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The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center presents IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

Outdoor Green Space

When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees—maimed, stark, and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.

Edna O'Brien

Ireland Festival Green Space

The North Plaza transforms into an outdoor green space for picnicking, performances, food, drinks, workshops, and more. Activities and performances in this area are free and open to the public. In addition to a concession stand, the green space features food trucks with Guinness beer, fish and chips, and grilled bangers available for purchase (Mon.–Fri. from 5–8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Memorial Day Mon. May 30 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.). Bring your own picnic, invite your friends, and enjoy live shows by dozens of local musicians.

Please note that this performance schedule is subject to change in cases of unfavorable weather conditions.


All dates, artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.