The New York Irish Center will present three continuous hours of music and dance set against Manhattan’s skyline at the annual Queens Irish Heritage Festival on this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Co-presented by McManus Irish Dance and F. Ottomanelli By The Water, the free, picnic-style event at the Hunters Point South Park, in Long Island City, includes activities like free face-painting, balloon making and more.
Among the featured performers are folk balladeer Allen Gogarty; Irish fiddler and step dancer Bernadette Fee; Queens country singer Cathy Maguire, uilleann piper Cillian Vallely, the McCourt Family’s Gigi Eugenie McCourt, folk artist from Ireland Kevin McCormack; and the husband and wife folk duo Bob and Bronagh Batch.
Folk dance and music performances will be courtesy of McManus Irish Dance; NY Studio of Irish Dance; Sunnyside/Maspeth Children's Trad Group, and the Shannon Gaels.
McManus Irish Dance.
Food concessions for purchase are by F. Ottomanelli by the Water. Pre-registered guests receive a 10 percent discount on food at the F. Ottomanelli kiosk.
To pre-register, visit www.newyorkirishcenter.org.
The organizers say visitors can “stop by any time between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.” The closest subway is the 7 train, Vernon Jackson stop, which is a less than 3-minute ride from Grand Central.