Frequently Asked Questions
What can I bring?
- Up to one (1) gallon of water (factory sealed)
- Friends and Family!
What do I leave at home?
- Food & Beverages
- Selfie Sticks
- Weapons of any sort – legal or otherwise
Can/Should I Ride my Bike?
Yes, you should totally ride your bike! We have a bike corral at the entrance gate, where you can leave it your bike and enjoy the festival. You will save on parking (which we do not control) and the hassle of traffic in the area.
Is the event dog friendly?
Although we do not encourage them, we allow dogs if they are on a leash at all times, are up to date on shots and are well behaved. You are responsible for their behavior and for cleaning up after them. You must sign a waiver of liability for your dog and they and you are subject to removal from the park. See attached waiver required for entrance to the event IndyIrishFest dog waiver
Is the event handicap friendly?
The event takes place in a 14 acre state park with grassy and treed areas through out. There is nearby but limited handicap parking at the IUPUI campus (managed by the university). The festival is unable to provide wheelchairs on site but the event configuration allows for movement to the stages and other areas.
Can I smoke while at the event?
New this year (2018) we have designated smoking areas. This will leave the general areas free from second-hand smoke while still allowing smokers a place to do so.
When is the Family Wee Folk Area open?
Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parents must accompany children. You are encouraged to take photos of your child(ren) before entering the park in the event that you get separated.
Does the Kilted Mile registration include entrance to the event?
Yes, if you are registered in advance. The Kilted Mile race fee of $10 in advance ($15 day of) will include entrance to the event on Sunday for pre-registered runners. More information here
How do I volunteer?
Go to our volunteer page and sign up.
Why do I have to provide my date of birth and driver’s license number to volunteer?
We take the safety of our attendees very seriously. In order to assure that we can verify the identity of each of our volunteers, we conduct a mini background check on all of our volunteers using this information.
Will there be a Mass this year?
Yes. Mass will be Sunday morning at 10:30a.m. Bring a minimum of five non-perishable food items per person to benefit St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank and get into the festival for free before 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
How can I be a merchandise vendor at the festival?
To be considered for future festivals complete the merchandise vendor form. We consider only vendors selling Irish or Celtic merchandise.
How can I be considered as a performer for the festival?
To be considered for future festivals complete the entertainer form.
Can I be a food vendor at the festival?
Our opportunities for food vending are generally limited to local Irish/Celtic restaurants, pubs, or charitable organizations or to festival sponsors. If you’d like to be considered for future festivals complete the food vendor form.
Why do I have to buy food and beverage tickets so that I can eat and drink (it is so annoying)?
In order to get good partners in food, we share the risk of a possibly rainy weekend. We have a smaller up-front vendor fee and share in revenue from food sales. Tickets make it so that we can track sales. It also makes it easier for the food vendors while not handling money all weekend.
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