Community Kids & Family

Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day

A free day of music and dance, films and classes, tea and soda bread!



Sat, Mar 14, 2020



Box Office


Phone hours:
10am-6pm, Monday-Friday

In person:
Opens 60 minutes before the performance on show days


Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
PAL William J. Duncan Center (right next door!)


At this time, in the interest of protecting our artists, audiences, teachers, students, colleagues, and the vulnerable among us, we will be suspending all IAC events and classes and events through the end of March. Please read our full statement here.

In partnership with Police Athletic League (PAL)

Each St. Patrick’s season, we open our doors for this celebratory sampler of Irish Arts Center educational programming. Join us March 14 for a variety of professional and student performances, workshops, céilís, films, demos, crafts, and exhibitions in an environment of warm Irish hospitality.

Featuring Megan Downes with City Stompers, and the IAC Community Céilí Band!

“Irish Arts Center's annual extravaganza…an Irish favorite for kids and parents.”Time Out New York



12–12:30 PM
Music performance: Irish Arts Center Community Céilí Band

12:30–1 PM
IAC student performances: From storytelling to set dance, a sample of IAC classes for all ages

1:15–2 PM
Music performance: Liz Hanley (fiddle) and Brenda Castles (concertina)

2:10–3 PM
Music performance: Old-time Appalachian-inspired string trio the Down Hill Strugglers

3:15–3:45 PM
Screening: Selected shorts from RTÉjr and Herstory’s Who’s Your Heroine? Irish animation series



12–3 PM
Enjoy tea, coffee and soda bread

12:30 PM and 2:30 PM
Cooking demonstration: How to make Irish soda bread

12–4 PM
Art exhibition: Stephen McGinn's Unapproved Roads


12–4 PM
Arts and crafts

12:30–3:30 PM
Irish instrument petting zoo: Test a fiddle, tin whistle, or bodhrán drum


12:15–12:30 PM
Music performance: Caitlin Warbelow (fiddle)

12:30–12:45 PM
Music and dance performance: Jason Oremus (beatboxing) and Caitlin Warbelow (fiddle)

1–1:30 PM
Music performance: IAC Community Céilí Band

1:30–2 PM
Dance performance and lesson: Niall O’Leary School of Dance

2:15–3 PM
Dance demonstration and lesson with live music: Céilí dance with Megan Downes, the IAC Community Céilí Band, Liz Hanley (fiddle), and Brenda Castles (concertina)

3–4 PM
Dance demonstration and lesson with live music: Square dancing with Megan Downes, City Stompers, and the Down Hill Strugglers


12:15–12:45 PM
Tin whistle sample class for kids

1–1:30 PM
Beatbox workshop with Jason Erasmus of Hammerstep

1:45–2:15 PM
Tin whistle sample class for adults

2:30–3 PM
Irish language sample class for kids

3:15–3:45 PM
Irish language sample class for adults


Support for this program is also provided by Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation, and Knights of St. Patrick.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; the Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Arnhold Foundation; the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; Northern Ireland Bureau; Invest NI; CIE Tours International; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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