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The Irish District Music and Arts Festival is an annual outdoor, family-friendly festival on the grounds of the historic Shores Central Park Building in Cedar Rapids' Irish District. Our mission is to promote fun, fellowship and community pride. 

We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. All festival proceeds are used to support local music and arts education programs. 

FESTIVAL HISTORY
The Irish District Fest was founded in 2010 by two Cedar Rapids businessmen, Tom Erger and Dave Bader. The first annual festival was held June 12, 2010, as a fundraiser to help an ailing friend and neighborhood resident. After that friend passed away, the festival evolved into annual event to celebrate the neighborhood and benefit local music and arts education programs. 

The Irish District Music and Arts Festival incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2011. The second annual festival was held on June 11, 2011, and was attended by around 700 people (up from 500 in 2010). Festival proceeds were used to buy choir robes for the music program at Polk Elementary School. 

The third annual festival was held on June 23, 2012. Now an official Freedom Festival event, attendence continued to grow. Proceeds from the festival were used to fund the 2012-2013 Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Guitar Program. 

ABOUT THE GUITAR PROGRAM
The Irish District Music and Arts Festival is proud to be the sole sponsor of the 2014-2015 Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Guitar Program. The Guitar Program provides guitar lessons at no cost to students in grades 5-8 at local elementary and middle schools and also provides guitars for the students to practice on and play. This great program allows kids to experience first time lessons without a long-term financial burden to their families, many of whom can't afford lessons elsewhere. Learn more. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Everything you always wanted to know about the Irish District Fest ... and, if it isn't, please email us at info@IrishDistrictFest.com and we'll give you the low-down. 

What's the Irish District?
The Irish District is small retail and entertainment district in the Mound View/Uptown neighborhood on Cedar Rapids' northeast side. This nickname comes from three Irish bars in close proximity to each other: Mahoney's, O'Rourke's, and O'Malley's - sometimes called the "Irish Triangle." 

Where's the Irish music?
You'll hear an eclectic mix of rock, blues, bluegrass and soul music at the Irish District Fest, but no Irish music. While Irish culture is an important part of Cedar Rapids' heritage, our name comes from a neighborhood, not a nationality. This is the Irish DISTRICT Festival. 

Can I bring in my own cooler?
You bet. In an effort to be family friendly, we welcome you to bring your own refreshment cooler to Irish District Music and Arts Festival. We do not sell alcohol on the premises, so if you want to imbibe, you'll need to bring your own. We ask only that, for everyone's safety, you drink responsibly and leave the glass containers at home. 

Are kids welcome?
Our mission is to have a festival that truly is "fun for the whole family." We've kept the admission price relatively low - $5 for adults and kids 12 and under free with an adult - so the entire family can participate. We'll have plenty of activities for the kids, too. 

What else is there to do, besides listen to music?
Let's see ... watch marching bands and dance troupes do their respective things, eat delicious food served by local vendors, browse and shop at the arts and crafts booths that line the grounds, get your face painted, play a game ... not to mention socialize with friends and neighbors and just enjoy a lovely summer day outside. (And, if the weather is less than lovely, you can enjoy the day from the shelter of our big top tent.) 

What's the rain date?
The show goes on, rain or shine, under our roomy and yet cozy tent. 

Where do I get tickets?
Tickets will be available at the gate or you can purchase them in advance here. 

Where are you located?
For Maps and Driving Directions, please click here. 

I'm an artist or food vendor and would like to participate. How do I sign up?
You can find more information about vendor opportunities here. 

I'd like to help the cause. What can I do?
If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the Festival, please email us at info@IrishDistrictFest.com. 

If you'd like to donate, please click the Donate button at the top of this page. 

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, learn more here. 

Is my donation tax deductible?
We are a 501(c)(3) public charity, meaning donations are deductible. Consult your tax preparer for additional information.
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The Irish District Music and Arts Festival is an annual outdoor, family-friendly festival on the grounds of the historic Shores Central Park Building in Cedar Rapids' Irish District. Our mission is to promote fun, fellowship and community pride. 

We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. All festival proceeds are used to support local music and arts education programs. 

FESTIVAL HISTORY
The Irish District Fest was founded in 2010 by two Cedar Rapids businessmen, Tom Erger and Dave Bader. The first annual festival was held June 12, 2010, as a fundraiser to help an ailing friend and neighborhood resident. After that friend passed away, the festival evolved into annual event to celebrate the neighborhood and benefit local music and arts education programs. 

The Irish District Music and Arts Festival incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2011. The second annual festival was held on June 11, 2011, and was attended by around 700 people (up from 500 in 2010). Festival proceeds were used to buy choir robes for the music program at Polk Elementary School. 

The third annual festival was held on June 23, 2012. Now an official Freedom Festival event, attendence continued to grow. Proceeds from the festival were used to fund the 2012-2013 Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Guitar Program. 

ABOUT THE GUITAR PROGRAM
The Irish District Music and Arts Festival is proud to be the sole sponsor of the 2014-2015 Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Guitar Program. The Guitar Program provides guitar lessons at no cost to students in grades 5-8 at local elementary and middle schools and also provides guitars for the students to practice on and play. This great program allows kids to experience first time lessons without a long-term financial burden to their families, many of whom can't afford lessons elsewhere. Learn more. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Everything you always wanted to know about the Irish District Fest ... and, if it isn't, please email us at info@IrishDistrictFest.com and we'll give you the low-down. 

What's the Irish District?
The Irish District is small retail and entertainment district in the Mound View/Uptown neighborhood on Cedar Rapids' northeast side. This nickname comes from three Irish bars in close proximity to each other: Mahoney's, O'Rourke's, and O'Malley's - sometimes called the "Irish Triangle." 

