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Eugene O’Neill Festival • Aug 24 – Sep 29

The 20th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival takes place in Danville, August 24-September 29. The 2nd Annual Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre takes place in New Ross, Ireland October 9 – 14. The Danville festival will feature three plays – Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Glass Menagerie and The Second Girl – an Irish music concert, a guided hike to Tao House, a historic guided walk of O’Neill’s Danville and an O’Neill exhibit at the Danville library.

On Aug. 30–Sept. 1, O’Neill’s S.S. Glencairn trilogy of sea plays, performed aboard the 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, San Francisco Maritime National Park, in an Irish production, directed by Paul Walsh. more

SF Irish Film Fundraiser • Sep. 5

SF Irish Film invites you to an exclusive fundraising event to support the 16th Annual SF Irish Film Festival. The event takes place at the Hotel Via Rooftop in San Francisco. Free raffle includes festival pass prizes. Appetizers will be served. more

Irish Airs & Arias, Danville • Sep. 5

Irish soprano Clodagh Kinsella and pianist Keith Stears bring their unique interpretation to Irish airs and opera arias. This new-generation duo interweaves their heritage and their classical training to pay homage to the old traditions in a new and exciting way. more

High Time, Sacramento • Sep. 10

Featuring an unusual line-up of flute, whistles, harp, bodhrán, guitar and vocals (with some Irish dancing thrown in), this fresh new trio from the heart of Connemara, Ireland combines Irish music and a blend of modern folk influences to produce a rich and energetic statement. more

Emma Donoghue, Keplers • Sep. 11

Internationally acclaimed Irish novelist Emma Donoghue (author of Room) writes poignant, gripping fiction drawn from both history and newsprint. Don’t miss her September visit when she will be reading from her new book, Akin, built around the bones of WWII. more

Glen Hansard • Sep. 27

Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist, guitarist and founder of The Frames, and The Swell Season Glen Hansard is on a US tour with his new album, This Wild Willing. Hansard appeared in the BAFTA-winning film The Commitments, and Once, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Song. more

The Waterboys • HSB & The Fillmore • Oct. 11

With their cross-pollination of literate, soulful rock and roll and folk traditions of the British Isles, the Waterboys have tread a multitude of musical paths since singer/songwriter Mike Scott formed the group in London in the early-80’s. Catch them this time at Hardly Strictly and the Fillmore. HSB The Fillmore