Celebrate Irish culture and heritage at The Maryland Irish Festival that takes place every November at Maryland State Fairgrounds, in Timonium, Maryland. The festival features lots of live music, dances and entertainment on three stages. The kids' area offers games and demonstrations. Vendors have food, arts and crafts for sale. The festival runs from noon to 11 p.m. for three days and attracts about 30,000 attendees. Traditional Irish step dancing, Irish food, beer, Celtic music from Ireland, kilt competition are the main attractions of the festival that offers something for everyone.
The Maryland Irish Festival attracts many descendants of Irish immigrants that have been settling in the state founded in 1634 by Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore. Many Irish settlers moved to the state in the 1840s fleeing starvation and poverty.