Concerts & Festivals

                                    Don’t Miss the 18th Annual Iowa Irish Fest!

Presented by Veridian Credit Union

WATERLOO, Iowa – Get ready for an unforgettable weekend at the 18th annual Iowa Irish Fest! From August 2nd to August 4th, Downtown Waterloo will be buzzing with activities for all ages. Whether you’re an adult looking to enjoy whiskey tastings and paint-and-sip classes or a family searching for fun, this event has something for everyone!

Dive into the Family Fun & Learning Area- This year, our Family Fun & Learning Area is packed with exciting activities like rock climbing, face painting and interactive performances. Plus, don't miss the debut of Hugh Irwin, "The Kilted Magician," who brings his Celtic heritage to life with magical performances. Thank you to MercyOne for sponsoring this area!

Pedal Power at the High Nelly Bike Rally- Kick off Saturday, August 3rd, with the High Nelly Bike Rally, starting at 9 a.m. This family-friendly ride is perfect for ages 4 and up. Dress in your best Irish costume for a chance to win fabulous prizes, including a bicycle! Visit to learn more and register.

Dance Workshops with Trinity Irish Dance Company- Sign up now for our dance workshops, led by the renowned Trinity Irish Dance Company. Open to kids ages 5-13, the workshops run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on August 2nd and 3rd. Participants get a T-shirt and two adult Fest passes. Register by July 18th to ensure your spot and a T-shirt!

Hugh Irwin - Magician

Rent a Hospitality Tent for Your Crew- Want a private spot to relax and celebrate? Rent a hospitality tent! Perfect for family reunions, birthday parties and more, with optional catering by Hy-Vee. For details and pricing, email Maggie and Jan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Volunteer and Join the Fest Fun- We need volunteers like you to make the Iowa Irish Fest a success! Volunteers receive free admission, an exclusive t-shirt and two drink tokens. Kids 12+ can volunteer with an adult. Sign up today at!

Get Your Tickets Now!- Tickets are available now at and at participating Waterloo businesses like Hy-Vee and Veridian Credit Union. Download the Iowa Irish Fest App for event schedules, maps and more. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok to stay updated.

Rain or shine, the Fest goes on! Join us August 2-4 in Lincoln Park, Downtown Waterloo, for a weekend of Irish fun presented by Veridian Credit Union. Visit for more information!