35th North Country Goes Green Irish Festival returns March 17-19 at Dulles State Office Building

WATERTOWN, N.Y.  – NCGG Corporation presents the 35th Annual ‘North Country Goes Green Irish Festival’, taking place at the Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St. Watertown, NY, on Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19, 2023.

Admission to the 2023 NCGGIF will be only $3 for Friday or Saturday entry and will remain Free and open to the public on Sunday! Weekend festivities will commence with the traditional Irish Flag raising at 5pm followed by Live musical performances, Cornhole tournaments, Miss Ireland Pageant, and the results of Donegal beard growing all happening on the 1st & 11th floors as well as in the newly renovated auditorium. The annual parade will also take place on Sunday at 1pm on Washington Street in downtown Watertown, NY.

MORE INFO: https://ncirishfest.com

When asked about the festivals 2023 return, NCGGIF President, Dave Missert had this to say, “After being forced to cancel the festival in 2020 less than 48 hours before opening due to the rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic and having to cancel the 2021 & 2022 festivals due to the uncertainty and regulations surrounding the pandemic, it feels great to say that we’ll be back and better than ever in 2023.  It’s fitting that our first festival back after a three-year hiatus will kick off on St. Patrick’s Day 2023.  We can’t wait to see you there!”

We’re Back!

Join us for a triumphant return and jam-packed weekend as the Dulles transforms into the North Country’s largest gathering of Irish themed cuisine, games, vendors, entertainment, and live music!

Our Mission Is to provide a weekend of fun, good food, quality entertainment, activities for all age groups, and a celebration of all things Irish. We plan to continue our practice of donating all profits to our Scholarship Program and community donations.

Scholarship Applications are OPEN!

Since the beginning of the Irish Festival, over $1,000,000 has been donated to local charities and scholarships. North Country Goes Green Irish Festival is pleased to announce the annual Academic and Vocational Scholarship program. Academic Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 are awarded to high school and current college students in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties. Separate $2,000 scholarships are awarded to seniors enrolled in a Vocational-Technical program. NNY students are encouraged to apply for our scholarships:




APPLY:  www.ncirishfest.com/scholarships

Scholarships are administered in partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation. Account creation is required.

Volunteers Needed!

As you may know the North Country Goes Green Irish Festival is put on by an all-volunteer group of hundreds of community members. All profits from the weekend are given back to our community through our Scholarship Program and community donations. Advertising, food, beverage, insurances, and many other expenses are purchased from community businesses.

Volunteer:  https://ncirishfest.com/volunteer

Your Sponsorship is Appreciated

We are asking our generous partners to consider the Irish Festival in your community gifting plans. Any size donation is greatly appreciated.

The Irish Festival has become a major community event announcing the end of our long cold winter and an opportunity for thousands of people to socialize, benefit from quality entertainment, participate in our many activities for all age groups, enjoy quality food and “become Irish”.

We thank you for past and future financial support of our Irish Festival. If you are interested in more information about the festival or how your donation might be earmarked, please contact 315-783- 9303 or 315-783-2418. You can also support the festival by visiting us online

Sponsor: https://ncirishfest.com/sponsorship

The North Country Goes Green Irish Festival takes pride in purchasing locally. Since its inception, the festival has purchased over a million dollars in goods and services from local businesses.

Over the last 30 plus years, the Irish Festival has provided local businesses over $1,000,000 in our purchase of goods and services. We have donated over $500,000 to community organizations and about $150,000 to local students furthering their education. Since the beginning of the Irish Festival, over $1,000,000 has been donated to local charities and scholarships. Some of the local charities that have received donations from the Irish Festival include:


Children’s Home of Jefferson County

Lewis County Opportunities

Wounded Warriors


Fort Drum USO


Watertown Urban Mission

Food Bank of CNY

Dollar Dinners

Michael J Cerroni Memorial Scholarship Fund

Johnston School of Irish Dance

Meals on Wheels

Many other misc. charities