrate St. Patrick's Day! A commitment to
authentic Irish culture. No green beer or
leprechauns, just fierce Irish tradition and fun!
STARRING: Award winning Irish Super group
GOITSE from Ireland. A flourishing, highly
talented five piece band fast making a name for
themselves as one of the most sought after
bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish traditional
music. Plus local Celtic bands, pipers, Irish
dancers and more!
MARCH 17TH, 2013
SUNDAY: 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Indoor Stage and Tented Outdoor stage:
RAIN OR SHINE
SHOAL CREEK EVENT CENTER
8611 NORTH MOPAC
Adult Tickets: only $9.00 online in advance.
$12.00 at the door.
Kids under 13: only $2.00 online &
$5.00 at door