McManus Irish Dance. [Photo by Jared Crawford]

Queens Irish Fest for Saturday

The New York Irish Center presents three continuous hours of music and dance set against Manhattan’s skyline at the annual Queens Irish Heritage Festival on Saturday, June 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The free, picnic-style event takes place at Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Road, in Long Island City, and is co-presented by McManus Irish Dance. 

To pre-register and be eligible for a grand raffle prize of a pair of free tickets to six prime cultural events during the NY Irish's Center's 20th anniversary season starting the fall, visit

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Among the featured performers (list in formation) are the husband and wife folk duo Bob and Bronagh Batch; folk balladeer Allen Gogarty; Irish fiddler and step dancer Bernadette Fee; the thrilling young vocalist Lowri Clancy Davies; singer-songwriter Niamh Hyland, violin virtuoso Gregory Harrington, and the Dublin-born and New York-based folksinger Kevin McCormack. Folk dance and music performances will be courtesy of McManus Irish Dance and NY Studio of Irish Dance.

Food trucks will be adjacent to the performance area. The closest subway is the 7 train, Vernon-Jackson stop, just a 3-minute journey from the Grand Central Terminal subway stop.