Frequently Asked Questions

2022 FAIR FAQS AS OF MARCH 11. 

PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL CONTINUE TO BE UPDATED! AS WE NEAR THE FAIR

BEFORE THE FAIR /PLANNING, TICKETS, HOURS, ETC. 

When and where is the fair?

The 2022 Fair will be August 12-14 and located at Harriet Island in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

  • Friday, August 12, 3pm-11pm 
  • Saturday, August 13, 10am-11pm
  • Sunday, August 14, 10am-7:30pm (7pm scattering)

Are you charging admission this year? 

Yes, we are and are maintaining the same prices as 2021. We have a super deal available March 11-21: weekend passes are only $17. 12 and under are still free AND we are adding a discounted youth ticket option for 13-17 year old family members. Other advance online sales are available at discounted rates through the end of July. Click here to purchase tickets. 

What about COVID-19? Will you be requiring masks? 

We care about your health and safety.  We will follow then-current guidelines and will keep this page updated as we near the event. 

Can I come and go throughout the day?

Yes. Make sure you get a stamp as you leave for same day re-entry! 

What’s new this year? 

We heard you want even more value and are adding some great new entertainment experiences for you this year. Irish comedy, new music and fun games to play throughout the grounds. New area called “Culture Corner” with some cuisine demos, kids activities and more.  Stay tuned for Pop-Up Culture - little happenings around the Fair over the weekend.

What if it rains? 

Irish weather happens and will make Harriet Island even more green and beautiful like Ireland.  We are a rain or shine event and cannot refund tickets. Bring your raincoat and umbrella and have some fun. 

Where can I find: 

  • Entertainment Line-Up and Schedule coming May 1
  • Social Dance. Social dance will be available in several areas.  We will update as event nears. 
  • Sunday Mass. There will be a Sunday Mass this year. We are still working out the schedule and timing.  In addition, the very popular blessing will be given from the main stage during the opening ceremonies on Saturday morning.

Will you have Food and Beverage?

Yes! We are pleased to bring you a variety of food and beverage options. We are adding new food vendors this year and will be bringing back many crowd favorites. Full food vendor list will be available in July. And each vendor/area will accept credit and debit cards (preferred) and cash. 

I can’t/won’t go in person - are you holding any virtual events?

We are still evaluating virtual possibilities. We can guarantee that there will be some components streamed live. Stay tuned for more details or contact info@irishfair.com 

Dogs/Pets

Leashed pets are welcome this year. Please note that this is an outdoor event with crowds, music, sports, demonstration dogs and sheep so appreciate your consideration in whether this is the best environment for your pet. 

Can I bring in my own food and drinks? 

No, except for one bottle of water. You will want to check out the many options for food and beverages available. As a note, we rely on the revenue from sales to help pay the rapidly increasing costs associated with hosting a major 3-day event and to hold our ticket pricing down. 

Getting to the Fair:

Drive, bus, rideshare, walk, bike, scoot, taxi, boat - many options to get to Harriet Island (we don’t recommend swimming).

Bikes and Scooter 

Yes! We would love to see you bike or ride your scooter to Harriet Island. Bicycle and scooter parking is available near the gateway entrance on Water Street. Please know that bicycles and scooters are not allowed inside the event grounds. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen property and strongly encourage you to lock your bike or scooter.

Bus and/or Train 

RideShare 

 

Boats

The public dock will be open during normal park hours, 7:00am - 10:00 pm. 

Parking 

If you choose to drive to the Fair, businesses along Water Street and Plato Blvd open their lots to Irish Fair guests to park in. They do charge a fee to park. Harriet Island’s parking lots are controlled by security and closed to the general public during the event. Buy a VIP ticket and get valet parking included in the price.

What can I / can't I bring with me to the fair?

Permitted Items on Festival Grounds

  • Blankets
  • Lawn chairs
  • Sealed water bottles (up to 1 liter each)
  • Backpacks smaller than 17"x12"x10"
  • Binoculars
  • Non-aerosol sunscreen
  • Small handheld umbrella
  • Service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability

Prohibited items are included in the following, non-exhaustive list:

  • Unleashed pets except as permitted for service animals
  • Coolers
  • Outside food and beverages, except sealed water bottles 
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles may not be used on the grounds
  • Glass Bottles or cans, including aerosol cans
  • Backpacks and bags larger than 17"x12"x10"
  • Laser devices
  • Fireworks
  • Chain wallets 
  • Weapons. Parks Rules and Regulations prohibit weapons of any kind except as allowed by Minnesota State Statutes. 
  • Drones (see the City of St. Paul website for permitting information about drones)

Accessibility and Special Accommodations

Harriet Island is a paved, level surface where wheelchairs can easily navigate on sidewalks. The grass is also level, allowing easy access to tents. Accessible parking is available on the north side of Water Street between Wabasha and Plato until full. Overflow accessible parking and transportation is available at 90 West Plato Boulevard. Look for the accessible parking sign. A drop-off area is provided in front of the Gateway Entrance. The Irish Fair of Minnesota does not offer wheelchairs at this time.

Quiet Space

Guests with autism, sensory processing disorders, and other needs are welcome to spend time in our Quiet Space located near the Pavilion. This space will be kept dark and will also be quiet for people who need a break.

Irish Fair Social Narrative

Nursing Mothers

Irish Fair will offer a private tented area near the Quiet Space for nursing mothers.

Will you have ATMs/Cashpoints?

There will be an ATM machine located near the main entrance/Water Street. There are several businesses near Harriet Island that also have ATMs.

Where can I find First Aid?

The first aid station is located next to the playground area, west of the main entrance.

Restrooms.

The restrooms located in the Pavilion will be available to all Fair guests.  In addition, we will have portable toilets in a couple of locations including the women only section.

Lost and Found

Lost and found is located at the Welcome Booth directly in front of the main entrance. After the festival, all remaining items are brought to the Irish Fair of Minnesota office. Email info@irishfair.com to see if your lost item was turned in.

Didn't find the information you need? Contact us at info@irishfair.com