Where's the Irish music?
You'll hear an eclectic mix of rock, blues, bluegrass and soul music at the Irish District Fest, but no Irish music. While Irish culture is an important part of Cedar Rapids' heritage, our name comes from a neighborhood, not a nationality. This is the Irish DISTRICT Festival. 

Can I bring in my own cooler?
You bet. In an effort to be family friendly, we welcome you to bring your own refreshment cooler to Irish District Music and Arts Festival. We do not sell alcohol on the premises, so if you want to imbibe, you'll need to bring your own. We ask only that, for everyone's safety, you drink responsibly and leave the glass containers at home. 

Are kids welcome?
Our mission is to have a festival that truly is "fun for the whole family." We've kept the admission price relatively low - $5 for adults and kids 12 and under free with an adult - so the entire family can participate. We'll have plenty of activities for the kids, too. 

What else is there to do, besides listen to music?
Let's see ... watch marching bands and dance troupes do their respective things, eat delicious food served by local vendors, browse and shop at the arts and crafts booths that line the grounds, get your face painted, play a game ... not to mention socialize with friends and neighbors and just enjoy a lovely summer day outside. (And, if the weather is less than lovely, you can enjoy the day from the shelter of our big top tent.) 

What's the rain date?
The show goes on, rain or shine, under our roomy and yet cozy tent. 

Where do I get tickets?
Tickets will be available at the gate or you can purchase them in advance here. 

Where are you located?
For Maps and Driving Directions, please click here. 

I'm an artist or food vendor and would like to participate. How do I sign up?
You can find more information about vendor opportunities here. 

I'd like to help the cause. What can I do?
If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the Festival, please email us at info@IrishDistrictFest.com. 

If you'd like to donate, please click the Donate button at the top of this page. 

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, learn more here. 

Is my donation tax deductible?
We are a 501(c)(3) public charity, meaning donations are deductible. Consult your tax preparer for additional information.
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The Irish District Music and Arts Festival is an annual outdoor, family-friendly festival on the grounds of the historic Shores Central Park Building in Cedar Rapids' Irish District. Our mission is to promote fun, fellowship and community pride. 

We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. All festival proceeds are used to support local music and arts education programs. 

FESTIVAL HISTORY
The Irish District Fest was founded in 2010 by two Cedar Rapids businessmen, Tom Erger and Dave Bader. The first annual festival was held June 12, 2010, as a fundraiser to help an ailing friend and neighborhood resident. After that friend passed away, the festival evolved into annual event to celebrate the neighborhood and benefit local music and arts education programs. 

The Irish District Music and Arts Festival incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2011. The second annual festival was held on June 11, 2011, and was attended by around 700 people (up from 500 in 2010). Festival proceeds were used to buy choir robes for the music program at Polk Elementary School. 

The third annual festival was held on June 23, 2012. Now an official Freedom Festival event, attendence continued to grow. Proceeds from the festival were used to fund the 2012-2013 Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Guitar Program. 

ABOUT THE GUITAR PROGRAM
The Irish District Music and Arts Festival is proud to be the sole sponsor of the 2014-2015 Eastern Iowa Arts Academy Guitar Program. The Guitar Program provides guitar lessons at no cost to students in grades 5-8 at local elementary and middle schools and also provides guitars for the students to practice on and play. This great program allows kids to experience first time lessons without a long-term financial burden to their families, many of whom can't afford lessons elsewhere. Learn more. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Everything you always wanted to know about the Irish District Fest ... and, if it isn't, please email us at info@IrishDistrictFest.com and we'll give you the low-down. 

What's the Irish District?
The Irish District is small retail and entertainment district in the Mound View/Uptown neighborhood on Cedar Rapids' northeast side. This nickname comes from three Irish bars in close proximity to each other: Mahoney's, O'Rourke's, and O'Malley's - sometimes called the "Irish Triangle." 

Where's the Irish music?
You'll hear an eclectic mix of rock, blues, bluegrass and soul music at the Irish District Fest, but no Irish music. While Irish culture is an important part of Cedar Rapids' heritage, our name comes from a neighborhood, not a nationality. This is the Irish DISTRICT Festival. 

Can I bring in my own cooler?
You bet. In an effort to be family friendly, we welcome you to bring your own refreshment cooler to Irish District Music and Arts Festival. We do not sell alcohol on the premises, so if you want to imbibe, you'll need to bring your own. We ask only that, for everyone's safety, you drink responsibly and leave the glass containers at home. 

Are kids welcome?
Our mission is to have a festival that truly is "fun for the whole family." We've kept the admission price relatively low - $5 for adults and kids 12 and under free with an adult - so the entire family can participate. We'll have plenty of activities for the kids, too. 

What else is there to do, besides listen to music?
Let's see ... watch marching bands and dance troupes do their respective things, eat delicious food served by local vendors, browse and shop at the arts and crafts booths that line the grounds, get your face painted, play a game ... not to mention socialize with friends and neighbors and just enjoy a lovely summer day outside. (And, if the weather is less than lovely, you can enjoy the day from the shelter of our big top tent.) 

What's the rain date?
The show goes on, rain or shine, under our roomy and yet cozy tent. 

Where do I get tickets?
Tickets will be available at the gate or you can purchase them in advance here. 

Where are you located?
For Maps and Driving Directions, please click here. 

I'm an artist or food vendor and would like to participate. How do I sign up?
You can find more information about vendor opportunities here. 

I'd like to help the cause. What can I do?
If you are interested in volunteering on the day of the Festival, please email us at info@IrishDistrictFest.com. 

If you'd like to donate, please click the Donate button at the top of this page. 

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, learn more here. 

Is my donation tax deductible?
We are a 501(c)(3) public charity, meaning donations are deductible. Consult your tax preparer for additional information.
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