Irish Fest Camden 2020
Irish Fest Camden (IFC) 2020, returns to South Carolina’s oldest inland city for its annual three-day run on Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7. The family-friendly festival celebrates Irish and Celtic heritage. For the second consecutive year, proceeds from the event benefit the ongoing capital campaign at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Camden.
Irish Fest Camden’s main celebration will take place on the grounds of Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, located at 222 Broad Street in Camden, on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The fun-filled day includes music from co-headliners Syr, out of Columbia, S.C., and festival newcomer, Tuatha Dea out of Asheville, N.C., Also scheduled to take the stage during the course of the day are North Carolina native and guitarist/singer Trip Rogers, South Carolina native and singer/songwriter Carroll Brown, Camden-based band, Bothar Tombfield, Seldom Sober, a favorite duo out of Savannah, Belfast, Ireland native minstrel Casey O’Reilly and Camden native and Nashville resident Anna Lynn Ferris.
A staple of the day’s festivities, the IFC Highland Games will return to the grounds along with a Kids Zone and exhibitors ranging from arts and crafts vendors to live animals.
There will be plenty of food and beverage options including the historic McCaa House being transformed into an authentic Irish pub which will serve Irish food and drink along with pub tunes. Craft and domestic beer will also be available for purchase.
Tickets for Saturday’s proceedings are $10 with children ages two through 12 being admitted for $5.
Prior to the main event, Saturday will kick off with the Lucky Leprechaun 5K race which takes to the streets of downtown Camden at 8 a.m. starting from the Town Green in Camden, located at 1010 Market St.
The IFC begins Thursday, March 5 with an Irish Authors Reading and open mic night at Books on Broad, located at 944 Broad St. in downtown Camden from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Irish poet Adrian Rice and Irish-American author Ray McManus are the featured artists. Persons wishing to sign up for the open mic portion of the evening may do so by calling (803) 713-READ (7273)
On Friday, March 6, the second annual IFC Pub Crawl returns to various restaurants located on the 1000 block of Broad St., from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. in downtown Camden. The event was a hit at last year’s event and is being brought back for 2020 with live Irish music being heard at each stop. A complete list of participating restaurants and artists will be forthcoming.
For more information on Irish Fest Camden, please log onto: irishfestcamden.com - General questions may be addressed to IrishFestCamden@gmail.com. Vendor inquiries should be addressed to IrishFestVendor@gmail.com while sponsorship questions should be addressed to IrishfestSponsor@gmail.com.
Irish Fest Camden is sponsored, in part, by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, the City of Camden, “Classically Carolina,” Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, Graham Realty, Inc., KershawHealth, State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, Joseph Dental Associates, Wallik Investments, LLC, Professional Printers, Upchurch and Jowers Insurance Agency, Johnson’s Transmission Service, Shepherd Fence, Gorget Distilling Company, Kool 102.7 FM/Carolina Country Classics 98.7 FM/1590 AM, the Carolina Cup Racing Association and Synovus Bank.
About Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church: An integral part of Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s mission is to support community building, social outreach and stewardship by assessing the needs of our community. OLPH participates and supports several community groups in Camden and Kershaw County including Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, Food for the Soul, Habitat for Humanity and Fostering Foster Animal Rescue. For more information visit: ourlady-camden.org.
Historic Camden, 222 Broad Street, Camden, SC
Fee or Admissions Info
Adults $10, Children $5