This Weekend: 2011's Great Irish Fair At The MCU Park Fairgrounds


A scene from last year's fair. Photo by Erica Sherman

It’s that glorious time of year again, lads ’n lassies, when the Irish and those who love them converge upon the fairgrounds next to MCU Park (1904 Surf Avenue in Coney Island) for the 30th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York, Friday through Sunday, September 16 (6:00 to 10:00 p.m.), 17 (10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) & 18 (10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.), rain or shine.

The family-friendly event offers food, beer, music, beer, dancing, beer, and an assortment of children’s activities, including rides, face painting, balloonists, and magic shows. And beer. Children’s activities cost $15 for unlimited use. Additionally, a Catholic Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. inside the Cultural Tent on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the fair is $10 for adults (12 years-old and older) on Friday evening, $12 per adult for the full day, Saturday and Sunday, and a special family package price of $30 for two adults and their children. Children under 12 are admitted for free.

You can check out last year’s coverage of the event here. For more, email [email protected] or visit their Facebook page.

  • Who wants to bet that hundreds of people are gonna get drunk at this event, and not a single one is gonna get shot…..

  • Who wants to bet that hundreds of people are gonna get drunk at this event, and not a single one is gonna get shot…..

    • nolastname

      Arthur, you are too much. But you call it. 
      I hope you are right.

  • I go every year. Lots of fun. Believe it or not, people don’t seem to overdrink there, or else they can hold their liquor!

    • nolastname

      They can hold their liquor. LOL

  • nolastname

    Some where I have an autograph from Jim Ryan, it was from the 20th anniversary. Who is it this year? 

  • I will be there.  Not drinking, working

  • nolastname

    A friend of mine will be there, under cover anti-crime. Always is. Maybe they have good PREparation and that is why the event goes unblemished.
    Come to Ocean Ave And Shore on the way and give BIG a hand clearing the weeds, or take pictures! LOL

  • Violval11

    First time see that I have to pay to get to a fair. This is ridiculous. Not going.

    • To bad they charged admission.  The salaries of the security guards did not look like as much money as they took in at the door.

  • Lynch

    It’s for charity people $12 won’t kill you. Maybe the admission is what keeps the guns out!