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Fairfax Irish Festival • Oct. 18-20

The Ninth Annual Fairfax Irish Festival will be taking place October 18-20 in Fairfax’s downtown area. The Bay Area’s finest musicians and dancers will be performing  jigs, reels, hornpipes, Polkas, waltzes and more. Check out the link to see a detailed schedule with the locations for the different stages. more


Gaelic Storm, Berkeley • Oct. 19

The chart topping Celtic band, Gaelic Storm is coming to the Cornerstone in Berkeley at 7pm . From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock & rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music. Tickets


The Celtic Tenors, Santa Cruz • Oct. 22

Come and see The Celtic Tenors perform Irish classics and popular contemporary songs with some humorous banter intermixed. They will be performing at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz at 7pm. Tickets


Irish History with Myles Dungan • Oct. 22

Dr. Myles Dungan will be leading a short lecture series on the Irish Revolution. The series will continue October 22 at 6:30. Topics will include: what led to the revolution, how newspapers impacted it, Michael Collins and more. To purchase tickets or see the weekly program lineup, go here.


Dàimh, Santa Cruz • Oct. 26

Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for kinship, Dàimh has worked with some of the finest Gaelic singers in Scotland. Scottish Traditional Music Awards voted Dàimh “Folk Band of the Year.” They perform at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center Oct. 26. Tickets


Richard Mosse • Oct. 26- Feb. 17

From 2014 to 2016, artist Richard Mosse documented the mass migration and displacement of people unfolding across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa in an attempt to find “adequate images” for today’s society. Filmed with a military-grade camera that detects and images body heat across great distances, these powerful scenes are on view in the exhibition Richard Mosse: Incoming. more


ILHS Speaker Series • Oct. 28

The Irish Literary and Historical Society presents Irish American historian James T. Fisher who will deliver a lecture on his research on Irish Americans in the construction of the Panama Canal. Fisher is a prolific historian of Irish America and author of “On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York.” more


Dermot Kennedy Oct. 30

Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy (“Lost,””Outnumbered”) joins Amoeba SF on Wednesday, October 30th at 6pm for a live set and signing of his long-awaited debut album Without Fear. more


Sally Rooney, City Arts & Lectures • Nov. 8

Sally Rooney “writes about tricky commonplace things with a familiarity no one else has” (The Paris Review). Her novels Conversations with Friends and Normal People, are nuanced portraits of people in their twenties, exploring their relationships to one another and the structures of class, abuse, and intimacy. Born in Ireland, Rooney earned a Master’s degree in American Literature at Trinity College Dublin. more


Mick Flannery Nov. 8

Award winning Irish singer, songwriter, Mick Flannery will be performing songs from his recent album in Alameda. more


Building California Nov 8

Historians Gray Brechin and Dr. Myles Dugan will talk about the two Irish- born engineers who largely impacted the growth of San Francisco and Los Angeles by guaranteeing adequate supplies of water to the cities. more


Geordie Lynch, The Irish of Comstock Lode Nov. 8

Filmmaker Geordie Lynch tells the epic tale of how the discovery of silver in 1859 transformed San Francisco from a mining boomtown into a world-class metropolis. Geordie’s presentation intersperses video clips from his documentary film-in-progress “City of White Gold” with a fascinating account of four Irishmen from humble origins who challenged the most powerful bank in the West for control of the mineral-rich Comstock Lode. more


The Alpha Male in Irish History Nov. 9

Irish historian, Myles Dungan on the history of of Irish ‘alpha’ males including Charles Stewart Parnell and the Roman Catholic Archbishop John Charles McQuaid. more


Jim Lockhart: Celts, Kilts and Croatians Nov. 9

Jim Lockhart — the legendary Horslips Celtic-rock multi-instrumental frontman, long-time music producer, offers his take on the development of a raucous and legendary corner of recent Irish popular music history. more

Lockhart also has a second lecture on Nov 10 at 11:45am. This lecture focuses on Celtic Rock and the Horslips influence on modern Irish music. more


James Joyce and Paris Nov. 9

UC Berkeley Professor of English, Catherine Flynn, explores Joyce’s interaction with the city where Ulysses was published in 1922. In conversation with playwright Matthew Spangler. more


Brian Murphy and Sports Nov. 9

KNBR reporter and host of the “Murphy and Mac” show, Brian Murphy will be talking about his career in sports and the San Francisco Giants. He will be joined by fellow Giants fan, Myles Dungan. more


Emer Martin, The Cruelty Men Nov. 9

Irish author, Emer Martin discusses her novel The Cruelty Men, which was nominated for the 2019 Irish Novel of the Year. The novel is an unsentimental, multi-generational saga of the dark days in Ireland from the 1930s to the 1960s when the unholy Trinity of Rome, rum and reaction held sway in a frightened state. more


Brexit: An Irish Perspective Nov. 9

Ireland’s San Francisco Consul General Robert O’Driscoll, Senior VP Government Relations with the Bay Area Council, Matt Regan and Irish journalist and historian Myles Dungan, discuss the implications for Ireland of a potential ‘crash out’ UK exit from the European Union. more


Liz Nugent Nov. 9

Irish award-writing writer, Liz Nugent will be hosting a lecture alongside Irish broadcaster and journalist, Deirdre Hurley. Nugent was named “Irish Woman of the Year” in literature in 2017. more


The Career of Tom Maguire Nov. 10

Historian, Glen Gendzel, looks at the life of Tom Maguire, son of New York Irish pre-Famine immigrants. Maguire moved to California during the Gold Rush and rose to the top of the theater business in San Francisco. Hear about his life and career as part of the Hinterland series hosted by the Mechanics Institute. more


David Nihill Nov. 10

Irish comedian, David Nihill will be hosting a lecture about his career called, “From Talking Funny to Talking for TED”. Nihill is the founder of FunnyBizz, which gives advice and tips on becoming a stronger public speaker and a better storyteller. more


Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones Nov. 16

The well-known Irish band will be coming to the Irish Center to perform traditional Irish ballads. Derek Warfield and They Young Wolfe Tones are bringing musical tradition forward with a reverence for Ireland’s past and the energy and optimism of a new generation of Irish musicians. more


Steve Byrne Nov. 29

Comedian Steve Byrne will be performing at the San Jose Improv. Byrne created the TV series Sullivan & Son and has appeared in numerous other shows and movies. more