From North New York to Illinois the Irish American community are kicking off the summer festival season in style with a sensational line up of events. Good Irish traditional, as well as more modern acts, arts and crafts, food, theatre and more are just some of the treasures in store this May.

What better way is there to spend a weekend at the beginning of summer than basking in the summer sun, enjoying a family day out and soaking in some music, theatre and even storytelling at some of these top-notch events.

For IrishCentral’s full listings of this summer’s Irish festivals visit our dedicated events section here.

Here’s a rundown of what’s going on this May -

Scranton Celtic Festival
, Scranton, PA - May 18 to 19

Finger Lakes Celtic Games and Festival, Farmington, NY - May 18

Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest
, Oak Forest, IL - May 24 to 27

East Durham Irish Festival, East Durham, NY - May 25 to 26

Missouri River Irish Fest
, St. Charles, MO - May 25 to 26

Shawnee Celtic Festival, East Stroudsburg, PA - May 25 to 26

For full listings click here.

East Durham Irish FestivalHandout