The annual Hudson Valley Irish Fest, now in its ninth year, returns to Peekskill’s Riverfront Green on Saturday, September 30 from 11a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. 

The community-based, not for profit cultural event celebrates the rich Irish American heritage of the lower Hudson Valley. Dan Dennehy, the organization’s chairman states, “For nine years now, this celebration of the best of Ireland and Irish America has been the official Irish kickoff to fall in the Hudson Valley. Please bring the family and join us on September 30 at this beautiful riverfront location.”

Headliners include Celtic Cross, the McLean Avenue Band and Irish superstar Aoife Scott and her band Roses in the Garden, a variety show by the New York New Jersey Rose of Tralee Center, Tim Murphy and massed pipe bands.

The Jack McAndrew Memorial Traditional Tent features Irish recording artists Mary Courtney, Donie Carroll, talented local Irish step dancers and renowned traditional Irish musicians. The spoken word tent features best-selling authors, historians, poets, storytellers and historical displays.       

The festival also features the work of outstanding artists and craftspeople from both Ireland and the Hudson Valley. There also is an interactive children's area featuring old world toys, games, storytelling, crafts, and other activities. A wide variety of food and refreshments from area restaurants and Irish products will be available.

Dennehy says the day of Irish culture in the Hudson Valley would not be possible without an annual grant from the Consulate General of Ireland in New York through the Emigrant Support Program of Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Department. The all-volunteer committee is composed of students earning community service time, local residents and the members of AOH and LAOH Division 18 Peekskill. The Hibernians will be selling raffles at their tent for a chance to win a trip to Ireland for two and other prizes.

Visitors can take MTA Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Peekskill train station, immediately adjacent to Riverfront Green and an hour ride from Grand Central Terminal.  Ample free parking is also available.

Admission is $10 per person suggested donation, ages 12 and under free. No coolers or non-service animals.

Visit www.hudsonvalleyirishfest.com for information, directions and pictures of past events.

Pipers take part in last year’s Hudson Valley Irish Fest.