About the Festival

2018 Festival Planning Committee

Elizabeth O’Dowd – President & Secretary
Elizabeth Hunt Schwartz – Vice President
Jennifer Platten – Treasurer
Mary Jo McCarthy – Communication
Ruth Murphy – Events Assistant

Mission Statement

The Burlington Irish Heritage Festival (BIHF), established in 1995, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community-based organization. Its founding principle is to celebrate and raise awareness of Irish and Irish-American culture in Burlington, Vermont and the surrounding region, with a special focus on the calendar period around St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. The BIHF sponsors a core of events during the week closest to St. Patrick’s Day, with the Festival Ceili as its signature event; but it also co-sponsors or offers a promotional focus for other events with a common purpose. To this end, the BIHF works closely with local musicians, dancers, writers, historians and artists, together with the organizations and venues that support these Irish traditions. For more information, visit burlingtonirishheritage.org