The BIG Irish Fair and Music Festival was founded in 1975 at Notre Dame High School, and then in 1976 the BIG Irish Fair moved to Devonshire Downs in Northridge, California - home of the San Fernando Valley Fair.

The BIG Irish Fair has had many locations over the years including the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, Irvine Meadows in south Irvine and currently at the Great Park in Irvine.

From Tommy Makem To The Irish Rovers - The BIG Irish Fair Continues To Present The Living Legends In Irish Music 

The BIG Irish Fair has been viewed as a living Irish cultural center because it presents the very best in Irish music, song, dance and sport and is the largest Irish outdoor exhibition in the Western United States. From sheepherding shows to harp and fiddle competitions to ancient Irish displays and re-enactments to Gaelic sports to the absolute best in Celtic Rock and traditional Irish entertainment -  the BIG Irish Fair is the event to visit to learn, enjoy and share the very best in all things Irish. The BIG Irish Fair has showcased the very best in Irish music featuring the Irish Rovers, the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem. Frank Patterson, Black 47, Gaelic Storm and a host of other internationally acclaimed musical groups as well as always showcasing the very best in local Irish and Irish American talent.

Irish Step Dancers

The BIG Irish Fair also features Irish Step Dancing, Irish, Scottish and British import shops and arts & craft vendors also are featured at the BIG Irish Fair.

More Than 30,000 People Attend the BIG Irish Fair

Now in its 43rd year - the BIG Irish Fair has become a landmark for Irish and Irish American culture and family entertainment. Over 30,000 people attend the event annually. It has been described as the happiest and most fun filled event in all of Southern California.


About the BIG Irish Fair

143rd Annual Irish Day Civic Ceremonies also sponsored by the BIG Irish Fair
The Fair also assumed control of the Irish Day Civic Ceremonies which have been hosted in the City Council Chambers of the Los Angeles City Hall since March 17, 1876,  The Irishman and Irishwoman of the Year and other Irish Honorees and celebrities are presented to the Mayor, City Council and people of Los Angeles at the ceremony.​