The fourth annual Annapolis Irish Festival will feature local and international Celtic bands, step dancers, pipes and drum corps, entertainers and children's activities. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit Hospice of the Chespeake, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Anne Arundel Medical Center and Make a Wish Foundation.
The music selection was great. In fact they overbooked the big names and we missed half of them due to putting them on opposing stages at the same time. One stage was the gented stage that let you escape the hot sun the other on the hill in full sun. Tough choice!
They oversold the VIP area and the $140 for the weekend ticket was a rip off. It was supposed to be limited to 100 patrons and must have been double that trying to find a seat in the shade since it was the only seating in the festival. They advertised unlimited snacks, beverages, commerative mug, shade, cigar lounge, flushing bathrooms, tent fans.
The issues were fans were placed to keep the cigar smoke from eneterimg the tent, the cigar lounge was not VIP, but general admission. The flushing port-a-johns were non-functional on Friday night and half the stalls were flooded or spewing sewage but Saturday afternoon. The lines for 2 stalls and 200+ VIP were long and hot in the sun. Most went out to general admission port-a-johns and waited in a less congested line. Only half of the VIP was tented and no one wanted to stand I'm the hot sun after paying for shaded seats. There were no snacks of any kind as advertised. The commendation mug was cute and many of the volunteers even commented and called them "shot glasses".
Basically, the festival was decent for those smart enough to not seek any "extras". The price went up $20 for VIP for so little amenities.
I did reach out to the event planner and never apologized and just acknowledged there were issues.
Next year we will no longer expect the bells and whistles as offered in 2013 and stock ourselves with basic GA admission tix, bring a cooler for the car, a blanket for the ground, and our own umbrells for shade.
|Worth Noting||Free on-site parking|
|Family Events||"Little Leprechaun Land," a free children's area will feature pony rides, face painting, family entertainment, step-dancing lessons, a bouncy castle and games.|
|Admission Price||$15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Children 12 and under are free.|