For many people one of the most disappointing events to get cancelled last year was, the annual Iowa Irish Fest held in early August each year. The good news is, the 2021 version of this giant celebration of Irish culture is ON...and bigger and better than ever. But, they can't pull it off without the communities help.

Free admission and beverages for volunteering at Iowa Irish Fest!

Organizers are looking tp fill over 200 roles at the 15th annual event August 6-8, 2021 in downtown Waterloo. According to a media release: "everyone who volunteers will be aptly rewarded with free admission to the premiere event and beverages."  Plus, those who sign up at before July 1 are guaranteed an exclusive T-shirt.

Screaming Orphans rock the 2019 Iowa Irish Fest celebration in downtown Waterloo. -
Photo by Shawn McKenna

Irish Fest is powered by volunteers

Fans, partners, sponsors, businesses and local charity organizations are encouraged to volunteer.

“I’ve found that it’s a lot of fun to work with family, friends or coworkers and a great way to build memories in addition to receiving free admission to the Fest.” said Jocelyn Williams, volunteer coordinator for the Fest.


Tallymore performs at the 2019 Iowa Irish Fest celebration in downtown Waterloo. -
Photo by Shawn McKenna

There's hundreds of volunteer positions to fill at Irish Fest

Gate attendants, beer token and food voucher booth workers are needed, along with "green room" attendants and more. "Our volunteers are the faces of Irish Fest, and whether it includes manning the food and drink booths or scanning tickets at gates, we know you’ll have a good time!" said Chad Shipman, Iowa Irish Fest director.


Iowa Irish Fest

Volunteers are also encouraged, but not required, to attend optional training days August 1-3 to prepare for the event. To sign up for a volunteering slot click here.  For more information about volunteering, contact Williams at

Personally, I'm excited to see all the usual big names return to the Irish Fest stages this year. Popular acts like Gaelic Storm, Scythian, the Screaming Orphans and many more. Of course, Irish Fest wouldn't be Irish Fest without the Trinity Irish Dancers. This event will provide a gigantic boon to the economy for the area, so it's time to come together as a community and show everyone why were proud to live, work and play in the Cedar Valley. Volunteer today.

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